Mugs of Love by Norma Jeanne Karlsson
Published by It's Publishing on December 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Serving promise, one cup at a time.
When his world came crashing down around him, Garrett Sharp didn’t run. He stood like the man he is and took his punishment. Eight years later, he finds himself in a new life. It’s not the life he grew up believing he would live, but it’s a life all the same, albeit numb and empty. Well, not entirely.
Every day across the street from his furniture store, Garrett steals moments full of warmth from Emily Garner. As she floats happily through her coffee shop, Emily provides him glimpses into her soul. She’s pure and full of life in a way Garrett’s never experienced. He’s never heard her voice and doesn’t know the color of her eyes. But he knows she lights up like a beacon when she serves coffee to couples on their first dates. Emily can feel the tingles of new love even when she’s not the one experiencing the thrill. And Garrett can feel Emily’s joy from across the street.
When Emily finally enters Garrett’s store for the first time six months after he opens, both their lives change. Garrett must battle the demons of his past to be a man worthy of the woman he’s fallen for from afar. Emily has to move beyond her ex-boyfriend and his betrayals to find trust again. If it were only the past challenging Emily and Garrett, their story would be easy.
Life is never easy.
I honestly started Mugs of Love thinking I would be reading something light and fluffy. The first half of the book I got exactly what I expected, the second half was like the author decided to scrap her original storyline and go for something completely different.
I know that Garrett wasn’t going to be clean cut and sweet, he was going to be damaged and hiding, but this guy was Dark with a capital D. We get his thoughts and they are not good. He admits he is a stalker in love who, luckily for him, gets the girl.
Our leading lady smiles, laughs and loves with her whole heart. She says sweet and beautiful things making me think she is just so nice…until she’s not. She’s happy to have her boyfriend fix his problems with violence and not have the police involved; she also lets children become involved in his lies.
I will warn you that there is lots of OTT violence not just implied but described and the person doing the violence is telling you what his feeling are while doing it. It was just too much.
The worst part is up to the 60% mark I’m still raving to my friends that this is a sweet and lovely read…sorry my lovelies.
I don’t know what to say. There were some really good bits in this book until all the sweetness was sucked out. Not sure if I would read more from this author.
Rating: 3 Change of Direction Stars
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