The first Busy Bean novel is an achy breaky romance with gorgeous writing! – Sarina Bowen
I just wanted to get my hands on his beans
Four years ago, I had a ridiculous crush on my sister’s boyfriend. But when they moved away together, I put Beck out of my mind and my heart. But now he’s back, and roasting the best coffee in Vermont. I need to convince him to supply the Busy Bean. And I need more of those kisses we accidentally shared outside the coffee shop. He still makes my heart race faster than a triple shot of espresso.
She should be off limits, but instead she’s pushing mine
Her sister burned my life to the ground, so Haley Elliot is the last woman I should bring into my bed. Although our business relationship is giving way to something more than a fine grind. Neither of us can help ourselves. And what’s worse, I think I’m falling for her.
But it’s a small town, and ours is a big secret. And when her sister blows back into town, suddenly the coffee isn’t the only thing brewing…
Published: March 2021
✨ I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ✨
I thought this story was really sweet. I’ve read a few of Sarina’s True North books and they’ve always left me feeling happy and satisfied, this book is no different. I really enjoyed Haley and Beck. I thought the pacing of the romance was spot on considering the prior relationship of the characters and their chemistry was smoking!
I loved Hayley’s side gig of making shoes, I thought this was a really unique interest to have and I’d love a pair her boots, they sounded gorgeous! And then we have Beck who is in the coffee bean business – I mean what a perfect combination: Shoes +Coffee!
I can’t complete this review without mentioning Haley’s sister who is Beck’s ex… damn that girl is messed up. I mean I felt bad for her a bit because clearly she needed help with her mental health but jeez what she did to beck during their relationship… well let’s just say I can see why he left.
In a nutshell…
This a cute little story with loveable charcters and if you have read the other True North stories then this is not one to miss!
My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Author
Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When inspiration didn’t strike, she began to wonder if, perhaps, she needed to live some life first before writing about it.
This still left the burning question of how to pay the rent. She found her way into trade journalism, working off the principle that it was better to write anything for a living than nothing at all. Her time there lead to the opportunity to launch a new decorator magazine for one of Australia’s major retailers, an invaluable and grueling experience that she found very rewarding.
But the opportunity to write fiction for a living soon lured Sarah away. She took up a post as storyliner on Australia’s longest running soap, Neighbours. Over two years she helped plot more than 240 hours of television, as well as writing freelance scripts. She remembers her time with the show very fondly — especially the dirty jokes and laughter around the story table — and still writes scripts on a freelance basis.
In 2003 she relocated to New Zealand for her partner’s work. There Sarah served as storyliner and story editor on the country’s top-rating drama, Shortland Street, before quitting to pursue writing full time.
Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers, and has submitted manuscripts to Harlequin many times over the years. She credits the invaluable story structuring experience she learned on Neighbours as the key to her eventual success — along with the patience of her fantastic editor, Wanda.
Sarah is revoltingly happy with her partner of twelve years, Chris, who is a talented scriptwriter. Not only does he offer fantastic advice and solutions to writing problems, but he’s also handsome, funny and sexy. When she’s not gushing over him, she loves to read romance and fantasy novels, go to the movies, sew and cook for her friends. She has also become a recent convert to Pilates, which she knows she should do more often.