Sugar and Spice
by Tawny WeberPublish Date: September 21, 2012 Genre: Romance (novella) Series: Karma Café Series Source: Digital Copy provided in exchange for honest review Rory’s Rating:
Hot kisses, sexy shoes and a midnight rendezvous – the perfect recipe for Happy Ever After. Throw in a fairy godmother with a personal agenda, a midnight deadline and a marriage-of-convenience and you have a hot and sassy twist on a modern day Cinderella story.
For over a hundred years, the Karmanski women have been cooking up delicious treats, and a little magic. But now their business, Karma Café, is in trouble and each of the Karmanskis has a different opinion on how to save their livelihood. The matriarch, Odette, is old-school, and more than ready to rely on magic. Natalia is sure if she can just marry her daughter off to a wealthy suitor, all their problems will be solved, and she has just the suitor in mind – the gorgeous CEO of Chastain Shoes. Anja’s just as determined to foil her mother’s plans and stay single. She cooks up a scheme to serve up the perfect match for this prince of a guy. With the aid of a little magical help, she’s going to put a Happy Ever After twist on her mother’s matchmaking.
Administrative Assistant, Dedra Hanson has three addictions. Gorgeous shoes, yummy treats and her sexy boss. Her credit card balance and bathroom scale do a pretty good job of keeping the first two addictions in check. And the third? Love of her job has always kept her from acting on her passion for Paul Chastain. But now she’s leaving her job because her playboy CEO boss is about to become engaged to a chilly socialite to save his business. Paul Chastain is fair game.
All she needs for one wild fantasy night? The nerve to seduce her boss, and a little bit of magic. The only question left is, can she leave when the clock strikes midnight?
Dedra Hanson has always made the smart, sensible decisions. Deciding to leave her current position as administrative assistant to sexy CEO Paul Chastain is no exception. She is smart enough to know that she cannot watch him enter a loveless marriage. However, she can’t leave without knowing what she’s missing out on. So she takes matters into her own hands (with a little magical help from a friend) for one night before she moves back to Chicago. However, that one night might ruin (or perfect) the rest of her life.
This is short, delicious read. It features a hot romance, delicious desserts and lovely ending. What more could you ask for (besides a sequel)? Sugar & Spice is a fun way to spend an hour. Being a novella, it is too short to get to know the characters well, but they are all likeable and you hope they make the right decisions. Dedra and Paul have excellent chemistry and I kept hoping they’d wake up and realize how they felt about each other. Left to themselves, they definitely never would have made a move. It is up to Dedra’s friend Anja to use magical means to give them a push in the right direction. But will it be enough? And will it prevent Dedra from moving back to Chicago. Take an hour and find out – I promise it is a lot of fun.