Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Hot coffee is a regular fixture in Hailey Warren’s life. Hot guys? Not so much.
Her gruelling shifts at a cafe in the heart of the city’s business sector are rarely punctuated by anything special, so when the gorgeous heir to the security company next door strides into Hailey’s life, it feels like punctuation with a capital P (or D, depending on your preferred terminology).
Jordan Knox is enough to send her heart racing faster than a triple shot of espresso, and when the attraction proves to be mutual, no hidden corners or empty offices are safe from their game of cat and mouse.
But when she’s ready to drop the pretenses, Jordan continues to hold back, and Hailey realizes he’s been hiding secrets that could make whatever’s brewing between them boil over and burn.
What a cute little novel! Latte Girl is light and fun, without any unnecessary angst thrown in just to shake things up. What we’re left with is the kind of romance that feels homegrown but still a little bit fantastical. The characters were charming, the setting was colourful, and the writing was enjoyable.
I thought the plot got a little predictable, or maybe just wasn’t super exciting, but in a way that had its own side benefit of putting the romance and the characters centre-stage. And once it got going, the romance was well deserving of the spotlight. Crikey, those sex scenes were hot. I wasn’t expecting so much smolder with how light the rest of the book was, but then it was smolder-central. Definitely not a bad thing. I love an author who can write light and funny in one scene and then make your toes curl in the next. I adored Hailey, and though I had trouble getting on board with Jordan until about halfway through, I ended up being team Knox in a big way.
Katia Rose is one you wanna keep your eye on. This is only her first novel, but it’s not going to be her last and I suspect she’s only just ramping up. Turn in here for lovable characters and a story as warm and relaxing as a fresh cup of coffee!