Happy Release Day! Yes, Luke’s #1 Rule is now available worldwide in print and e-book editions.
So why am I blogging about Love Caters All, another authors’ story? Because I recently met Nicci Carrera on Facebook where we discovered we had the same publisher and that our books were being released on the same day. Yes, Nicci and I are release day twins! The coincidence was too big not to do something with it, so I’m talking about Nicci and Love Caters All and she’s talking about Luke’s #1 Rule.
Before even reading Love Caters All, I got a little bit worried about the fact that our books seemed so similar. They’re both set in small tourist towns, both towns are on the water, they both feature red hot romance. So I’m thinking, these books are going to be too alike. But as it turns out, the only things they have in common is what I’ve already stated. Surface stuff. The stories themselves could not be more different.
What I loved most about Love Caters All is Maya, a strong heroine who supports her family and sacrifices every day to give them a better life. She’s so selfless that when she first meets rich guy Rick, she thinks about fixing him up with one of her beautiful sisters. This despite the fact that she falls hard and fast for his good looks and charm. Maya has her own business, and that’s something she and Rick share, that entrepreneurial spirit. But while Rick has made a fortune at his business, Maya toils long sweaty days in a food truck, catering to tourists in her tiny town of Lobster Cove.
Rick wonders why Maya hides her considerable culinary talents. Maya bristles at Rick’s know-it-all attitude. Sparks fly. These two clash on so many levels, but they are clearly made for each other. Readers will see it, but the lovers don’t, and here’s another area where Nicci Carrera shines. She sets up a no-win situation. You know, the kind where you wonder how these two are ever going to get together because the thing between them is too big to ever forgive or forget? I love when writers do that, make me think that all is lost. For good. For real.
Biting my fingers, turning the pages, enjoying the fantasy element of what it would be like to be courted by a super-rich sexy guy who pulls out all the stops to win my–I mean Maya’s–love, I was getting close to the end of the story with things still not resolved. I didn’t want the novella to end. The intensity of the inner lives of these two characters and how they managed their heartbreak, each in isolation, made me ache for them. But I never gave up hope that somehow, some way, they’d find a path back to each other. I couldn’t see how Carrera was going to pull it off, but I had faith that she would because her words sparkle like diamonds and her plotting skills are just as sharp as Maya’s kitchen knives.
Reader, I was not disappointed, and you won’t be either, because love really does cater all.
Now for some extra goodies Nicki has for you, read on.
When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She’s nothing like his ex-fiancée who wouldn’t sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she’s the real deal and not a gold digger.
Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn’t a “guest,” he’s a “customer.” And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn’t be so bad if Maya didn’t find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.
She swore off his type, and he’s not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.
“Doc made me unplug. Ordered me to read books. Even went so far as to write out a prescription.” Rick reached in his pocket.
She took the paper he’d retrieved and read it. Sure enough, their website and the words, No electronics, read a book were scrawled on an Rx sheet in Doc’s handwriting. She handed back the note. “I’d recognize Doc’s penmanship anywhere.”
“Penmanship!” Rick grinned. “You can see from Doc’s chicken scratch, if I had to rely on the Internet for entertainment I’d be out of luck. It’s old-fashioned bound-paper for me this week.”
“I love books. In our library, you’ll find the classics, westerns, and some spicy romance.” Maya thought she’d just toss the last genre in there to see how he’d react. He grinned. Her stomach fluttered. This man was nothing like the conceited ass she’d dated last summer. Both men might be rich, but they were so different. “History, biography, and a Bible.”
“Will there be a quiz?”
“Only on the romance.” His laugh was so sensuous she could roll in it.
“I really need to dry the floor. I’ll get a rag. Excuse me.”
Mama passed her at the hall closet. “We should invite Mr. Nordan to our party tomorrow.”
Oh no. Rick was going to meet the gorgeous twins before Maya even had a single date with him.
Nicci Carrera lives to write contemporary and spicy love stories with sassy heroines and sexy heroes. Nicci believes the perfect man makes lots of bread…the kind you eat hot from the oven with butter. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, and yes, he bakes all their bread. When not at her keyboard writing a romance, in the kitchen, or curled up with a book, Nicci enjoys photography and long walks.
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An interesting Nicci fact: she actually spotted a food truck like the one she created for Love Caters All.