Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN# 978-0-425-21897-6
January 2008
Berkeley Sensation
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Mass Market Paperback
368 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Vivi and her sister Natalie have moved to Brooklyn to open a restaurant. With Vivi’s talent and a legacy left to them by their father, they are sure to succeed.

Anthony has been a widower just over a year and has been hiding in his kitchen about that long. Dante’s is a Brooklyn institution and he is not about to be shown up by a French bistro opening across the street.

A war of the eateries is about to begin in Bensonhurst. Vivi’s, a French Bistro is set to open across the street from Dante’s Italian restaurant. The chef there, handsome and grumpy Anthony is determined not to lose any of his customers to the newcomer, the lovely and very French Vivi.

I am glad that Ms. Martin returned to the Dante family for another story. I always liked Anthony and wanted him to have a story of his own. Vivi perfect for him, she loves cooking as much as he does. The daughter of her father’s mistress, she always feels second best. The romantic tension starts immediately and it is fun to watch them fight the inevitable. The subplots of Little Ant’s dislike of hockey and love for cooking, Michael’s stint as Mr. Mom, and Natalie’s misuse of the funds slated for the bistro really add a lot to the tale. As usual, the author throws in some bizarre characters like Insane Lorraine and her mother to good effect. She has a gift for bringing relationships, both romantic and familial to life, using humor frequently. The dialogue is wonderful from Vivi’s butchering of American idioms to Anthony’s Brooklynese, which is captured perfectly. I just love this story and recommend it to anyone who likes a little humor with their romance. My one complaint is that I was constantly hungry while reading; her descriptions of food are too good.

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