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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nadja's Literary Cappuccino by Amanda Burns

Nadja's Literary Cappuccino by Amanda Burns
Publisher: Freya's Bower
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Daisy

It all seems simple enough: Ukrainian immigrant Nadja Petrov is determined to hold onto her thriving new coffee shop, Nadja's Literary Cappuccino—and Java Beans District Rep Kevin Langley is equally determined to move into town with a Java Beans franchise and run her out of business. She scopes him out, he keeps a watchful eye on her, and the sparring begins. But other players are involved, and the web of intrigue soon threatens Nadja, her shop and her aunt as well as Kevin, his franchise and his son. Within this cauldron simmers a sexual attraction between Nadja and Kevin that catapults them to overcome their fears of intimacy and commitment. Their lovemaking is tender and raw. Can their love survive tragedy, doubts and fire?

Nadja owns a small but unique coffee shop that lends out books to its customers. One night she meets a handsome stranger, who is interested in buying her shop. She instantly refuses to consider the notion, but he will be bringing in a big competitor to her city which may put her out of business anyway. What she doesn’t know is that the building she is in is worth a great deal of money to more than one developer. The problem is finding out who wants it and at what cost.

Amanda Burns writes characters with well-developed personalities. Nadja is Ukranian and moved to America to take care of her mother before she passed on. She is more than beautiful and becomes three dimensional with all the minute details that come out in the story. She is strong willed and believes in dealing with people honestly and fairly, but is willing to do anything to keep what belongs to her. Her aunt works in the shop next door to her coffee shop and is overprotective of her niece.

Kevin is a single father and the district manager for Java Beans. Part of his job is to buy out the competition. That the tiny shop is owned by such a sexy and desirable lady is a bonus.

The witty banter underlined an undeniable sexual attraction. Nadja is very comfortable with her sexuality and her body, but she had never had a lover who gave her any real satisfaction until she met Kevin. This modern romance makes a fun read, with just a touch of suspense that keeps you turning the pages.