Romance With a Dose of Sweet Sugar and a Dash of Steamy Spice!

Romance With a Dose of Sweet Sugar and a Dash of Steamy Spice!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE Received Wonderful Reviews From Publishers Weekly & The Library Journal!

Exciting news, Friends! LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE was recently reviewed by Publishers Weekly and The Library Journal, and the feedback was nothing short of amazing. Keep reading for all the deets...

Can an icicle-themed festival thaw the most unlikely hearts?

Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE:

High school sweethearts get a second-chance at love in this chaste, charming romance from Wheatley (Wards of the Women). Mina Richards is on the fast track to become a partner at her California law firm. But on the cusp of the promotion, her father injures his back and her parents have to cancel their plans to head to Gosberg, Germany, where their family establishment, the Icicle Café, is preparing for the annual Icicle Fest. They ask Mina to take their place, as it’s the last year the café will participate in the event before closing. 

Chef Scott Dawson, who Mina briefly dated in her teen years, has taken the café to new levels while managing it and is determined to save it from shuttering. He enlists Mina’s help to find an investor—and along the way learns that Mina has some impressive baking skills of her own. As the pair rekindle their romance, mouthwatering descriptions of desserts, cozy small-town closeness, and lively secondary characters add excitement. This affecting love story is a delight. (Dec.)

And here's what reviewer Kathryn Howe at The Library Journal thought of LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE:

For years, California lawyer Mina Richards has dreamed of making partner at her law firm. But as a woman—especially a Black woman—she’s had to work twice as hard to prove her worth. Just when a partnership opportunity appears, Mina is inconveniently summoned to the small town of Gosberg, Germany, to represent her family at the town’s annual Icicle Fest. The event is sponsored by the Icicle Café, which her parents co-own with another family.

Handsome Scott Dawson, son of the other owners, has transformed the café into the magical, sugar-filled heart of Gosberg. At first, Scott is resentful that Mina has been absent from the café, especially as she seems indifferent to their parents’ plans to sell it. Naturally, Mina becomes enchanted with both the diner and Scott as she gets more involved with baking, planning the festival, and deciding where her true passion lies. VERDICT: Wheatley (Wards of the Women) creates a cozy European village setting, combined with mouth-watering descriptions of pastries and a feel-good romance, making this heaven for lovers of made-for-TV holiday movies.— Kathryn Howe, Saint John Free P.L., NB
And lastly, here's what a couple of my loyal readers had to say about LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE:

LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE is available for preorder! CLICK HERE for additional deets on the book as well as the buy links.

QUICK BIT: The Library Journal gave my upcoming contemporary romance novel SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS a very nice mention in their October issue:

"Also in March, Denise N. Wheatley's e-original romance She Gets What She Wants (Tule), the first in the Fearless Fairytale series, follows a protagonist pursuing her dreams while pondering a big question about the two men in her life."
I am so looking forward to sharing more on LOVE AT THE ICICLE CAFE as we near the holiday season, along with SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS as springtime approaches. For regular updates, fun posts, tidbits on my life as a writer, etc., CLICK HERE to follow me on Instagram!

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