REVIEW & EXCERPT: Bittersweet by Carmen Jenner & Lauren K. McKellar
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.
From two USA Today bestselling authors comes a tale of miscommunication and muffins.
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Bittersweet is a Romantic Comedy about a heartbroken girl who's in love with love and weddings and a heartbroken boy who's in love with her.
I can taste it on the tip of my tongue, that bittersweet mix of earth and something darker, something sexier, something altogether intoxicating. From the time I wake until I lay my head on the pillow at night, coffee consumes most of my mental real estate, right alongside weddings. Coffee. Weddings. And my favorite barista.
Romy is a girl after my own heart. A passion for love, blogging, coffee and muffins. And the hot Italian Barista who works downstairs.
Romy breathes, writes and dreams about love but is single and desperate to mingle! She spends her days writing about everyone else's weddings and giving advice from her favourite spot in the Cafe down stairs. Romy has had a crush on Elio for the better part of a year but is too afraid to make a move.
Elio is the hot Italian barista with a secret. He's sweet, he's sexy, he bakes and he makes the best coffee for miles. And he's flirting with Romy... Or is he?
Bittersweet was just that, equal parts bitter and equal parts sweet. Both Romy and Elio have had past relationships that have left them a little heartsore and a little tender. Bittersweet was full of flirting, banter and misunderstandings.
Carmen Jenner & Lauren K. McKeller's writing was seamless. I couldn't tell where one started and one ended. Having read almost all of Carmen's collection and being new to Lauren's writing I thought I would easily be able to tell there different styles but they gelled so well I wouldn't have know it was written by two different authors if there were no names on the front.
One of my favourite parts of Bittersweet was reading Romy's blog posts! They're were so sweet, inspiring and genuine!
Whatever lingerie you choose, make sure it’s sex-appropriate. This is not the time for those granny panties, ladies, no matter how much they suck your stomach in! In fact, throw those out right now, because if your man needs you to wear them, he’s not the man for you. Love, Romy
I really enjoyed Bittersweet and the different characters involved in Romy and Elio's story. One character was absolutely adorable and completely stole every scene she was apart of! The miscommunication and misunderstandings were frustrating to no end but fitted in perfectly with Romy and Elio's story.
However there was one decision that Romy made that took away from the story for me. I was so disappointed in her! In saying that, it's a decision that many of us have probably made and regretted just as much as she did!
Bittersweet is a perfect late night read, once you start it, you can't put it down! Every decision that Romy and Elio make keeps you on your toes and guessing how and if they will get there happier ever after!
Confident I no longer look like a cave troll, I grab my keys and wallet and rush downstairs. Elio is just turning the sign in the window when I virtually slam my body against it because I was running full-tilt down the stairs, and I can’t slow my velocity. He gives a startled laugh, and I flame bright red.
Elio abandons his ‘closed sign and opens the door.“Hey.”
“Hi. Sorry about that.”
“Couldn’t wait to see me, huh?” His eyes burn with mischief. I blush and desire arcs through me, because really, it should be illegal for anyone to look that delicious in jeans and a T-shirt with a dishtowel slung over his shoulder.
“Ha! Yeah.” I shake my head.“I mean no. I mean, Coffee. I’m lagging. Please, I’m really sorry. I know you’re closed and you wanna get home, and why wouldn’t you? It’s not like you want to stay at the shop all day when there’s wine to drink and cheese to nibble and classic books to read.”
He frowns.“That’s your impression of me? That I nibble cheese while reading classic literature.”
“And the wine,” my mouth supplies unhelpfully.
He chuckles.“You may need a crash course in what men do after work. Here’s a hint: it’s not nibbling anything. Unless, of course, it comes to ear lobes.”
Oh, wow. Okay. I would definitely prefer that to an expensive gouda.
He grins.“Come on. I’ll do you better than just a coffee.”
“Excuse me?” I squeak.
Now he laughs outright.“Relax,Romy. My nonna is here, my sister too, and a bossy four-year-old. I promise, I won’t bite.”
Not even if I want you to?
Meet The Author's: Carmen Jenner & Lauren K. McKellar
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: www.carmenjenner.com & www.laurenkmckellar.com