Queen of Tarts Review
of Fool For Love by Beth Ciotta
I highly recommend Fool For Love! It’s everything, and more, that you could want from a contemporary romance. It is full of heart, hope, humor and heat! Chloe is a very relatable heroine that I was rooting for and wanted to be friends with. You’re introduced to her at a rough point in her life. Her boyfriend has just dumped her for a women he met on his travels and had an affair with while Chloe was finishing culinary school. So she has her crisp new diploma but the rest of her life has just gone down the tubes. Her best friend, Monica, calls and invites her to move to the town of Sugar Creek and work as a companion while she gets her life back together. -Side note- I adored all the secondary characters! The girl talk between Chloe and Monica and later on with Rocky and The Cupcake Lovers Club was funny and warm and I could imagine being involved in the conversations. Ok, where was I? Oh! yes, so Chloe makes the decision to start fresh and moves from city life to a small town in Vermont where she will be a companion to an older lady named Daisy.
Daisy was amazing! She has a zest for life that was inspiring. She is full of Derring-do and encourages Chloe to reclaim her passion for life. They go water tubing and drive fast on an empty road with the top down among their escapades. Daisy is determined to create the perfect recipe for The Cupcake Lovers Club cookbook. She has such an excitement for life. I look forward to what she will do next. I want to be like her when I grow up. :p
I read this book in one sitting- it wouldn’t let me go. Beth pulled me into this story and made me care about the characters and enjoy getting to know them better. I needed to know how Chloe was going to recover from the bad relationship that had isolated her and made her suppress aspects of herself. I loved watching her re-discover who she was. The hero of the story is Devlin… *deep sigh* I really liked him. He’s very protective of his family and his grandmother Daisy. He is worried because the new companion his grandmother has invited into her home is a stranger to them. Sooo… he’s very on guard and suspicious when he first meets Chloe. There are sparks and antagonism between the two of them. Their dialogue reminded me of the clever, witty banter in classics like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn movies. I LOVE Beth’s dialogue, it’s funny and smart and warm and still feels real. He has baggage of his own and has to learn how to open up and share his heart with someone besides family. I liked his sense of humor and his protective instincts. I loved the chemistry between the two of them. It’s exciting to watch their romance develop from a spark to being hot enough to cook cupcakes! lol Yep, I’m proud of that analogy. :p
Come visit the town of Sugar Creek and take a chance of Fool For Love, it’s a delicious contemporary romance with humor and adventure and drama and love. I know I will re-read it and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel.
The Queen of Tarts
PS. Click HERE to go to my interview with Beth and the Fool For Love contest.
Click HERE to go to Beth Ciotta’s website and see more on her Cupcake Lover’s series