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Sweet, sexy, and emotional, Coffee Girl will make you swoon... and maybe develop a new appreciation for country music.

Synopsis

Mackenzie “Kiki” Forbes finds herself in a pickle.
Either become her snarky sister’s nanny, or move halfway across the country to work as assistant-to-the-stylist of a country music star. Neither job sounds ideal, although bedazzling cowboy boots may be a hell of a lot more interesting than ironing her brother-in-law’s underwear. But life on the road as the errand coffee girl for a sold-out tour leaves much to be desired. That is, until Kiki meets her sinfully sexy new boss’s boss…
Tatum Reed’s career is flying high. He’s up for country music’s Entertainer of the Year and he’s headed out on a nationwide sold-out tour. So why does he feel like it’s all about to implode? His superstar ex-girlfriend seems determined to make his life difficult, his opening act is a handful, and the new girl on his tour, the feisty brunette, is quickly getting under his skin. In this crazy world of showbusiness Tatum needs to learn who he can trust, but that doesn’t come easily, because the one person who holds all the cards may just throw them down and walk away.

Fashion consultant Kiki Forbes is... not in a good place. Set up on a string of disastrous blind dates by her well meaning best friend, suddenly unemployed, facing the prospect of working as a nanny for her sister (think Bridezilla crossed with a deranged version of Martha Stewart), she leaps at the opportunity to work as an assistant to a country band's stylist. Sure, country isn't her thing, but it's better than what she has going on in San Francisco. Plus it'll help build her resume. A few months on a tour bus, and she can figure life out afterward.


Enter sexy country superstar Tatum Reed and his green eyes and smooth voice and cocky, sweet demeanor, and suddenly nothing is simple. The attraction is immediate, but what really drew me in was how Sinclair built a realistic relationship between two people with very different lives. Flirting and friendship becomes more, and soon you're just as caught up in Kiki and Tatum's tender, sexy as sin romance as they are.


Of course, one of the trademarks of any great contemporary romance is a stellar supporting cast, and Coffee Girl has them in droves. From Kiki's crazy sister to Tatum's ex (now THERE is a piece of work), to the band and the other crew members, and even Kiki's cat, every character in this book feels alive. It would have been easy to make a few of the more antagonistic characters into cardboard cutouts, but Sinclair does an excellent job of writing them in a way that feels real.... even when you kind of want to dump a latte over their heads.


This book hits all of my contemporary romance buttons: hot sex, adorable banter, a fun supporting cast, gleeful highs and heartbreaking lows. There were several moments when I wanted to smack Kiki upside the head, but love can make even the smartest among us into idiots at times, and I couldn't fault her for those moments.


Coffee Girl got this reviewer out of a weeks-long reading slump. If you've ever been in one of those, you know it takes a certain kind of read to get you out of it. This book did it for me. Five enthusiastic, rhinestone-studded stars.

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Colleen Vanderlinden is the author of over 30 novels in the urban fantasy, paranormal romance, SF romance, and contemporary romance genres. Her novel "Lost with You" (written as Ella Linden) won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Indie/Small Press Contemporary Romance in 2017.

Synopsis

Mackenzie “Kiki” Forbes finds herself in a pickle.
Either become her snarky sister’s nanny, or move halfway across the country to work as assistant-to-the-stylist of a country music star. Neither job sounds ideal, although bedazzling cowboy boots may be a hell of a lot more interesting than ironing her brother-in-law’s underwear. But life on the road as the errand coffee girl for a sold-out tour leaves much to be desired. That is, until Kiki meets her sinfully sexy new boss’s boss…
Tatum Reed’s career is flying high. He’s up for country music’s Entertainer of the Year and he’s headed out on a nationwide sold-out tour. So why does he feel like it’s all about to implode? His superstar ex-girlfriend seems determined to make his life difficult, his opening act is a handful, and the new girl on his tour, the feisty brunette, is quickly getting under his skin. In this crazy world of showbusiness Tatum needs to learn who he can trust, but that doesn’t come easily, because the one person who holds all the cards may just throw them down and walk away.

Kiki


Have you ever had that moment when you lean in for a first kiss and butterflies explode in your stomach, because you really, really like the guy? He’s funny, cute, smart, has a great job, and he’s really in to you.

And when your lips touch…

Nothing happens.

Zilch. Nada. Niente.

You feel nothing.

Oh God, this is really, really, bad. So bad I start thinking about random things, like if I left my straightening iron on, or if I remembered to record The Bachelor. The kiss that’s barely a kiss is so bland and bad, it feels like I’m kissing my brother.

Cue the vomit.

It’s so awful, when his slimy little tongue tries to break apart my sealed Fort Knox lips, I reflexively lift my knee up to his groin. Abort, abort!

I push back from Ethan, my nose crinkling in disgust and disappointment. His smirk tells me he thinks he’s a pretty badass Romeo. I try to smile back, but I’m pretty sure I just threw up a little in my mouth.

I look into his twinkling, golden-brown eyes, his perfect, square jaw, his sexy smile… Dang it, should I try again? I quickly peruse his face one more time. The answer is no. No, I should not.

           It’s like I’m looking at him in a whole new light. He’s still a good-looking guy, but I no longer have the desire to jump in bed with him. Not that I would on the first date. I mean, we could get handsy for sure, but I’m not a let’s-sleep-together-on-the-first-date kind of girl…at least, not with Ethan.

           I run my fingers through my hair, preventing him from leaning in for a second kiss. All I want is to go home and get in my jammies. Another failed date that I’ll have to rehash with my best friend in the morning.

           “Listen, Ethan. I, um, had a great time tonight, but I have to wake up super early for a meeting in the morning. I’m just going to call an Uber and go home. I hope you understand.”

           I quickly take my phone out of my coat pocket and stare at the black screen. I try to swipe up, waiting for my password entry to appear. Nothing. I swipe at the blackness a hundred more times, and then I shake it like an eight ball, hoping it will magically come to life.

Shit, it’s dead.

           “Oh, oh yeah, totally. I’ll ride with you.” He quickly taps open the app.

           “No!” I yell a little too loudly, a little desperately. “I mean, I, uh, I live in the opposite direction, it would be really inconvenient for you.”

           I do not want a continuation of the worst make-out session I’ve ever participated in, or for him to try and cop a feel in the back of the Uber. My karate moves are less than stellar.

           “I already punched it in my phone. It’s no big deal. It’s done. He’ll be here in a minute.” He smiles confidently as he slides his phone back in his coat pocket. His self-assured demeanor I found attractive about an hour ago now grates on my nerves.

           “Ha. Okay, great,” I murmur weakly as I look anywhere but at him. Shit, shit, shit.

           He leans into me and the scent of his cologne tightens my throat, suffocating me. His perfectly gelled hair and cocky smile make my eyeballs twitch. “Listen, I really like you and would like to start dating exclusively.”

           “Oh, um…wow,” I squeak as I press my hand against his chest to prevent him from getting any closer. “I’m, um… I’m not sure what to say. I mean, we’ve only had one date.”

           “Well, when you know, you know, right?” He smirks as he leans into my neck.

Is he sniffing me?

           I cross my arms, taking a step back and glance up and down the empty street hoping the Uber driver screams in on two wheels, running me over at this very moment.

Now!

I crane my neck. Nope, no Uber driver in sight. Still alive.

Just Ethan invading my personal space, giving me the creeps.

           “Look, Ethan, I’m just not looking for anything serious right now. You’re great, but I just—”

           “Seriously, Kiki? Fucking unbelievable! You’re breaking up with me?” he huffs as I take another step back.

           “Technically, one date doesn’t mean we were dating,” I mumble as Ethan shoots daggers at me. Gone is the overly charming smile—in its place a sour grimace. Just then, the Uber driver pulls up to the curb.

           “Really? Couldn’t have arrived two minutes ago?” I mutter under my breath. I start forward to get in to the car.

           Ethan grabs my arm and pulls me back. “Get your own ride,” he snarls as he slides in and slams the door. The Uber driver rolls down his passenger window, looking at me with a mixture of pity and amusement.

“You riding?”

Ethan is on his phone pretending like I don’t exist.

           “Just go,” I say miserably. “Oh hey, wait! Can you come back and get me?” The driver nods and they quickly take off, leaving me on the curb.

And…it starts to rain.

Just fucking great.

About the author

I am an avid reader of contemporary romance and Suspense thrillers. I live with my husband and two daughters in North Carolina. When I'm not hunkered down writing, I'm either driving the kids all over town or taking care of our three rescue dogs, our rescue cat and our guinea pig named Fluff. view profile

Published on November 13, 2019

80000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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