Chloe Nelson and professional hockey player Griffin Lange get along like chocolate and pickles. But Chloe needs the famous (and infamously unattached) Griffin to attract people to her struggling bakery, and Griffin needs the curvaceous and fiery Chloe to keep him out of trouble. A fake relationship for the media to focus on seems like the perfect plan.
But when temptation throws them into bed together, a new plan arises. Why not make the most of things? Griffin's winning every home game, and Chloe's business has never been better. Both know it's only physical-and only temporary-so why is it starting to feel like more? And can they drop their defenses long enough to find out if what started out as playing pretend can rise into something sinfully good?
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Some Like It Sinful
A Perfect Recipe Novel
By Robbie Terman, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Robbie Terman
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When life handed Chloe Nelson lemons, she made lemon sponge cake drizzled with lemon icing and garnished with lemon zest. But today, life had decided to throw a set of knives directly at her heart, and Chloe simply didn't have a recipe for that.
The day had started well. She'd arrived at her bakery at seven that morning. Even though Happy Endings Bakery didn't officially open for five days, she'd already gotten in the habit of arriving early and testing recipes.
Just walking into the place sent Chloe into a giddy dance. This wasn't the first kitchen she'd worked in, but the sight of the commercial refrigerator and freezer, the double convection ovens, even the Hobart made her feel like doing a gleeful cartwheel. This kitchen was hers. She'd paid for every appliance, every tile, every cookie sheet. All her hard work had finally paid off.
In anticipation of the opening, she'd decided to pass out free dessert on the sidewalk around lunchtime. The morning flew by — it always did when she was baking. Everything slipped away — her fears, worries, the endless list of things she needed to do before the opening. The repetition of measuring ingredients, the sound of the large mixing blade scraping the sides of the metal bowl, the sweet scent of chemistry creating perfection soothed her. By noon, she stood in front of her store, wearing a turquoise T-shirt that read, How Do You Like Your Happy Ending? and holding a tray of free toffee-fudge ripple cookies.
And then she saw it. The storefront across the street from hers, the one that only yesterday had been vacant, now sported a large sign in the window, with red letters as bright as the blood draining from her face.
COMING SOON! GOODY LUV BAKERY!
"Dude! Are those free cookies?"
Chloe turned her head, the world too fuzzy to see the face that matched the voice. She thrust the tray into what she hoped were his hands. "Here. Take them."
"Thanks, Cookie Lady," he shouted as she blindly pushed through the door of Happy Endings.
With shaking hands, she twisted the lock and lowered the blinds, then sank into one of the brightly colored plastic chairs she'd purchased because they reminded her of sprinkles on a cupcake.
How could this have happened? When she'd rented the space three months earlier, the vacant one across the street had been that way for six months. She certainly had never imagined it would be rented to another bakery. And a chain bakery. Goody Luv had begun opening all around the Midwest a few years back, their largest shop being their flagship on Michigan Avenue. Now, they'd apparently decided to expand all over Chicago.
Hot tears stung her eyes. Taking a chance at opening a new business was scary enough without having to worry about competing against a huge corporation. She'd sunk all of her money into renovating this space; she couldn't just move to another location.
And she couldn't just give up. Opening a bakery had been her dream since the first baking class she'd taken at the age of twelve. She'd worked her curvy butt off to get where she was, and she wasn't going to let some multimillion-dollar corporation run her out of business.
She needed a plan. And someone rational to keep her from flipping out. After grabbing the phone off the counter, she dialed her sister. After eight agonizing rings, Sylvia finally answered.
"What is it?" Sylvia barked. "I'm heading into court."
Her sister's gruff tone didn't bother her. Sylvia had more on her plate then an all-you-can-eat buffet. Not only did she have a husband and a terrific son, she was also an assistant district attorney.
"I need your help."
"Legal, financial, or emotional?"
"At the moment, emotional. Possibly financial. And if I give into baser urges, legal."
There was a pause. "Sweetie, I love you, but I need the Cliff's Notes version, or I'm going to have to call you back after court."
"Syl," Chloe wailed. "I can't believe this is happening." Dammit! She wiped away a tear that had gotten loose. She wouldn't let herself fall apart. She couldn't come up with a solution if she became hysterical.
But although Sylvia was the most levelheaded person she knew, she was also more a mother to her than sister, and she brought out the child in Chloe that just wanted to be rescued.
"Are you hurt?"
Sylvia's mothering tone made Chloe choke back another sob, but she cleared her throat and forced herself to take a few deep, calming breaths. When she could speak without her voice cracking, she told Sylvia about Goody Luv.
"Wow." Sylvia paused. "Their store is down the street from my office. They have amazing scones. Yours are better," she was quick to add.
"I don't know what to do," Chloe admitted. "I can compete on product, but I can't compete with their advertising."
"There's a solution," Sylvia promised. "Shoot. I'm late. Seriously, Chloe, don't panic. I'll help any way I can. We can talk more later."
"Okay. Thanks, Syl." She hung up the phone, feeling better even though nothing had changed. She might have a hometown advantage, but the enemy was still invading her turf.
* * *
Exhaustion gripped Griffin Lange.
He hadn't slept well last night. His bed was too soft, for one thing. Over the last few years, he'd begun to prefer hard mattresses, which helped with the aches in his lower back. But when he'd gone to the store, the salesman recommended a mattress endorsed by the Organization of Geriatric Americans. He'd walked out of the store without the mattress, damned if he'd let anyone think he was ready to apply for his AARP card. Jesus, he was thirty-five, not eighty-five.
But the real reason he'd stared at the ceiling half the night was the impeding start of the season. As captain of the Chicago Brawlers, the NHL's greatest team ever (not just his opinion — Sports Illustrated had said it too, in 2003), it was his job to lead his team to the Stanley Cup finals. Something that hadn't happened in the last seven years.
This year would be different, he vowed. This year, not only would they make it to the finals, they would win. Then, the city's faith in him would be restored. They would realize the title the town had bestowed upon him after his third Stanley Cup, "Prince of the Puck," still meant something.
"Yo, Cap!" Riley Brock, the team's new twenty-three-year-old golden boy, sauntered over to him looking like a baby playing dress-up in a black tuxedo, holding a glass of champagne in each hand.
"Got this for you," Riley said, handing one of the glasses to him.
"Thanks," Griffin said. The last thing he wanted was champagne, which would make him even sleepier than he was now. If he didn't take it, though, he'd probably see hurt in Riley's puppy-dog brown eyes. The kid was totally in love with him. Not in love in love with him, but more like he wanted to be him. Riley had actually tacked Griffin's poster up on his bedroom wall as a child.
"This party is great, isn't it?" Riley commented, bobbing with enthusiasm.
Every year, Trinity Bank, the corporation that owned the Brawlers, threw a black-tie fund-raiser to kick off the season. The event was held at Trinity Arena — or the Tri, as most Chicagoans called it.
The wealthiest fans in the city (who else could afford the ten-thousand-dollar-a-plate sticker?) filled the arena, along with anorexic models the Trinity bigwigs had hired to make the room a little prettier. The dishes were china, the stemware crystal, and "goody bags" contained real diamond watches. This year's festivities included an auction, for which three hot little sport cars were on display. He'd probably bid on at least one of the cars; putting down a promise of a hundred K usually impressed the hell out of the rookies. He'd just need to make sure someone was around to bid higher. Last thing he needed was another sports car.
"You never finished telling me about that game against Vancouver," Riley reminded. His fawning eyes were lit up like a Christmas tree.
Griffin propped an elbow on a high-top bistro table. "It was 2006, game seven of the finals. We were tied with one minute on the clock. I'm in the penalty box, some bullshit about high sticking that pansy LaFleur."
Riley leaned closer as Charlie Hoffler and Nils Maguire, both of whom had been drafted last year, joined the group. Blood rushed through Griffin's veins with the force of Niagara Falls as he continued, "There's ten seconds left on the clock when I jump outta the box and steal the puck right out from under LaFleur's nose. He's still trying to figure out what the hell happened while I'm plowing the puck right between the goalie's legs."
"Wow, Cap," Hoffler said, his eyes glazed over. "I think I just wet myself."
Griffin grinned. "The crowd stormed the ice and carried me on their shoulders for an hour before the cops broke it up."
"I want the Cup," Riley said fiercely. "We're going to get it this year, right, Cap?"
He swallowed past the uncomfortable lump in his throat. "Absolutely."
Their smiles were bright enough to blind him. He looked around, hoping just for a moment he could find one of his longtime teammates, someone who didn't stare at him all the time, doe-eyed and hopeful. But most of them had already left with their wives to relieve the babysitters. Only bachelors hoping to score with one of the models remained.
"How come we haven't won a Cup in seven years?" Nils, the little punk, asked.
"I have a better question," Griffin countered. He didn't want to analyze the team's failures, especially if that meant studying his own shortcomings. "How come this party sucks? We've got gorgeous women and all the alcohol we want. We need to do something to liven things up."
"What I'd really like to do," Riley said, his gaze drifting toward a sweet cherry-red Porsche, "is drive that."
Hoffler snickered. "While getting a BJ from her." He pointed to a Gisele Bündchen look-alike.
Griffin stared at the kids in front of him, none of whom had had hair on their pricks when he'd started in the NHL. "Watch this, boys."
He strolled over to the red Porsche, opened the door, and slid into the driver's seat. The cars were meant to be open for inspection by prospective bidders, so no one batted an eyelash. He opened the glove compartment, then the center console. Since the cars had to be moved out of the arena tonight, he knew it had to be somewhere ... Bingo. The keys fell off the sun visor as he lowered it.
The Three Musketeers gathered around the car's open window. "What are you doing?" Riley asked.
Griffin waved the key in the air. "Wanna ride?"
Hoffler and Nils hooted with laughter while Riley's Adam's apple bounced. "Very funny, Cap." The squeak in his voice betrayed his unease.
Griffin tilted his head. "No? Maybe next time." He slid the key in the ignition and turned. The rev of the engine echoed through the room and over conversations.
He revved the engine a few more times for good measure. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a man in a horrendous navy-blue security guard jacket and black pants rush in his direction with a walkie-talkie in hand.
"See you later, boys." Griffin stepped on the clutch and shifted into first gear.
A collective gasp rose in the crowd as people began jumping out of his way. He took it slow, weaving through the throngs of people.
He'd do a couple laps around the arena, he decided, to amuse his young teammates, and then abandon the car.
As Griffin waved to his teammates on his right, a hand grabbed at the doorframe through the open driver's window, kicking Griffin's pulse into high gear. He jerked, laying his foot hard on the gas pedal. The car jolted forward, followed by a scream two octaves too high to be considered masculine.
As his heart beat furiously, he stuck his head out of the window and looked back at the security guard, writhing on the floor, holding his foot.
Holy shit! He'd run over the guy! Time to stop —
A shout of terror brought his attention forward. A scantily dressed woman who'd clearly had too much to drink stood directly in his path. He slammed on the brakes and wrenched the wheel to the left.
The car screeched to a stop, narrowly missing the woman. But not, unfortunately, missing the dessert buffet or one of the enormous ice sculptures, this one carved to his likeness.
Which fell directly through the windshield of the car.
* * *
He could imagine tomorrow's headlines. "Prince of the Puck Crowned By Ice Sculpture of Himself."
Griffin let himself laugh at the irony for a moment before sobering. Laughing hysterically probably wouldn't impress the overweight, scowling policeman who'd led him into the interrogation room a half hour earlier.
He heaved himself out of the rickety metal chair and paced the dingy room, working out nerves that gathered in his stomach. Yes, Officer, he practiced to himself. It was a stupid stunt. I'll pay for the damages and it will never happen again. Then, he'd provide the man and his family tickets to the season opener and they'd all put this incident behind them.
He'd apologize again tomorrow to Trinity, the guests at the party, and his fans he had let down. It was a standard spiel the team's publicist had written up for whenever the players did something stupid. The speech was used regularly — although never before by him. Until now, his antics had never ended in handcuffs.
As the police had led him from the party, Hoffler and Nils had laughed their asses off, but Riley stood rigid, and Griffin felt like he saw a speck of respect vanish from the rookie's eyes. It had been a dumb move, he admitted to himself. Now he just wanted to pay for the damages and forget tonight had ever happened.
He glanced at his reflection in the large mirror. Damn, he looked like hell. His tuxedo was wrinkled. The crisp white shirt he'd worn under his tuxedo jacket was stained with contents of the dessert table that had flown through the window. He combed a hand through his dark hair, raking out pieces of food. A few grays strands peeked out and he quickly smoothed his hair to cover them. Tomorrow he'd have his housekeeper pick up a box of dye.
Footsteps and voices reached the door. Griffin made one last attempt at looking presentable, smoothing his tux and adjusting his stained shirt. As the door opened, he dove into a chair, leaning against the table as if completely relaxed.
It wasn't the officer who entered, as he'd expected, but a woman.
She was older than him; he could tell by the lines next to her eyes and lips. But she was dressed for success in a well-fitted suit, and her brown hair was cut in a smart crop.
"Mr. Lange," she said, "I hear you had some fun tonight."
"It started out that way," he replied.
"I'm Sylvia Nelson, the assistant district attorney."
He swallowed back a gulp. "Assistant district attorney?"
A condescending smile curved her lips. "That's right. Normally we would have left you in a cell overnight until a judge could see you in the morning, but with a celebrity such as yourself, I get called in."
"So ..." He leaned forward. "You're a fan?" He sent her what he hoped was a dazzling smile. She had a ring on her finger, but in his experience, a ring didn't always mean much.
"Isn't the whole city?" she countered. "Despite the fact that you haven't brought us the Cup since 2006."
"Ouch." He winced. "You really know how to hit where it hurts."
She took a seat across from him and crossed a pair of dynamite legs. "I could say the same about you. That was quite the escapade you pulled tonight. Damage to private property, reckless driving, public endangerment."
"It was an accident."
She ticked her pen against the paper in front of her. "Oh, and let's not forget how this all started — auto theft."
"Borrowed," he corrected. "I didn't steal the car."
Her eyes rolled. "In order to borrow, someone needs to give you permission to use it. Did the owner of the vehicle give you permission to drive the car?"
"The keys were inside. I was thinking about buying the car and wanted to see how it ran before I put any money down."
"Really? And how did it run?"
He shrugged. "I've driven better."
Her response was cut off by a knock on the door. She rolled her eyes as she bit out an annoyed, "Yes?"
The policeman who'd brought him into the room stuck his head in. "Sorry to bother you, Mizz Nelson, but Mr. Lange's attorney is here."
Relief pulsed through Griffin as Noah Rosen, head of Trinity Bank's legal team, swept into the room. The man's perpetually confident smile and easy gait exuded a calming influence and Griffin felt the tension in his shoulders diminish.
"Ms. Nelson, you know better than to speak with my client without me present."
Sylvia shrugged. "We were just having a conversation while we waited for you."
"Why don't you catch me up on your 'conversation'?"
She stared at Griffin instead of his attorney. "Mr. Lange was just explaining how he accidently stole a car."
"Borrowed," Griffin corrected. He turned to Noah, who'd taken the seat next to him. "I was just about to offer to pay for the damages."
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I Recommend This Book Yes Griffin is a hockey player that is at the end of his career and because of the stunt, he ends up by Chloe in a bakery working his community service hours. Chloe and Griffin are like water and oil but for keeping her in the business and him out of the negative media they start to pretend that they are in a relationship. But soon the fake becomes very real. Unfortunately, the truth comes out and their feelings are taken on the line. I liked both Chloe and Griffin but the new improved Griffin after he sees that he had done a lot of mistakes. The story is funny with a great sexy times between Griffin and Chloe, with a pinch of mystery and sport. Lovely read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
When you find yourself down,remember your not alone.Then next remember the sun will shine again,just take one day at a time.
This is a fun, romantic read with a hockey player and a baker that makes you want to devour the closest pastries. Griffin is a pro hockey player who is just about to age out of the sport but won't be happy until he brings the team he captains one last Stanley Cup. He's a rowdy, wealthy, devil may care playboy who spends his time reveling in his glory days, having the team rookies as his captive audience. One in particular. When a night at a charity ball goes horribly wrong for him after commandeering a very expensive sports car that was up for auction, driving it around the ballroom and running over the security guards foot lands him in jail facing down the Asst DA, knowing he could face serious jail time they strike a bargain. One that sucks for him. Beats jail though. Chloe has just opened her own bakery, so proud and finally on her own after working with her best friends at their restaurant, she's getting ready for her grand opening when a sign goes up in the empty space across the street, a well known chain bakery is moving in, making a panic call to her sister Sylvia, the Asst DA, she assures her it will all work out and they'll talk later. Not feeling much better, Chloe is pretty down in the dumps. When Griffin's outrageous behavior coincides with Chloe's predicament, Sylvia's deal for him is community service hours. Lots of them. They just happen to be at her sisters bakery. Unspoken but obviously Syl thinks that Griffin's popularity as a hockey star will be a big draw and Chloe's baked goods will keep them coming back. After a somewhat tenuous first meeting, they make a deal when he'll show up. Chloe is clueless about sports. She's pretty much clueless about other things as well, but she's certainly not tolerant of this egotistical, oversized, smart aleck who thinks he can smoke her into what she wants. Chloe lives in a dream world. She's waiting for her prince to come. Nope not kidding. She thinks life is a fairy tale and believes that one day he'll show up. Gotta leave the bakery for that to happen Chloe, but it's her story. Griffin busts her chops about it. He's a jerk. Especially when handed his work shirt, which is pink. He balks at that. Meanwhile he's got hockey to play, a goal he's got his eye on and a rookie who thinks he walks on water. There is definitely a spark between Griffin and Chloe and when they finally do the deed it's sends off fireworks. Meanwhile they have to spin Griffin and Chloe after he lies to his teammates about Chloe and it gets out he's got a girlfriend; so in waltzes the teams PR gal and her sidekick, convinces poor (?) Chloe that this is good press and they spin them being together. There's a lot going on in this story, Griffin's constant lies, another male customer who comes in every day and expresses interest in Chloe, Miss PR wanting Chloe to go to some of the games. Gotta show the boyfriend support. It's all dandy until they break up which aside from the fact is causes problems for Griffin, he still needs his community service hours, he's seen out on a date and so is she, so they make it a foursome?? Messy very messy. In fact the story is messy and the king of messy is Griffin and as much as I love hockey and hockey romance stories, he's such a loser. Chloe lives in a bubble, thankfully she's got a couple supportive friends who help her out and the sister that she was so dependent on is awol for the rest of the story. The proverbial hits the fan during playoffs and add to that Griffin suffers
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** Chloe's sweet, sassy, and clueless when it comes to hockey. Griffin's sexy, sarcastic, and unable to accept that someone--a woman, no less--has no idea who he is or what hockey is about. Two people from two very different worlds are thrown together. Personalities clash. Perspectives differ. Being forced to work together benefits them both. They might be stubborn but they're not stupid. Griffin knows the community service he serves in Chloe's bakery keeps his latest antics from the media, and Chloe knows Griffin's presence in her bakery can generate the customer base she needs to stay in business. Their relationship is rough at the beginning--the tone of their conversation reflects that--but watching their relationship change is incredible to say the least. Feelings evolve and attitudes change. Happy endings are reached for at the same time love is realized. Twists occur that throw the Griffin and Chloe onto opposite ends of the spectrum, but dreams and needs come into focus once again and bring them together. Ms. Terman crafts a delightful story that's equal parts sweet, sexy, and heartwarming around two people who are polar opposites destined to have a happily ever after neither of them dreamed possible.
Robbie Terman bakes up another page-turning contemporary romance in Some Like it Sinful, the second book in the A Perfect Recipe series. Griffin Lange, captain of the Chicago Brawlers hockey team, pulls off a dangerous and stupid stunt that lands him in trouble with the law. Not wanting to end up in jail, Griffin accepts a community service deal to work at Happy Ending Bakery, where he meets Chloe Nelson. When Sylvia, Chloe’s sister explains who Griffin is, Chloe determines that she needs his star power to help her new business compete with a national chain bakery. Upset he cannot buy his way out of helping Chloe, Griffin begrudgingly agrees to his commitment. He is stunned that Chloe had no idea of who was. Chloe and Griffin aren’t a couple that hits it off from the beginning, but a definite chemistry sizzles between the two of them. Their dry and witty banter provides many laugh-out-loud moments as they build friendly relationship, which keep the pages flying by. I loved that Chloe was completely clueless about Griffin’s fame and about hockey in general, adding depth to this story. Griffin never tells his teammates about his legal troubles, and when his working at Happy Ending Bakery is exposed, Griffin lies and tells his friends he is working at his girlfriend’s bakery. The PR department of the hockey team sees Griffin’s relationship with Chloe as a way to build another following for the team. Now, Griffin and Chloe find themselves in a fake relationship to help their careers. Chloe is willing to try anything and everything to make her business a success, which I could completely relate to having owned my own independent store for many years. Chloe’s fears and concerns were realistic, which really hit home with me. Even though they are pretending, Chloe realizes that her feelings for Griffin are turning into love. But, Chloe wants Prince Charming and a happily ever after, and she’s concerned that she sees too many of her father’s bad traits in Griffin. At times Griffin treats Chloe poorly while he works through his legal issues, but when he finally recognizes that Chloe is truly the one for him, it will bring a smile to your face. Another aspect to this series I’ve really enjoyed was how Chloe’s friendship with Ashton Grey-Cates and Jenna Rawley continues grow as they support each other through thick and thin. Terman does a masterful job of keeping the reader engaged and up to date with the couples from the first book, Ashton and Ty as well as Jenna and Hal, while not overpowering Chloe’s love story. Some Like it Sinful has everything I love in a contemporary romance: an engaging couple, great secondary characters, and stunning plot twists. I positively cannot wait for future A Perfect Recipe releases! I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I really enjoyed this novel, it had my favorites, romance and hockey! I enjoyed seeing how the characters develop into people who could fall in love with each other. A fun read!
What a super fun read. I loved the banter between Chole and Griffin as they grew to know one another. There is something fun about watching two stubborn people try not to fall in love. I think my favorite character, however, was Gram. She was not in the book often, but there was something about her that made me really connect with her. I was glad that my lack of knowledge about hockey did not impact my enjoyment of the story. Goodness, I know even more then Chloe about the sport. If you are looking for a fun escape this book is probably just the ticket. Be forewarned, though. You will crave all sorts of yummy goodness both during and after reading this book. I so wish her bakery really existed. As a side note : I have not read book one in this series and I never felt like I was missing anything important.
The second book in the series was just as enjoyable as the first. Ms Terman really knows her way around a story. The only downer for me was the sports angle, hockey isn't really my thing. Chloe is a really great character and I love her snarky attitude. Griffen is a really interesting guy, he starts out kinda jerky but really grows through the book. I loved their whole story and dynamic were fun to read. They both had a long journey to find love, the second half of the book really puts you through the emotional ringer! Have tissues, lots of tissues! The narrative is a split POV, going back and forth between the main characters. I love this because you really get to see how each character is feeling. Without Griffen's POV, you might just think he is all selfish jerk, but he has way more depth to him. The steam her is really quite delicious, still more mainstream smexy than detailed erotic. They do know how to get down though!! These two a definitely in lust from the beginning, it was fun to see the sparks fly! Great visits with characters from previous book and some new supporting roles added!! Oh, please let Jenna be the next book!! I am dying to know what is going on there!! Or Taryn could be another lucky lady to find love, I see her fitting in very well with the other gals! This is the perfect read if you are looking for a sexy contemporary romance, if you are a hockey fan you are likely to love it cause it references games and practices. But if you are a non-sportie like myself you might feel like skimming those parts. Still really well written and enjoyable read that took me on a sweet journey to a charming HEA! *Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.*
Although Terman doesn’t really go outside of the box with her sports-star/normal-girl romance, the journey to Griffin and Chole’s HEA has enough zing and passion to keep readers quickly turning pages. With the perfect mix of humor, sexiness and emotion, Some Like It Sinful showcases Terman’s writing talent. - Full review available at Romanti Reads and Such on Wordpress or BookTrib's website.
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Terman, and I thoroughly enjoyed it right from the beginning. I will definitely be getting the first book in this series so I can find out how the first couple met. The exchanges that took place between the main characters were great, and many parts that had me laughing out loud. If you like steamy romances that are wrapped around sports, then you will enjoy this story. Chloe Nelson is finally making her dream of owning her own bakery come true, but news of a bakery chain that is well known is opening up a new store down the street from her bakery that may crush her dreams. She needs to find a way to bring in the clientele and keep them coming if she wants to keep the bakery afloat. When her sister comes up with the perfect plan she is determined to try anything. Griffin Lange is the Captain of a professional hockey team, and he just got himself caught up in some trouble. When the DA offers him a deal he decides to take it instead of possible jail time. But he never expected to do anything more than put in the hours working for Chloe, then walk away when the hours are completed. To keep the truth of the real reason why Griffin is working for Chloe from the media they agree to a fake relationship that will only last until hockey season is over. They can make it look good to the public for a few months and walk away with no regrets. It will be so easy to accomplish. Right? I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A hockey playing hero? A heroine who bakes for a living--and isn't afraid to sample her creations? Sign me up! I really liked this one from the very beginning. Griffin was struggling with being an older player in the NHL, and a captain who hasn't been able to bring home the Cup in quite a few years. (Though of course, being from the city that's NEVER brought it home--except for the guy who plays for a different team--it was hard to be too sympathetic!) He had a lot of pressure on him, including rookies who were looking to him for guidance. Chloe was struggling as well--starting up a new business, this time without her friends; dealing with her own poor body image issues and living under the shadow of the disaster that was her parents' marriage--it's amazing that she kept it together as long as she did. I was rooting for her from the first page. Fake relationships can make for a really fun story, and this one is no exception. I especially enjoyed the celebrity boyfriend aspect of it--that definitely added a whole new layer to the troupe. The fact that Chloe knew nothing about hockey was just too funny--Griffin needed to be taken down a peg or two, and that did it nicely. I also loved all of Griffin's sports-related superstitions. They're only weird when they don't work, right? ;) The one part--and admittedly, it was a pretty significant part of the plot--that I had a bit of an issue with was the idea that an ADA would use a celebrity's community service hours to help out her own sister. It took me a while to get past that--it just seemed a tad bit unethical. The deal eventually becomes public knowledge, though, and the resulting fallout and the characters' response definitely eased my mind. Oh, and can I just say--absolutely adorable ending? Definitely sigh worthy! Rating: B+ I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Chloe Nelson is so excited. Her dream is about to come true. Her bakery, Happy Endings, is officially opening. Her mood changes when she sees that a chain bakery is opening across the street. She's not sure that she can survive their high powered advertising. Enter her savior. Griffin Lange, sexy bad boy and Captain of the Chicago Brawlers hockey team. Because of his rash actions, he is doing community service at the bakery. Now all of Chicago thinks she's his girlfriend. They are together in every sense of the word. Is there a HEA in their future? Robbie Terman has written a well plotted story that takes some unusual twist and turns. It is a combination of hot romance, painful memories and second chances. Chloe and Griffin have endured pain and heartache. Now they're afraid to trust their heart. Their desire to take a chance on love and life captured my emotions. I enjoyed all the characters. They added humor and spice to the story. I want to know more about them. I laughed, I cried and I wanted a happy ending. A great story about a Prince Charming in training.
Chloe has finally opened up her own bakery and is ready for business. Then she discovers a huge franchise is opening up right near her. Her dreams may be over before they can get of the ground. She finds help in hockey player Griffin. He needs to help her to stay out of jail and she needs him to help her business. They develop a fake relationship to help both of them thinking nothing would come of it. However they can't keep their hands off each other thinking they can have a temporary relationship instead of a fake one. They are in the spotlight and things heat up in more ways than one. Is it a temporary fix or the real thing they have to discover the answer. Chloe is a female character I really like. She isn't stick thin and has curves to her. She has a sense of humor, very caring and is very sexy even if she doesn't realize it. She works very hard at her job and wants it to do good. She also at times doubts herself and she wants a fairy tale to happen. Griffin is the star everyone knows and at times he lets it go to his head. He is the party guy and wants to be the center of attention. He is a very sexy man and he knows it. You also get to see he is a very caring guy and wants to help his team mates in anyway he can and he helps Chloe when he can as well. He changes a lot in this book. I really enjoyed reading this as the characters seemed real. The author does a great job creating characters you can like and understand. You feel like you are right along with them as they go about their lives. I like how Griffin has to face facts and while he is a grown man he really has to grow up in this book. He becomes a wonderful guy. Chloe has to face many things in this book as well as it seems she has many mishaps a long the way. The both of them are in the spotlight and they have to watch what they do. They have a lot of sexual chemistry and it really shows. There is also a mystery involved that you have to figure out. I did guess a bit of it but it didn't make any difference. This is a wonderful book I am sure many will love I look forward to the next book in this series as This author is a delight to read.
Chloe is a pastry chef who is opening her own bakery and Griffin is a spoiled, egotistical , rich, sexy hockey player. He does something stupid and has to do community service at her bakery. Sparks fly and their pretend girlfriend/boyfriend idea turns out to be true. There's sabotage,letting go of the past, taking responsibility and growing up. These characters are very believable , and this is a good, enjoyable story
Chloe is striking out on her own by opening her own bakery. Right before her grand opening she notices a chain bakery that is going to move in right across the street! Griffin is a professional hockey player who has spent his whole career playing around. Booze, ladies. Nothing was serious. Then he does something that just can't get swept under the rug with game tickets or money. All of a sudden Griffin finds himself promoting Chloes bakery and it turns into a fake romance. They use it as a promotion for the team and her bakery. Of course as the "fake" relationship continues they find there is something more. Will they make it work when they can't seem to be able to talk outside of the bedroom without bickering. This is a great book, with some romance, steamy scenes, and great drama. I recommend this book. My unbiased opinion was provided for a free reading.
ARC received for an honest review Although the “fake relationship” storyline has been done before. Robbie Terman gave it a very unique and interesting twist. Chloe Nelson is finally able to make her dreams come true and open up her own bakery-Happy Endings. She is very happy about the results and very confident that it will be successful because she is a talented baker. Her one little problem is that competition opens up right across the street. How can she can the public to pay attention to her bakery and not the popular chain across the street? Griffin is the captain for the hockey team the Razors. One crazy night of partying he gets into trouble. As part of his agreement he has to do hours of community service. Sylvia the assistant district attorney is sisters with Chloe. She makes a deal with Griffin he can complete his community service at Happy endings. Griffin is less than thrilled but decides that it is bettern than going to jail. Chloe is also less than thrilled to have Griffin at the store but realizes that he will bring much needed publicity to her bakery. Chloe and Griffin have great chemistry. He is the typical self confident, handsome, athlete. She is the girl next door. Nothing to out the ordinary but she provides Griffin with the challenge that he needs. When news of Griffin, the captain of the Razor’s spreads the team comes up with the idea that Chloe and Griffin should pretend to date. They explain that Chloe needs the attention and the Razors, a teaming that is continuously losing, needs a romantic story to get more fanfare. As Chloe and Griffin’s relationship intensifies they share a very intimate moment in the locker room and Griffin ends up performing better than ever on the rink. Chloe and Griffin both realize that their relationship provides mutual benefits but they both have conditions. They will be in a committed relationship until either the team finishes its season or until he completes his community hours. What follows is that both Chloe and Griffin fall in love with each other and provide each other with what they have both been searcing for the entire time since they met. This was a very sweeet and romantic story! I would re-read it and recommend it to anyone!
This is the second book in the Perfect Recipes series and its just as great as the first! I love this series!
A fun, hot sexy read. Second book in the Perfect Recipes series but can be read as a stand alone. Loved the chemistry between Chloe and Griffin. Laughed out loud with the bantering between these two characters. Chloe, pastry chef meets Griffin, hokey heart throb when Griffin has to do community service in her bakery. Can two complete opposite people get along. This is my first book my this author and now I want to read the first book in the series. I received this ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
This was a hilarious 2nd book in the Perfect Recipe series. I received an ARC of this book and was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting a 2nd book but I think I might like this one even better. I loved the authors sense of humor! The banter between the characters was so funny and was probably my fav part of the book. I liked that the female character gave as good as she got. Who doesn't like a smart ass heroine? Griffin is a hockey player nearing the end of his career and not happy about it. While at a party he tries to show off to the rookies and makes a stupid mistake that lands him in front of the D.A. She sentences him to some community service at a new bakery... Chloe has left her partnership in Sweet Home (book 1) to open the bakery she's always dreamed of. She's put everything she has into it but immediately runs into problems. Griffin begs Chloe to pretend to be his fake girlfriend to save his reputation and keep his community service a secret, Chloe agrees for the free publicity but how smoothly can it go when they bicker constantly? Can wait for Jenna & Luke's story!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was a great story that truly makes you want some sweet treats. Chloe being the pastry chef is a delight. She is not meek fragile woman, but a strong sticks up for herself woman. I loved her fire and feistiness. She goes toe to toe with Griffin. I loved their sarcastic bantering they had with each other. Their chemistry was explosive and it was great to see it play out over several months with them still doubting their relationship was more than it was. I adored the supporting characters of Ashton and Jenna. Such great friends who were more family than most. I liked the way Sylvia looked out for her sister Chloe. I always love the strong sisterly bonds, whether blood related or not. This was the first book I have read by Robbie Terman and has made me want to go back to read the first one in this series. And it definitely has me looking forward to the next one, hoping it will be Jenna's story!
Ingredients: district attorney, hockey player, baker, attraction, sex, hidden agendas, family issues, supportive friends, admiring fans, scandal, love? What do you get when you cross an entrepreneur baker with a hockey player? An exciting recipe for a successful novel. Chloe Nelson is about to open her brand new bakery when she looks across the street to find that a big chain bakery will be opening up right on the heels of her very own opening. She needs help and FAST. Her help comes in the form of a criminal of sorts...Griffin Lange who is a hot shot hockey player with legal troubles. The tension between the two is exciting to follow and the relationship, or lack of relationship is just as heartwarming. Chloe's band of friends are supportive as friends should be and Griffin's circle is formed mostly of admiring fans. A quick slip of the tongue creates a media frenzy and appearances have to be maintained for the good of all involved. There is also another love story in the making or is there? How do you find your Prince Charming when you are forced to babysit??? The adventure leading to the great reveal is wonderful and this book it delivers on many levels. This story was a pleasure to read and I look forward to reading more from Robbie Terman. Some Like it Sinful is part of her Perfect Recipe series.
Griffin is the captain of a hockey team and was showing off, wrecked a car amongst other things. He tried to get out of having jail time but there was no hope unless he agreed to 300 hours community serve. What he did know was it was at a bakery until it was to late and couldn't do nothing about it. Chloe's sister had a guy come in for community serve and he was totally hot until he started talking. Chloe had no idea who he was, let alone hockey and Griffin couldn't believe she didn't know him. Griffins PR wanted them to pretend the we're dating to help there ratings along with helping Chloe's bakery. Their pretend dating turned reality for awhile and til things started happen and Chloe called it off. Griffin didn't want to call it off but accepted her decision and still wanted to be friends. Griffin got hurt during a game and Chloe went to see him. Even if they were just friends she cared about him and didn't want to see him hurt. Griffin coach had a heart attack and he ask Griffin to coach the rest of the season because he couldn't. Griffin got a job offer to coach another team and went and told Chloe. Chloe was going to tell Griffin that she love him until he dropped the bomb about the coaching job. Griffin knew he couldn't live without Chloe so after the won their Stanley Cup, he proposed to Chloe in front of the world.