Mike, seven years older than Patrice, has resisted her attempts to have a relationship with him – even turning her down when she asks him to her prom. Although he loves her, he swore that he would never admit it to anyone, especially his two roommates – one of whom is her brother. He has fought the attraction because of the difference in their ages. Nothing will give him away, except maybe the box of letters he has saved over the years hidden in his bedroom. He knows no matter what he does, she will always forgive him. She is the closest thing he has to having a sister. However, his feelings for her are not very brotherly.
When Patrice plans a surprise party for Mike, her expectations of finally being noticed are high. In a cruel twist, her joy is shattered when her plans go terribly wrong. Mike realizes too late that he may have lost forever the one person who completes him.
CRÈME BRULEE UPSET is a poignant, and at times, humorous tale. Before it is all over, Mike learns a few lessons. For instance, when you have a good thing, don’t let it go or someone else may discover how good it is and try to take it away from you before you have a chance to make amends. Readers are taken on a roller coast ride of emotion as Mike desperately tries to find a way to win back Patrice’s love, and a tearful Patrice tries to start a new life without Mike. Amid misunderstandings and mishaps, readers may find themselves sad and sympathetic one moment and laughing-out-loud the next. This moving story also proves the value of having friends. The secondary characters add humor to the story. I am delighted to recommend CRÈME BRULEE UPSET and look forward to reading other works by this author.