PEOPLE WOULD KILL TO BE THIN.
Solu's luxurious celebrity-filled Cruise to Lose is billed as "the best cruise since the Titanic," and if the new diet sweetener works as promised - dropping five percent of a person's body weight in just days - it really could be the answer to the world's obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.
BUT WILL THEY DIE FOR IT, TOO?
Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his childhood "Baby-Tom-Tom" image. His publicists have even set up a "romance" with a sexy reality-TV star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it's Laurel that he's determined to save.
Sweet was my first TBR Jar pick. It wasn't a book I would have picked up this month so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much (I typically read scary/horror/gory books in the fall/winter). Sweet was equal parts horror and trendy. An odd combinations for sure, but it totally works. The writing isn't perfect but the story was highly entertaining and made up for it. The romance was totally predictable, but I just didn't care. The story moved at a steady pace and the gore was extremely satisfying. Emmy Laybourne doesn't hold back, y'all!
The concept of an artificial sweetener turning people into rabid addicts was morbidly fascinating but also hit close to home considering how diet-obsessed our society is. And let's not forget about that bath salts craze that turned users rabid.
As far as I've been able to find, there is no sequel which is a bummer because the ending is wide open for one. I really want a sequel! Ms. Laybourne has another trilogy published, Monument 14, which I own and will definitely be picking up in the near future.