Monday, January 13, 2014

Riverside Trilogy - Book Blitz & Review (V)

Drake Stagliano is a high maintenance man from a wealthy empire family in Chicago. He managers The Riverside Hotel/Restaurant where he only expects the absolute best. With a past filled with being used and heartbreak, the last thing he expects is to find a woman he can't control himself around…chef intern, Molly Woods.

Molly is not your typical 23 year old. She's in her last semester of culinary school and interning at Drake's restaurant. She's closed dating off her list—her only priorities are finishing school & her 4 year old daughter. When Molly is pursued by Drake, she does everything she can to deny the chemistry and sexual tension. However, that doesn't last long & she finds herself completely lusting over him.

When an intimate video goes public, Molly's internship and credibility is threatened. She's lusts for the one man she's been able to connect with after the sudden death of her late fiancĂ©—but can Drake hold on for the emotional ride? Molly will need to let go of her past in order let Drake in. Fall in love with this steamy, funny, & romantic story of two people who find each other just when they both need someone the most.

*Mature Content 18+ for sexual content and language*

She finally found the one…
but he has a hidden secret. Could this be the breaking point for Molly?
Has she endured too much?
Drake and Molly had instant chemistry in Kitchen Affairs, but when secrets go all wrong, their relationship will be tested, feelings get hurt, and limits will be reached.
Someone interferes with their relationship, keeping them distant and longing for answers in all the wrong places. Some people are not who they seem…leaving a betrayal of lies crashing down on them.
Can they recover their once intense, sensual chemistry? Will love be enough?
Secrets, betrayals, and scandals…
Chicago's hottest couple, Molly & Drake, go through big changes, hidden secrets, and tragedies.

*Contains Mature Content 18+ Only*

Nothing ever comes easy for Molly Woods.
Faced with past fears, heartache, & limits…
Can she make promises to the one man she can’t get enough of? Can she promise him forever…?
With new obstacles, Molly must make a decision. 
Drake Stagliano always gets what he wants.
But with a new threat, how far will he go to make sure Molly is his forever?
When new secrets are revealed, Drake must take matters into his own hands.
Can they make forever happen? Or will promises be made that can’t be kept…?

Review—Kitchen Promises by Brooke Cumberland

“You deserve it, Molly.  You deserve to show off your happiness just like every other engaged woman out there.  Just because you’re on bed rest and pregnant, don’t mean you can’t celebrate our engagement.  I want nothing more in this world than to call you my wife, and I want to know make sure everyone knows that.”

Drake and Molly are official.  In pretty much every way.  She’s pregnant and they are finally engaged!  Living under one roof, with Stella, Michael and even Liam sometimes, Drake couldn’t be happier.  The family that they have created together is nothing short of perfect…except someone from Molly’s past has made his way back into her present, causing more than just a little ripple in their plans for “happily ever after.”

Problem is, Molly still feels the need to protect Drake.  After what happened the last time she ran to him with her problems, she nearly lost him…that was not something she was prepared to handle again; let alone with a bundle of arms and legs on the way.  Can Molly finally find a way to stop her past from shattering every dream she has ever had?  Is she strong enough to out her paternity to save the father of her own child?  What about her family…can the truth of her past finally be put to rest?

“The change of ever knowing the donor in a sperm clinic is supposed to none, unless you ask a person you already know, so to know about Stanley and the truth filled every hole in my heart.  Knowing about the other half of your identity might not be important to everyone, but it’s beyond special to me.  To be able to know I’m part German and part French Canadian means I can relate to a part of my own identity.”

Her identity is something that can never be taken away.  So, she gets her family…she gets the guy…she gets it all.  Lucky girl.

“Molly, I don’t need a fancy ceremony.  I don’t need the flowers, the big cake, or even the cheesy music.  I just need you.  I only want you.  And if that means writing our vows on chalkboards, than it’s exactly what I want.”

I LOVE Drake.  He is sweet and sensitive and extremely attentive, I don’t care that Molly is pregnant; that man is a keeper!  Kitchen Promises was a wonderful finish to the Riverside Trilogy.  I think their story comes full circle and yet has a fresh beginning of “happily ever after.”  If I just ruined it for you, I’m sorry but you have to know that an HEA is almost mandatory at this point, right?  Brooke Cumberland did a wonderful job of keeping that tension and suspense up until the very end, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! 
**4 Love Starts in the Kitchen Stars**

Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She's a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (one daughter & two stepsons) and a black furry dog. She's studied psychology in college, and counseling and education in graduate school where she found her love for writing. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She's addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants. 



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