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After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room. Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certai After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room. Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family. When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl? The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.


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After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room. Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certai After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room. Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family. When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl? The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

30 review for Cookies for Courting

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~1.5~ Take a seat. Where do I start? I've never read anything by this author, so perhaps shifters and BDSM are more her speed, but this novella took a muddy nosedive down the rating hill. It began as 3-star book. Pace is an artist who'd rather scrape out a living than live off his trust fund. He does murals at restaurants in exchange for unlimited meals, which seems like a total deal. I mean, FREE Thai food for a lifetime! Can I offer my editing services? Enter Marshall, who wants a mural for his 8 ~1.5~ Take a seat. Where do I start? I've never read anything by this author, so perhaps shifters and BDSM are more her speed, but this novella took a muddy nosedive down the rating hill. It began as 3-star book. Pace is an artist who'd rather scrape out a living than live off his trust fund. He does murals at restaurants in exchange for unlimited meals, which seems like a total deal. I mean, FREE Thai food for a lifetime! Can I offer my editing services? Enter Marshall, who wants a mural for his 8-year-old niece who comes to live with him following the death of her mother. (Why must so many children in romance novels be orphans? Alas!) Marshall is wealthy and uptight. He's also not a real person. Because. REAL people have REAL feelings. Bye, bye, 3 stars. Upon interviewing Pace for the mural job, Marshall hits on him. Pace straddles Marshall. YES, during the interview, cause nothin' screams talent like a slut on his knees. But they finally agree screwing in Marshall's office may not be professional. Ya think? Oh, look, another star down the drain. At some point Marshall's housekeeper bakes "courting cookies," and there is mention of the magic cookbook, but it's an aside. These love cookies have to be baked until they "smell like love." Hopefully your love set at 375 F is light brown around the edges and not burnt. But who cares about cookies? There is a Russian mobster, a sudden abduction (I can't even talk about this, it was so ridiculous), Marshall losing his temper, Pace storming out, some artificial dialogue, one frotting scene on a futon, and an utterly unearned epilogue. No soup for you! I didn't feel the chemistry between the men. I didn't care about any of the characters. I wanted to DNF, but I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. And this is my honest review: This book is not good. Pace claims that "painting is an expression of [his] soul. [He] doesn't trust everyone to take care of it." Which, you know, is really profound and shit. In other news, I trust that I probably won't read this author's work again. Check, please. PS Don't let my review of this novella put you off the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series. I quite enjoyed the first three books, particularly Amy Lane's delicious, sexy, and sweet story: PPS Ina Garten (that fabulous bitch) has an excellent recipe for rugelach, which my Babcia and I used to make. These are MY Love Cookies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    What the hell were you thinking, Dreamspinner Press?! Seriously. I've been really impressed with the rest of this series, but Cookies for Courting was so ridiculous and cheesy that I just can't - I just can't even. I was going to give you a blow-by-blow recap of all the schmaltzy lines that caused me to roll my eyes so hard I nearly sprained them (so that you could all groan along with me), but then I realized we'd be here all day. However, in spite of the cornball lines and borderline boring char What the hell were you thinking, Dreamspinner Press?! Seriously. I've been really impressed with the rest of this series, but Cookies for Courting was so ridiculous and cheesy that I just can't - I just can't even. I was going to give you a blow-by-blow recap of all the schmaltzy lines that caused me to roll my eyes so hard I nearly sprained them (so that you could all groan along with me), but then I realized we'd be here all day. However, in spite of the cornball lines and borderline boring characters and plot, I was still planning on giving this story 2 stars right up until (view spoiler)[Marshall's ex-nanny and security guard teamed up with his parents - whom they had never met before - to kidnap and ransom his niece (a plot that was foiled by the appearance of Pace's mobbed up BFF... natch!). But the kicker - the surefire way to a 1-star rating - was the fact that while Marshall's niece was potentially in mortal danger, he and Pace stopped for a fucking SNACK BREAK! A SNACK BREAK! *outraged scream* (hide spoiler)] Dani warned me. I stubbornly persisted because I didn't want to leave a series unfinished. This is what I get for my minor rebellion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    Uhm, can I just say that this one is a mess and leave it at that? I mean, seriously, this story had 'sitting-on-the-possibble-boss's-lap' in the beginning (how could I take you seriously, Pace? HOW?!), lack of chemistry between the characters (how they could end up saying that they fell in love with one another, was just beyond me), then ended up with a kidnapping/extortion, with a dash of a Russian mob friend in between?? WTF was that?!? Oh, and that epilogue *slaps head*. Sorry, this one was a Uhm, can I just say that this one is a mess and leave it at that? I mean, seriously, this story had 'sitting-on-the-possibble-boss's-lap' in the beginning (how could I take you seriously, Pace? HOW?!), lack of chemistry between the characters (how they could end up saying that they fell in love with one another, was just beyond me), then ended up with a kidnapping/extortion, with a dash of a Russian mob friend in between?? WTF was that?!? Oh, and that epilogue *slaps head*. Sorry, this one was a failure. The last Amber Kell's book I read was back in 2013. Safely to say I'm not running back to her anytime soon after this one as well. PS: Also read Dani's review or Amber's for Love Bytes Review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    2.5 stars I loved the first half of this book, and really thought it would be a 4 star read. Pace and Marshall were both likable characters, in particular I loved Pace's attitude towards life. And the introduction of Alice was sweet, I enjoyed seeing Pace interact with her. My problems were: 1) the cookbook didn't play much of a role. At first I thought it would just be the housekeeper cooking for them from it. But even once Pace used it, he never cooked with Marshall, and the cookies didn't do a 2.5 stars I loved the first half of this book, and really thought it would be a 4 star read. Pace and Marshall were both likable characters, in particular I loved Pace's attitude towards life. And the introduction of Alice was sweet, I enjoyed seeing Pace interact with her. My problems were: 1) the cookbook didn't play much of a role. At first I thought it would just be the housekeeper cooking for them from it. But even once Pace used it, he never cooked with Marshall, and the cookies didn't do anything the way they have in previous books from this series. They were really an afterthought. 2) the climax happened so fast that I almost rewound to see if I missed something (view spoiler)[Alice just got kidnapped out of nowhere. WTF? And I thought the housekeeper opened the front door, but then he's running after Alice and freaking out... and Alana is nowhere to be found. Huh? (hide spoiler)] . And given that this crazy and random situation was supposed to add drama... there was zero sense of urgency. (view spoiler)[they talked about "everything and nothing". I'm pretty sure you should be: a) freaking out, b) talking about Alice, or c) sitting in terrified silence (hide spoiler)] 3) Also fast, were their feelings. While I had felt the two men developing feelings for each other over the course of the story, the L bombs came out of nowhere and their declarations made no sense (view spoiler)[they liked each other but up until that point they had had four, count them, FOUR interactions. That's insane. (hide spoiler)] And unfortunately, once Alice was introduced the story blame all about her. I wanted to see Marshall find out that Pace was actually a trust fund baby but chooses to live as a starving artist. I wanted Marshal to open up to Pace about his childhood and how he wants to provide a family for Alice. But alas, they told us these things, but never each other. This is still a series I thoroughly enjoy and, as always, I continue to recommend the audio version. My rating is gentler than many of my friends, and I attribute that to good narration and the fact that this series is so well suited to audio. Received audio version from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, reviewed for Hearts On Fire

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    This made me giggle. If only. Not the best addition to this series but a short little shot of insta-love and forever all because of some cookies.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Secretobcession

    I liked this story least of the 5 shorts in this series. Too simple, too short (for a short), and too unbelievable. Meh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    llv

    rating: 3 stars I found the plot too unbelievable and too much insta-love for my taste. I am usually one to be able to suspend my disbelief, but this was just too out there for me. The whole business with Alice at the end of the book was when the author really lost me. It wasn't the worst book that I have ever read and up until the end it was a bit entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    ‘Cookies for Courting’ is a fun and very sweet variation on the theme of “magical recipes” handed down by the mysterious Granny B. Businessman Marshall is adorably helpless when facing the task of raising his niece after her mother dies in an accident. He definitely needs all the help he can get! And Pace, an artist with a drive to create so he doesn’t have to live off his trust fund, is equally adorable—yet totally mistaken—in his certainty that he is no good with children. Both men have a stee ‘Cookies for Courting’ is a fun and very sweet variation on the theme of “magical recipes” handed down by the mysterious Granny B. Businessman Marshall is adorably helpless when facing the task of raising his niece after her mother dies in an accident. He definitely needs all the help he can get! And Pace, an artist with a drive to create so he doesn’t have to live off his trust fund, is equally adorable—yet totally mistaken—in his certainty that he is no good with children. Both men have a steep learning curve, but as the blurb for the ‘Curious Cookbook’ series says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.” And none too soon for these two guys! Pace is a dedicated artist, and one of his favorite things to do is create murals, be it in a restaurant or in a private home, he likes them all. He has done a few, and his musings about his various customers and their “demands” are really funny. When faced with a request for a castle mural for an eight-year-old girl, he is not entirely sure what to do, but the rapport he builds with Alice is fast and goes deep. Pace has an entirely different sort of rapport going with Alice’s Uncle Marshall, but he manfully tries to suppress those urges since he does not want to muddy the waters of their business relationship. When Marshall’s cook brings out the cookies though, the battle quickly becomes impossible to win. Marshall is a career financial adviser and investor and raising Alice scares him half to death. He wants to honor his sister’s memory though, so he shakes off his misgivings and does the best he can. He may err on the side of protectiveness and make a few stupid mistakes but he does mean well. Marshall practically falls for Pace the first time he sees him, and by the time the cookies make an appearance, it is almost a done deal anyway. And then Alice is kidnapped and all bets are off. If you like sweet romances about clueless men who need to learn how to raise a child, if you believe everyone deserves to find love, with or without “magical” support, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, gentle read that is full of suspense as well as hot, then you will probably like this novella. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Love Bytes Reviews

    2 heart review by Amber Yikes! This was a rough read for me. I don’t really know where this story veered off course but when it did, it really did! I honestly felt no real connection between these characters aside from lust and that really only seemed one sided. Pace was a complete mystery character, in my opinion. I’m not against instalove stories, not at all. But there has to be some semblance of a foundation for the love. I don’t understand how these two could have fallen in love so quickly. T 2 heart review by Amber Yikes! This was a rough read for me. I don’t really know where this story veered off course but when it did, it really did! I honestly felt no real connection between these characters aside from lust and that really only seemed one sided. Pace was a complete mystery character, in my opinion. I’m not against instalove stories, not at all. But there has to be some semblance of a foundation for the love. I don’t understand how these two could have fallen in love so quickly. There were small conversations, here and there, and one fumbly sexual encounter in Pace’s studio, where did the love come from? It definitely didn’t seem genuine, not at all. Pace Barrlow is a trust fund baby who wants nothing to do with his trust fund. He’s an exceptionally talented artist who wants to only rely on his talent to make it in this world. One of his past clients has recommended him to a successful business man looking to procure Pace’s services to do a mural for his niece. Marshall Hunter is a very successful business man. He is trying to juggle work and his new status of single father. Having just lost his twin sister to a horrific accident he’s adopted his sister’s daughter and plans to raise her as his sister would. After his sister’s passing he’s been able to rearrange his priorities and put Alice’s needs first. One thing he wants to do is make his home more comfortable for her so her hires a painter to paint a mural in her room. When Marshall goes to interview the painters, one of the perspective applicants is Pace. Marshall is immediately attracted and even tells Pace so, in the interview. Then Pace does a very strange thing I guess proving to Marshall that he too is attracted. They say several times they don’t want to mix business with pleasure but do anyway. It was incredibly confusing and just added to the overall, weirdness of the story. Needless to say there’s lukewarm heat, then love. Throw in some crazy drama involving a kidnapping and the Russian Mob and you have the gist of this story. This wasn’t a win for me. A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    Review: I am a big fan of Amber Kell’s paranormal stories, and decided to take a chance on this short. Well, I think as many who have read my reviews know, I am not a fan of insta-love. There are some situations in which this works, but mostly if falls flat. I like seeing a couple’s friendship develop and the characters fall in love. Cookies for Courting is a contemporary love story—without the love. Pace is a trust fund baby who doesn’t like to use his trust money on principle. He is an artist. Review: I am a big fan of Amber Kell’s paranormal stories, and decided to take a chance on this short. Well, I think as many who have read my reviews know, I am not a fan of insta-love. There are some situations in which this works, but mostly if falls flat. I like seeing a couple’s friendship develop and the characters fall in love. Cookies for Courting is a contemporary love story—without the love. Pace is a trust fund baby who doesn’t like to use his trust money on principle. He is an artist. This seems weird, considering he is doing work that isn’t true to his art to make money to get by. So, what’s the difference? Marshal is a cold fish who says he finds Pace irresistible, but I don’t feel it’s demonstrated. Overall, I was disappointed with this story, which was all over the place. Narration: On a positive note, Michael Stellman did a great job with the narration. From Pace and Marshall to Alice, he kept the pace up and the voices distinct. I look forward to many more audiobooks by this narrator. Reviewed by Amy for The Novel Approach http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    1.5 really because it's so short and the magic element of the cookbook is more of an afterthought rather than the hook on which the story falls. There were some promising movements and I did smile a few times but overall it just didn't seem like it really was part of the cookbook series. Marshall and Pace were fairly one dimensional, I loved Joyce and Ilona though and Russian mobster kid Sandy was probably more interesting than the two MCs - I wanted to know what favour Pace had done for him more 1.5 really because it's so short and the magic element of the cookbook is more of an afterthought rather than the hook on which the story falls. There were some promising movements and I did smile a few times but overall it just didn't seem like it really was part of the cookbook series. Marshall and Pace were fairly one dimensional, I loved Joyce and Ilona though and Russian mobster kid Sandy was probably more interesting than the two MCs - I wanted to know what favour Pace had done for him more than I wanted the romance. And the less said about the abduction plot the better. It was obvious from the start that it would be rapid love but there wasn't even any steamy scenes to go along with it so all in all a bit of a soft biscuit rather than a crunchy cookie.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️

    Overall book rating 3 stars Audio book: Narrator - Michael Stelman 4 stars Book cover 2 Stars If this book was longer it would have rocked I loved the plot it just ended to fast and lack a lot of detail. Like I said if it was longer it had the potential to rock!! Overall book rating 3 stars Audio book: Narrator - Michael Stelman 4 stars Book cover 2 Stars If this book was longer it would have rocked I loved the plot it just ended to fast and lack a lot of detail. Like I said if it was longer it had the potential to rock!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Maybe not the greatest start... I have to admit the saving grace on this one was Michael Stellman's narration I definitely enjoyed listening to this narrator. Unfortunately the story while it sounded good in concept for me feel short in the execution and that's the end of that. It's only about 2 hours and 14 minutes listening time on this one so I'm not going to spend a lot of time examining the whys and why nots of this one because the next book is waiting for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    The least satisfying of the Curious Cookbook stories so far. Not a lot to it, and it seems to skip from one emotional peak to another. I'm generally all about paring down a story to what really matters, but I think this would have benefitted from a few more pages, like fleshing out the relationships of all the characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. Another installment in the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series, each is by a different author, and each features a different recipe which is guaranteed to be a catalyst for an emotional response. The cookies featured in this story will bring about true love, in other words they facilitate good old-fashioned courting. Marshall Hunter gained custody of his niece, Alice, when her mother, a ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review. Another installment in the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series, each is by a different author, and each features a different recipe which is guaranteed to be a catalyst for an emotional response. The cookies featured in this story will bring about true love, in other words they facilitate good old-fashioned courting. Marshall Hunter gained custody of his niece, Alice, when her mother, a single parent, was killed last month. At a loss as to how to cope with the child’s grief, he decides to have a mural painted on the wall of her bedroom in the hopes that it will cheer her up. A financial advisor, Marshall has been very successful in his career, but not so much in his love life. Single and without a clue about being a parent, he’s hired a nanny for afterschool care for Alice and has a full time housekeeper named Ilona who helps in whatever way she can, though she is aging and can’t care for the child herself. On the morning he’s scheduled to interview the three artists who were recommended for the mural job, he meets a stunning young blond man in the elevator on the way to his office. Pace Barton is that young man, and is an artist with an impressive professional portfolio and the face of an angel. Marshall and Pace are immediately attracted to each other, but Marshall puts on the brakes because he won’t get involved with an employee. When Pace meets Alice, he’s engaged by her personality, by her need to get through her grief, and by how much she reminds him of her stunning uncle. He gets the job, but just as he’s getting ready to start the mural, Marshall decides to buy a house so that Alice can have a yard and a dog and all the things kids her age need. Pace is disappointed, but understanding. Unfortunately, he feels that they won’t get to be together because Marshall will be moving too far away. A misunderstanding then leads to a definite breakup, but a tragedy brings them back together, and then nothing will stop Marshall’s pursuit of this wonderful young man. And oh, by the way, he also bakes the best cookies! This is a cute story, fairly short, but with enough excitement packed in to equal a longer book. What I liked best about this story were the MCs. Both men were characters I would love to get to know, especially Pace. I can’t pin down why they were so remarkable, other than to say the author did a great job bringing them to life. I felt like I was “watching”, rather than “reading” their story. I recommend this one to those who like a simple, minimal-angst story, with great characterization and, of course, a sweet happy ending. In fact, the entire series is well-worth reading. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    This is another installment from the magical cook book that helps people in need. In this case Marshall is a lonely, suddenly single father who needs someone in his life and help with his niece whom he is now guardian to. Pace is the carefree artist he meets to help paint her room but finds he’s ridiculously attracted to. Together they rapidly move through “getting to know you” to hitting the sheets to moving in together. It’s a short story and we have to just accept that between the magic in the This is another installment from the magical cook book that helps people in need. In this case Marshall is a lonely, suddenly single father who needs someone in his life and help with his niece whom he is now guardian to. Pace is the carefree artist he meets to help paint her room but finds he’s ridiculously attracted to. Together they rapidly move through “getting to know you” to hitting the sheets to moving in together. It’s a short story and we have to just accept that between the magic in the cookies and suspending our disbelief, these men can find a deep and abiding love in a very short time. Their chemistry is excellent and the story is short and sweet. Overall I thought it was a nice, “light” story and if you don’t take it too seriously, a lot of fun. 4 of 5 stars Audio Michael Stellman does a really nice job with the narration. He subtly changes the voices and does a great job “acting” the emotions (including the sad little girl parts!). All in all I give it 4.5 of 5 stars for the audiobook.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I really loved this book. I wish it would have been longer. I loved everything about it: the plot, the characters, the story, the little girl. Everything. The main characters, Pace and Marshall, were perfectly made for each other. Pace is sweet, kind, giving, a creative artist. Marshall is the strong, assertive, wealthy, independent man who has had this 8 year old girl thrust upon him. He takes to being a father pretty quickly and adjusts to it very well. The little girl, Alice, is very sweet and I really loved this book. I wish it would have been longer. I loved everything about it: the plot, the characters, the story, the little girl. Everything. The main characters, Pace and Marshall, were perfectly made for each other. Pace is sweet, kind, giving, a creative artist. Marshall is the strong, assertive, wealthy, independent man who has had this 8 year old girl thrust upon him. He takes to being a father pretty quickly and adjusts to it very well. The little girl, Alice, is very sweet and has instant love for Pace, which is great. The bit of action at the end was surprising. I loved how Pace used his friend to resolve the complication. I don't want to give it away, what happened and what Pace did. It was awesome, though. I highly recommend this book. Amber Kell has been one of my favorite authors for a long time and anything she writes is really good. This short story is one of them. I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phaney

    Meh. It felt rushed, and not in an accelerated storytelling way. Just… lacking somehow. And it’s not the dearth of sex (not that I ever mind that). The characters just did stuff and said stuff and it never really amounted to much of a story, even when things happened that could be put in a summary. Everyone, especially all secondary characters, simply remained cardboard cutouts rather than coming alive. Even the writing itself had a listless quality to it. So aside from an interesting stray concep Meh. It felt rushed, and not in an accelerated storytelling way. Just… lacking somehow. And it’s not the dearth of sex (not that I ever mind that). The characters just did stuff and said stuff and it never really amounted to much of a story, even when things happened that could be put in a summary. Everyone, especially all secondary characters, simply remained cardboard cutouts rather than coming alive. Even the writing itself had a listless quality to it. So aside from an interesting stray concept or two (I liked that the artist, whose name I already have forgotten, (view spoiler)[hadn’t really had much anal sex simply because he’d been busy doing other things (hide spoiler)] ), this really did not provide much for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    2.5 I wanted to love this one because I love the idea of the curious cookbook and I liked Pace from the beginning. But it had too much that made me eye roll - be professional at your interview (especially when you need the money) by jumping on lap of the guy interviewing you. I liked niece Alice, who knew what she wanted (and I did especially like the epilogue) but the whole snatching idea was just a no for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Wong

    Just blah. Weakest book in the series so far. Felt disjointed, pacing was off and totally rushed from middle to end. Did nothing to make me feel for the characters. And unlike the first 3 books in the series, Granny B's cookbook was not made to feel like a character of the story, more like an after-thought. Read some of Amber Kell's shifter stories and they were not half bad compared to this one. Maybe she should just concentrate on that genre instead.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ula'ndi Hart

    Overall book rating: 3 stars Audio book: Narrator - Michael Stelman 4.5 Stars Book cover: 3 Stars Um...yeah. Lots of little things here. I liked the idea of the story, even liked the characters but for a short read it got a “little bit” Cray-cray there for a couple minutes? I liked the Russian Maffia thing going on but really? The grandparents? Um...no. LOVED the Narrator though! Michael Stelman definitely made me enjoy it more than I would have if I just read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    My review is here. My review is here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lidia

    Though one novel is short ,it must have sense however and this story doesn't.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sanna

    This story could - possibly - have been something nice of the sweet & warm type but it just simply wasn't even given room to unfurl and spread it's wings and fly. Not at all. Just.. what a waste. This story could - possibly - have been something nice of the sweet & warm type but it just simply wasn't even given room to unfurl and spread it's wings and fly. Not at all. Just.. what a waste.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bette

    Sometimes it was weird and too fast paced. I didn't like that combination. Although I did enjoy the main characters, I thought they had potential.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Idamus

    Didn't finish, never got a feel for the MCs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: Overall: 4.5 Performance: 4.5 Story: 4.25 This is a super-short book, but I absolutely loved and enjoyed listening to the audio of it. The story worked for me. I enjoyed Pace's artwork. I enjoyed the story line with Marshall's niece. The conflict felt a little bit rushed, but overall I enjoyed this one. This would be a great choice if you're new to m/m romance or want to give audiobooks a try.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Not for me, obviously. I didn't connect with the characters, at all. The story failed for me from the very beginning when the characters seem to believe that hitting on your prospective employee is an adequated behaviour in a job interview. From then on, it went downhill, and, seriously, the supposed angst-riddle moment with Marshall's niece? It comes from nowhere and made no sense at all. Michael Stellman does a good job with the narration, though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    Great read As usual, I adored his book. Miss Kell has yet to put out a book that I didn't love. The main characters are always well worth the time that we , the reader have to wait for them to sometimes get their heads on straight.

  30. 5 out of 5

    TS

    It started out fine but at some point there was a kidnapping and suddenly BANG! they were in love even though they met 3 days ago and saw each other for a total of 10 hours...

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