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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Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak by working at her parents’ Filipino restaurant when in walks Romeo Garcia, the boy she left behind. Only now, he’s a hot movie star surrounded by gorgeous actresses and adoring fans. Bad boy Romeo Garcia never understood why Evie stood him up at the prom. When he rescues her from a flying coconut in the dumpster, he is determined to dig into her heart for the reason. Their mutual attraction and unresolved feelings ignite in a scintillating night of daring sex, and Romeo shows Evie what she’ll miss the rest of her life if she walks away again. Evie lands a part as Romeo’s co-star and falls into her role, totally in love. He plays his part, too, with his romantic gestures and skillful lovemaking. But is the fantasy real or revenge? Evie and Romeo are about to discover if their buried feelings will explode in pure delight or utter disaster.


Author Bio:


Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She enjoys writing love stories and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment. The tapestry of characters in her books reflect that diversity. She is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. Check out her four romantic novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful, emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story combined with controversy over difficult decisions, and Knowing Vera is a suspenseful, cross-cultural romance mixing an unsolved murder, adventure, and hot, steamy love scenes.

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My thoughts:

Taming Romeo as the title suggests is about the hero Romeo and his love for Evie. This story deals with the relationship between the two and how they come to terms with the fact that they still have feelings for each other. Romeo has always loved Evie but she walked away from him at one point. The story has a nice blend of romance and drama which is a thrill for anyone who loves reading romantic stories. A simple story, it has been handled really well and it is a light read.

It is easy to relate to the characters and the situations described are realistic and well narrated. The author has brought across the story in a way that will keep the reader turning the pages with a smile on the face!

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