E-galley Review: Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa (The Coffee Loft Series) by Kimberley Montpetit

Posted January 23, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa (The Coffee Loft Series) by Kimberley MontpetitWake Me Up Before You Cocoa by Kimberley Montpetit
Series: The Coffee Loft
Published by Spellbound Books on January 24, 2024
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 176
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars
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Wade Kennedy is a Billionaire Real Estate Developer about to marry a wealthy model despite still dreaming about his lost college sweetheart.

Quirky Marina Cormier inherits her grandmother’s New Orleans antique store, positive that love has passed her by. 

When the biggest New Orleans real estate developer strolls into Marina Cormier’s newly inherited antique shop with a lost phone looking for its owner, Marina’s heart is knocked clear into a past she’d been trying to forget.

She should have locked the front door, flipped the sign to CLOSED, and turned out the lights when she spotted him on the sidewalk! Instead, Marina scrambles for cover behind one of her massive grandfather clocks.

Sure enough, the man is Wade Kennedy, now Billionaire Kennedy with a capital “B” and capital Broad shoulders a mile wide from his days as star quarterback on the football team at the University of Alabama.

There’s chemistry off the charts between them all over again—even after a decade has gone by. Only this time, there’s an even bigger problem. . . Another woman has dug her claws into Wade’s life, his Day-Planner, those magnificent shoulders of his—and his heart.

When Wade and Marina are thrown together on a big project to renovate and sell a famous New Orleans historic mansion, can they keep things professional, or will their old love come roaring back? And what will they do about catty Lydia with a 3-carat diamond on her finger?

This sweet and sassy Rom-Com is sure to keep you swooning all night long – while you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite donut!

My Review

It’s been a while since I’ve read this author, as for the longest time I didn’t read a lot of the more sweet/clean romance. But this whole series sounds good, I was excited to jump in and especially with one by an author I knew I’d enjoyed in the past. This was a sweet and easy romantic read.

The first bit with Marina in the cemetery was an interesting to start to the story, but it gave me a good view of what type of person she was, and made her very likable. Then we had Wade’s chapter and I knew right away I did NOT like his fiance. And the way their relationship was described as well as how she behaved around him made me okay that he might still have some feelings when he ran into his ex.

Marina and Wade’s first re-meet-cute was really sweet. I loved how silly he was with her, and how easily they were able to kind of pick up their friendship or the way they knew each other pretty quickly with the reunion. Meeting Wade’s fiance’s family made for me disliking her even more and I was glad how he dealt with what happened that night. It was easy to tell he was a good guy. I wondered if there was more to the story with his fiance’s family, that maybe they were actually having money troubles and wanted something from him? But this was a short and sweet story as I mentioned, so we didn’t get a ton of that kind of back story.

It was set in New Orleans, which I love that city, so it was fun reading that! I’m now wishing I could go back for some yummy Cafe du Monde powdery sugar goodness beignets. Then the description both of the house Wade and Marina ended up meeting in again to do their respective jobs made me want to go back down and do some tours of the beautiful houses in the area. And of course we got a perfect HEA.

My only issues are that I find it somewhat hard to believe a pro-football player would be quite that serious in abstaining from physical relationships. However I know of a few players that I’m guessing were that way, although still, at his age it seems a little far-fetched for me.

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5 responses to “E-galley Review: Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa (The Coffee Loft Series) by Kimberley Montpetit

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s a cute sweet romance. There’s a whole series with different authors, and I’ve picked a few to read as I could fit them in and as they sounded like my kind of story, so be on the look out for more in this series!

  1. This sounds like a cute and sweet romance and sometimes those shorter stories are just so fun to read. And I like how you describe the New Orleans setting, sounds like it really came alive.

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