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The Merchant of Venice Beach [NOOK Book]

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The Rollicking Bun--Home of the Epic Scone--is the center of Suzanna Wolf's life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it's everything she's ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more--something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start--a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of ...
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The Rollicking Bun--Home of the Epic Scone--is the center of Suzanna Wolf's life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it's everything she's ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more--something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start--a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of a fling. But before she knows it, Suzanna is learning steps she never imagined--and dancing her way into confusion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601831224
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: A Venice Beach Romance , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 77,706
  • File size: 393 KB

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

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    Story really failed to deliver

    Suzanna’s life is good in many ways. She has her own business, a great place to live, and her roommates are her best friends in the world. But nearing her thirty-third birthday, she wants something more. Romance.

    A chance meeting puts a drop-dead gorgeous dance teacher on her radar, and the next thing she knows, she’s signing up for lessons. Unfortunately, it appears that every other woman in the class has the same intentions that she does, but she’s determined not to let that stop her, even if she feels clumsy and out of place when facing the man of her dreams.

    But...If the synopsis has you thinking this is a romance, think again. Despite its classification as one, The Merchant of Venice Beach is simply a long-winded story about a woman who clearly has no idea what she wants and goes about getting it in all the wrong ways. The cover, while not bad at all, is all wrong in context. I’m not sure who that buff guy is supposed to be, and the bikini girl he’s carrying appears nowhere in the story. Really the only correlation between the cover art and the actual story is the fact that it takes place in a beach town.

    The Verdict...
    I kept reading, first expecting the dance teacher to show a better side and be the dream guy Suzanna wanted him to be. Then I started wondering when she was going to realize what a complete jerk he was and find someone better. Then I wondered if that carpenter guy was going to be the solution to her romance dilemma. And then I just wondered why the hell I bothered reading the whole thing.

    I hate to be completely negative about a book, especially when it’s an author’s debut, but I honestly can’t name anything I really liked about it. While the synopsis promised something fun and possibly great, the story itself was little more than the ramblings of a somewhat whiny woman who was desperate enough for excitement that she allowed herself to be treated terribly by a conceited, selfish, unredeemable man. I suppose you could say the romance bit finally happened there at the end of the book, but it really had almost nothing to do with the rest of the story, and since it popped out of left field, there was no way I could get into it. The general plot was a good idea, but the story really failed to deliver.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I enjoyed the characters' unique personalities and how this infl

    I enjoyed the characters' unique personalities and how this influenced their interactions. Imaginative story line which kept my interest to the end. Can't wait to read the next book, which expands on a character introduced in this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Painful

    Sometimes I'll keep reading a novel out of some OCD need to finish something; I didn't do with "The Merchant of Venice Beach". The writing was so wooden and painful that I finally gave up and went to the last chapter.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Itching for Books for letting me join the tour and Celia Bonaduce for giving me the opportunity to read The Merchant of Venice Beach.




    This story was written brilliant. It was funny, and with a description that will make you enter the story at the same time with the characters. Even the places where they went were perfectly described. That’s a plus side for me, I always love it when a writer manages to pull that off. Anyway... the characters are well formed, the author wrote them as if they were real. Celia hasn’t described LA as a place of just drinking and gambling. She made me wish I could visit that place.




    I seriously don’t want to give spoilers with this one, it’s to good not to be read. Let’s just say the main character will make you stay with her the entire story. I couldn’t put the book down! The author really did an amazing job! She wrote a story about long time friends growing up and drifting apart, then again meeting after moving to Venice Beach. It’s impossible not to love it! I highly recommend this book! Hurry up and read it, you don’t know what your missing out! 

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    I was kind of torn on this one.  On one hand I really, really li

    I was kind of torn on this one.  On one hand I really, really liked the friendship between Suzanna, Eric, and Fernando.  And I could totally see where living with you three best friend for several years could get to be a bit draggy after a while and you begin to look for a way out.  And this book had such perks and moments to it.  Seriously, there were moments to this book that I really really liked this book.




    And then as a flip, I would kind of find myself skimming through and getting on, looking for the good parts of the book. I kind of saw what was coming with the book, and it just didn’t excite me all that much. I didn’t feel it and want the happily ever after in this one like I do some times in books.  And trust me, I LOVE when two friends get together and find that amazing love. I really do, but in this one? not so much.




    It was a cute story, and looking at others reviews, it looks like so many people did love it, so I’m wondering if I just missed something? Or maybe it is the dreary weather that just put me in a funk and reading about happy people living at the beach and enjoying beautiful weather while I am sitting in the snow (and dealing with grumpy children, one or either of which is now for sale as I write this, make me an offer PLEASE!!!)




    Overall, I just think that with a few adjustments and edits the story would be great and have a wonderful tone.




    Though I will say it has always been a dream of mine to own a bookstore and bakery.  I could handle a teashop with it!

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    Review: Venice Beach Romance #1: The Merchant of Venice Beach

    The Merchant of Venice Beach by Celia Bonaduce is the first book in the Venice Beach Romance series. This book focuses of Suzanne and her two business partners/roommates/best friends with special guest appearances from her sister (Erinn) and her other best friend Carla.

    This book is NOT a steamy, visceral tale of love between the sheets. It is a sedate, humurous tale of friends living a (sorta) laid back life in Venice Beach, remodeling their shop and living life.

    An enjoyable read when you want something light and fun. I look forward to finding time to dive into Erinn's story next (A Comedy of Erinn).

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    This was a brilliant novel.  Bonaduce takes to the world of writ

    This was a brilliant novel.  Bonaduce takes to the world of writing with a flare seldom seen.  She creates a vivid yet realistic view of LA that doesn’t border on fame & the entertainment industry.  Bonaduce uses wit and intelligent conversation to create a captivating, emotional story for her audience.   Her intricate descriptions create a very unique feel for the world as a whole.  The story itself was entertaining and comedic while remaining realistic and down to earth.  The story centers on friendships and relationships.  Reality and real life play into the relationships that develop throughout.  

    The characters in this novel are also quite well developed. I loved the main characters.  It was so nice to see them as friends as well as a couple.  It really added a sense of completion to the novel.  The natural dialogue in this novel gives you even further insight into the characters and their relationships.  I also appreciate how her relationships play out in a very captivating and intriguing manner without ever requiring an adult only rating.  Bonaduce easily shows how romance and explicit scenes aren’t inseparable through the intriguing relationships between her characters.  

    Overall, Bonaduce’s first novel has me quite intrigued.  She has developed a tale that will appeal to a wide audience.  I can’t wait to continue on with this series & anything else this author’s brilliant mind can come up with.  

    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Please list pages not words

    Ten words to a line times average number of lines on a page will give you the number to divide into number of words for this books pages. Blurb not worth the effort page counter

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    This was a fun read but also thoughtful.I liked the way the auth

    This was a fun read but also thoughtful.I liked the way the author skipped from present time to the past, giving us, the readers, insight into not only the personalities of the characters but also the path that led them to where they are now. They are "stuck", as we all are sometimes. Stuck with feelings of loyalty and balance created in part by the relationships to their childhood friends; but also stuck with the feeling of wanting to take their lives individually to the next chapter without upsetting the balance that they have. We smart readers, looking in from the outside, know that this is impossible, and it's really fun finding out how they handle the changes that they all want. I look forward to Bonaduce's next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

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    What a delightful book. Smart and funny and engaging .I find most chick lit about as satisfying as chiclet gum but this book defied the genre. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Celia Bonaduce's work.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    The Merchant Of Venice Beach is a quick and easy read, full of c

    The Merchant Of Venice Beach is a quick and easy read, full of complex and funny characters. I would not classify it as a romance, exactly, although there were enough men interested in the protagonist, Suzanna, to keep you guessing until the end! The novel revolves around a tea shop called THE ROLLICKING BUN and I wish I could find a place like it - I would hang out there often!

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    The Merchant of Venice Beach was a good book. There were part




    The Merchant of Venice Beach was a good book. There were parts of it that confused me and parts of it that did not interest me, but at the end the parts that confused me made a little bit more sense. While this book had a lot of real life things in it, I wish that it would have drawn in more with more fantasy.





    I liked the part of the book that talked about not judging people before you get to know them because that is very important. I loved the fact that after the earthquake they friends and family became closer after having a falling out. Running the Book Nook was very well explained and shows how hard it can be to run a business and make it successful. I did like the fact that at the end Suzanna and Eric ended up together.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    While I took exception to the cover, which did not adequately (o

    While I took exception to the cover, which did not adequately (or even remotely!) define the book; I could not take exception to new novelist
    Celia Bonaduce's new book, "The Merchant of Venice Beach". Ms Bonaduce shows a mastery of witty dialogue, clever realistic situations and believable characters. While perhaps the butchest of readers might not enjoy it, it would be hard for most casual readers not to enjoy
    this amusing book. A great way to spend part of the time at the beach, on your cruise, or even relaxing in the tub!

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    Posted July 29, 2014

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