Bittersweet | Review

Title: Bittersweet
Series: Ashton Family #1
Author: Carrie Aarons
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 7 July 2023
Rating: ★★★★


The last place Cassandra Mauer ever thought she’d step foot again was Hope Crest, Pennsylvania. But once the world famous actress gets the call that her estranged father has passed, and his only living relative will need to settle his estate, she finds herself back in the small town that sent her running once upon a time.

Little do her dilapidated childhood home and her father’s affairs know, Cassandra was in need of a project exactly like this to distract from the glamorous life she no longer wants or recognizes. That is, until she bumps into the man whose family is considered Main Street royalty.

Patrick Ashton is the boy next door, a Hope Crest celebrity, and one of the heirs to the most famous restaurants on the East Coast. He has no problem reminding her just how much the town hated her old man … and in turn her for sharing his last name. But when he realizes she’s going to sell the land their two families have fought over for decades, Patrick might have to change his tune.

As he begins scheming to charm the woman the entire country wants to be or be with, she can’t deny the spark of chemistry between them still exists after all these years. The one that simmered in the shared woods behind their homes where no one else could see.

And when the danger that sent her fleeing as a teenager returns to seek revenge, she finds Patrick genuinely in her corner, despite his family’s objections. In the place she swore never to return, she might have just found the love and life she was searching for.

Except old wounds and unsettled scores might not let her keep it.


This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!
Bittersweet is the first standalone book in the Ashton Family series and tells the story of Cassandra and Patrick.

First let’s talk about the cover. I usually don’t really like real people on the cover but this cover is really beautiful and matches the story! Bittersweet is a standalone Romance book set in the Ashton Family series, a series set in a small town. I really enjoy reading small town Romance books, and if you’ve read and loved Carrie Aarons’ The Nash Brothers series, then you’re going to enjoy Bittersweet too! This book has the right amount of drama, romance and spice!

Bittersweet is about Cassandra and Patrick. Cassandra is a famous actress, and she returns to her hometown after her father’s death. Her father wasn’t a kind man, so not everyone likes that she’s back in town. Patrick is Cassandra’s neighbour, and he wants to buy Cassandra’s father’s land. I’m not going to say more about the story except a few tropes: enemies to lovers, one bed and some suspense! I really enjoyed Cassandra, Patrick and Patrick’s family. I’m really looking forward to the other books in the Ashton Family series!

Bittersweet was such a good Romance book, and I really enjoyed reading Cassandra and Patrick’s story. I really loved how they went from a situationship to a relationship, they’re so perfect for each other. I didn’t expect the suspense in this book, but it made the story even better! I really liked Bittersweet, and I’m excited to read the next book in the Ashton Family series!