A Sheetcake Named Desire

Rita Lucero was at her ex’s, Phillippe Renier, bakery to finally get him to sign the divorce papers but she will quickly find that would be impossible. Phillippe was found dead with a chef’s knife in the chest at his bakery. Rita will have to find out who would want to kill her ex which will be difficult when everyone was hiding something.

A Sheetcake Named Desire is the first book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I am trying another mystery and I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I just sat down and read. It was quick and fun and full of mystery that was kind of quirky.

Rita’s character was a pastry chef who had her own business but her life is interrupted with the abrupt departure of her husband. I liked that Rita was an amateur sleuth and she wasn’t always right. In fact she was letting her emotions get in the way at times when she was trying to solve her ex’s murder.

With mystery books I love trying to guess who had killed whomever. With certain mystery’s I can guess pretty easily. For this book I was guessing throughout the book and was not guessing right on the actual murderer. I will say that my suspicions on other parts of the book I was guessing right, at least to a point. I liked that the book had me actually thinking and coming up with questions as I was reading the book.

I will definitely be coming back to this series. I am curious to read how Rita’s life will be changed and what other murders will happen. Also if there will be anything happening with the bartender or the detective. The romance reader is always looking for some romance in the book. I don’t know if that will happen and even if it doesn’t I have a feeling I will like this series.

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Match Me if You Can

Match me if you canHeath Champion wanted a wife and decided to hire a matchmaker to make it happen. Though when Heath set out to hire a matchmaker he wasn’t expecting to hire a second matchmaker, but he found himself not being able to say no to Annabelle.

Annabelle Granger wanted to make her grandmother’s old business of matchmaking into success. Her first big client was Heath and she was determined to find him a match, and will be just as determined not to fall for the client.

Match Me If You Can is the sixth book to the series Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I really liked this book but I will have to be honest, at the beginning it wasn’t pulling me into the story like the others. Of course once I got through the first chapter I was enjoying the story.

Heath and Annabelle together seemed like oil and water, they just didn’t mix. Of course that is not the case as they will find themselves attracted to each other which made it difficult to find Heath a match. Annabelle’s character was strong in believing that she can do what she needed even with others telling her it would be too hard. I liked that she had a backbone when it came to standing up against Heath. It didn’t work all the time but she was not weak. Heath’s character was a man that worked until he got what he wanted. He was a hard man at times but throughout the book he will start to soften up, especially when Pippi, Molly’s daughter, interacts with him.

Annabelle’s family was very loud and gave their opinions. Annabelle resented or a better word was embarrassed by them. She felt bullied at times but she still loved them. I thought it was interesting when Phillips described Heath’s interaction with them and what he saw when they were talking with Annabelle. It gave a different spin from an outsiders point of view.

I have the last book to the series which I will be reading next.

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Julie James is definitely an author to look out for.  Her plot and characters are witty, determined, funny, and believe in sabotage and deceiving but with the best attentions.

“Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection.  A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men.  Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her.  Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil.  They have to be.  For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case.  Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law-and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction.  But the increasingly hot connection does not last them will be named partner.  Now it’s an all-out war.  And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…”

I loved the sexual tension that Payton and J.D. had between the two.  Both of them had it from the very beginning but wouldn’t acknowledge it.  So now as the tension of the partnership rises the tension is even worse and finally the two start working towards a similar goal.  But their sexual tension is not the only thing that is there.  Each of them have their own prejudices against each other with how they grew up but are they really so different?  The two will find they will be able to relate to each other as they grow closer through the case.

I loved this book.  It was a fast pace modern romance which kept you turning the pages.  The book has its up and downs, and some surprising results as the end of the book concludes.  “Practice Makes Perfect” gives an ending you are happy for.