Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

by Robin Kaye

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From Romance Writers of America GOLDEN HEART AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR Robin Kaye, the third funny, sexy, contemporary romance from a fresh new voice in romance fiction

He'd be Mr. Perfect if he wasn't a perfect mess…

Rich Ronaldi is almost the complete package-smart, sexy, great job-but when his girlfriend dumps him, Rich swears he'll learn to cook and clean just to win her back…

She'll be happy to make him over, but not for another woman…

Rich is the only guy Becca Larsen's ever met who hasn't tried to change her. She's glad to help him master the domestic arts, but she'll be damned if he'll start cooking in another woman's kitchen-or bedroom…


"A sensational story that sizzles with sex appeal."
The Long and Short of It

"Robin Kaye has proved herself a master of romantic comedy."
Night Owl Romance

"A rollicking romance that's sure to please!"
Romance Reader at Heart

"Robin Kaye is a master at romance, and her second novel is even better than the first."
Armchair Interviews


" The main characters in this all-around feel-good read have so much personality they almost jump off the page."
Romantic Times

"A rollicking romance that's sure to please!"
Novel Thought Comments

" Kaye's writing is just about perfect for this kind of story as she balances a fine line between romance, sex, and family, all of which come together with ease."
A Book Blogger's Diary

" Robin Kaye's Romeo, Romeo is sensational! I loved everything about this novel. The story, characters and writing are all five star material."
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402218958
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Pages: 361
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robin Kaye is a professional writer and winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her first novel, Romeo, Romeo. Her romantic comedies feature sexy, nurturing heroes and feisty, independent heroines. She lives with her husband and three children in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

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Rebecca Larsen shouldered open the door of her new Park Slope apartment and surveyed the wreckage. A pizza box lay open on the coffee table, containing the remnants of a sausage and mushroom pizza of indeterminate age. By this point, Becca was on her last nerve. Her cat had shrieked for the entire trip from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, and as Becca gazed about the room, she began to feel a sensation akin to entering the Twilight Zone.

Annabelle, Becca's best friend, sister-in-law, and resident of the apartment until two weeks ago, wasn't a neatnik by any stretch of the imagination, but Becca had never seen her leave this much of a mess. Empty beer bottles littered the remaining space on the coffee table, and a pair of very large shoes lay underneath. Men's shoes. Becca's sense of unease escalated. It definitely looked as if there was a man living there. Yep, the XXL fleece hoodie thrown on the couch was her first clue; the second was the singing that came from the direction of the bathroom seconds after the hiss of the shower started. Becca grabbed the baseball bat she found leaning against the wall by the closet and skulked to the bedroom. The bed was unmade, which wasn't startling, but the collection of men's jeans hanging off every surface as well as a mess of jockey shorts and socks on the floor certainly was. Not as much, though, as the voice coming from the shower. It was a rich bass baritone, and if she wasn't mistaken, he was singing an old '40s tune. God, who sings songs from the '40s? Whoever it was had a smooth, smoky, sexy-as-hell voice that was hot enough to make a woman melt like chocolate in a two thousand-degree kiln. The guy in the shower had one hell of a voice. Too bad he was also going to have one hell of a bruise.

She spent some time thinking about whether she should hit him while he was in the shower or wait until he got out. He'd gotten through the first stanza of his song and the whole chorus before she decided to wait until he emerged. The shower curtain might severely curtail the speed at which the bat would hit, and then there was the problem of proper aim.

Pushing the door open with the end of the bat, she watched the steam roll toward her and bring with it the scent of yummy-man. A man who smelled like that at any other time would have her following him just to get a whiff. His scent was clean, with citrus and spice overtones that made her mouth water. The body that stepped out of the shower bare-ass-naked stole the breath from her lungs, the attack plan from her memory, and made her thankful she was a woman who could appreciate the human form because she'd never seen one finer. Her eyes wandered back to his face just in time to see the corner of his full lips lift to form a grin. If looked at separately, each part of his face-the Roman nose, sapphire blue eyes, curled spiky black eye lashes-was almost pretty, but something about the way they fit together and the addition of his five-o'clock-shadow-before-noon, stole the prettiness from his face and made it arrestingly gorgeous. He was the Sicilian version of a Greek god. He had to be the most beautiful man she'd ever seen in person, and as a sculptor, she'd seen more than her fair share of beautiful people. Too bad she disliked him.
Rich Ronaldi looked over his shoulder to find his sister's best friend staring wide-eyed at his bare ass. Well, maybe it wasn't only his ass she stared at because when he turned, she got a load of the full monty.

Becca rested the end of the bat she carried on the floor. "Excuse me, but what the hell are you doing here?"

Rich had never been the shy type, but the women who got a load of him in the buff were usually invited to do so. Becca, Miss prim-and-proper-ice-princess, wasn't. He wished he knew where the damn towels were. He'd just moved in, well, in a figurative sense of the word. He'd stayed there for a few days, and he had a towel somewhere, but knowing himself, it was on the floor along with his dirty socks and underwear.

If he'd known she'd be coming by, he'd have kicked them into the closet or at least under the bed. But then, Becca was the last woman he'd expected to darken his doorstep. He had no clue why, but since their first meeting, he got the distinct impression she wasn't overly fond of him. "How did you get in here?"

Becca didn't seem to grasp the fact that standing naked in front of a woman who wouldn't normally give him the time of day is not the most comfortable thing to do. She didn't turn away or hand him a towel, not that there was one at hand. He brushed past her into the bedroom, saw a towel hanging off the footboard of his bed, and quickly tied it around his waist. The only reaction he saw from Becca was a blink.

"I used my key. What are you doing in my bedroom, taking a shower in my bathroom, which is conveniently located in my apartment?"
Rich let out a laugh. "Hold on. I'm the one asking the questions here. This is my apartment. I'm leasing it from Rosalie and Nick."

She crossed her arms, the action pulling her baggy sweatshirt taut across her chest. A chest he forgot she even had. When he realized he was staring, he returned his gaze to her face and found her rolling her eyes.

"You're impossible. So is your story since I'm subletting the apartment from Annabelle. It was her apartment, and now it's mine. You need to leave."
She looked like one of those sexy Anime cartoon characters. She was tall, just a few inches shorter than his own 6'3", and thin with long, long legs and short, choppy, platinum blonde, perpetually tussled hair that gave her a sexy as hell, just-been-fucked look. Rich mimicked her stance, careful not to spread his legs wide enough to dislodge the towel, though it would serve her right if he did. "You're wrong. Rosalie and Nick own the apartment. They rented it to Annabelle, who has since moved out. I moved in. If anyone is leaving, it's you."
"Well then, we have a problem. Because as of right now, I'm living here."
"Not with me, you're not."
He waved his arm to encompass the whole apartment, and the whole mess he had scattered across it. "Possession is nine-tenths of the law."

"The only possession I see here is your mess. Everything I own that's not in storage is now in the living room, so, in that respect, as in others too numerous to count, you come up…" She looked him up and down with a critical eye. "…decidedly short."

Rich had half a mind to whip off his towel just to show her how very short he wasn't. He was a man comfortable with his body and his um… size. Shit, he'd never had any complaints in that department, and from the look in Becca's eyes when she ogled him-and it was an ogle-she didn't have any complaints either. He was sure she was just trying to get a rise out of him, which she wouldn't. She wasn't his type.

No, Rich's type was a woman like his girlfriend, Gina: a little bombshell. She was all black-haired, copper-eyed, and built like a woman. She was a barely five-foot package of pure TNT. Gina dressed like a woman. You'd never find her wearing an old sweatshirt five sizes too big and a pair of low-slung baggy jeans. "Shit." He looked at the clock. He was going to be late. He was meeting his dean at the Harvard Club and then heading uptown for a date with Gina. "I don't have time to talk about this. I have somewhere to be. Why don't you go out to the living room and let me get dressed. I'll call Nick and Rosalie on my way and find out what to do about this mess. You can spend the night tonight because I have other plans, but I have to tell you, babe, you're gonna be looking for another place to rent."

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sandiek More than 1 year ago
Becca Larsen lands in New York City, ready to take on the art world. When she moves into the apartment she sublet while her apartment and studio are being renovated, there's a slight problem. There's already a tenent, Rich Ronaldi, who has also just moved in. Becca's brother is married to Rich's sister, and the couple each rented the apartment without checking with the other. Rich also has problems. He has just taken a job as a psychology professor at Columbia, but his dean seems to think that Rich's fancy-free bachelor days should be coming to an end, and expects him to settle down. On top of that, his girlfriend, Gina, has just dumped him because he is the typical spoiled Mama's Boy who expects every woman to wait on him. Rich and Becca don't like each other, although each is attracted physically. But both need a place to live, and Rich needs someone to help him learn to cook and clean and take care of himself. They agree to share the apartment for a few months. Will they overcome their intial feelings and learn to love each other? Robin Kaye has written a wonderful romance. Light-hearted in tone, it keeps the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next in this relationship. The love scenes are steamy, and the characters are vivid. This book is recommended to romance readers.
welchmin More than 1 year ago
Read Robin Kaye, she was wonderful surprise. Breakfast in Bed was an impulse buy. The Ronaldi series is a great read very funny and witty. I read it series backwords and loved all three. I love the characters. Rich and Becca love story rang true. It was excellent weekend read. I just could not put it down. I am looking forward to her new release in 2011. I love Aunt Rose, she calm voice even though she was offbeat.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Breakfast In Bed by Robin Kaye is a snappy, delightful romance. Rich Ronaldi thought his life was right on track. He had a great job he loved, wonderful friends and a hot girlfriend. When he gets dumped because he isn't relationship material he decides to fix it somehow. He makes a deal with Becca Lasen, she can stay at his new apartment if she teaches him the domestic arts. Becca Larsen needed a temporary place to stay while her new place was being renovated. When there is a mix up about who is renting her friends apartment, Becca agrees to help Rich win his former girlfriend back. Sharing an apartment with Rich puts the object of her fantasies within arms reach. When Rich needs her to pretend to be his girlfriend both their feelings for each other start to sizzle. Breakfast In Bed is a book that charms you from page one. Rich and Becca both have issues that hold them back in love before. This time they will really have to put it all on the line to win. Robin Kaye's books are gems. They make you hold onto the lives of the characters long after you are done reading. I am looking forward to more from this author.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This is my first Robin Kaye book (yes, this is part of series and I haven't read the first two) and can't wait to pick up another! This story was cute, funny and incredibly sexy! Both Rich and Becca have issues. It's what make them who they are. Rich is an alpha male and Italian to boot. Becca is extremely wealthy and doesn't trust the male species not to just be after her money. So, when they find out that they both have to occupy the same apartment for a while, they have to come to some sort of truce. Since Rich's girlfriend recently broke up with him, he solicits Becca to teach him to be more relationship material. He needs to learn to cook, clean and do laundry if he wants to settle down and convince his ex to come back to him. At first, Becca is more than happy to oblige just to get Rich out of her hair sooner. But, as she sees Rich trying so hard she begins to want him for herself. As for Rich, the more he tries to become a man ready to settle down, he figures out that it's not his ex that he's really after. I literally laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book. Rich is hilarious in his determination to become what he calls a Domestic God. It's no wonder Becca eventually falls for him! She tried hard to continue to dislike him, but as he tries harder and harder to be a good man, Becca sees a different side of him. At the same time, Rich is seeing a different side of Becca that she keeps hidden from the rest of the world. It's obvious from the beginning that these two are going to hook up, but that didn't keep me from turning the pages as fast as I could. I wish I'd have had the time to read this in one sitting, but it only took me two days. I had it open in my hands at every available opportunity. Kaye's ability to create characters is awesome. She made me want to know them! Rich's Aunt Rose was just a sideline, but she was interesting and funny. Vinny, another side character was also well developed and made me want to meet him. I really think that's why it was so easy to love the book and feel all the emotion just as though I was a part of it.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Becca and Rich are in quite the predicament. It seems they will have to share the same living quarters for a while. Rich thinks that it might be the perfect setting - since he asks Becca to help him become more of a "relationship material" type of man. He solicits her help in learning to cook, clean, laundry - all in the hopes of getting his ex girlfriend back. Now Becca is more than happy to help - since she sees this as a way of speeding Rich's departure from the apartment they are sharing. But soon she realizes that this Domestic God might be something she doesn't want to give up but instead wants to keep for herself... now it's just a matter of convincing him that she's the only girl he needs to impress.Just thinking of a man trying to domesticate himself in order to win a girl's heart - brings a big smile to my face. Rich was hilarious with his zany antics. My God, the man was a disaster. Although he comes off as a womanizer and even arrogant at first, he slowly but surely works his way into your heart. Becca wasn't so high on my list. She was easier to like in the beginning of the book but she just went downhill from there for me. I can understand that a girl needs to set-up barriers to protect her delicate heart, and in Becca's case, she just couldn't trust a man to love her without loving her money more. But there was a point where I just wanted to grab a hold of her and tell her to just get over it. She was a tad frustrating for me. Nonetheless, she redeemed herself towards the end of the story making this sweet, contemporary romance, an enjoyable one. I loved all the supporting characters as well - Rich's Aunt Rose, the upstairs gay neighbors and even Tripod, the three legged cat. Ms. Kaye's writing was simple and she made her characters realistic and most of them were very endearing. None were perfect, which made them even more loveable in my eyes.In the end, this was a fun read where you don't have to put too much thought into it and just submerge yourself in the good feeling of it all. It was the first in the series that I've read, so I definitely want to get my hands on the other two that came before it.
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I often wonder, what would men do if women disappeared off the face of the planet? True enough, there are some men that can take care of themselves fairly well, but it has been my experience that most guys really need their women to help take care of them. Robin Kaye shows us one such man in BREAKFAST IN BED and man is he hilarious.Rich is your classic hunk; he¿s also your classic guy. Unable to cook or clean, he really doesn¿t have much outside of his curb appeal to attract any form of long-term relationship. Bummed over the latest ex-girlfriend, Rich decides to do a little self-improvement and make himself more marketable. Luckily and unluckily for her, Rich¿s sister¿s friend Becca ends up being the woman to try and teach Rich how to clean up and win a girl.BREAKFAST IN BED was romantic, funny and at times had its fair share of suspenseful moments. As with any romance, the story wouldn¿t be complete without some form of tension keeping our lovebirds apart. Kaye does a wonderful job keeping us guessing, although at times it did feel a little forced.Overall I would have to say that BREAKFAST IN BED was a great read. The romance was wonderful and the comedy, whether it was intended or not, really added that sparkling finish to the story. While the second half of the book did seem to get bogged down a bit, I think that the overall story was wonderful and definitely worth the time spent reading it.Now I haven¿t read any of Kaye¿s other books so I can¿t compare this one to her earlier works, but I will tell you that I enjoyed BREAKFAST IN BED. This is a book that I would choose to read again, especially curled up in a chair on a rainy day.
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abr025 More than 1 year ago
What a great sequal to Too Hot To Handle! Every girl should read these books!
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This was my favorite one by far. The story of Rich and Becca was captivating. I just couldn't stop reading. Great story with good characters and great steamy scenes. I love how the author goes back to the characters from the other stories as well. Fun, fast read.
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