Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review for Sugar and Spice, A Karma Cafe Novella by Tawny Weber

Title: Sugar and Spice, A Karma Cafe Novella
Author: Tawny Weber

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?

My 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 way.

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

You can buy it here :  Amazon  / B&N

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