Published by Swoon Romance on October 7, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
Sadie Maxon's almost done baking desserts and waitressing at her father's trendy diner in Lake Geneva. But things aren't going well, and she's anxious to get back to Chicago to finish grad school.
When Quinn Laughton, a contractor renovating the Wrigley mansion on the lake, offers to buy the crumbling diner, Sadie finds herself in trouble. She can't resist his deal or his sexy down-to-earth sweetness. Maybe Chicago and grad school can wait. . .
When Sadie finds out that Quinn is a Wrigley, she isn't sure whether she's just a business opportunity to him, or if perhaps something more, and starts to doubt what she feels. To convince Sadie of his intentions, Quinn mixes up his own batch of romance and passion, hoping the way to Sadie's heart is through his charm!
But will Sadie's small town sensibilities be swayed by Quinn's big city charm, or, will each of them get their just desserts?
Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the aftermath of a loss. Quinn comes into Sadie, and her fathers’ lives at the perfect time. They are sturggling to tread water both emotionally and financially. Sadie’s mom passed away and left her husband and daughter her popular healthy diner. And they are both trying so hard to make it live up to her name in her mother’s honor. She seemed like such an amazing woman and it was clear to see that she meant so much to both of them. But Sadie’s dad wants to sell the diner because he knows that it is downhill for them. Quinn does fabulous restoration work and he promises to keep the integrity of the diner. I know that I just gave you a lot of back ground type information but one of the things that I loved the most about this story was the setup the author did. I thought this adorably sweet romance had a great plot to jump off of.
Quinn didn’t want to step of Sadie’s toes, and at the start of the story they were a bit too much ping ponging between extremes for the two of them, especially on Sadie’s end. They were cold, they were hot and they were back to cold again so fast you could hardly keep up. But I cut her some slack because her emotions were all over the place with everything she had on her plate. (ha, another thing I loved was how they used food references at innuendo. I thought that was too funny.) After a while, they fell into a better routine around each other and that was when I really felt their connection and romance started to build.
I really liked how protective Quinn was over Sadie. He really looked out for her. Sadie had more demons to overcome in the story, so she had more character growth an Quinn, I felt like. She blamed her mother for leaving her and she just had so many negative emotions rolling around inside of her. Just Desserts is a great book for people looking for quick cute reads, and for people who like love after loss books. Just Desserts is a quick read that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
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