Book Review: Whole Latte Love by Rachelle Ayala

Investment banking intern Carina Chen doesn’t need any distractions – especially the sexy, guitar-playing barista she rooms with for the summer.

Free spirit Dylan Jewell appreciates the delightful universe of women who vie for his attention. His goal in life is to do good, make happy coffee, and help the homeless.

When Carina moves in, she insists on rules of conduct to quell her instant attraction to Dylan. But when her boss asks her to turn Dylan into a businessman, she can’t think of a reason not to take advantage of his hospitality.

Their chemistry is white hot, but Dylan refuses to play Carina’s game, unable to understand how he can fall in love with a woman who puts profits in front of people. When Carina realizes Dylan isn’t budging, she risks all to gain a single night with him. Will her gambit backfire or will Dylan discover Carina’s true heart before she runs away with his?

Set in Berkeley, California, Whole Latte Love is an opposites-attract romance mixing bluesy rock music, hot, steamy love scenes, and financial shenanigans.

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My Thoughts:

This story is a simple love story that will keep the reader occupied. The story follows Carina as she is about to start her summer as an intern in the field of banking and she needs a place to stay. Her friend decides to take matters into her hand and enter Dylan who works as a barista and is a musician. Little does Carina know his true background but she knows it’s dangerous to take up his offer of a place to stay. The decisions Carina makes and the relationship she shares with Dylan from one of a roommate to girlfriend form the crux of this love story. A story that will definitely tug at the heart strings of all the romantics out there.

The author introduces some twists in the story which help keep it interesting and keeps it non-predictable. The author manages to keep the story simple and I feel she conveys a good message that if you really love someone, it is easy and worth changing or adjusting for them. This is something I came away with after reading the book. I enjoyed the book immensely and hope all the romantics out there pick up this for a wonderful light read.

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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