Title: Sugar and Spice, A Karma Cafe Novella
Description: Hot kisses, sexy shoes and a midnight rendezvous – the
perfect recipe for Happy Ever After. Throw in a fairy godmother with a personal
agenda, a midnight deadline and a marriage-of-convenience and you have a hot and
sassy twist on a modern day Cinderella story.
For over a hundred years,
the Karmanski women have been cooking up delicious treats, and a little magic.
But now their business, Karma Café, is in trouble and each of the Karmanskis has
a different opinion on how to save their livelihood. The matriarch, Odette, is
old-school, and more than ready to rely on magic. Natalia is sure if she can
just marry her daughter off to a wealthy suitor, all their problems will be
solved, and she has just the suitor in mind – the gorgeous CEO of Chastain
Shoes. Anja’s just as determined to foil her mother’s plans and stay single. She
cooks up a scheme to serve up the perfect match for this prince of a guy. With
the aid of a little magical help, she’s going to put a Happy Ever After twist on
her mother’s matchmaking.
Administrative Assistant, Dedra Hanson has
three addictions. Gorgeous shoes, yummy treats and her sexy boss. Her credit
card balance and bathroom scale do a pretty good job of keeping the first two
addictions in check. And the third? Love of her job has always kept her from
acting on her passion for Paul Chastain. But now she’s leaving her job because
her playboy CEO boss is about to become engaged to a chilly socialite to save
his business. Paul Chastain is fair game.
All she needs for one wild
fantasy night? The nerve to seduce her boss, and a little bit of magic. The only
question left is, can she leave when the clock strikes midnight?
Thoughts: Dedra has a thing for her boss, Paul. She has had it for a good long
while. The plan was simple. She would be gone before he gets back,
two weeks served. She couldn’t continue to work alongside a guy she has a thing
for when he is engaged to a woman she doesn't like. Like all best laid plans,
things didn't happen the way she had hoped. Paul is known as a playboy, but the
woman he has been picturing naked and preferably under him, is Dedra and he
doesn't want to lose a great assistant. Little does he know she no longer works
for him. Anja Karmanski is playing matchmaker after seeing her mom’s high hopes
for her and Paul while she wants to remain single. Not to mention her good
friend Dedra's feelings for the guy. There's nothing wrong with a little push to
get the ball rolling for Paul and Dedra, right?
I enjoyed this book. I
will say I wish it was a bit longer. I love it with short books when the
characters have background history.
Dedra is your quiet, shy type of
girl. Never a take what you want girl until Anja talked her into finally giving
into her inner most fantasies and desires.
The Karmanskis are quite a
character of ladies. Anja won't bend to her moms will and she sees how Dedra
feels for Paul so decides to give the inevitable a push in her own
Paul is a strong man with business ethics up the wazoo. For such a
playboy, he won't take what he wants, that is until she shows up offering what
he can't say no to. Until that moment he realizes he is more alive with Dedra
than ever before.
I enjoyed the novella but wasn’t amazed by it. I do
wish it was longer because I was looking forward to a little more of Paul and
Dedra. I really want a story for Anja. I kind of hope she gets with Paul’s
brother. The passion once it hit for Dedra and Paul was pretty steamy and I got
swoony for them at the end. I will check out the next installment to see what
these ladies have in store for us all. It was a cute, sweet read with a little
humor and some quirky relatives I'm sure we all can relate too. I am a fan of
Weber's previous work and still am with this read.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
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