Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog tour: Bad Taste In Men by Kylie Gilmore

Bad Taste in Men
Book Three Clover Park Series
By: Kylie Gilmore
Releasing July 14th, 2014

Something's Brewing Between Friends…

Rachel Miller knows opening a café with coffee and pastries will make her struggling bookstore the place to hang out. But when the bank turns her down and her best friend Shane steps in, she vows business will never ruin their friendship.

Gourmet ice-cream maker Shane O’Hare knows food, not women. To sweep Rachel off her feet, he secretly sells his beloved ’67 Shelby Mustang and becomes a partner in her café. And then she sets him up with a friend.

As they build the café together, and Rachel learns what Shane has sacrificed for her, she finds herself falling for him. Now way too much is riding on the success of this business venture—her career, her best friend, and her heart. 

Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her Clover Park series features the O’Hare brothers, three guys you’d definitely have a drink with and maybe a little more. Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.


Click HERE to read an excerpt from Bad Taste In Men

Bad Taste In Men will appeal to all the fans of Friends To Lovers romance novels. I'm one of them so I was really looking forward to reading this story.

Rachel and Shane are best friends, but when Shane starts showing romantic interest in her, things start to change. Rachel has never been lucky with men, and the only one who's ever been around through all the break-ups was Shane. Once he makes the first move to move their relationship to the next level, Rachel starts feeling funny around him. Add to this that he's just offered to become her business partner and things get even more complicated for Rachel. She can't lose Shane's friendship and can't mess up her business because of a relationship gone wrong, so she pushes him away - even if her body gives her other signals.

It's funny to see how she denies her attraction and tries to convince herself she doesn't feel anything for him.
Unfortunately, this is one of the things that didn't work for me. Rachel's insecurity and the way she tried to deny her feelings were cute and even funny at first, but after a while it became a little annoying and made me want to throttle her. After everything Shane did for her and the way he treated her, she kept giving him conflicting signals: one minute she let him kiss her, the other minute she pushes him away and stays away from him. Although I could understand her fears, after a while it was annoying she couldn't get over it and give Shane a chance. 

I loved Shane at first. He was cute and loving, and I suffered with him when Rachel didn't get how much he cared for her. At some point in the story, though, he changed his attitude and I have to say I didn't like bossy Shane much.

I loved the small town setting, and the side characters were great. I loved Shane's grandmother and his brothers, and I will definitely read the other books in the series, which are about Shane's brothers and how they fell for their wives.

All in all, Bad Taste In Men is a really nice story, (with some hot scenes - when Rachel finally gives in to her feelings) but I felt like it took them too long to get together and try to get their happy-ever-after. I wished they'd become a couple long before the ending and that Rachel stopped being so stubborn sooner in the book. 

Maybe this is just me, though, so I think you should give this book a chance because the writing is very good and the plot is interesting and entertaining. And if you've read the other books in the series, you definitely can't miss this one.

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