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Just Desserts [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Bretton
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Hayley had sworn off bad boys until Finn Rafferty set out to win her heart...

Once upon a time, Hayley had believed that a good woman (her) could turn a bad boy (her ex) into a knight in shining armor (pure fantasy). Ten years of marriage had finally drummed the truth into her head. In the real world bad boys didn’t turn into knights in shining armor. Bad boys grew up to be even worse men and the world would be a much happier place if little girls were taught that basic fact along with their ABCs.

Hayley Maitland Goldstein knew all about how these things worked. First a girl giggled, then she sighed, and the next thing you knew she was in Vegas taking her wedding vows in front of a red-haired Elvis with an overbite. You knew you had made a bad choice when Elvis slipped you his divorce lawyer’s business card while you were still shaking the rice from your hair.

But then Finn Rafferty came into her life and everything changed.

Hayley should have seen the kiss coming but it surprised her just the same. He had been looking at her with a crazy kind of unfocused intensity and she had been about to ask him if he was having a stroke when she realized she was about to be kissed by a man she actually wanted to kiss back.

Every now and then life handed you a perfect moment but the secret was figuring out how to make it last.

Praise for Just Desserts

"Very few romance writers create characters as well developed and realistic as Bretton's. Her books pull you in and don't let you leave until the last word is read."—Booklist (starred review)

"Once again Bretton produces a wonderful, heartwarming story full of strong emotion, humor, charming pets, delightful characters and a lovely romance. There's also a poignant secondary romance. The way Bretton brings all this to life and pulls it all together for a satisfactory conclusion are what make her a wonderful storyteller."
--Susan Mobley, ROMANTIC TIMES

"Good pacing and dialogue make this warm-hearted story one that readers are sure to relish. The romances have both serious and funny elements. If you like light-hearted, feel good, romantic tales, you are sure to enjoy reading JUST DESSERTS."
--Marilyn Heyman, ROMANCE REVIEWS TODAY

"There are surprising, funny twists to this story and a lot of touching episodes to pique the emotional side. I found Barbara Bretton's JUST DESSERTS to be highly entertaining, cleverly written and hard to put down. Being a witty and warm read, I recommend JUST DESSERTS and look forward to reading other novels by this author."
--Kay Quintin, FRESH FICTION

"If you've not ever read Ms. Bretton then you are in for a real treat with Just Desserts."
--Sandi, A Romance Review

"Just Desserts is a fun, romantic read. I enjoyed it and recommend it for all those who like a great story filled with humor and romance."
--Victoria Kennedy, Midwest Book Review

"JUST DESSERTS is a warm family drama filled with tender humor . . . Fans will appreciate Barbara Bretton's invasion of South Jersey as everyone receives their JUST DESSERTS."
--Harriet Klausner, Genre Go-Round Reviews

"Ms. Bretton gives her readers an easy, yet not bland, story with wonderful, vibrant characters and wholly believable situations. You'll want her backlist in your library, if it's not there already."
--Amanda Killgore, Huntress' Book Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3257 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press (20 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2EE306
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, feel-good family story 12 Mar 2008
By LEP VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tommy Stiles is a fifty nine year old, millionaire rockstar who loves his hord of children, grandchildren, ex-wives and lovers and is well-loved by them in return. Tommy is an all-round good guy, hands-on parent and good father. Now about to be married again, this time to a twenty something model, Willow, who is expecting his seventh child, the prenuptual agreement is posing unexpected problems.

Finn Rafferty is Tommy's foster son, lawyer and band member. He dutifully produces a list of Tommy's children and paternity claims, as asked to do so by Willow's lawyers and all check out. Then Willow's lawyer's throw in a double whammy. They produce the birth certificate of an unknown eigth child; a thirty eight year old woman, that has Tommy's name down as father on the original certificate, before being changed to "father not known". Tommy, in his father/family mode is desparate to drive over to New Jersey straight away and meet his long-lost, unknown daughter.

Hayley Maitland Goldstein is a cake-maker/decorator extraordinaire, who has already produced and decorated cakes for presdigious people and occassions. Her fourteen year old brilliant business, whizz-kid daughter Lizzie, has not only produced a web-site for her mother, but also handles all her contracts and finances. Unluckily for both of them Hayley's waster, greedy ex-husband, is playing on his young daughter's love and soft heart and tapping her up for money from her college fund, unknown to her mother. Hayley's mother Jane is a renowned and brilliant scientist, who has told her daughter that her father was chosen from a sperm-bank when she, Jane, felt her time-clock ticking.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature romance with a heart 4 April 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Baker Hayley is barely making ends meet. When Finn Rafferty, a slick and sexy lawyer comes in and offers her an obscene amount to bake a cake for a famous rock star, she is at first suspicious, but relents and lets her teenage daughter iron out the contract, hoping that this high profile assignment helps get the business in the black. What Hayley doesn't realize and that Finn is pretty sure of is that she is the long lost daughter of rock star Tommy Stiles. Her paternity was discovered during an investigation while ironing out a pre-nup with Tommy's latest love. Finn is falling hard for Hayley, and his guilt for keeping the secret is eating away at him, and threatens to destroy their new relationship. When the cat jumps out of the bag, will Hayley's life ever be normal again?

Bretton's latest is another charming story featuring a more mature romantic duo. As with all Bretton novels, there are several subplots including Tommy's upcoming marriage, Hayley's mother's health, and daughter Lizzie's quest for her unworthy father's love which takes a dent in her college fun. Comic relief is provided Hayley, who has the worst case of verbal diarrhea; Anton, the band member who wants to be a chef; and Tommy's egocentric mother who can't come to terms that she has a 38 year old granddaughter. Her writing is crisp, the dialogue is realistic, and Bretton never lets the primary focus off her lead couple.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Fine 9 Mar 2008
By Butterscotch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Barbara Bretton does adult romance very well - she has a knack for creating male/female characters that are fully-developed and leading independent lives, and then bringing them together and blending their families and circumstances. Just Desserts is the story of an adult romance between Hayley Goldstein and Finn Rafferty. Hayley manages a cake store in N.J. and Finn manages the career of Tommy Stiles, a famous rock musician. Tommy Stiles has umpteen children from numerous women and the discovery is soon made that Hayley may be his long-lost daughter. The story isn't very dramatic, but is about family and the problems and joys that come with them. I would actually say that the story was more about family than romance; Hayley had a lot to deal with concerning her daughter, Lizzie, her ex-husband, her mother and Tommy. Unfortunately, all the family stuff detracted from an otherwise great romantic thread. "Just Like Heaven," Bretton's book previous to this was significantly better, This was still enjoyable, but just not as romantic as I'd hoped.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun as well as sweet 22 April 2008
By Terri Doughty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What happens when an aging rocker, Tommy Stiles, is getting ready to marry his young supermodel girlfriend, Willow, and during the prenuptial agreement finds out his has a 38 year old daughter? And this daughter, Hayley Goldstein has no idea who her father is; in fact, she thinks she is the product of a test tube pregnancy.

His lawyer, fellow band member and son of his deceased best friend. Finn Rafferty is meeting with Willow's lawyer when by fluke a birth certificate shows up naming Tommy Stiles as the father of a baby girl born. Two weeks later this birth certificate is changed to father unknown, so is Tommy the dad or not?

Strangely, Tommy Stiles is not your typical rocker. He loves and cares for all his kids...all 7 of them. He takes part in their lives and wants them around. He actually still gets along with his ex-wives. Tommy has a heart that is big enough to love them all and he is exited to find another child. Finn, being a typical lawyer, isn't quite so fast to accept that Hayley is really Tommy's daughter.
Hayley had no idea that any of this is going on. She's busy with her own life. Hayley is divorced and the mother of one extremely smart 14 year old daughter, Lizzie. Her ex is known for not hanging out with the best people and it wasn't unusual to have people how up looking for money. Hayley's thrilled that he is gone. To support herself and Lizzie, Hayley owns a bakery. It use to be her former father-in-law's but when he died, he gave Hayley 60% of the business. She is making her mark with her specialty cakes.

In order to check out Hayley, Finn decides to drive down to her bakery and order a special cake for an after party for a charity concert that Tommy is putting on. It seems simple enough but what really happens changes everyone's lives forever!

This was an interesting book. The basic story is a fun thought to start with. After all, who wouldn't want to find out that a parent is a rich rock star? Of course, what would follow is all the media and after math of that discovery. But what if you also get a bunch of family like younger siblings? And what if your ex is contacting your daughter for money? And what if your mother decides to come home unexpectly with a new man? Yes, there is a lot more going on than a simple father/daughter story.

The characters are very well developed. You can understand Hayley not wanting to do anything to upset Lizzie's world. After all, what single mother doesn't worry about introducing a man into their child's life? What if it doesn't work out? Finn isn't wanting to get involved with his employer's daughter. What kind of mess could that create? Tommy just wants to have a relationship with this new daughter but how to break the news to her without a lot of media fallout.

I also liked that even though the main characters were part of a rock band, you didn't get stereotypes. The drummer, Anton, has been caught reading romance novels in the back of the band's bus. Anton is also in marriage counseling with his wife of many years trying to save his marriage. His dream is to open a restaurant when the band finally retires. Tommy, while enjoying being and living as a rocker, will always put his family first. When his teenage sons get in trouble, he doesn't just send someone to take care of it, he goes to the police station himself and when they return home, his sons know that they are being punished as their dad leads them into his study. Finn summed it up best as the media circus started; just give them a few days and they will find something else to lead with. This band is well grounded in values and real life, not partying and dreams.

Even secondary characters were given depth. Readers learn why Jane Maitland changed her daughter's birth certificate to father unknown. Jane's motives for doing things are explained including why she decided to come home early. Tommy's mother even makes an appearance and you almost have to laugh at her horror of a new granddaughter that has a teenage daughter. And you can't forget Hayley's pet's....one of which has to have privacy to use its litter box and a parrot named Mr G who will talk your ear off.

This book was fun. There wasn't a lot of love (sex) scenes but there were a lot of scenes with love. You could see the love coming through as Lizzie is trying to deal with a father who only wants to use her. You can see the love coming through as Hayley is mentoring kids in the bakery. You can see the love come through as Tommy's teenage sons are teaching Lizzie how to play poker. Yep, lots of love without lots of sex!

This book epinion was made possible by NOR (Night Owl Romance) and the great publishers/editors/authors that support it. [...]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars really wanted to like it but...................... 17 April 2008
By Sassy girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoy reading different types of books. Mysteries, romance, fantasy, biographies, etc. So, for something different I tried "Just Desserts". Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book at all. I really wanted to, but couldn't. The characters never drew me in and the subject just wasn't for me. The character "Finn" was interesting though. I will try her next book though. so, please keep writing.
Loved the jacket of the book!! Cute!!
5.0 out of 5 stars have read this book several times 20 Jun 2014
By horse lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Barbara Bretton has always been a marvelous story teller. This is my favorite of her books and I've read most of them.

She brought the characters to life. They have wit, dimension and a reality that makes the reader want to know them better.
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