I had just finished the mystery, Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf, and was ready for a little lighthearted romance. Come on Closer was my first novel by Kendra Leigh Castle, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the cover was very reminiscent of a Jill Shalvis cover, so I thought there were good odds I’d like it. I’m a sucker for sweet romances and the fact that Larkin O’Neill was also a bakery owner sold me on reading it. I’m on a diet and thought that reading about a couple falling in love over baked goods would satisfy my sweet tooth. It was definitely a sweet romance, as advertised, but I came away craving red velvet cupcakes! If I may make a suggestion to the publisher…Please include recipes, I think your readers would love them!
The following synopsis was taken directly from the authors website kendraleighcastle.com.
Nothing’s sweeter than a chance at true love…
Larkin O’Neill refuses to let anything stand in her way. Despite a troubled upbringing, she’s created the life she always wanted, surrounding herself with close friends and opening the bakery of her dreams. But the free-spirited baker is blindsided when she falls hard for the local bad boy. She knows that she should stay away, but the sizzling attraction between them is just too tempting…
Shane’s love ’em and leave ’em ways have left him a persona non grata in Harvest Cove. But when Larkin bursts into his life, the handsome lawyer can’t think of anywhere he’d rather be than by her side. She’s the first person in a long time who believes there could be more to him than meets the eye. Now he’s determined to prove to Larkin that he’s worth taking a chance on—and prove to himself that he’s the kind of man she deserves….
Now that I’ve raved about the baked goods, I’d also like to say some great things about this book. It was very refreshing to see two people who thought they had nothing in common except an intense attraction, actually find that they were so much alike. Larkin had already learned some hard lessons in her life, so she was a little further along than Shane. The story had a subtle humor, the two characters had a lot of chemistry, and the storyline gave them a little conflict to resolve. All in all I enjoyed this book and I may go back and read the first three in the series. Luckily enough, I think she is the only baker in that group of friends, so my diet should remain on track.
Come on Closer is the fourth book in The Harvest Cove series and will be released on March,1, 2016. Berkley Publishing Group sent me a copy through NetGalley for my honest review.
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