The Sweetheart Bargain

The Sweetheart Bargain
Series: Sweetheart Sisters series, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Year: September 3, 2013

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks—unless you’re a Sweetheart Sister…

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RT Top Pick

Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

“Ms. Jump is an exceptional, humorous romantic writer.”
“Ms. Jump is also keenly aware of settings, like the old wreck of a house that Olivia inherits or the lighthouse where lovers meet. In her talented hands the buildings seem like characters. They bode well or ill to the human characters.”
“…a marvelous read for adult romance fans, and Ms. Jump is an exceptional, humorous romantic writer. Her fans will look for her next book The Sweetheart Rules next February.” — New York Journal of Books

“Jump gifts readers with another steamy romance. The Sweetheart Bargain features two strong-willed, albeit damaged, leads, a supporting cast of wonderfully colorful characters, a beautiful beach town and a story that will have readers laughing and then crying in turns.” — Romantic Times Book Club

“The Sweetheart Bargain is book one in Jump’s new series, Sweetheart Sisters, and there’s a reason it earned a Top Pick review from Romantic Times Book Club. The story is inviting, intriguing, heart-tugging and splendid in its sexiness. (Trust me, you’ll never look at kitchen cabinets the same way again.) Pick this up and you’ll fall immediately in love — with the story, the characters, their arduous HEA and with Rescue Bay itself. As gratifying as you’ll find the conclusion for The Sweetheart Bargain, there’s another happy ending here — the blissful promise of additional books set in this funny, feel-good Florida community.” — Kathy Altman, USA TODAY

“When Olivia unexpectedly inherits her birth mother’s home, she hopes to start fresh in quaint Rescue Bay, Florida. When she arrives, though, she discovers a home in need of serious repairs; a surprise half-sister, Diana; and a curmudgeonly neighbor, Luke, a former Coast Guard pilot injured during a rescue. She and Luke share an undeniable chemistry, but his guilt over his friend’s death in the crash keeps him from letting her get close. Olivia loves her job as a therapist who uses animals to help clients at the local senior community, but she must break through to both her sister and Luke to make Rescue Bay her home. This sweet but unsurprising romance is the first in a planned Sweetheart Sisters series for Jump, author of the popular Sweet and Savory romance series. Jump plans a sequel featuring Diana. Her fans will enjoy following the sisters’ paths to love and the quaint and quirky setting.” — Aleksandra Walker, Booklist

“[A] heartwarming contemporary series opener….The Sweetheart Sisters… are happy to encourage the couple toward a satisfying ending.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Top Pick! The Sweetheart Bargain” was a book that left me sighing with contentment. The trio of grannies setting up the ultimate matches in town -known as The Sweetheart Sisters- were my favorite constant in this book.” — Night Owl Reviews

“Olivia Linscott, an animal therapist, escapes snowy Boston for Rescue Bay, Fla., in an attempt to start fresh and heal from a broken marriage; she then meets her match in an injured helicopter pilot, a wounded dog and three meddling residents of the retirement community she works in.”
“After a difficult divorce, Olivia is ready for a new life and is startled when her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption the day she was born, bequeaths her a dog shelter and a house. Olivia jumps at the chance to start over in a new community and packs her life into her car only to find a broken-down property and a barely livable home. Worse, her next-door neighbor Luke is a grumpy, injured military vet, and there’s a stray dog wandering their properties who’s in even worse shape than he is. Determined to make a go of her new lease on life, Olivia settles in to a new job at a nearby retirement community and meets The Sweetheart Sisters—Greta, Pauline and Esther—a trio of old friends who try to set her up with Luke, who is Greta’s grandson. Olivia and Luke have met and clashed and would like nothing to do with each other. But a golden retriever who has a few scars of his own keeps forcing them together, as they both agree that without a little care, the dog will die. Meanwhile, Olivia discovers some deeply seated abandonment issues she must work through, exacerbated by the dilapidated property her mother left her and a couple of other family secrets she uncovers in Rescue Bay. Obviously, Luke and Olivia must overcome many of their own issues, but despite their questionable start, they each come to realize that what they are truly meant to do is rescue each other. Jump’s introduction to a new series featuring The Sweetheart Sisters is a smoothly written and emotionally satisfying novel that includes both sexy tension and tender romance, with humor and emotionalism in abundance.”
“A fun, sexy, heart-warming read.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Sweetheart Bargain

The Sweetheart Sisters, a trio of sassy, well-meaning grannies (who aren’t against a sip of bourbon with breakfast) are ready to dispense advice and help create happy endings with a little of what they do best—meddling.

Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters’ first target. Running from a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and, above all, to protect her broken heart. The Sisters want to tie the spirited young do-gooder to wounded helicopter pilot Luke Winslow, but the intended pair keeps slipping the leash.

Luke’s dreams were shattered by a career-ending eye injury. Adrift and bitter, the last thing he wants is romantic involvement. But when a golden retriever in worse shape than he is scratches on the door, the dog brings in a whole lot more than puppy love…

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