4.5 sunshine stars! A perfect blend of sweet, sassy and sexy! SWEET SUNSHINE was packed with lots of great banter between Chloe and Derrick, and also pulled lots of angsty feels from me. My heart would ache for Chloe's feelings whenever Derrick put his foot it in (and there were a lot!). I loved seeing the development of Chloe and Eliza's relationship throughout and I loved that karma finally caught up with Layla. Overall, a very enjoyable read that left me with happy feels all over!!
If you've read Wildflower, the fourth of the Colors novels by Jessica Prince, you'll have already met Chloe and Derrick, respectively best friends of Harlow and Noah, whose interactions are generally limited to Derrick ordering coffee and occasional pastries from Chloe's bakery Sinfully Sweets, and Chloe getting all tongue tied in attempting to fill his order, but you don't need to have read it to enjoy Sweet Sunshine.
For such a smart guy, its a wonder that its never occurred to the devilishly handsome deputy Sheriff that there's a good reason Chloe gets all kinds of awkward in his presence, and only his presence, but the lawkeeper has other things on his mind.
Recently divorced from the bride of Satan and attempting to be the best father he can possibly be to nine year old Eliza while restricted to one weekend a fortnight, he's got absolutely no interest in anything remotely resembling a committed relationship with a woman ever again. Once burned, twice shy as the saying goes.
So when Chloe finally works up the courage to make some kind of move, its not really a surprise that her happily ever after doesn't appear on the next page, but the response she gets is almost worse than a straight up rejection.
As with its related works, this book comes across in a lighthearted and joyful style, with laughs and smiles to be found on almost every page. Chloe jumps off the page as a bright and vivacious young woman who, despite her body image issues, has a zest for life and baking that can't be quenched. Not even an unobtainable fantasy coming in for coffee daily.
Derrick on the other hand is convincing as a single father with a heart of gold who seems to be oblivious to so much going on around him. So badly burned from his past experiences, its almost as if he's got tunnel vision, seeing only his work, his daughter and when neither of them are around, then whatever woman can hold his attention for a few hours.
So much awkwardness, such endearing misunderstandings, such wonderful characters, old and new, young and really, really young. This story will have you laughing out loud while it warms your heart, and then, just for good measure, it'll drag a tear or two from your eyes and leave you wanting just that little bit more.