Title: Truly, Madly, Sweetly
An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.
Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.
When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.
Author: Kira Archer
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably
Series: Sweet Love #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Totally, Sweetly Irrevocably
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: April 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 235 pages
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Truly, Madly, Sweetly is a sweet, feel-good romance! It’s a perfect quick, satisfying read in-between those long novels! I loved the characters both main and secondary too! Natalie is a normal girl, wronged by an ex, just working her way through life. She has some of the normal hang-ups girls get when they have been dumped or wronged in some way. Eric is a loveable man whose still living under his parents thumbs. He’s content to let them manipulate him because he feels it’s not worth his effort to correct their actions. Plus they have the ability to make his life a hell, so he meanders along.
Eric and Natalie have been scoping each other out for months. She watches him from her mobile cupcake truck and he watches her when he is getting gelato from the truck next to hers. When Eric’s aunt passes, she leaves a bakery and building to him, whilst leaving a parking garage to Natalie for her truck. They come to a business arrangement to help get the bakery up and running, and delivering baked goods around the city.
I really enjoyed Eric and Natalie’s story! The attraction was immediate! There were quite a lot of scenes that I snickered at or plain made me laugh! They were good together and no matter how much they fought it, I knew they would eventually buckle!
I liked that Eric wanted to resurrect his Aunt’s old bakery because he had fond memories of the bakery and of her. Plus he wanted to do it without any help from his parents. I took an instant liking to Natalie and felt she could be one of my friends. Very nice, a bit clumsy, and anal about being organized, she was perfect for Eric. Their besties, Gina and Jared, always showed up at the most inopportune times! They seriously stole the show in a few scenes and with their bantering back and forth-I can see the next book laid out!!
This is the first book by Kira Archer I have read and it definitely won’t be the last! She’s got a quirky sense of humor that comes out in her writing style and endears you to her characters quickly. You can relate to them and that’s what hooks you for the ride! Grab this one and settle in for a fun, adorable love story!
Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mom to two, and a step mom to two more and live with my kids and husband of 15 years in PA. I spend most of my days running my kiddos around and trying to squeeze in writing time between writing medical articles (my “day” job), and juggling family stuff. I’m completely eclectic – I love everything from “poofy dress” historical movies, to Star Wars/Star Trek/Firefly (bring it back!), to rom coms and action hero flicks, and always, always romance. I love to laugh so, while I enjoy dramas, I mostly prefer to stick to something that has a humorous edge. This is also because I cry over EVERYTHING and the dramas just kill me. And never anything scary – my imagination is ridiculous. I’m still freaked out from watching The Sixth Sense twenty years ago. I do love the Ghostbuster movies…but only during the day 😀 I’m addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and mostly run around in jeans, T-shirts, and bare feet. In my head, I’m a huge fashionista but when it comes to real life, I just want to be comfy.In addition to writing contemporary romances, I also write historical romances as Michelle McLean.
Jacque: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Oh so very many. Historicals were my first love and some of my favorite authors are Victoria Holt, Diana Gabaldon, and Jane Feather. For contemporaries, Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris. I love something intriguing with a good touch of humor.
Fredz: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My insanely impressive ability to procrastinate until my deadline is looming. I’m really quite gifted at it. 😉 I also tend to latch onto a particular song or movie that I like having playing in the background while I write. It changes with every book and usually doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m writing. It’s kind of like a baby duck imprinting on the first thing it sees…whatever happens to be playing when I hit that first strong stride tends to be my writing muse for the duration.
Deb: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, mostly. And clean my house LOL Well, that’s not a “like” so much as a dire necessity. But when I get a spare second, I’m either hanging with my kids or trying to make a dent in my TBR pile.
Fredz: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
Oooo that’s a hard one. I’m a total history nut so there are a LOT of places I would really love to go. Ancient Egypt or Greece would be really cool. Or anywhere I could wear a gorgeous poofy dress and a tiara 😉
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
I used to just sit and write but I’d spend months, or longer, editing. I always outline now. I have a good 4 or 5 page single spaced synopsis before I ever get started writing. The beginning and end are usually pretty well detailed and then about a quarter of the way through, I usually go through and outline the rest more thoroughly. It has really streamlined my writing process. It heads off a lot editing problems.
Christina: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?
I’m currently working on book three in the Sweet Love series. It doesn’t revolve around the bakery as much as book 1 does, but the idea for the storyline was sparked by this incredible baklava wedding cake.
Deb: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
So far with my contemporaries I’ve been able to tell all the stories I’ve wanted to. But I also write historicals as Michelle McLean, and I have a few characters in my Victorian novel, To Trust a Thief, I’d like to explore more. I’d love to give the two best friends of my main characters their own books. And I’ve had quite a few people want more information on my hero, Bryant. So it might be fun to give him a background novella.
Christina: If you could speak to any one type of animal, what would it be, and what would you ask it?
Cats. And I’d ask our youngest kitty (who is also the biggest at 15 pounds) why he insists on dive bombing me at at 4:00 or 5:00 every morning. Repeatedly. For no reason that I can figure out. He launches himself off the floor, lands usually on my chest or stomach, takes off across the bed, jumps off, runs around back to my side, and then lays on the floor looking up at me. If I sit up, he takes off out the door. I’ve followed him a few times in case he was being heroic and wanted to save the family from some unknown danger, but nope, he doesn’t want anything. And then he’ll wait for me to fall asleep again before starting the whole process over again. Usually three or four times before he quits. No clue why he does this. Would love to give him a talking to though.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
Only online stuff this year. My stepdaughter is getting married this fall over on the other side of the country, so all available funds and travel money is going toward that 😀 But I do have a lot of FB parties coming up and will be on Authors on the Air Global Radio Network’s radio talk show The Librarian with Tabatha Pope on April 21st. A list of my online parties and appearances can be found on my website. And hopefully next year I can add some physical appearances also 😀
Nat leaned back against the counter, her arms folded, a smile already on her face. “Five…four…three…two…one…”
She broke into a full-toothed grin and poked her head out of the kitchen. Eric was standing, holding the pint of gelato away from him like it was a snake about to strike. A large blob of the stuff lay on the floor at his feet with more of it dribbling down his chin.
He looked at her, his mouth hanging open. “What the hell did you do?”
She blinked innocently. “Oh nothing. I just thought you should have something extra special to celebrate with so I went to that garlic bistro and picked up a pint. I paid a bit more to have a little extra flavor mixed in. It was a little more expensive, of course, but nothing is too good for you,” she said, batting her eyelashes at him.
He wiped a hand across his mouth. “And exactly what flavor is this?”
“Garlic and anchovy.”
“What?” he shrieked.
Nat grinned wider. “Payback’s a bitch, baby.”
“Oh, you are so going to pay!” Eric dropped the ice cream and lunged for her.
Nat shrieked and ran laughing into the kitchen but Eric was hot on her heels. There really wasn’t anywhere to run. He had her pinned against the sink in under ten seconds. He scooped a bit of the ice cream off his shirt.
“If I had to eat it, you do, too,” he said, trying to get the stuff in her mouth.
She shrieked again and tried to dodge his hands, though it was hard to keep her mouth closed when she was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. He managed to get a little in and she immediately spit it back out.
“Oh my God,” she laughed, “that is truly foul.”
“Ha! Serves you right, defiling my gelato like that.”
“It’s better than putting vegetable oil in my glass cleaning solution! That was just mean. I still can’t get the streaks off that mirror in the bathroom.”
Eric chuckled and held on tighter when she squirmed to get away. “Okay, okay. I call a truce.”
Nat stopped squirming. “You mean it?”
“I mean it. I’ll stop messing with everything around the kitchen, if you promise you will never, ever touch my gelato.”
She laughed and nodded. “Okay, fine, I agree.”
“Good,” Eric said. But he still didn’t let her go.
They were breathing hard from their mock battle and both of them suddenly realized they were molded together, from hip to chest, their arms locked around each other, their chests heaving in unison with every ragged breath they took.
Eric’s gaze met hers and he leaned in, slow enough that she could pull away if she wanted. She should. The smart thing to do would be to push him away. But since when did her body ever listen to what was smart when it came to Eric?