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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Yesterday's posting break is over and I'm back with another review. It's a Contemporary Romance short story from an author whose work I've featured once before. I enjoyed my first trip through the epages, but what about the second...you're about to find out. Ladies and gents, though mostly the ladies, get ready for your next must read title and my book of choice today...
(Kindle Worlds Novella)
About the book...
After years of paying her dues, Ava Sweet finally owns the taffy shop of her dreams. Her grandmother's signature recipes are beginning to make a statement in Soho, NY, and with the help of her friend, Leanna Remington, she has her eyes set on the upcoming Big Apple Sweets Convention to put her shop on the map. The only problem, she's been accused of stealing a recipe by the hunky Boy Scout from the fudge and candy shop next door.
Hudson James is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, especially at his family's fudge and candy shop. They're looking to showcase some new recipes at the upcoming sweets convention in the hopes of regaining the notoriety their shop has always been known for. Until the owner of the taffy shop next door creates a recipe so similar to theirs that Hudson doesn't hesitate to call her out on it.
In a world of sugary creations and high pressure candy making, adding a dash of romance isn't part of the recipe. With the sweets convention only a week away, Ava and Hudson will need to try and keep their eye on the prize, even while their hearts are being pulled by love.
Okay so pretty much EVERY description I came up with for this book ended up sounding cheesy. Don't believe me? Watch...or rather read....
Hits the spot!
See what I mean?
But I suppose that is one of the stumbling blocks with a story filled with sweets.
The story is about two candymakers from somewhat opposing teams (fudge versus taffy) who have a meet cute that is other than ideal (accused of recipe theft...good grief!) that turns into potentially something more and then not and then maybe and then...who knows?! Trust me though you'll be glued to the page...if not fanning yourself a bit from the steamier moments. What's that saying? If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen? Very fitting here. *wink wink* Anywho, let's dig a little deeper....
Ava Sweet is a great leading lady. She's as sweet as her name, a smart business woman, a good friend, and just a tad gun shy of putting her heart out there to potentially be stomped. Does she have good reasons behind that? Not certain (that's the downside of short stories, you usually end up wanting more), but with her current goal in mind (growing her taffy shop), she's got her eyes on the prize. That prize shifts just a smidge when local Boy Scout aka Hudson James steps through her door. He's a recovering womanizer, okay that was a bit harsh, but he was no stranger to the ladies, who has bigger things on his mind right now thanks to dear old Mom and Dad. He has a business to run and a reputation to uphold and...was not expecting to seriously crush on the "girl next door". I suppose one can't really guide the hand of fate; just gotta take it as it comes. These two apart is one thing, but together...let's just say there are definitely fireworks.
To say I fell in love from the start would be accurate, though not descriptive enough to express all my feelings. I love the way the author writes her characters, balances their positives and negatives out to create realistic personas. The romantic aspects are flirty and fun, keeping the up-close-and-personal moments between the sheets to a minimum...there to fan the flames but not cross the line. Overall, it was a gem of a read and I can't wait to see what's next from this author. Recommended for adult readers of Contemporary Romance.
About the author...
Amy Manemann is an International Best Selling Author. She writes sexy and intriguing romantic suspense, contemporary romance (NEW), young adult paranormal romance, and dabbles in children's books. She resides in her hometown along the Mississippi river with her husband and their two children. When she isn't plotting her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and diving into a good book.
Amy is also a site administrator for the World Literary Café, an online literary community for authors and readers. www.worldliterarycafe.com
You can connect with Amy at www.amymanemann.blogspot.com
Special thanks to author Amy Manemann for the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or her growing body of works, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a virtual shelf of your choosing.
Until next time...happy reading!