Some Call It Attraction (Sweet Dreams Book 5) by Sarah Peis

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. A positive review is not required.

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Published on: 25 November 2021
Published by: Hexatorial 
Type: standalone, series
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Friends-to-Lovers/Second Chance
Author: Sarah Peis
Read: 05 November 2021
Shelved: 07 November 2021
Rating: 3 / 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

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Synopsis

Two best friends. One lie. A second chance neither of them expected.

I have an unhealthy addiction to self-help quotes and baked goods. He believes in facts and protein shakes. We were as opposite as two people could get, yet we became best friends anyway.

Turns out all it took to tear us apart was a lie.

The last thing I expected was to see him again years later on the set of a reality TV show I’m a contestant in. It doesn’t take long for us to fall back into an easy friendship I thought I’d lost forever. But the feelings I tried so hard to ignore refuse to stay dead and buried.

What will he do when he finds out that I lied all those years ago? Because I can’t walk away a second time.

This is Rayna’s story and a second-chance, friends-to-lovers romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone.

Note from the author: In order not to get kicked out of the good (okay goodish…. fine, sometimes good) girls club, I’d like to point out that I write steamy romcoms and my characters use bad language (sometimes) and like to get it on. There’s no cheating and all my books have a HEA.


Review

A bake-off reality show contestant bumps into an old friend/childhood crush working at a said reality show. It can only set ovens and passion blazing. When Greyson Jones and Rayna Sweet reunites, they realize that they still have some chemistry left over even after the massive misunderstanding. Sparks may still fly, but will it overcome the hurt they both inflicted each other in the past to forge a future together?

POV: First-person, Rayna Sweet’s

Setting: Los Angeles and Humptulips, Colorado

Likes:

1.) Easy, sweet, calm read

I breezed through this book with enough speed to make it pleasant, even if there were mild angst moments. There were times when I felt that it dragged on, but it was only during the first part of the book. By the time some action in the reality show happened, the pace was better. More internal struggles and self-realization were happening as Rayna’s character development deepened and opened her eyes to the truth of reality shows.

Note: I can only comment on Rayna’s side since that’s the only side I can dissect with certainty. The rest of the characters, primarily Grayson’s, remained a mystery to me.

2.) Non-stop comedic humor and Mantra chanting moments

“If there’s one thing I know without a doubt, it’s that he cares for you. It was obvious all those years ago, and it’s obvious now. I’ll even promise to accept him into the family with open arms. He’s growing on me. Like a third nipple. It’s useless but quite extraordinary to have.” 
– Willa, Some Call It Attraction

OR

With sassy commentaries (above) and random mantras/sayings (below) from Theodore Roosevelt or the Dalai Lama, I found it impossible to resist a snicker or two, especially in very unexpected moments.

“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” 
– Dalai Lama

3.) Writing style befitting the story

I enjoyed the writing and the added mystery of having only one character’s side of the story. For example, readers not having access to Grayson’s POV gives a lot of mystery and, at times, mixed signals that added to Rayna’s angst and uncertainty. The readers are in the same pace/space as Rayna that heightened the whole experience. It was refreshing to sometimes be in the dark. This story gave me a better impression of the author’s decision on this. 

4.) Past characters in the book revisited.

It is nice to see book series bring back or have old characters in the previous book either come for a scene or two, but this book had them be a more active participant. These were Rayna’s support system at home and were constantly mentioned and had strong supporting cast vibes. I enjoyed getting to know them since I wasn’t able to read the series yet. Readers can see how her small yet supportive townsfolks rallied to support her family and her business through these characters.

Note: readers can start in between any of the series’ stories and won’t be lost. Although there would be inevitable endings (they did end up together, HEA), the story’s primary focus is Rayna and Grayson.

5.) Reality of reality shows = nasty, juicy, and yet I could not deny gobbling it up.

You know when there are tv shows that we love to binge on but will never admit publicly of watching? I have too many of those, and I will STILL NOT admit it anywhere, BUT, in this case, I like how the author showed the nasty side of fame and show business. It may not be for all shows, but the stereotypical assumptions of intrigued and deceit were ever-present. Add a stiff competition and jealousy; everything turned so badly quickly for Rayna when new information came to light. 

Dislikes:-

1.) Annoying ex-flings plus disapproving and meddling parents kept popping into the story to cause trouble. –>> needed for plot twist and conflict

I felt that Grayson realized he didn’t need to settle until he got reconnected with Rayna. Even before Grayson and Rayna had a massive falling-out, Grayson sacrificed so much of himself – his career choice and personal life – to stay within his parent’s good side

I did not like his ex sabotaging his “path to Rayna” AND his parents being “snobbish” (to put this lightly) to Rayna. It was tough to reconcile that good, lovely, and thoughtful Grayson could come from such toxic and vile parents. 

2.) Me – it’s most likely me.
I do not understand why this book couldn’t hold my attention when it has all the perfect makings of what I love – romance, a bit of sassy dialogue, plot twists, sweet couple, against-all-odds themes, yet it took me longer to concentrate on the book. I kept getting distracted or putting it down. I was fearful that I might not finish it if I hadn’t sat down and speedread the last parts if I stopped anymore, hence the rating.


Overall, Some Call It Attraction is a sweet read for romance and foodie-sweets-loving readers who want to know more about sacrifices and timing. Rayna and Grayson’s story was a long road – extended to years of disappointments and misunderstandings. They both had to grow up in their own time, come back to clear things up then decide their feelings for each other. It’s has a nice ending, with a few of the loose ends at the beginning wrapped up well. FYI – other forces were causing even more stress on Rayna than just the show and Grayson’s baggage. This particular problem kept me on edge until its resolution in the last chapter.

Tropes: second chances, Cinderella-ish feels, friends-to-lovers, rich boy-simpleton girl, reality show fanatics


About the Author

Supporter of all things written, defender of the e-book revolution, and master of the take-out order – I’m not afraid to say I can’t cook, go a week without breaking something, read labels correctly, or park cars in a straight line.

I love the written word in all forms and shapes and if I’m not glued to a book I’m attempting to write one. I’m a frequent blonde moment sufferer and still trying to figure out how to adult. I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my two little humans, the holder of my heart, and two furry demons. I love to hear from readers so feel free to get in touch.

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