THE FAMILY MAN
Releasing July 5th, 2016
TEMPTATION NEVER TASTED SO SWEET...
When life hands lemons to Beth Beverley, she makes mouthwatering lemon squares. Mostly because they're coveted by the sexy single dad who owns Belmont's most popular coffee shop. But that's where her crush on Griffin has to end. Her sweet treats are selling like crazy cakes in his shop, and she doesn't mix business with pleasure. Too bad his sinful smile has her flirting with the idea of forever.
Griffin Hall definitely needs to keep his eyes--and his hands--off Beth. Since he's traded in late-night gigs and partying for bedtime stories with his little girl in his arms, he doesn't have time for anything else. So why does Beth's big heart and easy way with his daughter make him finally feel alive again? But there's a little secret Beth doesn't know, something he can't bear to tell her . . .
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Review: This was another great Book by Kelly Eadon!Those who have read Wedding Date will remember Kate's BFF-Beth.Though The Family Man is a standalone novel, you would really enjoy reading The Wedding Date too!
In this book we have Beth Beverley and Griffin Hall.Griffin is a single dad to the really sweet and cute Mabel.He is also the owner of Belmont's most popular coffee shop- Little Ray, where Beth sells her baked goods.Beth's sweet treats are a big hit with the customers.But, that's not the only thing that she does.She also sews,teaches the kids at the theater,gardens and does crafts.She doesn't really plan out her life the way most people do and prefers to go with the flow.
Griffin is a very dedicated dad.He is really afraid of not doing right by his daughter.He gave up the life of music that he loved and settled down as a hard-working owner.His world revolves around Mabel.Both Griffin and Beth have been lusting after each other for a long time.But, both believe that they might not be right for each other due to their personal character and situations.When given the chance at a relationship, will they make it work and realize that they are perfect for each other?
I really loved the characters in this book.I might even have loved this a lot more than The Wedding Date.Griffin was such a loving dad!The way he fretted over Mabel and her needs were perfect.Beth was a beautiful character.Griffin accepted her the way she was.Many people might not like her lack of direction but that was what made her a beautiful and caring person.You need not always have a set goal to be a happy person.Mabel was also a great addition.I was happy that she played a major role and brought Griffin and Beth together in a way.
It was great seeing Kate,James and Ainsley again!I might also be partial to this book as a few of my favorite things were mentioned. :P I love Iron and Wine and enjoy playing the ukulele.It was great seeing Griffin and Beth making their relationship work despite the obstacles.I was glad that there wan't any angst in this book and the characters were quick to realize what they wanted.I have a feeling that Kelly Eadon's next book might be about Ainsley.Here's hoping it is as I can't wait to see where her story goes!
Read this book as it is a perfect,light-hearted romance sprinkled with some humour!Give The Wedding Date also a try!Trust me you'll not regret it ;)
He lifted a few containers out of a picnic basket and opened them on the blanket. “But you remind me of this town in Italy. I know that seems like a weird thing to say, that you remind me of a town. But it’s full of all these paths that take you to completely unexpected places. Everywhere you turn, someone is trying to feed you. Everyone smiles all the time, and they have a little street theater with puppets that the kids gather around to watch.”
He lifted his eyes to her and grinned. “If you were a place, Beth, you would be this place. We played a concert in a city nearby, but we had a day off and I explored the town by myself. The whole time I kept thinking how great it would be to share it with someone. The other night it came to me: I had to have lunch with you in Urbino.”
Her breath caught. Wow.
He gestured to the food he’d laid out on the blanket. Olives, figs, cheese, bread, dried fruit. Her mouth watered just looking at it. “So here you go. Lunch in Urbino.”
Her eyes stung and she blinked hard. This could not be happening. This could not be real.
The corners of his mouth dropped and his eyebrows furrowed. “Do you like it?” He dropped his gaze to his lap, where his hands fidgeted. “Is it too much?”
She threw herself at him, covering his face with kisses, not caring if she knocked anything over. “It’s the most incredible thing anyone has ever done for me.”
His fingers closed around her waist and he tugged her into his lap. He pressed his mouth to hers and used the tip of his tongue to trace the seam of her lips.
A high-pitched whistle pierced the air. She raised her head and found a group of teenage boys giving them the thumbs-up.
Her face heated and she crawled back to her spot on the other side of the blanket.
She reached for the container of olives and spooned a few onto her plate. “I feel like I should warn you that dessert is entirely off-theme.”
He raised an eyebrow and popped a fig into his mouth. “Oh yeah?”
She nodded. “Oh yeah.”
Then she reached for the plastic bag in her purse and plopped it onto the blanket, so that one of the cookies was faceup inside the package.
He leaned toward it, his eyes narrowing. “What kind of cookie is that?”
She’d iced them pink and then used magenta piping to create little curlicues. “Pig butt.”
His gaze jerked to hers and he blinked a few times. “A pig butt cookie?”
The tickle in her throat became too much, she burst into giggles. “Just the decoration, not the flavoring. I found them on Pinterest. Nailed it, right?”
He threw his head back and laughed. “Yup. You nailed it. That is most definitely a pig’s ass. Martha Stewart, the person not the van, would be impressed.”
With a giggle, she tipped her head back to let the sunshine warm her face.
It was as near to perfect as a date could be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full of rescue animals, aka "the kraken". She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes.
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