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Just Desserts Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008
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I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!
He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.
Top Customer Reviews
Bretton's latest is another charming story featuring a more mature romantic duo. As with all Bretton novels, there are several subplots including Tommy's upcoming marriage, Hayley's mother's health, and daughter Lizzie's quest for her unworthy father's love which takes a dent in her college fun. Comic relief is provided Hayley, who has the worst case of verbal diarrhea; Anton, the band member who wants to be a chef; and Tommy's egocentric mother who can't come to terms that she has a 38 year old granddaughter. Her writing is crisp, the dialogue is realistic, and Bretton never lets the primary focus off her lead couple.
His lawyer, fellow band member and son of his deceased best friend. Finn Rafferty is meeting with Willow's lawyer when by fluke a birth certificate shows up naming Tommy Stiles as the father of a baby girl born. Two weeks later this birth certificate is changed to father unknown, so is Tommy the dad or not?
Strangely, Tommy Stiles is not your typical rocker. He loves and cares for all his kids...all 7 of them. He takes part in their lives and wants them around. He actually still gets along with his ex-wives. Tommy has a heart that is big enough to love them all and he is exited to find another child. Finn, being a typical lawyer, isn't quite so fast to accept that Hayley is really Tommy's daughter.
Hayley had no idea that any of this is going on. She's busy with her own life. Hayley is divorced and the mother of one extremely smart 14 year old daughter, Lizzie. Her ex is known for not hanging out with the best people and it wasn't unusual to have people how up looking for money. Hayley's thrilled that he is gone. To support herself and Lizzie, Hayley owns a bakery. It use to be her former father-in-law's but when he died, he gave Hayley 60% of the business. She is making her mark with her specialty cakes.
In order to check out Hayley, Finn decides to drive down to her bakery and order a special cake for an after party for a charity concert that Tommy is putting on.Read more ›
Loved the jacket of the book!! Cute!!
And then it occurred to me I'm exactly the kind of reviewer that Barbara Bretton should . . . and does . . . want. A normal, every day person. A romance addict. A fan of her enormous talent and long list of delightful books.
So here goes . . . JUST DESSERTS, originally published in 2008 by Berkley and recently released as a digital indie reprint, is a wonderfully chaotic tale of love and family. I read the print version years ago and had just as much fun re-reading the digital version. Re-acquainting myself with Hayley Goldstein and Finn Rafferty was like visiting old friends I haven't seen in years.
This story offers a slightly different twist to contemporary romance by featuring "older" (as in, not twenty something) characters. But as always, Miss Bretton fills the pages with a delightful cast - realistic, full bodied, enchanting - and adds a dash of eccentricity for fun.
When Hayley is given the opportunity to bake a wedding cake for an aging rock star, she's beyond excited, and it has nothing to do with the handsome lawyer who hired her, Finn Rafferty. Well, maybe it does. Just a little. But then Hayley discovers she's the long, lost daughter of the rocker and demands some answers from her mother. Finn struggles to prevent a media frenzy while falling hard for divorced Hayley, who has constructed walls not even an Olympian could breech.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose a 5 star rating because it was a Great book that makes you smile, laugh out loud and feel disappointed when you are thru reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon Matheis
Guess I should have paid closer attention to the reviews. The book is a lot more graphic than I am comfortable with. Sex belongs to married life.Published 9 months ago by Readsalot
One of the best love stories I've read in a long time. Any book that makes me laugh out loud and then cry within a few pages is one I'll read again. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LasagnaLady
Hayley bakes cakes for a living and is raising her daughter, Lizzie, alone. Finn Rafferty grew up under the shadow of rock music legend Tommy Stiles and starting to realize he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have enjoyed most of Barbara's books. Loved this one. A very original story line that had a few twist and turns. So laugh out loud moments as well.Published 9 months ago by CK
Enjoyable read and easy to follow the characters. I'll be looking to read more from this author.Published 10 months ago by Susan J. Ritzenthaler
absolutely loved this book. I have loved all of the books by her that I read. Fantastic author.Published 11 months ago by Goofy Country Mommelia
I'm smiling. This was a great feel good book. I still feel good. Another thank you to Barbara Bretton. I don't know how she keeps this up. But I'm glad she does.Published 13 months ago by REVA J FREEMAN