Audiobook Review: The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

Audiobook Review:  The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy ReichertThe Coincidence Of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert
Published by Simon & Schuster July 21, 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance
Pages: 318
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes
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YOU'VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Awwww, this story!  I’m not even sure how I found it, to be honest.  It could have been some random recommended read by Amazon, or maybe I noticed it scrolling through Goodreads and saw a cake on the cover and automatically clicked, because…  well, cake.   But I am SO glad I did.

The Coincidence Of Coconut Cake is a quirky, adorable and delicious story told in third person narrative (which I’m weirdly picky about, and it’s done brilliantly, FYI.)  And while I might say “read” a few times in this review, really…I listened to it.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say don’t buy this book, well…that’s not right.  Buy it, but please, please, download the audio version, too.  The narrator is phenomenal, so much so, I spent a while going through all of her other books and after scrolling through a ton of weird self-help and Amish books, found she did some Elle Kennedy books too and promptly downloaded those.  I’m totally in love with her voice, her pronunciations, her story-telling skills.  Seriously.  The book goes back and forth with American, English, and some European accents and she did so good.  (Plus hearing the accents is a total bonus rather than reading them in your head.)

Okay, the story.  The story is focused on Lou, a chef.  And Al, a British food critic who recently moved to Milwaukee.  Al writes under a fake name and is notorious for amazingly harsh reviews that pretty much end up destroying one’s business if he hates them.

So, of course, when Lou finds her fiance wrapped in the arms of another woman, she had a terrible, horrible night at her restaurant fucking all sorts of food up…. which gets served to Al.   Womp, womp, wompppp.  Sucks to be Lou, right?

Lou and Al meet a couple times randomly, and after seeing each other at the pub, they agree to go out so Lou and show Al how amazing her city is (Al wants to get the fuck out of the cold, snowy, cow-town and find greener pastures to explore, pun intended.)  They both agree to not talk about their jobs, since Al wants to stay anonymous and Lou doesn’t want to tell a stranger about her dying restaurant and failed dreams.

Their relationship is adorable.  They both love food and all their dates are deliciously described.  And OMG, I was hungry this entire story and probably gained five pounds in three days from the munchies it caused.  Plus…  who knew Milwaukee could be so cool?  It was never on the List-Of-Places-For-Leah-To-Explore, but now?  Now I want to wear my fancy Romeos and fly over and eat a lot of cheese curds.

The side characters of this story are half the enjoyment.  The friends, the customers, the co-workers… all of them quirky in their own way, playing perfect roles to make the main characters that much more interesting, yet casting their own bright light of awesomeness.

This book was like watching an adorable romcom.  You pretty much know what’s going to happen and how it’ll end, but it doesn’t matter.  You love every second of it, you giggle, you snack, you smile the entire time.   I will definitely listen to this book again, and think of these characters often.

 

 


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DNF Journal: The House by Christina Lauren

DNF Journal: The House by Christina LaurenThe House by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster October 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Horror
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Beautiful Secret
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Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

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It truly, truly pains me to do this. I’ve really enjoyed every title I’ve read by the fun and fab duo that is Christina Lauren. Until now.

I made it to just shy of the half way mark in The House, but I struggled up to that point.

The characters, like all Christina Lauren characters, were fun and quirky. They were not my problem.  My problem was the house itself.

At first, it just seemed a little silly. It certainly wasn’t scary or even mildly creepy.  What the house does in regards to Gavin (I’m being vague, as to not give anything away) was over the top, for me. It felt almost middle-grade.

That was were my biggest problem came about. Having an element in the story that was so very young, coupled with a developing relationship between Gavin and Delilah that was quite mature…was a miss for me.  I didn’t get it.  You have two seventeen year old characters, each making suggestive comments and thoughts that are very much in line with how most teens of that age would act, yet they are thrown into this world that didn’t fit. 

I mean, I just can’t go from a character thinking about his girlfriend naked and waiting for him in his bed to the character asking said bed to grow bigger for him…and it doing it, like and enchanted item in Beauty and Beast’s castle.

My brain just doesn’t function the way it needed to in order to enjoy The House. *insert huge sad face here* I was really excited for this one and am, unfortunately, disappointed it didn’t work out. 

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About Christina Lauren

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eleven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player, Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing. Their books have been translated into 25+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


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