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Roller Coaster
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2012
I'm a huge fan of Karin Kallmaker's work, but I have to admit that her last couple of books have been a bit of a letdown.

Thankfully, she bounces back with a vengance with "Roller Coaster"! Not only is her latest chock-full of Karin's trademark humour, rich characterizations and passion for food, but, like a master chef, she's able to combine ingredients you may not be so wild about on their own into a fabulous dish.

So those of you who are like me, and not very keen on reading romances with kids as characters or about late-in-life lesbians, fear not and give this one a try... I guarantee you that you won't be able to resist a second helping (wink) of the final third of the book!

So why only four stars, you ask? Well, I'm terribly disappointed with the formatting and spelling errors in the e-book version I purchased directly from the publisher. And, yes, the book deserves to be dinged for "Je ne regrette rein"! Inexcusable. Also, I thought it took too long to get to the best part of the book... the final third!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
I loved this book. I devoured it- couldn't put it down because I had to know where the story was going. The story was great- never predictable like most romance novels. The characters were relatable and wonderful. I laughed, cried and felt all warm and fuzzy throughout. Highly recommended. It's also Karin's longest novel to date... So plenty to devour!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Who doesn't love a good Kallmaker book? Not that they aren't all good Kallmakers... but some do tickle a particular fancy more than others.

I haven't a read a few of the more recent books due to a lack of interest in the subject matter, aside from romance of course. Not that I think I wouldn't like the books or because I think it would be a bad read... just that I didn't want to. Let's say I'm saving them for a rainy day.

For some reason the description of Roller Coaster won me over and I will say, even though I know the formula... it was worth the ride.

Kudos to Kallmaker for another journey shared with characters I grew to love and root for. Though the last fourth of the book feels a bit rushed... I liked the pacing until then.

Side note: One of the main characters is biracial. Don't get your panties in a bunch because it's obvious that Kallmaker is not. Those of you who know what I mean... will, well, know what I mean. It's a fluff piece. And let's face it, you're not gonna read this book because of an urgent need to delve into the intricate weave of the racial paradigm.

*twitches* 'A' for effort anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Laura Izmani and Helen Baynor meet on a roller coaster that is stuck on the highest part. "If you're not following your heart, you're a chump," Laura tells Helen. And both of them do during the following years. Helen becomes a famous stage actress, and Laura battles her cocaine addiction and becomes a chef. Twenty-three years later, they meet again when Helen searches a private chef for her and her teenaged twins.

We learn a lot about the characters' backgrounds and really get to know them (we see them in their professions and in another relationship) before they fall in love and become a couple.

I like the way Karin Kallmaker portrays addiction. It's a monster that you can never really defeat once and for all, but you can keep it at bay.

It's a solid novel, but it doesn't have a lot of conflict. An entertaining, not too short read with good character development.

Editing is good with a few exceptions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2012
I picked this one for a fluff distraction and it drew me in. The conflicts were predictable from the get go, and when you know the endgame, as you do in romance novels, any distraction relationships are kind of boring (I skipped large parts of the cruise).

But, the characters totally worked for me and so I enjoyed the ride. Sweet story. It's been a while since Kallmaker created characters that I'll fondly remember for a while, so I was happy for that.

Also, remarkably typo free for a Bella novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
I really enjoyed this because the two main characters came from very interesting backgrounds with equally interesting present lives. And if you like the recipe descriptions in this, you'll love "Making up for lost time".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2013
Enjoyable, good character development. Entertaining for the foodie in us all. I do appreciate it when an author doesn't throw up ridiculous roadblocks to romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
This was a great story! It was a nice slow background storyline and then in unfolded to a fantastic ending!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
Enjoyed reading this book because of the Black character. I've been reading lesbian romance
for 15 years. I can count on one hand with digits left the number of Black lead characters. Nice. Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
I am a Kallmaker fan. I loved the building of the charactors, kids included. The interaction between Helen's kids & Laura was wonderful. Let's also say they were very accepting & very "HIP" with their mom & Laura. The Food sounded scrumptious mix that with the theatre crowd & Karin came up with a great recipe. Some spots were slow for me as others have pretty much stated. Maybe there could have been a bit more storyline with Grace to stir it up a bit more. This book was still a good read & I found that I couldn't wait to see what happened & would wake up during the night to read more.
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