Title: A Taste of Trouble [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Gina Gordon
Release Date: February 18, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A cute love story with some steamy & entertaining scenes, but not much in the way of plot.
About the Book: When Liv Crawford decided to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery, it was no surprise that she forgot to add “maintaining a serious relationship” to her business plan. Not when she believes a cupcake can fix anything, even loneliness.
Jake Miller isn’t concerned about being lonely. He’s cast aside his playboy lifestyle to pursue something more meaningful, his passion for photography. So, when his boss asks him to pursue a beautiful woman and coerce her to his office for a disguised meeting—no matter what it takes—in exchange for the opportunity to turn his hobby into a career, he jumps at the chance. At first sight, Liv awakens his long-buried desire for commitment, but his secret mission could ruin his hopes of keeping her.
Despite Liv’s commitment to swear off relationships to run her bakery, Jake quickly becomes her number one distraction. Yet, even her misgivings can’t tame the heat as they straddle the line between love and ambition.
I was a fan of Gina Gordon after reading Recipe for Satisfaction, so I had to check out this novel to see if it was just as good. Unfortunately, although this was fun to read and had its high points, it didn’t attract me as much as her other book.
One thing that bugged me was how Gina made too big of a deal about what Jake was keeping from Liv. I think she meant for it to be this big thing that would end them, yet she didn’t put enough emphasis on the issue for it to even be a big issue. Yes, he runs into her based on ulterior motives, and ultimately holds back because of it, but she doesn’t go into how that would affect Liv. I don’t know how to say it without ruining the “big” surprise (which I kind of saw coming), but let me just say that as big of a lie of omission that it was supposed to be for the characters, it fell flat for me. If anything, it definitely gave me a bigger love for cupcakes and their magic, but as far as the plot goes, it wasn’t the best.
The main focus here seemed to be Liv launching her cupcake business and going through the pitfalls of all that. It is pretty stressful to open your own small business and I could see the angst and troubles there. The issue with Jake’s secret was really a secondary, if not tertiary subplot in all this. I think both characters took the whole thing too seriously and I would’ve liked it if it was all revealed earlier on because it turned into something bigger than what it really was. And, in regards to Liv’s problems with her business, it was really obvious what was happening, but not in a bad way.
A Taste of Trouble is your average romance novel and although entertaining and steamy at times, it was a bit lacking for my taste. I liked the characters and the romance was great, I guess it was the plot or subplot, rather, that was a turnoff for me. You know how I am about my plots. Either way, it wasn’t a waste of time for me to read and I enjoyed it enough, it just wasn’t the best.