Monday, July 21, 2014

Whole Latte Love Book Tour and Giveaway

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.

Steamy love scenes and language. Suitable for readers 18+.


Carina lands her dream job as a summer intern analyst at Mogul Bank, where only the prestigious work. Her friend introduces her to drop dead gorgeous Dylan, who works as a barista by day, and plays in a band by night. She needs a room to rent and he just so happens to have the only one worth taking. Carina has reservations about living with him, but decides it’s worth the risk.

Carina is all business and doesn’t let on how much she is attracted to him. Whereas Dylan can’t understand why she is the only girl alive who doesn't drool over him. As luck would have it, Carina’s boss is Rebecca, Dylan’s old flame, who just happens to be engaged to Dylan’s father. Carina doesn’t know about Dylan and Rebecca, Dylan doesn’t know about Rebecca and Carina, but Rebecca knows it all. As Carina and Dylan become closer, Rebecca does what she does best and sabotages their relationship. Will they be able to get past the damage she has done?

What makes Carina and Dylan’s relationship so good is the fact that opposites attract. Carina is so inexperienced in love, and Dylan is not. But in turn, Dylan has no experience with someone like Carina. I like how this puts them on equal terms. Neither is sure of the other. Then you throw in Rebecca with her scheming and it’s as good as a love triangle. I like the way the author had me guessing about Rebecca’s end game all the way through. It first I thought she wanted Dylan back. Then I wasn’t sure what she wanted. It’s all this guessing that made the story so good. Not to give a spoiler, but, I think Rebecca should have been held accountable more. That was disappointing. But Carina and Dylan’s steamy relationship delivers.

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About the Author
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, 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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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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  1. I love this book cover, always makes me smile when I see it. Glad you enjoyed the book x

  2. Thanks Julie for your review. Carina is rather immature, but very driven. You should hear some of the stories about investment banking interns. One lady was so intent on not missing anything that she didn't even have time to go to the bathroom. She ended up with kidney infection and intestinal problems and had to work lying on the floor in her office. Our Carina is a SLACKER, going to the concert with Dylan and hanging out at the festival.

    1. Wow. But then again, love will make you a slacker for sure. Thanks Rachelle.