When Liv Crawford decided to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery, it was no surprise that she forgot to add “maintaining a serious relationship” to her business plan. Not when she believes a cupcake can fix anything, even loneliness.
Jake Miller isn’t concerned about being lonely. He’s cast aside his playboy lifestyle to pursue something more meaningful, his passion for photography. So, when his boss asks him to pursue a beautiful woman and coerce her to his office for a disguised meeting—no matter what it takes—in exchange for the opportunity to turn his hobby into a career, he jumps at the chance. At first sight, Liv awakens his long-buried desire for commitment, but his secret mission could ruin his hopes of keeping her.
Despite Liv’s commitment to swear off relationships to run her bakery, Jake quickly becomes her number one distraction. Yet, even her misgivings can’t tame the heat as they straddle the line between love and ambition.
I am sitting here at my desk at work, on my lunch break, writing this review and all I want is a cupcake. Foodie books always do that to me.
This book was a lot of fun to read. There was some great chemistry between Liv and Jake right throughout the book, which leads to some pretty sexy scenes in the carpark and the bar itself. They don’t jump straight into bed, but they nearly get there a few times except for roadblocks that seem to pop up in front of them.
Keeping secrets in real life, and definitely in romanceland, never leads to anything good, my dears. You can sense Jake’s frustration and desire to come clean about his secret warring with his need for validation. Jakey boy, as good as your intentions were, the outcome….not so good.
Both Liv and Jake want the other, but they are also trying to balance their attraction to each other with their career goals and achieving them. I did like that neither threw away their life outside of the relationship in order to be with the other (although maybe Jake could have done without the whole false pretences bit with their initial meeting).
When the secret is revealed, whoa! I did NOT see the arrival of Liv’s long lost daddy dearest coming at all – really well done, Gina Gordon. I did have an inkling as to who Liv’s saboteur was, but it didn’t ruin the story from me.
After that day, I wouldn’t have begrudged Liv the opportunity to lock herself away for a week with a full fridge of Ben & Jerry’s and a couple of casks of wine. But she did her best to pick herself up and keep going. Being a romance, there is a HEA (and a well-done one at that), but what I liked was that there was no instant forgiveness – there was a bit of soul-searching and thinking about what each wanted. I also really liked that she didn’t instantly become besties with her father just because he said sorry.
I liked Liv and Jake’s friends, and I kind of hope that Brian at least gets his own story. This was a sweet romance with a little dash of spice, and has made me curious to read more of Gina Gordon’s work.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 18 February 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in return for an honest review.