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04 June 2013 @ 10:10 pm
Book Review: The Second Chance Cafe  
The Second Chance CafeThe Second Chance Cafe by Alison Kent

I was told that this book was a total delight to read, so I decided to try it. What I found was that the story line was intriguing and suspenseful. But in the end, I was not totally pleased with the book. Hence, I gave it 3 stars.

The story revolved around Kaylie Flynn, a young woman who comes back to the town where she spent the best 8 years of her life.

Kaylie was placed in foster homes at the young age of 5. By the time she was 10, she was placed in the best foster home of her life. There she received the love and the care she hungered for. With her new foster mom, she learned the art of baking delicious and original brownies.

At age 18, she reluctantly leaves her foster home for college. After graduation, she becomes a pastry chef and opens a bakery in Austin, TX. When her foster home becomes available to purchase, she sells her bakery and pays cash for the house. She decides to renovate the lower level of the house into a lunch-only buffet cafe. Of course, the desserts would all be brownies.

Renovation means that she has to hire a contractor. Eventually, the two fall in love. She also friends Luna, the famous scarfmaker who has some baggage of her own due to an earlier car accident. I would have loved to have learned more about Luna. Her story sounds intriguing. Unfortunately, the author just teases the information. I later found out that there will be a new book published in September 2013, and hopefully, Luna's story will be featured.

One part of the book that I found displeasing was the ultra pornographic description of Kaylie’s lovemaking with her contractor lover. I have no troubles with lovemaking in books, but Ms. Kent, for some reason, decided that a pornographic description would be titillating. I found it distracting. I want to fall in love with my characters and not use them for my sexual fantasies.

Another reason that Kaylie Flynn comes back to her foster home is to find out why she was taken away from her parents at such a young age. Her father just happens to conveniently live in the same town. Luna just happens to know him. And Kaylie just happens to hire him as her chef. This premise I found hard to accept. I also found it hard to accept how father and daughter reunited, how Kaylie rejected and later accepted her dad.

I hope that the next book in the series will answer some of the questions that right now leaves me hanging and hungering for more.

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