The Perfect Blend by A.D. Ellis (Briarton) 5 Stars

This review was originally published prior to having my blog on Goodreads.  Book 2 in the Briarton Series, Perfect Timing drops tomorrow (7/19) and somehow Facebook didn't let me see the ARC sign up for it... I'll be nabbing it off KU as soon as I'm done the book I'm reading now (also from A.D. Ellis' backlist) and I'll have a review up ASAP.

on to the original review:

Ok y'all I've been in a bit of a book hangover since the Remington Place series wrapped up, so when I got the chance to review an ARC of The Perfect Blend, I leapfrogged it over all my other ARCs and TBR list and started it last night... I finished it this morning and lets just say I need both a nap and to catch up on all the chores I didn't do this morning :) The Perfect Blend is a steamy, M/M age-gap, marriage of convenience, coffee shop romance.

The Blurb:

They never planned to mix business with pleasure, but together they’re the perfect blend.

Justin plans to put his business and baking skills to good use once he owns the small-town coffee shop of his dreams. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make his dreams come true. If that means involving an unsuspecting silver fox in his scheme, so be it.
Morgan knows moving to Briarton was the right step in getting his life back on track. A case of mistaken identity lands Morgan right in the middle of young, handsome Justin’s completely unexpected plan. Morgan should just say no, but something deep inside urges him to take a chance.
Will Justin and Morgan complete the terms of their unconventional deal? Or will they finally admit there’s more between them than they first realized?

My review:

I was immediately sucked into Justin and Morgan's story - it's probably one of my favourite tropes - forced proximity/fake relationship - add in the age gap, a grumpy/sunshine blend and lots of coffee, baked goods, dicking and well... you'll understand why I neglected sleep and everything else to finish this book... The characters, the setting, the pace of this book all keep you rooted to your seat as the story unfolds and becomes the Perfect Blend ... if I have a criticism it's that I want more of these characters - please tell me Briarton will be featured again... I NEED MORE JoE

I am a little biased, as I've adored everything I've read by A.D. Ellis, but honestly I think this is my new favourite!