An Acquired Taste (story from Fresh Brewed Love anthology)

Author: Susan K. Downs with Nancy Toback

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Release Date: December 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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JJ Taylor used to love her job. She was the assistant manger of Camden Corners Books and she had used the company’s scholarship program to finish her M.B.A. She was hoping as soon as she finished her thesis that she would be able to work her way up into a marketing job with Camden Books, but all of that was in jeopardy now because the power’s that be had decided to open a café inside the bookstore and she didn’t know if she could stomach working there any longer. JJ cannot stand the smell of coffee and she just knows that the café will only draw in the wrong type of people; people she does not want to associate with. To make matters even worse her manger, Kara, was now asking her to help the musician scheduled for the grand opening get set up and to make him feel welcome. JJ had no use for musician’s either and when she meets David Smith he certainly lives down to her expectations.

David Smith, aka Branson Smythe, is striving to finally make his father proud. He had failed in the marriage his father had thought was good for him, but even though he wanted to work it out with his cheating wife, she left him and married his best friend. His father has always been difficult to please and he has warned Branson this is his last chance to prove that he should be able to stay at Camden Corner Books. Adding a café to the bookstore is Branson’s brainchild and he is determined to make it work. He can’t go into the store as himself and expect honesty, so he comes up with the plan of posing as a musician and this way he can anonymously watch over his baby.

Branson is taken with JJ from the moment he meets her and is shocked to find out that she hates the café and musicians. He is determined to find out why she has such strong feelings and during the conversations he has with her finds himself falling in love with the young Christian woman who has had so much grief in her life. Branson is now caught in a vicious circle; he knows that he wants to spend the rest of his life with JJ, but she thinks he is a down-on-his-luck musician and he knows she will feel betrayed when she finds out who he really is. The only thing Branson can do is pray to the Lord and put the situation in His hands and let Him guide Branson onto the right path to win JJ’s love.

AN ACQUIRED TASTE by Susan K. Downs with Nancy Toback is part of the FRESH BREWED LOVE anthology featuring café’s, love and God’s influence. AN ACQUIRED TASTE is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story with a heroine that will bring tears to your eyes with the struggles she has had to endure. JJ and Branson both have problems, but with God’s love and understanding they work to overcome the bad times and find a wondrous life together. I really loved this book and was drawn into JJ and Branson’s life completely. I could not put the book down until I had reached the end and had witnessed their love conqueror all obstacles.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Char

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