A contemporary college age romance novel about finding love and enduring some of it’s pains and hardships or deciding to let it go.
My rating: 4/5
Darla is a small-town girl and some small town girls are content getting married, having babies, and settling down exactly where they came from. But others…others have a fire in them that can’t be tamed. They have to go out into the world and make their dreams come true. Darla is in the latter category. She wants to follow in the culinary steps of all of the great chefs and taste exotic foods as she travels the world. Doing that can’t be accomplished in her small town in Virginia. So after graduating high school, Darla leaves the nest and embarks on setting the world on fire with her cooking prowess.
Philadelphia is where she finds herself. It’s not exactly traveling the world, but it is one step closer. She meets Caden, a man that sparks an immediate reaction in her. Their passion for one another is all consuming and fiery from day one. After 4 years of back and forth, Caden and she are still just as intense and in their case, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Knowing relationships that burn with such intensity usually crash and burn, Darla and Caden are no different. It’s a constant, agonizing push and pull between the two. They’ve become each other’s addictions and we all know how dangerous and soul shattering addiction can be.
You have to get away from your drug of choice to find clarity. She does just that by heading back home and meets her older brother’s friend. He changes everything. He reminds her of everything she once wanted and ignites a longing for him that she never had with Caden. Will Darla’s addiction to Caden override all else? Or will the slow burning passion for Connor be just what she needs to discover her dreams again?
My Thoughts ya’ll:
Darla is an aspiring pastry chef from Virginia, with dreams of becoming the next Andrew Zimmern. She moves to Philadelphia at 18 to pursue her dream only to find love with Caden, a fellow chef. You can tell right away that they have amazing chemistry. They have an all consuming love that can often be complicated, frustrating and confusing for Darla. You can feel her frustration. Sometimes when reading, you’ll think “Well if that were me I’d…”. I honestly could feel her helplessness and confusion and could feel the pull Caden had on her. I wouldn’t have the strength to let him go either. There are some extremely intense scenes between the two. Their norm is fucking or fighting with no in between.
On a weekend home to bake a cake for her sister’s baby shower, she meets Connor. Their meeting creates the intense love triangle covered throughout the story. Darla spends a weekend with Connor confessing her love for him. This is one of the times I wanted to roll my eyes, but like I said I could totally understand her not being able to let Caden go. They had a solid, slow burning, and passionate love. You can tell immediately he is so much better for Darla.
When she confesses to him her relationship with Caden, she creates the catalyst that brings her dreams to a screeching halt in more ways than one. Her entire life flashes before her eyes and everything changes, including her future. I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t say much more about the story line. She does get her life figured out and her happily ever after. But it doesn’t happen in the way you think. Her dreams change a little.
I have been a fan of L.D. Davis since I read her book Accidentally on Purpose. Her writing draws you in and makes you want to read as quickly as possible. It immediately hooks you and makes you want more. You feel her characters rather than read about them. She did exactly that with Sift. You can’t put it down.
Darla’s character was unique and refreshing. She was well developed and you can easily recognize her strengths and her flaws. She was funny and witty as well as being vulnerable and naive. That just goes to show L.D.’s writing is amazing and as real as a fictional character can get.
Darla’s story is entertaining and you find yourself questioning what you would do in her situation. There are just the right amount of love scenes (or should I say sexy time) between Darla and both Connor and Caden. My rating was a 4 out of 5 because I didn’t care for the ending. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I feel all of the epilogue timelines were unnecessary. This was a great book that had me laughing out loud and crying, especially during the scene with her Dad on his porch. Daddy/ daughter moments always make my heart melt.
Why you should read it:
Sift gives you passion, laughter, heat and some different choices in a book boyfriend. It’s an entertaining and heartfelt read made for the romantic at heart that like drama.
About the Author:
L.D. Davis is from the east coast of the U.S. and has count em…5 kids! She also has a husband and 2 cats which probably explains her affinity to daydream about escaping to a tropical island. Her books include the Accidentally on Purpose series and of course Sift. Want to experience a book hangover? Head over to her amazon here show her some love.