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Published by Escape Publishing on May 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A sexy, sugar-laden David vs Goliath story about a local bakery, a national chain, and what really matters.
Clover Loveday has worked hard to get her café Four-Leaf Clover up and running — her ticket out of an increasingly alarming financial situation and her dream come true. When she literally falls off her ladder into the arms of sexy-as-sin Liam Sinclair. The same Liam Sinclair who owns the new bakery being built just across the road...the new store by bakery chain Upper Crust owner! Clover decides then that no matter how nauseated she is about the idea, it is best keep your enemies close, rather than leave things to fate.
Liam has never put too much thought into the competition when he opens a new outlet, other than taking their customers and strengthening the Upper Crust brand. But here in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Clover Loveday’s cafe is a little too close for comfort, and Clover herself a little too good-looking. So Liam asks his PA to put together a ’fact sheet’ about his new competition. He has a business to run, a father to please, and hundreds of people to keep in jobs. Surely information can keep an unwanted strong sexual pull at bay...
A sweet, caffeinated, satisfying story about unexpected temptations, forgiveness, and putting love before money.
Today is the release day for the latest contemporary romance from Melbourne author Charmaine Ross, Four-Leaf Clover. I love reading books set in my adopted home town of Melbourne – and particularly those set around its beautiful outer fringes. Four-Leaf Clover is set in the Dandenong Ranges (just at the eastern edge of town), and having spent some time around there, I had a lovely time reading this book and visualising a gorgeous part of the world.
Here’s my thoughts on Four-Leaf Clover:
The setting of this book, the Dandenong Ranges, is a big part of the attraction of this story for me. A beautiful, leafy area of Melbourne, it is ripe with romantic possibilities and totally fits in as David in the battle against Goliath. Reading this brought to mind the Tecoma v McDonalds fight, and while things travel a little differently in this story, I like that it is kind of topical.
Now, the main attraction of Four-Leaf Clover, however, are the characters. Clover is a strong, self-reliant woman who is trying to keep herself and her mother afloat in the face of the past and of progress, and Liam is a driven, priviliged young man trying to find his place in the world – always measuring himself against his father’s expectations.
Things do develop reasonably quickly between Clover and Liam – but you know what, it works here. It’s apparent that there is a strong attraction between them, but even with the rapid development of the intimate side of their relationship, I love that they still have to work through the issues separating them. Their differences balance each other’s out so well, and watching them discover this and each other was wonderful.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the pages of Four-Leaf Clover. I am very much looking forward to what Ms Ross has in store for us, the readers, in the future.