You Dear, Sweet Man was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
You Dear, Sweet Man was a bit of a mix of a story, on more than one level. The synopsis on the back gives too much of the story away. Like, everything. Reading the story by itself gives readers a bit of a mystery element and it works. But if you have skimmed the synopsis, you already know what is coming next. The summary does its job too well; it reads like cliff notes. Which in turn leads into our second point, the length of the book.
It felt like You Dear, Sweet Man could not decide if it wanted to be a novel or a short story. The story features a decent-sized cast and each chapter jumps between their perspectives. We really get walked through the whole process of this ad that the story focuses on. From a business point-of-view that is neat to see but it does make other elements of the story take a while. It felt like the ball did not fully get rolling until the last 1/3 of the story or so. More details could have made this a full-length novel (despite the page count, I read it in about 3 hours due to the small pages and large-ish font) while the synopsis shows it could have been a short story as well.
The characters of the story are a bit of a mixed bag. Some get a lot of a focus in many chapters while others make scarce appearances. The heroes of the story came off as more interesting than the villains. The good guys do get more face-time and that is a factor there. The businessmen running the burger restaurant are nice, normal people instead of the evil businessmen we typically see in fiction, which was a nice change of pace. There is an evil, rival business man but his schemes were more of a subplot than a driving force.
Our true villainess gets more focus, but her character was a bit…odd. By the end of the story it is clear that she is unstable and very used to getting her way. There is a bit of a supernatural element surrounding her but the explanation for it was very rushed. In the span of a page or two she explains how her apparent psychic powers work and the character who learns this just kind of rolls with it. There was also a very adult scene with her, which makes sense within the story but felt out of place compared to the rest of the book. Everything just became very fast-paced at the end and it did not 100% fit the slower beginning and middle.
Overall, You Dear, Sweet Man was a good little read. The premise is interesting, the characters are enjoyable, and it is a good length something short and sweet. The synopsis spoiling pretty much the entire story is what really hurt the book for me. If you skip the synopsis, WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, this is a 4-star story.