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Just Desserts Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008

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"Very few romance writers create characters as well developed and realistic as Bretton's. Her books pull you in and don't let you leave until the last word is read." -BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW) "One of today's best women's fiction authors." -ROMANCE READER

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Barbara Bretton is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of more than 40 books. She resides in New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051514424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515144246
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,548,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

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.

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Baker Hayley is barely making ends meet. When Finn Rafferty, a slick and sexy lawyer comes in and offers her an obscene amount to bake a cake for a famous rock star, she is at first suspicious, but relents and lets her teenage daughter iron out the contract, hoping that this high profile assignment helps get the business in the black. What Hayley doesn't realize and that Finn is pretty sure of is that she is the long lost daughter of rock star Tommy Stiles. Her paternity was discovered during an investigation while ironing out a pre-nup with Tommy's latest love. Finn is falling hard for Hayley, and his guilt for keeping the secret is eating away at him, and threatens to destroy their new relationship. When the cat jumps out of the bag, will Hayley's life ever be normal again?

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.
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Barbara Bretton does adult romance very well - she has a knack for creating male/female characters that are fully-developed and leading independent lives, and then bringing them together and blending their families and circumstances. Just Desserts is the story of an adult romance between Hayley Goldstein and Finn Rafferty. Hayley manages a cake store in N.J. and Finn manages the career of Tommy Stiles, a famous rock musician. Tommy Stiles has umpteen children from numerous women and the discovery is soon made that Hayley may be his long-lost daughter. The story isn't very dramatic, but is about family and the problems and joys that come with them. I would actually say that the story was more about family than romance; Hayley had a lot to deal with concerning her daughter, Lizzie, her ex-husband, her mother and Tommy. Unfortunately, all the family stuff detracted from an otherwise great romantic thread. "Just Like Heaven," Bretton's book previous to this was significantly better, This was still enjoyable, but just not as romantic as I'd hoped.
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What happens when an aging rocker, Tommy Stiles, is getting ready to marry his young supermodel girlfriend, Willow, and during the prenuptial agreement finds out his has a 38 year old daughter? And this daughter, Hayley Goldstein has no idea who her father is; in fact, she thinks she is the product of a test tube pregnancy.

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.
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I really enjoy reading different types of books. Mysteries, romance, fantasy, biographies, etc. So, for something different I tried "Just Desserts". Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book at all. I really wanted to, but couldn't. The characters never drew me in and the subject just wasn't for me. The character "Finn" was interesting though. I will try her next book though. so, please keep writing.
Loved the jacket of the book!! Cute!!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Although most people would never learn they did not come from a sperm bank but a real person, the story line makes it fit very well. Reality is shown by a single mom, a dead beat dad, hard work, short on money, family problems and most of all the true emotional ride you go on when you are falling in love. Nothing beats that ride.
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What can I say about this heartwarming romance from USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Barbara Bretton, that hasn't already been said? With accolades rolling in for JUST DESSERTS from esteemed reviewers and publications like Romance Reviews Today, Romantic Times and Midwest Book Review, what can one reader from Charlotte, North Carolina possibly write that would seem like a fresh take on a strong chorus of "Hallelujah"?
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.
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