Sweet Nothings

Title: Sweet Nothings
Author: T. Neilson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 248 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Will a bitter bite from the past spoil a sweet romance?

Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.

Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile…

That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

You know when you read a book and you find yourself smiling in the end that you have read a decent book. But in this book’s case, I really did like this book. I started out wanting to read this book because, let’s be honest, any book I have read in the past by other authors that have a character named Tristan in it I have loved. So in staying with the honesty bit, that is what made me want to read this book. Maybe that is not the best choice in basing off of whether I should read a book or not but that is what I had for wanting to read this one. Just turns out that this was a good book as well. So I guess the Tristan name has held tried and true as to being a good reason to read a book.

Tristan has up and moved back to his hometown without letting his family know. He also bought the bakery in town as well. The thing is, nothing stays a secret long in his hometown because for one it is small and another, he is the youngest out of six boys and each of the boys have their hands in some sort of business in town with the exception of one. This is a huge move for Tristan because not only is he starting over but he is also escaping his now ex as well.

Once Tristan gets in town, one of the first people he meets is a man named Jake. From the moment these two met, they were both intrigued with the other. Only problem is both men have a past they are trying to forget but the past always has a way of catching up to you.

The more that Tristan and Jake get to know one another the more they like one another. When the past comes knocking, these two men are going to have to work together to overcome everything coming their way.

I really enjoyed this read. I will say that at different points and times I wanted to jump in this book and tell Tristan’s family to back off. They are really an overbearing bunch. I also wanted to defend poor Jake. It is like everyone is nice to his face but holds his past against him. Regardless I really loved Tristan and Jake. They completed one another in my opinion. I look forward to the next book in this series. Hopefully we will at least have some appearances from Jake and Tristan in it.

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Galley copy of Sweet Nothings provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.