Today I am pleased to present the next installment in Beth Ciotta’s Cupcake Lovers series, In the Mood for Love. Please read on to see my review for this title, and don’t forget to check the other tour stops to see what others thought about it. While you are here: please be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Cupcake Lovers Tote Bag with Print copy of ANYTHING BUT LOVE and Signed Cover Flat of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.
I came into this series with the last book and found the story heartwarming and enjoyable as it managed to bring the feel of a lovely and caring small town to the people who needed it most. Plus, I love Vermont, and have relatives who live in a little town not unlike Sugar Creek – where generations of families live and gather, and everyone knows who you are and what you’ve been through.
In this story we pick up with Harper who has become a new member of Cupcake Lovers, mostly contributing her PR skills. Relocated from Los Angeles, Harper is struggling with her own history and inability to sit still. Her constant connection to twitter, facebook and her telephone keep her removed from everyone: she’s not a warm and fuzzy person. Falling in love with a house that has become a local legend, she purchased the house and has retreated to the little town for some R & R. But she doesn’t know how to relax, and her anxiety is at full swing, she can’t leave the house even for the simplest of reasons.
Sam is the only official male member of Cupcake Lovers, and as a former Marine, the club’s mission is all that more eye catching to have a serviceman involved. Sam is still grieving the death of his wife and mother of his two children, and the hectic publicity schedule for the CL’s new book doesn’t have him feeling particularly comfortable. Sam is all about making his kids happy, and finding someone just like their mum to build a life with: a relationship where he finds love is secondary.
Again Ciotta uses the characters and their relationships to build a series of circles in which everyone slowly but surely comes to find the person that is their fit: even if they aren’t inclined to see it themselves. Sam and Harper are that perfect combination of opposites attract, with both having skills and qualities that enhance the other’s strengths and provide support in their moments of weakness. Bringing in the kids, the unique interference of Daisy and checking in with the other couples and residents in Sugar Creek with a fun side trip to Las Vegas to liven up the climax.
If you want a fun, heartwarming and sweet story with a touch of steam – pick this up. You won’t regret it.
Title: In the Mood for Love
Author: Beth Ciotta
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When Harper Day blows into the small town of Sugar Creek, Vermont, she takes the sleepy community completely by surprise. A stunning beauty and frenzied workaholic, the celebrity publicist based out of L.A. maintains she will only be in Sugar Creek for vacations. The cozy atmosphere of Sugar Creek, however, has other plans. Haunted by a troubled past and insecure about her future, Harper finds solace in doing publicity for the Cupcake Lovers. Now if only she could get her life back in line, and put a stop to this newfound attraction she has for one of the members…
Sam McCloud feels an intense connection to Harper, which makes things way more complicated. Still reeling from his wife's untimely death and focused on raising his two young children, Sam doesn't have the emotional strength to get close to a woman again. But when he finds Harper in a jam and the best solution leads to them constantly being together, Sam cannot deny their attraction. True, Harper is from a different world and still struggling with her past, but Sam is determined not to lose another woman he loves…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.