Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

Book Description:

Published: March 20, 2018

Format: Audio/OverDrive

The first time I met him, his sexy British accent almost talked me into giving him my number on the spot. The second time, he nearly charmed the panties off me with his wit. Then I learned he’s the key to success in my new job in Paris. The man who tempts me into fling-worthy dirty daydreams has turned out to be my personal translator, and his accent is the hottest thing I’ve ever heard.
My mantra is simple — Don’t mix business with pleasure. I do my best to resist him as he teaches me how to converse with my co-workers, navigate the metro and order the perfect bottle of wine at dinner. But I also figure out how to tell the charming and clever man what I most want to say — that I want him to take me back to his flat — tonight.
Except there’s a catch…

One more assignment before I take off on my big adventure…

And it involves the toughest work ever — resisting the fetching American woman I spend all my days with. But you know what they say about best intentions. Soon, we’re spending our nights tangled together, and I don’t want to let her go. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and before we know it I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

Review –

To date, this is for sure my all time favorite Lauren Blakely read….I listened to the audio version  and I have to say, I think this is the route to take!

Richard Armitage…this man could read me the telephone book and I would swoon like those cartoon characters with hearts popping out of their eyes and heart thumping like mad, and Grace Grant is great too.

Joy and Griffin had electrical chemistry from their first meeting and the sexual tension between them was perfectly captured by the author.

She (the author) gives the reader a colorful walk through the typical Paris tourist spots but also the quirky, off the beaten path track too. Through her vivid descriptions the reader feels  they ARE there with Joy and Griffin enjoying the chocolate, the angels and the scents of all the beautiful flowers and gardens.

I laughed, ached for a Brit of my own and cried (big ugly tears), all in all the book was PERFECT and I gave it five stars.

Don’t let this one pass you by – it’s life altering, in a good way.

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Bake Sale Cook Book by Sandra Lee

 

Product Description

Sandra Lee’s desserts have long been favorites among the legions of loyal fans of her two popular Food Network shows, Semi-Homemade Cooking and Money Saving Meals. The Bake Sale Cookbook brings together 120 amazing recipes and dozens more tips and ideas, all photographed in gorgeous full-color. You’ll find easy and always popular cakes and cupcakes; melt-in-your-mouth pies, tarts, and pastries; brownies, cookies, and bars; and even candies and confections. The easy-to-prepare recipes are perfect for school bake sales, family gatherings, and just about any occasion.
 
Review –
 
It’s that time of year again when our Church carnival is just around the corner and items are being requested for the Cake and Pie Booth.  This gives me a perfect opportunity to bake.  You see, I love to bake and usually have no one to bake for.
 
This book is wonderful and I have chosen a few recipes to try, even though they are not cakes or pies.  I enjoy maked cookies and bars and so here are the ones I have decided to make:
 
Maple Bars, page 88, because this time of year just calls out for Maple flavors.
 
 

Chocolate Strawberry Hearts, page 120, because these remind me of Linzer Cookies which are pretty to look out and taste wonderful.

And last, but not least, S’Mores Fudge, page 144, because with the popularity of S’Mores being at an all time high now I think it will be a very good seller.  Yum.

 

 

 

I can hardly wait to get into the kitchen and get busy.

 

I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys baking for ANY occasion.

 

Death by Chocolate by G.A. McKevett

Synopsis

G. A. McKevett encourages readers to give in to temptation with this eighth serving of the Savannah Reid mystery series. A full-figured private eye, Savannah loves sweets and practically idolizes TV personality Lady Eleanor, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Chocolate.” Lady Eleanor’s cooking show and upscale confection shops are the height of elegance and self-indulgence — two of Savannah’s favorite things. At first, when she hears that Lady Eleanor has been receiving threatening letters, she’s worried that a job protecting her idol will be too much of a good thing. The work will give her struggling Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency a much-needed infusion of cash. As a bonus, Savannah hopes that sticking close to Lady Eleanor will also allow her to indulge her appetite for elegant chocolate treats and satisfy her curiosity about how these delightful delicacies are made. She can’t imagine why anyone would want to harm Lady Eleanor, until she meets the real woman behind the carefully tailored image: an aging, overweight harridan who expects everyone to cater to her ever-more-eccentric whims. Sweet revenge seems the most likely motive when a particularly spectacular chocolate dessert turns deadly in Lady Eleanor’s studio kitchen. It’s up to Savannah to figure out which of her not-so-sweet employer’s many enemies has decided the famous Death by Chocolate dessert should live up to its name. Sue Stone

 

Review-

I don’t know what took me so long to discover this series because I love humorous crime-fiction like those  books by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson, just to name of couple of my favorites.  I’m glad that I stumbled upon this author at the public library but sad that they only had two,(yes, I said two) of her books. I have purchased one from Ebay and it should he here any day.

I think this particular series appeals to me because the main character, Savannah Reid, is on the plump side and loves to eat. Who isn’t a bit plump these days and who doesn’t love to eat?  She and Dirk, a police detective, have such a strong sexually tense relationship(that has never gone anywhere-because then the they wouldn’t  look at each other the same way ever again) and they can both give as well as they get.

This book dealt with the murder of  a Food star who specialized in chocolat so the story was just yummy.  I truly loved this story and look forward to the next one.