In the Mood for Love

Author: Beth Ciotta

Publisher: St. Martin's

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Harper Day has dreamed of the vacation home in Sugar Creek, Vermont, and is fascinated with its history. Falling in love with the charms of the small town, this is where she goes to recuperate from the fast-pace of Los Angeles where she handles the publicity for some of the demanding actors and actresses. In Sugar Creek, she is handling the PR for the Cupcake Lovers, the town’s social and baking club devoted to supporting soldiers and various charities. She is also carrying on a hot and heavy affair with one of the men in town, Sam. But she is not looking for love, only a sexual release.

Widower Sam McCloud has two small children. Former military, he now designs furniture. He had been madly in love with his wife, but she has been gone for several years now and he would like to find love again. Harper fascinates him as much as she frustrates him because she will not let him get close, keeping an emotional distance between them. He is surprised when he finds out that the company she works for has let her go and her green card will be up in two weeks.

The last thing that Harper wants is to return to Canada, where she had been involved with a soldier, who had returned home with PTSD and ended up being killed. His father blames Harper and has been threatening her for the past three years. Although she knows she had nothing to do with his death, his father’s taunts make her feel guilty. Sam and Harper do not seem to have anything in common, except for an undeniable chemistry. Their friends are not even aware that they are spending time together. Marriage may be the only answer to her problems and Sam is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her in Sugar Creek. Can their passion for each other evolve into true love, or will a marriage of convenience end in heartbreak?

A heartwarming tale, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, the fourth story in author Beth Ciotta’s THE CUPCAKE LOVERS series, is an emotion-packed, feel-good contemporary romance that will leave readers longing for a small town like Sugar Creek. There are a lot of family dynamics happening in this story. Sam comes from a large family, where there is childbirth happening one after another, family celebrations, as well as romantic coupling between Daisy and Vincent in addition to Adam and Peppy. Sam and Harper heat up the pages with their sexy encounters, but shining through their passion is the underlying, undeniable love between them.

Humor, a cyber-stalker, cupcakes, suspense, family and small town dynamics, second chances, sensuality, romance and a great deal of love intertwine in this delightful story, providing readers with a story that begs to be read more than once. A definite keeper! With IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, you get not only a deliciously sexy story, but also several yummy cupcake recipes at the end. If you are in the mood for a wonderful story with loads of humor, heart and heat, this is the book for you! This story can be read as a standalone, but I am sure you will also want to check out the other fascinating stories in this series, including FOOL FOR LOVE, THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, ANYTHING BUT LOVE as well as the novella, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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