Summer of Love Week 12: How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton

Posted September 9, 2021 by Lillian in Reviews / 2 Comments

Each week Stephanie, Lenore and I will be featuring a Summer of Love review on our blogs.  If you missed Stephanie’s post from Monday, check it out at Once Upon a Chapter.  If you missed Lenore’s post from Tuesday, check it out at Celebrity Readers.

Happy Thursday y’all! Today is my last post for the event, and I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have falling in love with contemporary romance this summer. I’m sharing my review for a sweet romantic comedy set during the autumn, complete with a horror writer and event planner as the leads. Be sure to check out our posts from this last week below and get your reviews onto the linky and giveaway before Friday 🙂

Tomorrow is our last post for Summer of Love. We will be here for our buddy review of P.S. I Like You by Kasey West.


I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Summer of Love Week 12: How Sweet It Is by Dylan NewtonHow Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton
Published by Forever on 2021-07-13
Length: 353 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2021, 2021 New Release Challenge, 2021 Summer of Love, COYER 2021

What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror--you get "a hilarious rom-com comp," perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review)

Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare.

Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He's really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves.

How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton is an over-the-top rom-com about the queen of happily ever afters falling for the knight of nightmares. Kate Sweet is famous in the event planning community for creating the perfect “ahhh” moments for her clients as she sends them off on their honeymoons. When her best friend, a publicist for an A-List author, asks her to take over planning a book release, Kate sees it as her way of finally cementing her name in the community. What she doesn’t plan on is the author being the king of horror, Drake Matthews. Miscommunication, a little sexual tension, and a lot of attraction make for an equally sweet and funny fall romance.

I really enjoyed this one. Kate is the perfect balance between believing in the happily ever afters she creates and being a tad cynical. She’s worked hard for her job and puts all her time and effort into it. What she doesn’t want is to be the laughing stock of the community, and she absolutely refuses to return to med school and follow in her family’s footsteps, no matter how many times they bring it up. I love how crafty she is. She can take the most mundane thing and turn it into a work of art for her events. This book launch not only stretches her imagination, but shows the work she is capable of on a daily basis for her clients. 

Drake Matthews is a doll. I adore him! I love that the author includes his perspective in the story so we do have some alternating POV. Drake is a successful horror writer. With his newest novel about to release and his next novel’s deadline already past, he is in a bit of a rut. Drake has writer’s block, and the story that is wanting to be told is NOT the horror he is known for, but a historical romance based slightly on his grandparents’ love story. Insecure about his ability to write a romance and his own romantic life after a duplicitous relationship, Drake hides the story from everyone, except Kate. 

The catalyst that brings these two together is sweet and funny all at the same time. Leave it to a mom to poke her nose in 😉 Drake is against having an all out “circus” for his new release, and Kate is desperate to plan it in the hopes of winning an award for event planning. The two strike a deal: Kate will help Drake with his new book, and he will let her do whatever she needs to win the award. There is a lot of witty banter between these two and that really helps drive the plot along. I love seeing them interact, and I really like how the two work together. 

Final Thought: How Sweet It Is is a sweetly hilarious tale of two opposites who have more in common than meets the eye. 

About Dylan Newton

Author: Dylan Newton

Author Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn't writing her next romantic comedy, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

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