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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter

The Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (245 pages pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

From the moment Derrick Sloane and Annie Maddock met there was an instant connection. They date for five months, growing closer every day.

Only Derrick wakes up to discover the entire five month relationship was nothing more than a dream. Or was it? For when he goes to the coffee shop who should be there but Annie, just as in his dream. Derrich soon realizes he was seeing a relationship with Annie five months into the future. That night the dream continues right where it left off, five months in the future, but his meeting with Annie that day has altered the timeline. Every day he spends with Annie, he continues to alter the timeline of his future. Although Derrick tries desperately to put everything back to the way it was in his dream, every attempt just makes it worse.

And when he is shown two alternate timelines, he must now make the most difficult decision of his life.

What would happen if the lines between dreams and reality were blurred? If you couldn't tell whether a dream was just that, or it actually occurred? Over and over again, things become more confusing. Wouldn't you feel as if you were losing your mind?

In The Coffee Shop, the hero, Derek faces this dilemma. On a not so normal day, just one small change in his routine changes his life- in ways that are unimaginable. What appears to be a routine love affair isn't.

Annie is an intriguing woman. She's got silly quirks that make her delightful and charming. I love the banter between Derek and Annie. It's witty, fun, and kept a smile on my face while reading it. Falling in love doesn't take very long for this couple.

Derek is interesting and charming in his way, too. He's funny, sensitive and caring. What more could you ask for in a guy? He's fascinated with Annie and goes out of his way to spend more time with her. He's also sensitive to Annie's issues and doesn't push her.

I'm a mix of emotions when it comes to this story. The concept- brilliant! The execution of the concept into the story, however, gets very confusing quickly. It was hard to tell what was real and what wasn't. When I first found out that things weren't what they seemed, I was enchanted. What a clever twist! The problem: There wasn't a clear explanation to why this was happening, and with so many changes, it was difficult to follow along very well, and I ended up really confused. I had to go back a few times and see what I missed.

The writing is beautiful. The love story between Derek and Annie, I enjoyed. The way they were with each other, the snappy and fun dialogue. When it came to the ending, though, I had more questions than I got answers for and it left me a little puzzled.

If you enjoy a love story with a bit of a science fiction twist, The Coffee Shop offers readers a different tone on a romance story. If you're looking for a story that makes you think, to consider the "what if's" spend some time at The Coffee Shop today.

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