Review: Cappuccino Kisses
Harlequin Kimani Romance
June 2016
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING:  B+
REVIEW: Yahrah St. John resurrects The Draysons: Sprinkled with Love series by introducing the Seattle Draysons in CAPPUCCINO KISSES, featuring Mariah Drayson and her two older brothers, Chase and Jackson.  Like their Chicago cousins, these Draysons are gifted bakers and are taking a leap of fate to open a branch of the family bakery business in Seattle.

Mariah invests her divorce settlement and her heart in this new family venture.  She is a talented baker, but her recent divorce, instigated by infertility woes, has her full of self-doubt. Her main focus is making the bakery profitable; however, looming in the background is an unhappiness that stems from the reasons for her failed marriage.

Wealthy hotel owner, coffee entrepreneur and widower Everett Myers, decides to check out Seattle’s newest pastry shop. Not only does he confirm it has the tastiest confections, but a particular owner has his mouthwatering too.

CAPPUCCINO KISSES is a touching story of risks and sacrifices.  St. John does a wonderful job of sharing the story of two people who are never meant to be a couple.  Idiosyncrasies veiled by hidden reasons create barriers to them seeking a serious relationship. Mariah fought hard to save her failed marriage and believes her infertility is a barrier to future relationships. Everett devotes his life to raising his son after the tragic death of his wife.  He overly protects his son and hasn’t found a woman worthy of sharing his family-life. In order to move on, they both must confide in each other and take the risk that compassion and understanding will prevail.

Due to its coffee culture, Seattle is an appropriate setting for this coffee themed storyline.  Other characters impacting the story include, Mariah’s brothers, her parents (particularly her bougie mother); Everett’s parents, his endearing son, EJ and Mariah’s friend Amber.

This is the first novel I have read by Yahrah St. John and the first one in this series.  After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and St. John’s engaging writing style.  I cheered for Mariah and Everett as a couple on their journey to finding common ground.  I welcome this branch of the Draysons to the series and I look forward to her handsome brothers finding love. I recommend this romance spiked with coffee and sweet indulgences that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

11th September 2016 |