Inez Kelley ~ Sweet as Sin



Er, uhm, I mean….


Damn, just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Oh well.

When you talk about a monster something, it is over the top, all-powerful and the biggest and baddest thing out there. Monster trucks have tires the size of grown men and crush everything in their path.  Pizza hut has a Monster Pizza that is bigger than anything else on their menu. There is a place in my hometown that sells Monster Fries- french fries with brown gravy in a serving bowl. One order can feed a family of four easily.

Bigger, better, badder.

When I wrote Sweet as Sin, its working title was Monster Love. The title was two-fold. Yes, it was my biggest, baddest and best story to date but that wasn’t all. The hero, John Murphy, is a YA fantasy writer. He is called ‘The Master of Monsters’. Unfortunately, he has things in his past he has to deal with, monsters of his own mind.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of MONSTER is:

1: a: an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure

b: one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character

2: a threatening force

3: a: an animal of strange or terrifying shape

b: one unusually large for its kind

4: something monstrous; especially : a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty

5: one that is highly successful

John is all of those things. His past shaped his mind in abnormal ways that have cause him to deviate from the norm. There is no doubt he is a threatening force. Although not gargantuan, he is a big man who can terrify with his presence.  He can be and is cruel. He is also extremely successful. To him, monsters are real. They are more real than people.

Carina Press felt ‘Monster Love’ was a deceptive title since most people see monster and think paranormal. This isn’t, it is a contemporary but I can see where they are coming from. However, the title still fits. The only thing that can save John from himself is one hell of a woman and a rock solid love… a monster-sized love. That’s what you get with Sweet as Sin.

~~~~SWEET AS SIN excerpt~~~~

“I write under the name J. B. Flannigan.”

“Oh my God! You write Jondi?” Dumbfounded, Livvy stared at him. Jondi and his monster friends were heralded as America’s answer to Harry Potter. The Young Adult fantasy series had swept the nation like a firestorm and become a literary sensation. She’d stood in line with Andrea last winter to buy the third book in the series the day it came out.

Jondi, a shaggy blue monster with bright green sneakers and ball cap, captured the spirit of innocence. His best friend was Thorn, a six-foot bat with red eyes and wicked fangs. In Book One, Thorn had frightened and terrorized the New Woods of Gillimat until Jondi befriended him. Now the two were inseparable, one gentle and kind, the other menacing and frightening but loyal to the death. Embraced by schoolchildren and parents alike, some claimed the content too dark, too frightening, but good always triumphed and the morals somehow got through. The darkness hid a tale of hope. Livvy wondered if the same was true for the author.

A hint of bitterness crept into his tone. “Supposedly anyway. I have a bit of writer’s block.”

Somehow, the admission was for so much more. The look that had crossed his face had been two-fold—misery and terror. A surge of unexpected protectiveness swept through her and she desperately wanted his flippant arrogance back, anything to erase his troubles.

She hummed with a teasing smile. “The Master of Monsters here on Elmcrest Drive. Well, well, I’m in the company of greatness.”

His eyes shot to hers, pain almost hidden, and he winked. “The Master bit was my publisher’s work, not mine, but if you want greatness, we’ll talk later.”

The flirtation was so blatant it was intoxicating, and it had been so long since she’d had a drink.



She’s made for sin. Sin is something he knows intimately.

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

Buy Sweet as Sin at Carina Press, AMZ, ARe, BoB or B&N

Inez Kelley is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at

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