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Friday, December 18, 2009

Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye

Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (361 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Hibiscus

Rich, the epitome of "anti-domestic," can't cook to save his life, and his idea of cleaning his apartment is to invite his mother over. But he's ready to settle down, and he can't stop thinking about the ex-girlfriend who got away. When he notices that his soon-to-be-married friends cooked and cleaned their way into their women's hearts, he asks his friend Becca to help transform him into a nurturing man to win back his ex.

Rich is the only guy who's taken the time to know Becca for herself. She decides she'll give him the makeover he's asking for, though she'll be damned if she's going to turn him into a domestic god for another woman. She wants Rich for herself, but how can she convince him that her kitchen and her bedroom are the only domestic locales he desires?

Robin Kaye continues her Domestic Gods Series with Annabelle Ronaldi’s best friend Becca Larson and a serious twist in her domestic gods in the form of Rich Ronaldi, who may be a god but isn’t a domestic one.

Ms. Kaye’s humor shines from the start when Becca, Miss prim-and-proper-ice-princess, takes her baseball bat and confronts the Sicilian version of a Greek god, Rich in the shower. Things then become like an old time romantic comedy with both characters living in one apartment.

What I really enjoyed was the fact that in this story our god, Rich, may have looked like one but he could not do anything even remotely domestic. Unfortunately, he also had some previous playboy problems that led him to relocate at Columbia University. His ultimate tenure hinges on being a proper professor in a stable relationship. When his semi-girlfriend leaves him on the same day the ultimatum is laid down, Rich turns to the only person available who can help him get back his girl, Becca.

I have to warn you to keep a box of tissues handy. I know I needed them as I was laughing so hard; I had tears rolling down my cheeks throughout Rich’s domestication duties. When you read about the grilled cheese, remember, you were warned.

Becca was perfect as a teacher to Rich. She knew what she wanted – Rich and she taught him everything he needed to know to get his girl – her. I was only upset with Becca when she lost faith in her herself and believed the worst about Rich. I could understand her feelings but I wanted things to be happy and smooth throughout the story.

We still have the rich multitude of characters that add so much to the storyline and keep the plot continually moving. Breakfast in Bed would not have been the fantastic read it was if not for the likes of Annabelle and Mike, Henry and Wayne, and especially Tripod.

Breakfast in Bed is another fascinating look at the Ronaldi family and their friends that provided me with hours of enjoyment. I can’t wait to see who the next god Ms. Kaye decides to grace with their own book.