Published by Twelfth Night Publishing
Released on May 23, 2013
Small-Town Wisconsin hosts three sweetly sensual romances that were fun and flirty yet nostalgic in their turns. I was glad to get the chance to delve back into this author’s writing when I finally got around to enjoying this three book collection of standalones.
Any Given Sundae
When Elizabeth’s uncle and his business partner must rush to Europe for a family promise, she finds herself co-managing their ice cream shop with her secret high school crush from ten years back. Her stutter grows exaggerated and she can’t even get the words out to say no when charming Rob rushes in from Chicago and needs her to play his fake girlfriend to get his matchmaking Italian mama off his back for the time he is there co-managing the store.
A circle of friends, high school memories, a cookbook project, and a summer romance for the once high school jock and the quiet smart girl. Nice and light, had a gentle pace without a lot of angst, and finished right where I knew it was going all along.
Someone’s absconding with school district funds and new finance director Garrett is determined to prove to his wealthy eastern family and the school board that he can root out the thief even as he finds himself in hot water with elementary school teacher Caitlin for cancelling the popular Harvest event. Her eagerness to restore the event for her own private reasons red-flags her as his chief suspect at first, but then they team up over shared specialty ice cream, eclectic music, and old movies to find they can spark over more than the school finances.
I like this one a bit better than the first story probably because of the mystery they were partnering over. It had a similar vibe and feel-good romance, but also had lagging moments. Comfy and engaging.
A picturesque Door County Inn is the setting for a romance that takes place over a series of fun holiday encounters between inn owner Shannon and Minneapolis businessman, Bram. It’s meant to be a no strings light flirtation that began on Valentine’s Day, but becomes more as each holiday occasion reveals the people they are beyond the quick and sexy attraction. Long term starts to look really good.
This one really struck a chord with their holiday encounters, slow burn chemistry, and just the fun that each holiday encounter brings with food, music, and celebrations.
The Sweet Temptations Collection were all engaging romantic escapes that felt cozy and relatable with their careers, circle of friends and family, personal issues, and romance struggles. It might be right book/s for right mood, but I also think it is the right tone the author strikes with her romance. I read my first book by her last year and was determined to go back for more. I’m so glad I did and can recommend any or all of these books to contemporary romance fans who enjoy a light comedic element, delicious food, fun music and movie references added to sensual romances set in small towns.
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