June 21, 2016

Review: Love and a Latte by Jamie Pope

Review: Love and a Latte by Jamie PopeLove And A Latte (Mills & Boon Kimani) (The Draysons: Sprinkled with Love, Book 5) by Jamie Pope
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on July 1st 2016
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Can true love really be this sweet? Getting the west coast location of his family’s celebrated patisserie off the ground is a full-time job for Chase Drayson. The driven corporate accountant doesn’t have time for pleasure. Until the bakery’s beautiful barista places a steaming latte in front of him. Avant-garde jewellery maker Amber Bernard is the wrong choice for anything long-term. So why is Chase fantasising about forever with his eclectic employee? There’s more to life than the bottom line. But the seriously sexy numbers-cruncher is her boss, and Amber isn’t ready to risk her professional future. Or be tied down. She’s committed to her art, not romantic dreams . . . even if the passion sizzling between them makes her believe they’re not as different as they think. Could an incredible leap of faith lead to a lifelong love?

The Draysons are back and true love really is sweet.

When reviewing Cappuccino Kisses, I predicted that Chase and Amber would be the next love match in the Drayson series and I was right. Love and a Latte is a story about how opposites really do attract.

Chase is the money man at Lillian’s in Seattle. His main focus is the bottom line and making sure their bakery is in the black. Amber is a free spirit barista who is working hard to achieve her dream of a successful jewelry business. There is a strong attraction between the two but neither are looking for a relationship. Amber’s last relationship left her weary and a bit broken. As a result, her sole focus is the betterment of her career. Chase has never been one for long term relationships and has strict criteria for the women he dates. Amber doesn’t meet any of those requirements, which is not a bad thing.

Love knows no bounds and what you least expect is what tends to feel the most right for you. This is the case with Amber and Chase and they soon fall in love. Of course, they had many obstacles to overcome including an initially disapproving mother, Amber’s hesitation and the obvious difference in wealth.

I’m glad Chase got his story before Jackson. While Chase wasn’t necessarily charismatic in Cappuccino Kisses, there was something about him that made me want to know more. While he was a math whiz, it isn’t his passion. He seemed to be a  little stuck up to most but he was really an adventurous soul who just needed someone to loosen up with.

You need love and a tasty latte in your life, do so by reading this book by Jamie Pope. A nice breezy novel, Love and a Latte is a solid addition to the Drayson saga.

four-stars

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Natalya

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and an editor and author's assistant to passionate creatives by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is catching up on her favorite television shows.

Natalya is the author of All The Things I Never Said, a soul-stirring collection of short stories, prose and love letters for the soulful wanderers, the brokenhearted and the hopeless romantics.

You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on Twitter @NatalyaMuncuff.
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