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  • Lots of tired tropes

    This has been my complaint with several Busy Bean series novels, so I think the brief for this series just isn't for me. Tired tropes abound: the accident prone heroine heroine who's supposedly "really smart" but is often in fact too stupid to live, the angry alpha male whose actions are inscrutable (especially to the rather dim heroine), the near-virgin heroine who becomes immediately incredibly sexually responsive with no hangups (despite having been in an abusive relationship) when exposed to the hero's magic wang, and THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING/SECRET that it makes no sense to keep covering that's the major driver for the plot, the hero as a misanthrope who just needs the sweet femininity and domestic arts of the heroine to rediscover his zest for life. The twists at the end with what really happened to the husband are pretty interesting -- THAT plot would have made for an interesting story to interweave with the excessively milquetoast love story between Gigi and Holden.

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  • Sweet!

    This was fun, sweet, with amazing chemistry and some serious treats that left me wanting to try them myself. Does the Busy Bean actually exist because if so, I want to go there! I enjoyed Holden and Gigi's chemistry amidst their own personal struggles. It was sweet seeing them opening up to each other even as the reader knowing that it wasn't going to be easy when the secrets came out.

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  • Sweet With Lots Of Emotions

    4 stars — Wow, those secrets were, in some ways, darker than I had expected. And yet many parts of this book were so fun and sweet! Gigi was pretty adorable, and it’s amazing how bright she shined given her life up until that point. It was actually kind of delightful to see. I admire her gumption to keep trying at things, b/c I keep failing and giving up on things. :P I need to take the same lesson she did. She was sweet, sassy when she felt safe, and surprisingly open with her feelings. I was super bummed with her keeping the secret. I knew that’s the way the story was going to go, but it was distracting waiting for the shoe to drop. At times I loved Holden, and at other times I was bummed with him. I’m not super into the whole grumpy guy thing, and I was torn between being sympathetic towards Holden after all he’d gone through, and disappointed with his reactions. I sort of got it initially, but I kind of wanted him to figure it out on his own. He was a great apologizer though — no caveats, no excuses. And they were pretty sweet together. I loved the way they teased and brought out the best in one another. They had pretty solid chemistry as well. Like I said above, waiting for Gigi’s secret shoe to drop had me distracted from some of their moments together. But that’s a this reader thing, it won’t necessarily be the same for others. We got some great glimpses of True North characters in this one, from Zara and Audrey to Roderick. And I loved Holden’s family and godfather — they were a delight. As was Hunnie. All in all I really enjoyed this one, and it brought the emotions.

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  • Great story

    4.5 Star review of Cakewalk (Busy Bean #3) by Claire Hastings It was great to be back at the Busy Bean Cafe. Claire Hastings is a relatively new author to me but what I have read I have really enjoyed. Cakewalk is well written with characters whose story you cannot help but become invested in. Having escaped an abusive marriage, Gigi Hawthorne is starting over in Vermont. Fate works in mysterious ways and and she soon finds herself working as a cake decorator (even though she has no idea how to bake cakes) at the Busy Bean. Holden St. James is a man who is trying to come to terms with life after the death of his wife. Gigi rents his carriage house and the last thing that Holden wants or expects is to be attracted to her. As Holden and Gigi’s friendship develops into more the emotions intensify, particularly when Gigi’s past comes back to haunt her. Will Holden be able to protect Gigi, the woman he has come to love? Or will her past destroy their chance at a happily ever after? One click and find

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  • I loved this book.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, entertaining and just made me feel good. I loved the storyline and the characters.

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