This was one of the best books I have read in a while. I was eager to get to the final pages and sad when I closed the book. I’ve read a lot of J.J. Murray’s books and this is by far one of my favorites. I was engaged from the very beginning. I loved the humorous tone of the book and also found the serious parts fascinating. I felt that Angela was a very complex but relatable character. She wants love but circumstances have made her life a little harder than normal. Matthew is like a lot of people…just floating around looking for something good to happen. I recommend this to anyone wanting to read a high quality love story.
Matthew goes out on dates trying to forget his ex-girlfriend. The circumstances of each date goes from bad to worse. At the same time he has come across this nice little coffee shop where he is surprised to find the coffee is cheap yet delicious and the owner Angela is great company. After each of these dates he ends up there drinking coffee, eating pastries, and talking to Angela about his experiences.
One time when he gets there, he sees a cute woman and asks Angela what she thinks of her. She tells him to steer clear; the woman clearly has a problem. Matthew disagrees and they make a bet. If the date doesn’t go well he will have to help her clean up the shop for three days. Of course…this date is just as bad as the rest. He ends up helping Angela. During this time he comes up with an idea that he could become a coffeehouse lawyer. While both Angela and Matthew are trying to save their careers they are getting closer. Yet, Angela will not completely let down her walls. Is there a way that Matthew and Angela can go from being close acquaintances to something much deeper?
At Smith's Sweet Treats and Coffee, you'll find Brooklyn's best house blend and the freshest homemade pastries. It's more than a business to owner Angela Smith. It's her home and her refuge--one she stands to lose thanks to her gouging landlord. Then a new regular offers to cover her rent increase if Angela lets him meet his clients there. If Matthew McConnell weren't such a persuasive lawyer--and so sweet, funny, and sexy--she wouldn't dream of letting him in.
Since he left a high-paying, soul-sucking legal firm to go solo, Matthew has been striking out, professionally and personally. The best part of his love life is regaling Angela with date-from-hell stories over steaming, fragrant coffee. Behind her captivating smile is a smart, sensual woman he'd love to get close to. And when a secret from her past is suddenly exposed, he gets a chance to prove he's the man she needs, in every way that matters. . .