Monday, February 4, 2019

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe' By Carla Laureano

Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country―an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafĂ© in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

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Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

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My Thoughts...

I devoured this book as I always do with Laureano's books.
This is a fast, easy romance read. You are not going to want to put it down until the last page.
So get your favorite cake, cupcake or cookies and some hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy this on a lazy afternoon.
My bookstagram  friends are going to love Melody and the fact that she takes bookstagram pictures.
I loved the whole book. 4 stars and I really recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. This is right up my alley, I love food shows and that cover is gorgeous.

  2. The last book by this author you had on here I bought and loved it. I can't wait to read this one.

  3. This sounds so good, I can't wait to read it.

  4. I had my eye on this at the book store Saturday, I will go back and get it this week. Thanks Mary

  5. I have not read The Saturday Night Supper Club (but wanted to), heard such great things about it! This second one sounds just as good as the first....going to have to do a binge read on them both :-)

  6. This one kinda makes me hungry!!! I need to read this one. It looks so good!