Review: Sweet Dreams by Lisa Maliga

Sweet Dreams by Lisa Maliga
Series: Yolanda’s Yummery novella
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Independent/ self-published
Pages: 91
Source:  book was provided by the author for review
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Former bakery employee Brenda Nevins is now a successful romance author of the Yolanda’s Yummery book series. Best friend and agent, Samantha Ho, has gotten her a movie deal and a reality TV show about her forthcoming bakery, named after her bestselling series. The frosting on Brenda’s cake is her engagement to handsome and sexy Warren Stillman, a Beverly Hills attorney.

Complications arise whenever any communication she sends or receives turns into snippets of a cheesy science fiction story. Her agent, fiancé, movie producer and anyone else on the receiving end thinks she’s playing a stupid joke. Brenda is trying to track down the person responsible for hijacking her career, her finances, and even her fiancé.

For Brenda, finding the culprit is necessary to make sure that her dreams aren’t derailed. In the process, she wonders if her aspirations are as dreamy as she’s imagined?

 

Review: Alright, I confess. I may the only person that read the book this way, but I thought the story was somewhat tongue in cheek, a bit of sarcasm, humor and perhaps satirical. I laughed out loud at Brenda’s comments. Yes, she was living the life of a successful novelist, flaunting her black Amex card, shopping on Rodeo Drive. There isn’t really anything wrong with that, after all she did earn that money. But, it was her thoughts and feelings about things that made her not so much a snob, but just really, really shallow. Her success has kind of gone to her head. When someone seems to have it in for her she has a hard time dealing with that. However, it does seem like Brenda is kind of forcing it, trying to love her life when maybe she’s found it’s not all it’s cracked up to be in some ways.

Her morals, her bank account, her career are all called into question along with her love life. Is everything she as amassed worth it? Is she really happy? Who is playing this hideous prank on her?

As a book reviewer I couldn’t help but find a few of Brenda’s inner thoughts just a tiny bit snarky. A reviewer who claimed your request for a book review got sent to their spam folder, and all that frilly stuff Brenda spouts off on her blog had me in stitches. Sounds like our author knows from whence she came. This is a delightful novella and I am for sure going to keep my eyes open for more from this author. The only complaint I had was that the books sort of ended abruptly. I do hope I have “gotten” what the author was trying to convey here. This is really light reading with a touch of sci-fi or paranormal and will have your mouth watering for cupcakes.

 

Julie