Release Date: 10th Feb 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @kelliehailes @hqdigitaluk
I couldn't stop smiling when I finished this book. I kept turning to Kelly and saying, "It just made me happy." I worried that I wouldn't really know where to start or how to write an interesting book review, because I just kept going back to those same few words. Honestly, I simply encourage you to read this sweet book, it was just a delightful read...and it made me happy! :p
Firstly, I can put my hand on my heart and say that I utterly adored our leading lady, Mel. To me, she was flawless. I can't say a bad thing about her. She was heartwarming and endearing, kind and sweet and had a vulnerable quality that made you want to protect her and be her best friend, all whilst she was inspiring you, kicking ass and working hard to make a life for herself and build her dreams. I loved that she could cook and bake too. The moments we got to wander round her café and witness what she had prepared, or what she was preparing, made my mouth water, everything sounded so scrumptious. You can add her café to my list of places I would like to visit. Mel also made me laugh. When she was around a certain sexy barman, I couldn't help but giggle. I liked that she could be sexy and flirt with the best of them, but she herself was often shocked by her thoughts or the words that came out of her mouth.
Speaking of a certain sexy barmen, Tony, was also a joy to read. I just couldn't get enough of the banter between him and Mel. There was the odd little time when I wanted to bang there heads together when they were mean to each other, but I also liked that they challenged each other and forced each other out of their comfort zones; that they had both been in for so long. In addition, Tony also shared those endearing qualities because of the life that he had lead and the obstacles he had been through. I felt for him and really wanted to see him succeed. I could clearly picture his bar the way he envisioned it and so wanted it to become a reality.
The depth to their characters, from Tony, his past with his parents and the current adorable relationship between him and his sister and her kids, to Mel and her past with her Grandma and her Mum, to the current relationship with her Mum, it all simply hooks you. Each character had that charm and special presence on the page, that made me want to be a part of their world each day.
So, if you take our two gorgeous leading characters and put them in a position where Mel is teaching Tony how to cook to save his pub and Tony is pretending to be Mel's fiancé while her Mum is in town, then throw in the fact that they can't seem to stop flirting with each other, yet they often butt heads and don't always like each other, then, add a quaint, cozy and gossipy town and what do you get? A wonderfully, captivating, romantic, funny, sweet and beautiful story, that you must pick up today.
You can find 'The Cosy Coffee Shop of promises' here.