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Raspberry Crush (Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Winters
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

AMAZON BESTSELLER! [Previously published by Penguin.] Just as artist Belinda "Billy" Cabot settles into her new job—decorating cakes at a charming Boston bakery—her ex-boyfriend, Seth Lannigan, walks through the door...and events conspire to turn her life upside down.

With her mother pestering her about her career, her divorced sister fuming about men, and her temperamental neighbor giving her the cold shoulder, Billy has enough drama. She doesn't need to fall for Seth again. And she really doesn't need a cantankerous fisherman named Ted—who has a mysterious connection to Billy's family—dropping dead at the annual dessert jubilee, catered by the bakery.

With Seth's brief return home, Billy must battle the sizzling attraction that still exists between them. But unfortunately, she must also ask his help...


PRAISE FOR RASPBERRY CRUSH...
"Billy is a cute cookie, and her kooky coworkers make the story even more fun." -Detroit Free Press

"Winters pens another comedic romp only this time there's a murder to consider... Billy is a great heroine, sweet, funny, and not afraid to speak her mind." -Romance Junkies

"[T]he plot, which appears deceptively simple, turns out surprisingly complex...the murder mystery grows increasingly perplexing and terrifying...” -CurledUp.com

"Billy is a strong heroine who grabs life by the horns and hangs on...The mystery is well done [and] will surprise most sleuths out there. Well-written and witty, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a deeper level in Chick Lit." -Suspense Romance Writers Review

"[A]n exuberant tale...witty and sexy...with a cast of characters so outrageous they must be real... just plain fun to read." -Readers & Writers Ink


Editorial Reviews

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"Winters pens another comedic romp only this time there's a murder to consider... Billy is a great heroine, sweet, funny, and not afraid to speak her mind." -Romance Junkies

"[T]he plot, which appears deceptively simple, turns out surprisingly complex...the murder mystery grows increasingly perplexing and terrifying..." -CurledUp.com

"Billy is a cute cookie, and her kooky coworkers make the story even more fun." -Detroit Free Press

"Billy is a strong heroine who grabs life by the horns and hangs on...The mystery is well done [and] will surprise most sleuths out there. Well-written and witty, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a deeper level in Chick Lit." -Suspense Romance Writers Review

"[A]n exuberant tale...witty and sexy...with a cast of characters so outrageous they must be real... just plain fun to read." -Readers & Writers Ink

From the Author

I am thrilled to release my new book! The Unspinnable Big Clock Scandal is the second mystery in my Caitlyn Rocket series, set in the fictional, adorable town of Big Clock, MN. The story promises lots of laughter and twists (of course!). I owe a sea of gratitude to my test readers for their feedback, including consistent comments "funny," "original," and my favorite one: "delightfully puzzling." I hope that you also enjoy the book!

Be sure to check out the first mystery in the series, The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle, which spent several weeks on Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller List for humorous fiction. If you would like to drop me a line, please email me at: authorjillwinters@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451212142
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U7ABBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't appreciate June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was more about sex than the actual mystery. It was disappointing in that regard. I don't spend my money to read about sex - I spend it for a great mystery. This book could have been so much better if the actual story had been improved and the sex removed. It added nothing to the story line. I won't be wasting any more money on this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am confused by the number of plot lines in this book. I wasn't sure whether there was a murder, two romances, filial confusion or simply a way to publish erotica under the guise of romance. Romance should reach far above explicit descriptions of body parts.

Belinda's character couldn't make up her mind whether she was a good Catholic girl or succumbing to her biological clocks screaming 'hurry'. Seth on the other hand was described as a 'sweet, nice, thoughtful' man who apparently didn't know how to control himself or had a dual personality. On one hand he was considerate and caring - he tried to protect Belinda from danger. On the other hand, he used her body without consideration of the effect his leaving would have.

The supporting characters are well described and add color to the stories. The mystery was buried but worth digging to find. I would have enjoyed the book more with less lust and more love.
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In case you need instructions April 3, 2012
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I think there was a mystery plot in this book. It got lost in the page after page after page of the details on How to have sex. I had to click over multiple pages of nothing but explicit sex. I call this book pornographic reading. I will never read another of her books. I happen to know how to do the act.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and sensuous romantic comedy August 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
A former web designer axed in her prime by a downsizing, Billy now makes her living as a cake decorator at a fancy Boston bakery. When she is assigned the task of decorating the cakes for Churchill's annual town celebration, memories of her lost love Seth Lanigan surface, since he is from the Churchill.

Seth left Billy behind four years earlier to take a job in Seattle. He's back at his mother's house fixing it up in preparation to sell while she is out of town. When he drops in at the bakery to check on the cake order, he runs into Billy and immediately feels old desires kick in. Faster than you can say salmonella poisoning, a patron drops dead and Billy's overactive imagination thinks it was deliberate. As she drags Seth into amateur sleuthing, passion rides to the surface, and has Billy running scared since she does not want to be twice burned by Seth.

Winters has penned a witty, sensuous, funny, and endearing story loaded with chemistry and her trademark quirky secondary characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really lame May 3, 2012
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I gave up reading this book because I was a third of the way through the book any nothing was happening. To this point everything was boy/girl angst. I bought it because it was supposed to be a murder mystery. A third of the way and there was no mystery
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet contemporary romance September 7, 2004
Format:Paperback
Six months ago, web designer Billy Cabot was downsized because her company Net Circle was trying to avoid bankruptcy. Four months later, she accepts work decorating cakes at Boston's Bella Donna Bakery. Currently she is working on the cakes for Churchill, Massachusetts annual jubilee. Churchill has bitter memories as the hometown of Seth Lanigan, who was her boyfriend for a few months four years ago before he accepted a job at Mackind Associates Consultants in Seattle.

While his mother is in Dublin, Seth is in town for a few weeks fixing up his mom's homes so she can sell it. As a favor he goes to Bella Donna Bakery to see how the cakes are coming. He and Billy see each other and he wants to renew what they had. When a newcomer rude fisherman Ted Schneider dies from an allergic reaction, Billy thinks a homicide occurred while everyone else says no way; she investigates with Seth's help and gets no where as to the so-called crime, but somewhere with her beloved Seth. However, Billy fears a second time around because her heart has not recovered from the first time he left her behind.

RASPBERRY CRUSH is a sweet contemporary romance with a bit of an amateur sleuth mystery starring two nice protagonists and a fine support cast, mostly those working at the bakery. The story line works because of the chemistry between Billy and Seth who have a second opportunity at fulfilling what was left incomplete if she takes a chance. Billy's bungling investigation adds the icing to a delightful contemporary tale.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! February 18, 2013
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You can almost feel like you are looking into a TV watching a movie on LMN with this book. Very well written. It is full of sex, murder, and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!! February 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is very interesting and will keep your attention the entire time. The perfect amount of romance, erotica, mystery and thriller. The story is also well written
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Enjoyed the book. Wanted something simple to read and this turned out to be it. Quick, easy read. Will look for more books to read by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Eunie
4.0 out of 5 stars old love
It was a cute story of past love that was unsettled. The two people come together again in their home town for separate reasons but are working together.
Published 3 months ago by Sassymama
5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Crush
I really enjoyed this book. Full of suspense, romance and challenges. A murder mystery to solve added to a romantic fling.
Published 9 months ago by Linda Canbek
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
A fast, fun romp and mystery. I enjoyed seeing Detective Montgomery make an appearance in this book, too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok story
This had the makings of a good book but its not written (or maybe edited) very well. If you skim it, the story is enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by R. L. Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Book
There was a little too much fluff... I found myself skimming over the details and reading only the dialogue. It was a cute story, with lots gettin down and dirty.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Raspberry Crush
Raspberry Crush unites two former lovers separated by careers in different parts of the country. Belinda (Billy) Cabot, an artist, and Seth Lannigan, a business consultant, meet... Read more
Published 15 months ago by sam
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
This was a fun, easy to read book. Even with the underlying mystery, it was fun and enjoyable - especially for women!
Published 15 months ago by Nordymn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute Book
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun and easy read. I would like to try out the drink too!
Published 15 months ago by Karen Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars good romance
A good story, and very good characters make this book a worthwhile read. Was very entertaining and funny in parts.
Published 16 months ago by Sara M Halstead
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More About the Author

Jill Winters is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston College with a degree in history. She has published five novels with Penguin Group and several essays with BenBella Books. Her work has been featured on Barnes & Noble's Bestseller Lists and Booksense's Top Ten, as well as multiple Amazon Top 100 lists. Her debut novel, Plum Girl, was a finalist for the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence.

Most recently Jill has begun a new mystery series featuring clever young reporter, Caitlyn Rocket. The first book in the series, The Unprintable Big Clock Chronicle, spent several weeks on Amazon's Bestseller list for humorous fiction, and also appeared on Amazon's Bestseller list for cozy mysteries. The second Caitlyn Rocket mystery, The Unspinnable Big Clock Scandal, has just been released.

As always, Jill loves to hear from readers! You can email her at: authorjillwinters@gmail.com and follow her updates on Twitter.

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