Bittersweet by Carmen Jenner, Lauren K. McKellar, Be Designs, Hot Tree Editing
Published by Self-published on May 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From two USA Today bestselling authors comes a tale of miscommunication and muffins.
Romy Love knows weddings. As the author of a hugely successful wedding blog, you’d think she’d have love covered. It is her last name, after all.When it comes to her big day, Romy has the flowers picked out, a dress collecting dust in the back of her closet, and a preacher on standby. There’s just one problem: the groom doesn’t know it yet.
Romy has eyes for the Italian coffee god and single dad who owns the bakery in her building—she also has plans for his delicious buns—but in order to get her happily-ever-after, she has a few things to check off her list first:
Lose twenty pounds
Take over the blogging world one wedding at a time
Make Coffee Hottie fall in love with me
Yeah, this shouldn’t be difficult at all.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Catch me as I swoon!
Be prepared for talk of scrumptious baked treats and the gorgeous man who creates them. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll be weak at the knees after meeting Elio. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Bittersweet introduces a man who is perfection personified. The kind of guy you take home to meet the family, a definite keeper.
Romy doesn’t miss Elio’s goodness and spends her mornings appreciating his coffee and muffins. The only problem is neither Romy or Elio are game enough to make the first move. On the sidelines, though, their family and friends are not so subtly dropping lead weight hints to try and get them to together. Despite all their efforts, misunderstandings and miscommunication blow the chances of a romance.
In an attempt to get her life back on track, Romy heeds a late night advertisement to get into shape. We’ve all succumbed to the lure of a new fitness plan no matter what shape we’re in. Happiness doesn’t materialise because you slim down or firm up, it surfaces when positive thoughts overtake the negative ones. It takes a few rude and cutting comments for Romy to understand she was always worthy of happiness.
The missed opportunities create a void nothing else can fill. Life continues and a plot twist turns the story around and from this point on I was a contented reader. In between hope and despair, the alternate points of view from Elio and Romy bring home the loss both are feeling.
A darling 4 year old Coco asks the questions adults hold back on. She is an adorable charmer, instantly winning over the adults surrounding her. My struggle was with her lisp and at times dialog which I found beyond her years. Maybe there are children out there that sound like that but none of the ones I have ever known have. It wasn’t enough to annoy, rather took me aback when I came across her talking.
There’s lots of fun and quirky moments as well as corny lines among the hiatus in romance. Happiness was always within reach and once it was embraced then everything fell into place. With lots of home truths, a bit of fine tuning and a lot of courage to step out of the comfort zone, Bittersweet was a good mix of good and bad.
3.5 Elio can bake for me any day Stars!
About the Authors
Carmen Jenner and Lauren K. McKellar are USA Today bestselling authors of a combined twenty-seven books. They share a love of rom-com, hot baristas and muffins. You can find more of their books on their websites.
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