The Ice Cream Man (Korbel Classic Romance Humorous Series, Book 1)

The Ice Cream Man (Korbel Classic Romance Humorous Series, Book 1)

by Eileen Dreyer, Kathleen Korbel

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The Ice Cream Man (Korbel Classic Romance Humorous Series, Book 1) by Eileen Dreyer, Kathleen Korbel

Divorcee Jenny Lake suspects the new ice cream man, Nick Barnett, is selling more than bompops off his truck. The neighbors think Nick is dealing drugs.

Nick fears Jenny is more than the frazzled mom of two she portrays, as all evidence makes her suspect number one in his check-kiting case.

Of course, Nick also knows a cop should never fall in love with his suspect. And a man who can't tolerate kids shouldn't love a woman who wants a houseful. But somehow he keeps forgetting as he does everything possible to prove the evidence wrong.

AWARDS:
RITA Award, Winner

KORBEL CLASSICS: HUMOROUS SERIES, in order
The Ice Cream Man
Isn't It Romantic?
A Prince of a Guy
Princess and the Pea
A Fine Madness

ALSO by Eileen Dreyer:
Nothing Personal
Brain Dead
Bad Medicine
If Looks Could Kill

ABOUT EILEEN DREYER:
New York Times bestselling author Eileen Dreyer has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, nominated for the Anthony Award and is a retired trauma nurse. Also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, Eileen doesn't see herself actively working in those fields, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614177661
Publisher: ABN Leadership Group, Inc, dba ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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The Ice Cream Man (Korbel Classic Romance Humorous Series, Book 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 25 days ago
There is drug dealing in the area and divorcee mum, Jenny, thinks it could be the gorgeous ice cream van man whose the chief suspect. Little does she realise that he is a cop and she is HIS chief suspect but he's trying to prove that evidence wrong. Nick shouldn't fall for this gorgeous woman with a houseful of kids. They're not in their 20's and both have 'baggage' but does it really matter in the end when there is that sizzling chemistry between them? The dialogue is fast and witty and I loved the way they skirted around each other. This is a light hearted, humourous romance that will keep me coming back for more from this fantastic author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Definitely recommended
Cris Bardan 9 months ago
I’m not sure if this is a reprint of the book published in 1989 or a new edition with changes in the story, but this is about Jenny Lake, a divorcee that has 2 beautiful kids, Emma who is way too old for her age and Kevin who is living some of rebellious phase but cares deeply about his mom and sister (even if he pretends he doesn’t). She meets the new Ice-Cream Man, who looks like a dangerous and interesting man and she just keep fantasizing about him. Even when her friends/neighbors believe that his job is just a cover to sell drugs to kids. With the involvement of the police, she is tasked with the job of finding out who he really is. Now she is juggling between stretching the little money that she has, working to cover up the excuse of a father that her kids have and keeping an eye on the guy with the involvement of the close-knit neighborhood meddling in everything. Nick Barnett is the new Ice-Cream Man and is definitely not selling drugs, he is actually working as an undercover cop, to discover who is committing mail fraud and by pretending to be an Ice-Cream Man he can get a close watch to the neighborhood, specially to his beautiful first suspect, a divorcee that have so precarious finances. Since this book was published a long time ago, I feel comfortable writing with spoilers from this point forward, you have been warned. So, while reading this book I had to remember that the setting is in 1988, at some point I wanted to strangle Jen because she was setting women back at least a century, but then I remember that at the time the book was written is something completely normal. She is OBSESS with having a husband and kids (specifically babies, she adores her kids, but she is OBSESS with babies). I really HATED that she was giving Nick such a hard time just because he wanted to become a lawyer and since her ex was a lawyer, she kept pushing him away. I understand if she had some reservations or doubts about it, but immediately saying no just because he is studying law, to me was way too much. Even her family encourage her to send him running! So… yeah a big no for me to that… she is a good character and at some points in the story I really felt a connection with her specially when she had some breakdowns related to Nick (just the ones related to him). For all the other ones… specially the one about the new wife of her ex having a baby… definitely not. I really liked Nick, to me he was real, he acted like a real person, having trouble taking in all of his feelings when he is so used not having them. Dealing with abandonment all of his life and being afraid to be close to someone has made him tough and not at all approachable, that made his declarations so more meaningful and it gave me all the feels. At some points he even left because everything was too much to him, for example when he left her at the dealer’s shop to get her car. He was clearly overwhelm and he needed to be alone to regroup. He even confesses to Jen that it was too much, and later when he comes back because there is too much silence is so significant. To me he was the best thing about the book. End of spoilers. I did enjoyed this book, it was really cute and sweet. I would definitely recommend it, because even thou it was my cup of tea, I really liked and it gave me so good feelings I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cris Bardan 9 months ago
I’m not sure if this is a reprint of the book published in 1989 or a new edition with changes in the story, but this is about Jenny Lake, a divorcee that has 2 beautiful kids, Emma who is way too old for her age and Kevin who is living some of rebellious phase but cares deeply about his mom and sister (even if he pretends he doesn’t). She meets the new Ice-Cream Man, who looks like a dangerous and interesting man and she just keep fantasizing about him. Even when her friends/neighbors believe that his job is just a cover to sell drugs to kids. With the involvement of the police, she is tasked with the job of finding out who he really is. Now she is juggling between stretching the little money that she has, working to cover up the excuse of a father that her kids have and keeping an eye on the guy with the involvement of the close-knit neighborhood meddling in everything. Nick Barnett is the new Ice-Cream Man and is definitely not selling drugs, he is actually working as an undercover cop, to discover who is committing mail fraud and by pretending to be an Ice-Cream Man he can get a close watch to the neighborhood, specially to his beautiful first suspect, a divorcee that have so precarious finances. Since this book was published a long time ago, I feel comfortable writing with spoilers from this point forward, you have been warned. So, while reading this book I had to remember that the setting is in 1988, at some point I wanted to strangle Jen because she was setting women back at least a century, but then I remember that at the time the book was written is something completely normal. She is OBSESS with having a husband and kids (specifically babies, she adores her kids, but she is OBSESS with babies). I really HATED that she was giving Nick such a hard time just because he wanted to become a lawyer and since her ex was a lawyer, she kept pushing him away. I understand if she had some reservations or doubts about it, but immediately saying no just because he is studying law, to me was way too much. Even her family encourage her to send him running! So… yeah a big no for me to that… she is a good character and at some points in the story I really felt a connection with her specially when she had some breakdowns related to Nick (just the ones related to him). For all the other ones… specially the one about the new wife of her ex having a baby… definitely not. I really liked Nick, to me he was real, he acted like a real person, having trouble taking in all of his feelings when he is so used not having them. Dealing with abandonment all of his life and being afraid to be close to someone has made him tough and not at all approachable, that made his declarations so more meaningful and it gave me all the feels. At some points he even left because everything was too much to him, for example when he left her at the dealer’s shop to get her car. He was clearly overwhelm and he needed to be alone to regroup. He even confesses to Jen that it was too much, and later when he comes back because there is too much silence is so significant. To me he was the best thing about the book. End of spoilers. I did enjoyed this book, it was really cute and sweet. I would definitely recommend it, because even thou it was my cup of tea, I really liked and it gave me so good feelings I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
LMR3 9 months ago
It's A Blast From The Past Discovering What The HEART always knows... She's a struggling Single-Mom who only wants to do right by her kids; unfortunately, her Ex is making that virtually impossible... Now, she's being embroiled in an investigation into "The Ice-Cream Man" who everyone's sure is peddling MORE than just Pops outta his truck of Frozen Delights... However, the closer she gets to the neighborhood Ice-Cream STUD, the MORE she's convinced he's innocent... In fact, she just wants to drop the whole thing, but it seems forces are conspiring against her... You see, "The Ice-Cream Man" might not be dealing Snow Rock to kids, but he's not on the up & up either... He's carrying his own secrets around, close to his chest, which only makes him look more suspicious... To bad for him that he's falling for his primary target, & getting in deeper by the day... Will either of these lovebirds survive his stint as "The Ice-Cream Man" intact as their HEARTS discover how to be the BEST judge of character?! I was granted an ARC of Eileen Dreyer's "The Ice Cream Man (Korbel Classic Romance Humorous Series, Book 1)" via Booksprout; I really enjoyed this Blast from the past, & the struggles each character not only was presented with, but also overcame. Sometimes, it really is ALL about your outlook!! I recommend this book based upon its own merits. All opinions expressed within this review are uniquely my own & freely given. Until next time... Happy Reading!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that Eileen Dreyer, an author I have enjoyed reading in the past, also writes under the name of Kathleen Korbel. What a happy surprise to be offered a romance written by her in 1988! Now, when reading a book from decades before it is wise to remember that life and romances were different then and books written will reflect that. That said…I thoroughly enjoyed this book :) The story took me back to a simpler time when doors were often left unlocked, women were more often stay at home mom’s and ice cream trucks visited neighborhoods where I lived. Jenny Lake is scraping to make ends meet for herself and her two young children. Her wealthy ex-husband is a deadbeat dad living the highlife with his new wife and delinquent in child support payments. Into Jenny’s life comes The Ice Cream Man, Nick. Nick is fantasy material for Jenny but a hot questionably drug dealing conversational item among the women of Jenny’s neighborhood. Nick is not what he appears to be on the surface…nope…not at all. As the story progresses Nick and Jenny get to know and begin to fall for one another. They have ups and downs and interesting things happen that I found thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you to eBook Discovery for the copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 Stars
Lisa_S_reads_ebooks More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Single, divorced mother of two kids meets Nick, the ice cream man, and a romance begins. This is set in 1988, and the story still works today. There are some cool characters in this story. Nick Barnett is a mystery man, assumed to be a drug dealer by the neighborhood women. Jenny is 'volunteered' to go undercover to bust him. Her daughter, Emma, is a treat. Nosy neighbors, suspicious mail activity, and Jenny can't help falling for sexy Nick. And then there are a couple of twists that made it even better. I enjoyed how well this was written and how easily I was absorbed in it. The book cover is a bit goofy, but I chose it because of the blurb. I'm glad that I did. Her marriage ended in divorce and dashed her dreams. This schoolteacher was relatable, and parts of the story felt realistic. I liked her and her big test for Nick. The mystery was a bit on the side and not the main focus. It was mainly the reason they got together. I figured one part, but was surprised by the other. Worth reading if you're looking for a romance with a cozy mystery, a hot guy, an adorable daughter, and a single mother that you can't help but root for. I received a free copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute book, a fun love story. It's a great book to read when you just want to kick back & let all your cares fade away for a couple of hours. There are no crazy twists or turns but the writing is engaging & the characters are sassy. Enjoyable read. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.