Sweet Rivalry (1001 Dark Nights)
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: 1001 Dark Nights (Features characters from Sweet Cheeks)
Pages: 130 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (February 28, 2017)
Links: Goodreads // Amazon
Overall Rating: 4/5
eARC provided by publisher
Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
I'm all about a series and while 1,001 Dark Nights is a uniques series unto itself - I was even more excited to read more about Ryder, the sweetly protective big brother who we meet in K. Bromberg's Sweet Cheeks. This short novella did not disappoint - the only thing that would have made it better was for it to have been longer, because I could've used a full length novel full of Harper's feistiness and Ryder's attitude towards strong women.
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
The novel featured a few of my favorite tropes/themes: Enemies to Lovers (Harper and Ryder were fierce competitors is grad school), Second Chance (the story takes place 13 years after their last encounter), and elements of an Office Romance (they are once again competing, but this time for a huge job). Considering the length of the novella, it's to be expected that any issue that come up are resolved relatively quickly, and the pacing towards the end is a little fast, but it's totally understandable and satisfying nonetheless.