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Bliss av Hilary Fields
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Bliss (utgåvan 2013)

av Hilary Fields

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Nothing says "oops" like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse... A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it into a bakery... provided she agrees not to ditch the "back room." Cupcakes and sex toys don't exactly mix but Sera is willing to try, and what she finds in the beautiful City Different is the best life has to offer --- if she has the courage to go for it.… (mer)
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Superb pastry chief Serafina Wilde had a rather public fall from grace about a year ago when her relationship with a celebrity chef ended, a chef who has spent the last year slurring her name whenever possible. A fresh start is just what she needs and when her eccentric Aunt Pauline offers her an opportunity in Santa Fe it seems just the thing. 'Pauline's House of Passion' is going to be converted into a bakery, as long as Sera agrees to leave a room out the back for Pauline's sex toy business. Sera was raised by Pauline, both lesbian and a hippie, after her parents were killed when she was in her teens. Pauline's obsession with teaching others about the ultimate female orgasm has left Sera shy of the whole business. However, her hunky new landlord might be able to help her overcome her inhibitions. That is, until the ex turns up determined to quash Sera's promising new start. Full of hilarity, just the right book at the right time for me :o) ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Sep 18, 2015 |
I am home and sleepless with the flu and thus was the prefect book to keep me company. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Serafina (Sera) Bliss Wilde was orphaned at the age of thirteen and was then raised by a very eccentric aunt. Serafina's love of baking helped her to maintain an even keel after her parent's death, and her passion for baking grew into a career as a pastry chef. Sera was fortunate enough to be hired by one of New York's top chefs straight out of culinary school. She was unfortunate enough to accept being that chef's girlfriend. After four years of his cheating and constant belittling she crashed. Again she was unfortunate to crash during one of the biggest weddings of the season and was subsequently fired. Realizing she had a serious alcohol problem on top of her ego problem, Sera turned to her Aunt Pauline for support, successfully went through rehabilitation, and attempted to start her life over in New York as a caterer. One year later Sera receives a frantic phone call from her aunt and rushes off to Santa Fe to help out. Little does she know that this one trip would result in her biggest challenge to date.

Sera is no novice at starting over, but her move to Santa Fe may be the biggest step she's taken in quite some time. With the assistance of her Aunt Pauline and the support of the Back Room Babes or BRBs, Sera agrees to stay in Santa Fe and start her own bakery, Bliss. She also meets a gorgeous hunk that just happens to be her landlord and business neighbor. It's hard enough being a recovering alcoholic, but add to that the challenge of starting a new business and a steamy romance and the tension builds. The last thing Sera needs is to be confronted by her ex-boyfriend and former boss, but that's exactly what happens. Will Sera be able to deal with all of these stressors and make a success at her new venture and romance?

Bliss was an interesting read for me as it pulled out my inner prude due to the frank sexual discussions (often lead by Aunt Pauline and the BRBs). It was interesting reading about the relationship between the conservative twenty-something and her widely-liberal sixty-something aunt. I also enjoyed reading about Sera's self-discovery, not to mention her romance with Asher. Parts of the story brought a smile to my face and others made me laugh out loud. I think I may have enjoyed the story a lot more if I had been able to quell my inner prude. Bliss was a read that was a little bit coming-of-age, second chances, and romance with a lot of minor themes including alcoholic recovery, sexual awareness and acceptance, and the issue of bullying in relationships. If you enjoy reading about second chances and self-empowerment then you definitely want to add Bliss to your TBR list. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Dec 15, 2013 |
This was my first taste of this new-to-me author and while at first I was a little put off by the heroine's inconsistent personality, eventually I came to truly enjoy the inspiring confluence of robust flavors this book had to offer. The small town feel, the supporting cast of quirky yet endearing characters, the broken hearts winding their way through various obstacles on the journey to healing and happily-ever-afters - all romantic tropes that I enjoy. This author combined those elements with a dash of vulnerable self-awareness and a huge dollop of honest to goodness laugh out loud moments that made my initial uneasiness with Sera's unexplainable potty mouth (considering how she constantly described herself as sheltered & shy) seem inconsequential compared to the savory deliciousness that is Bliss. Also, I have to say that wandering through the verbal forest of ten dollar words was such a joy for me - I love getting to stretch my vocabulary muscles! I look forward to this author's next endeavor with great relish!

FTC Advisory: I won a copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads program. No compensation for my review was given. ( )
  darkand27 | Nov 27, 2013 |
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Nothing says "oops" like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse... A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it into a bakery... provided she agrees not to ditch the "back room." Cupcakes and sex toys don't exactly mix but Sera is willing to try, and what she finds in the beautiful City Different is the best life has to offer --- if she has the courage to go for it.

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