Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Love Caters All & Third Strike's the Charm Review Tour & Giveaway

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Official genre of book: contemporary romance

When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She's nothing like his ex-fiancee who wouldn't sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she's the real deal and not a gold digger.

Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn't a "guest," he's a "customer." And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn't be so bad if Maya didn't find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.

She swore off his type, and he's not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.

“Doc made me unplug. Ordered me to read books. Even went so far as to write out a prescription.” Rick reached in his pocket.

She took the paper he’d retrieved and read it. Sure enough, their website and the words, No electronics, read a book were scrawled on an Rx sheet in Doc’s handwriting. She handed back the note. “I’d recognize Doc’s penmanship anywhere.”

“Penmanship!” Rick grinned. “You can see from Doc’s chicken scratch, if I had to rely on the Internet for entertainment I’d be out of luck. It’s old-fashioned bound-paper for me this week.”

“I love books. In our library, you’ll find the classics, westerns, and some spicy romance.” Maya thought she’d just toss the last genre in there to see how he’d react. He grinned. Her stomach fluttered. This man was nothing like the conceited ass she’d dated last summer. Both men might be rich, but they were so different. “History, biography, and a Bible.”

“Will there be a quiz?”

“Only on the romance.” His laugh was so sensuous she could roll in it.

“I really need to dry the floor. I’ll get a rag. Excuse me.”

Mama passed her at the hall closet. “We should invite Mr. Nordan to our party tomorrow.”

Oh no. Rick was going to meet the gorgeous twins before Maya even had a single date with him.

What happens when one over-stressed, Type A CEO and one feisty and passionate professional caterer meet when Mama rents her cottage out to make some retirement money? You get a recipe for LOVE, topped with humor, warmth and banter that will keep you smirking! Nicci Carrera’s Love Caters All is the perfect light romantic read with heart and heat!

Maya Cruz is trying to teach her mother about business and when their first customer arrives to rent the house, all of Maya’s lessons go out the window when Mama starts inviting Rick Norden to the family functions, not that having to look at this gorgeous man is a unpleasant, but Maya has been hurt before and refuses to fall for the smooth lines of a man in power, looking for a temporary fling. Little does she know that Rick, although fascinated by her fiery beauty, is coming off a bad break up with a woman who was more enamored with his wealth and position than his heart.

The attraction is like Fourth of July Fireworks, that is until he criticized her choice of footwear. Gah! Maya is short, and she loves designer heels, they put her on par with the rest of the world, they make her happy and they are highly impractical. The Fireworks are still going off in Maya’s head, but the hearts and flowers have been replaced with arrows and thorns. And so begins their getting to know each other phase, one gaff at a time.

Is it possible these two can teach other about trust and friendship and maybe even good business? If the sizzling going on between them is any indication, a hot proposition may be in the offing.

Sweet, spicy and just plain fun reading, Love Caters All is the perfect read for a warm sandy beach or a cold winter night curled up by the fireplace. Nicci Carrera’s style is wicked good, as she takes her readers into the world she has created, with vivid imagery, bold pen strokes and characters that you cannot help but fall in love with. Give me a fiery heroine with brains and flare any day! I will admit, adding the worldly, yet damaged hero into the mix makes things even better!...and Mama? Totally priceless! 5 Stars!


Official genre of book: contemporary romance

Super student Cara Cruz made it all the way through her prestigious MBA program only to choke on the last final. Ordered by her advisor to take the summer off and clear her head, she’s home in Lobster Cover for some fun before retaking the exam. If she fails a second time, she will lose her dream job offer in Chicago. Meanwhile her best friend happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s mom, which means close contact with the man who broke her heart. Twice. This time she’ll protect her heart no matter the cost.

Ex-major-league baseball pitcher Jason Ward blew his money, his elbow, and his love life. Now at home taking care of his mom and working on a new life plan, he wants Cara back, but he already struck out, didn’t he? Maybe not, and now his mission is to win her back without telling her the truth about why he really came home.

Winning at love will be the only play that counts.

“I found out I couldn’t go back to the majors the day of Maya’s wedding.”

She remembered his anger, the way he stormed off, how hurt she’d been at the time. “Oh no! I’m so sorry.” That news made Maya’s wedding day one of the worst of his life. “I had no idea.”

“I know. That’s why I wanted to tell you. I was in a really bad state of mind that day. I acted like such a jerk.”

Her heart constricted. “The whole kiss thing was an accident, and I made it worse by not sorting it out right away. Now to find out you had that awful news hanging over your head makes me feel even worse.”

He frowned. “I overreacted.”

“Well, it’s understandable now.”

He cleared his throat, meeting her gaze. “Now that we have that cleared up, are you seeing someone?”

Did he want to try again? Her heart gave an inappropriate little bump. Remember your MBA, your new job. And remember how many times Jason disappointed you. “No. I’m not seeing anyone. I need to get my career settled before I think about anything like that.”

He frowned, and then nodded.

With only one foul on a bad play, Cara lost the man of her dreams.  Now she is home, after failing her final exam for her MBA, but her do-over is coming and she WILL graduate and take that job so far away. Coming home is bittersweet, because her best friend is Jason’s mother and Cara is not sure she can be that close to the man who broke her heart.
Jason had a promising career, he was a star major league pitcher, until an injury and some bad decisions cost him the game he loved. Now a caregiver for his mother, his life is taking a new direction and only one thing could make it perfect, having Cara back in his arms.  
Bad calls, broken hearts and secrets, the perfect recipe for disaster in a relationship and now two people are caught up in a twisted web of fear, fear of being hurt, of losing again, of wanting someone so badly, that any wrong word brings more grief. Lobster cove is home to yet another love affair on the rocks and Nicci Carrera is the master behind Third Strike’s the Charm as two wonderfully kind and caring people fail to communicate, share and leave the past behind. Will Cara find that Jason is more than the man she thought he was before it’s too late?
Without playing the high angst card, Nicci Carrera gives us a warm tale of love, loss and second chances with well-developed characters, a few heartaches, a touch of lies by omission and Cupid at bat, just waiting to bring in the winning run!

Nicci Carrera lives to write contemporary and spicy love stories with sassy heroines and sexy heroes. Nicci believes the perfect man makes lots of bread…the kind you eat hot from the oven with butter. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, and yes, he bakes all their bread. When not at her keyboard writing a romance, in the kitchen, or curled up with a book, Nicci enjoys photography and long walks.

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  1. Hi Dianne,

    Thanks for your review! I've been eager to see what you think. You have an amazing way with words.



    1. Hey Nicci!

      I have been sitting on my review until now, and it was killing me! Thank you for sharing another wonderful read!

  2. PS Love Caters All will go down to .99 on Friday. There was a delay.

  3. What a lovely review, and I agree wholeheartedly. I had the good fortune to read an ARC, and I've ordered for my Kindle so I won't enter the giveaway. Nicci Carrera writes realistic characters, wonderful settings, and all with a deft hand. There is an element of gentleness in her writing that I love.

    1. Thank you, Robena! Nicci is amazing and her characters really pop off the pages!