The Seaside Cocktail Campervan by Caroline Roberts
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When Lucy isn’t in her cozy cottage by the sea, she’s winding through the Northumberland coast with her loveable Dachshund Daisy, cooking up a storm at the local village celebrations. Inspired by her Italian Poppa, Lucy’s chasing a new dream with her pizza van business. And at one particular party she meets Jack, the brooding but gorgeous owner of the Cocktail Campervan.
Wary of repeating mistakes of the past, Lucy and Jack keep it strictly business. But as the summer drifts by in a swirl of garden parties, fun and fizz, laughs and celebrations, and as the cocktail campervan creates the community they so desperately need, romance starts to blossom – one stop at a time…
What a delightful setting with a cocky mobile bartender and a standoffish mobile fire oven pizza vendor. The food is abundant and the drinks are superb.
Lucy is a bit gun shy after being dumped by her cheating fiancé so when the handsome and arrogant travelling Cocktail Guy starts hitting on her, she shoots him down. But who knew he would be so persistent?
Jack didn’t understand his attraction to the ice queen Pizza Girl. She didn’t seem that interested. Perhaps it was the challenge to make her smile.
I have to admit I’m not a fan of either Lucy or Jack. Lucy is just plain rude especially when her dog pretty much destroyed Jack’s sign and she laughed about it, and Jack disappointed me with his hopeful pursuit of Lucy and then pretty much ghosted her afterward. Yes, they have a lot of responsibility with their businesses. Yes, they have issues in their past, but they need to step up and be adults. Jack’s carefree style and love of the outdoors is commendable, but he still lives with a roommate and apparently is a commitment-phobe due to a loss in his past. His treatment of Lucy after stringing her along is unacceptable. Lucy has her own cottage and is barely getting by with her new venture, but her jumping to conclusions is childish and she didn’t seem appreciative enough of Jack for finding her gigs. They do finally find their balance and live happily ever after, but I just thought more groveling was needed and more recognition was required.
What I loved about the book was the idea of a cocktail campervan and a fire oven pizza horse trailer. The wonderful parties and partygoers they meet are stories in themselves. I was also thrilled to find recipes in the back of the book for Jack’s creative cocktails and Jack and Lucy’s yummy desserts.
If you enjoy angsty romances with intriguing and unique settings, give this book a try.
Thank you to Ms. Roberts for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams and working hard towards them, which led me to HarperImpulse (HarperCollins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home – sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.