Review: BRUNCH AT BITTERSWEET CAFE / by Carla Laureano

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe / by Carla Laureano (A Supper Club Novel, 2)
Tyndale     ISBN 9781496420244
Adult     Rating: 4

Award-winning author Carla Laureano continues her contemporary romance series set in Denver’s restaurant industry.

In Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe, Denver pastry chef and baker Melody Johansson is disenchanted with her current job at a chain bakery. When corporate pilot Justin Keller is stranded on the doorstep during a snowstorm, she thinks her life is finally changing.

But Justin is not staying in Denver long-term. He is planning a business venture in Florida, and his work schedule doesn’t lend itself to long-term relationships. Still they can’t deny they chemistry between them. When Melody is unexpectedly able to fulfill her dream by opening a bakery/café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, how will it affect their relationship?

Laureano creates another delicious story with complex characters, an enjoyable romance, and a realistic faith journey. Characters from her first book play a secondary role and continue their storyline. The chemistry between Melody and Justin slowly simmers until it develops into a delectable clean romance. They are clearly attracted to one another but recognize that their careers are taking them different directions, and in different states! Both have pasts that make them hold back. Will they be able to move past their history into a future together, one that includes all their dreams?

All in all, Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe is another delicious read for adults. Although this is the second book in the series, the author provides enough backstory that allows the reader to enjoy this title as a standalone novel. Recommended for public libraries and fans of Laureano’s earlier books. Watch for the next series’ addition in 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

Previously reviewed: The Saturday Night Supper Club.

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