Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Review – Breakfast in Bed – Robin Kaye

 

Title:  Breakfast in Bed (Domestic Goddess Bk3)

Author: Robin Kaye

Publisher: Source Book (Amazon Link)

Main Characters: Becca & Rich Ronaldi

Rich, the epitome of "anti-domestic," can't cook to save his life, and his idea of cleaning his apartment is to invite his mother over. But he's ready to settle down, and he can't stop thinking about the ex-girlfriend who got away. When he notices that his soon-to-be-married friends cooked and cleaned their way into their women's hearts, he asks his friend Becca to help transform him into a nurturing man to win back his ex.

 
Rich is the only guy who's taken the time to know Becca for herself. She decides she'll give him the makeover he's asking for, though she'll be damned if she's going to turn him into a domestic god for another woman. She wants Rich for herself, but how can she convince him that her kitchen and her bedroom are the only domestic locales he desires?

 

 

The Review

Characters

Becca – The girl who had everything yet had nothing. Long past the stage where she is willing or even care about pleasing her parent Becca has one aim in life now – get her career going on her terms. Becca comes with issues and a handle with care sign – because it will take only someone who can get inside Becca’s head in order to get to her heart.

Rich Ronaldi – Mischief maker, nephew, brother and mamma’s boy, Rich is the man who feels like he never has to accept responsibility for some things in life and more often than not get’s away with it. When some realities are thrust upon him – he finds himself creating a chain of events that might just turn out to be a better deal than he had ever anticipated.

 

The Plot (spread you wings people, go see what others are saying)

Becca is a very talented artist that comes from a wealthy family. All she wants is to make a name for herself in the art community, without the help of her family name. She needs a place to stay for a few months while the brownstone she purchased with her brother, Mike and sister in-law, Annabelle is renovated.

Review Breakfast In Bed © Smexy Book

 

Concerned about his job, he asks Becca, his new brother-in-law's sister to help him out. Gina said Rich wasn't domesticated enough for her, so he wants to learn to cook and clean so he can win her back. Not so much because he's in love with her, but because he needs a date to the function.

Review Breakfast In Bed © the Book Binge

 

 

“Richie.”

He pulled his gaze away from her abundant cleavage, and brought it to her face.

Gina rolled her eyes. “I’m not cut out for this.”

“This?”

Gina nodded. “Yeah, this…” She motioned from herself to him and back again. “I didn’t sign up for a relationship. It was different when you lived in Maine—”

“New Hampshire.”

“Whatever. We saw each other once or twice a month for a day or two, and it was fine.” She blew her inky bangs off her forehead. “This full-time girlfriend thing. It’s just not working for me. It’s too much pressure. You’re everywhere. And well, since you live here now, it’s really killing my social life.”

Rich stood. “Social life? You have a social life?”

“Because of you, no. I don’t.”

“Good.”

“Good? You think that’s good?” Gina said something in Spanish that even after two years of taking it as a foreign language, Rich couldn’t make out.

He figured it had something to do with God and possibly death. Maybe it was better he didn’t know the exact translation. “Look, Gina. Why don’t we just talk about this? What’s the problem?”

“You.”

“What about me?”

“Pretty much everything. It’s nothing personal, Richie. You’re a nice guy. I liked it when you were just someone I slept with whenever we got together. You’re great in bed, and well, that’s always been fun. You know?”

Rich nodded. Yeah, he knew.

“Now you’re talking about relationships, and well, I like you, but let’s face it, you’re just not relationship material.”

“I’m not?”

BREAKFAST IN BED © Robin Kaye

Predictability

This is my third book by this author and BREAKFAST IN BED is the brothers story in the Domestic Goddess series – so I had a vested interest in reading this book – I just needed to know what happened to Rich.

After two previous books – there were some typical things that I expected from BREAKFAST IN BED and it didn’t let me down. The Italian family link, the friend who act as sympathetic parent and the obligatory cutesy animal.

I will say here though that I  did not like Rich in either of the two previous books in this series – he is the annoying brother that generally gets away with it. He’s the brother that arrives at the wrong time and just does not go away… he was like a bloody leech..

I didn’t like him at all…

Smut/Ick Factor

One thing I did love in this book was the fact that this was not a five minute jump into bed to get their rocks off – it had the tease, the lusting fantasy and the play on words before they jumped each others bones…

It also had one party more casual about hooking up and the other just playing hard to get (with reasons) - For me that made it a bit less tawdry and gave them time to really make it worth my time watching them burn the sheets up.

 

Positive

Ms. Kaye continue with her easy style of writing and with just the right people in the right place – this was a sweet read from start to finish.

Aside from the main protags – the expected support cast were there and they did their thing and was not intrusive at all. I mention this because the Ronaldi family does get involved in their kids life – that level of intrusion did not happen in this third book, but I did like the few scenes into Rich’s life with his mom and his aunt. I especially like how Rich’s brothers-in-law came into their own, as the Ronaldi family is not the place to spread your wings, those guys have really come a ways. Even the fairy godfathers from upstairs made a short appearance

As I mentioned before Rich was not my favourite hero, but I will admit I was impressed with how Ms. Kaye literally built him up – and I use that word deliberately. I saw Rich in a work setting, Rich in the role of the wronged party and Rich at some of his lowest point. Yet I also saw Rich manning up and taking charge and making the best of what he had to work with and most importantly I saw Rich caring.

While all that rebuilding was happening with Rich – Rich remain the same ass he always was, I think he started to grow on me when he started getting cosy with Becca’s three legged cat..

One of the major highlights of this book for me was that, there was genuine chatter between Rich and Becca. Rich with his direct approach made the big misunderstanding a moot point and just got right to the heart of the matter. This for me made their relationship move faster and allowed them time to deal with the things that mattered.

BREAKFAST IN BED in some way was used to close alot of storylines from the previous book, so I was pleased the author did not use the emotion and smut as a selling point in this book. There were a few little stories happening and they were all dealt with suitably for me.

 

Niggles

One of the meatier storyline of this book did not sit well with me. Pressure to conform to the expected way is never nice, but to be literally blackmailed into it – so did not work with me. None of the personality surrounding that portion of the plot endeared themselves to me. However it is to Ms Kaye’s credit that these characters brings out such strong emotion in me when that part of the book rolled around

Becca was just not the same girl – For first time readers I don't think you would have picked it up. Followers of the series, this was not the out of the box cracker jack that we are used from TOO HOT TO HANDLE. She didn’t have that smart come back with that edge and there was just too much of a cowardly feel to her. That said one of the reason she feels different to me is that I now got a chance to see more of her – I knew some of her back history and it was not what I expected.

With the Italian family at the core of this series – Some thing unfortunately are stereotypical and will garner a few chuckles I am sure but I felt put out by them, namely the rather heavy Italian accent that ironically only Rich’s aunt Rosa had and of course her annoying habit of harping on about size and cooking. Some readers will certainly find this cute but It just didn’t work for me..

Rich’s whole attitude towards house work and in some way is lack of regard to the fact that your mamma ain’t suppose to be doing a grown ass man’s laundry was just disgusting. This is also one of the stereotypical things that is found in the book – Italian boys and housework don’t go hand in hand.

 

Bottom Line

BREAKFAST IN BED is one of the books I was looking forward to,to finish off the year (2009). After following the Ronaldi family through two other romances I had a good idea of the lay of the land where some things were concern.

Rich and Becca were likable character however I will admit I was surprise at Rich not ending up with Gina as they had a good thing going in ROMEO ROMEO. I did however like the fact that Ms Kaye was quite fluid with the story line, that even if you had not read the previous two books there was enough info here to really enjoy this one.

I would probably say the first time readers got the better end of the stick, as those of us that know and hate Rich will come down harsher on him than new readers who are meeting him for the first time. 

Overall this was a pretty easy read, with some decent smut scenes. The issues surrounding Rich and Becca’s family and themselves was pretty well played out and everyone got their HEA. Not the best book of the series for me but it did what it was intended to do, the boy and the girl hooking up and closing off some of the storylines that was left hanging from the previous book… 

 

Cover

There’s not much not to like and I did……

 

 

Top Ten Reasons Why Women Love
Domestic Gods

10. Domestic Gods know how to separate laundry and are man enough to buy and care for fine washables.

9. Domestic Gods like more power...in their women, their cars, their vacuums, and their household cleaners.

8. Domestic Gods do manly things - like lift the couch with one hand to vacuum under it.

7. Domestic Gods don't question their sexuality -- being a good cook and knowing how to clean doesn't make them effeminate. It makes them independent.

6. A Domestic God knows the way to a woman's heart is to show he's capable of killing bugs, scrubbing toilets, washing windows, keeping her well fed and satisfied in bed.

5. A Domestic God knows there's nothing sexier than a man cleaning the bathtub for the woman in his life and then joining her in it.

4. Domestic Gods don't expect their woman to be a maid unless said woman is into playing dress-up. Then, they prefer the French variety--feather duster included.

3. Domestic Gods can fix your car and fix you a five-course meal.

2. Domestic Gods not only respect women, they care for and about them.

And the number one reason women love Domestic Gods is...

1. Domestic Gods are as good in the kitchen as they are in the bedroom.

 

 

17 Speak To Me:

Sassy Brit on 2 February 2010 at 11:28 said...

Great review! As always! :) Still looks like a good series to get into. I do like the cover, too!

Patti on 2 February 2010 at 13:00 said...

I'm late to the party but this is a series I've been wanting to start. Nice review!

Chris on 2 February 2010 at 13:20 said...

When I get back to reading m/f again at some point, I'm sure I'll finish reading this series - I can't remember if I've read two or just one. Hmm.

Barbara on 2 February 2010 at 13:32 said...

Great Review EH! I've only read one Robin Kaye book. Okay, one and a half (I read half of the second one). I enjoyed "Romeo Romeo" a lot.

Mary G on 2 February 2010 at 14:29 said...

Great review EH. I loved this series. Funny about the stereotypical. I'm Italian descent & it's like going to a family get together for me.

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:24 said...

@Sassy...

Thanks hon.. This is a series that I had good time with..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:26 said...

@Patti...

I actually started with the second book first - then had to back track and read Romeo Romeo... this was a nice last book to the series..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:27 said...

@Chris...

I have seen your TBR pile - I am sure you will get there eventually..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:28 said...

@Barbara..

You and your half a book - please finish up THTH and that will definately send you straight away to read BIB...

I agree Romeo Romeo was wonderful...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:31 said...

@Mary G...

I did ask an Italian friend I have - what is it with Italian mothers and their kids especially boys...

My heart goes out to you guys... I love Italian food, but I would probably go mad with the coddling..

E.H>

Mary G on 2 February 2010 at 15:48 said...

OMG that's so funny. When we watch Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond I'm continually promising
my son "I'll never do that" or "I'll never say that."
We got him paying for his share of the cell bill, gas for the car he uses & I make him do the laundry for his special care stuff. Now he watches the care labels before he buys stuff. It's a start... but I don't want my future daughter-in-law (whoever she may be) to blame me for anything.

Erotic Horizon on 2 February 2010 at 15:54 said...

@Mary..

Do you know I love that show... and I am forever feeling sorry for the daughter-in-law...

How funny is that dad...

And dont worry about your son - whoever the lucky girl is, she will blame you for something...

I think it's in the daughter-in-law manual... LOL

E.H>

sarah on 3 February 2010 at 06:51 said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Lucia
Italian bed

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] on 5 February 2010 at 03:54 said...

Reading "mamma’s boy" plus Rich's other personality traits made go "ack!" reminds me of my ex-husband. Sometimes real life past experiences steer me away from some books. Glad you found this to be a reasonably good read though. :)

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 12:06 said...

@ Donna..

Reading "mamma’s boy" plus Rich's other personality traits made go "ack!" reminds me of my ex-husband.

Someone said that to me off post as well - I have sons and I hope I'm not like that, I know i'm not like that (LOL).... the poor girl must want to kill them....

especially if they are anything like Rich...

Robin Katye did a good job with him I thought...

E.H>

Mary G on 6 February 2010 at 16:52 said...

LOL daughter-in-law manual. I forgot to say that I never dated an Italian guy (they were too chauvinistic then - long tome ago)
I married a modern man, but if I had found one of Robin's guys then, things might be different.

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 16:58 said...

@Hi Mary g

You probably would have knock him out with your skillet... Sometimes thats all it take for them to toe the line..

Thank god for your Modern man though - you just have to hit him with something else... LOL

E.H>