Title: My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love
Author: Kat Lieu
Publisher: Nummyz Production
Publish Date: January 2014
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "It’s another
suck-tastic summer for book nerd and baker, Sara Lee-Affen. She’s broke,
she’s single, and she’ll probably die a virgin. At her beautiful
cousin’s wedding, Sara meets a sexy and delicious stud muffin, Ian
Forrests. He’s totally her cup of tea, that is until he laughs at her
misery when a bee burrows into her ear. Yes, a dang bee. She’s dying
(well not really) as he’s dying from laughter.
What a jerk. A
smoking hot, Adonis of a jerk with strikingly green eyes, dark hair, and
drool-worthy pecs and eight-pack abs. As luck and fate would have it,
Sara keeps bumping into Ian all summer long and ends up working for him
as a pastry chef at his failing bakery. Despite her better judgment,
Sara falls for the sexy, badass rich boy. She discovers the truth about
Ian: he’s a tortured soul who’s still pining for his deceased
girlfriend, Sarah. One look at Sarah’s picture and poor Sara knows that
she could never compete. She could never be Ian’s cup of tea.
Or could she?"
My Two Cents:
"My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love" is a novella that walks a fine line between Young Adult and New Adult. Sara's summer is changed when she meets Ian at a family wedding. She falls for him quickly but he seems less interested in her and more interested in poking fun at her. After another chance meeting, they hit it off and Sara begins working in Ian's bakery. One problem, the bakery belonged to Ian's girlfriend, who passed away and who happens to be named Sarah. This novella ended up being a good read (with a cliffhanger of an ending that had me wanting more).
Overall, I really liked this story. I loved watching the relationship unfold between Sara and Ian. Sara is ready to fall for Ian even if he isn't ready to fall for him. Ian fights it as long as he can because he is still not over Sarah. I thought that the aspect of the book was really interesting. I loved reading about how Ian grappled with his feelings for Sara and Sarah and how they differed.
This book started out a little shaky for me but really hit its stride as the story unfolded. By the end, I was very sorry that this book was only a novella. The book ends in a heck of a cliffhanger that has me wanting more and it looks like I will have to wait until this summer to read the next installation, sadly. This book would be a good pick for when you're looking for a light read to get lost in!