Something's brewing between friends.
Rachel Miller knows opening a café with coffee and pastries will make her struggling bookstore the place to hang out. But when the bank turns her down and her best friend Shane steps in, she vows business will never ruin their friendship.
Gourmet ice cream maker Shane O'Hare knows food, not women. To sweep Rachel off her feet, he secretly sells his beloved '67 Shelby Mustang and becomes a partner in her café. And then she sets him up with a friend.
As they build the café together and Rachel learns what Shane has sacrificed for her, she finds herself falling for him. Now way too much is riding on the success of this business venture - her career, her best friend, and her heart.
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Friends to Lovers
I loved the friends to lovers story line! I am a sucker for those!
Shane! I adored Shane!
Rachel! She owns a book shop and who better to give me awesome book recommendations?
I loved Shane and Rachel's story! I loved that they grew gradually from friends to lovers. I loved that Shane didn't let Rachel pretend that they were only friends anymore. It was just a great story and I loved the pop ins from previous characters too!
Yes! As a bookaholic, I have kept hundreds of my very favorite reads so that I can revisit characters that touched my heart and made my toes curl. It's like buying your favorite flavor of ice cream time and again because your taste buds can't wait to taste that yummy experience again. I know I can recreate the magic of falling in love again, and audio books that are stored on my tablet take up a lot less room. I love the comedic side of life and I really enjoy Kylie's interpretation of the silly side of love.
I love the close sibling relationship between Ryan, Travis and Shane, who are always ready to lend a hand, give advice, and torment each other with memories from the past. I also like how protective the brothers are with their grandma Maggie, who took them in and did an awesome job of making them the men that they are today. We see the same relationships between Ryan and Travis's wives who happen to be sisters, and Shane's girlfriend Rachel and her sister. Family relationships and shared experiences are the heart of this series.
Listening to Charles Lawrence narrating a book is like the difference between black and white TV and color TV. The characters all have different quirks and personalities and Charles acts them out with a change of voice so effortlessly it's like magic. Listening to him describe Shane's love of cooking, baking, development of ice cream flavors, and the coffee making tutorials was deliciously descriptive. I swear I could smell the flavors of this book through Charles' voice alone. I especially enjoy the enthusiasm Charles conveys during sexy scenes that always make me giggle with delight!
Shane, of course! He's sensitive, intuitive and oh-so patient with Rachel while she gets over the bozos she's dated in the past. He's a fabulously talented chef and baker, and he develops all his own recipes for the different flavors of ice cream he serves at his ice cream store. I admired his empathy toward both of his flawed parents, and the example he sets for his brothers when he reconciles with his father once his dad reaches 3 years of sobriety. He's a great guy and there were times when I wanted to strangle Rachel because it takes her a very long time to appreciate what a good man Shane is and how much he loves her.
I love this Clover Park series and the fabulous and comedic writing of Kylie Gilmore!
- Diane Blaser