Monday, December 11, 2017

West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo

Title: West Coast Love
Author: Tif Marcelo
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Journey to the Heart #3
Main Characters: Victoria and Joel
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
An aspiring food journalist and a grumpy cameraman take to the California coast for the biggest foodie event of the year in this sweet third novel in Tif Marcelo’s charming and romantic Journey to the Heart series.

Online food blogger Victoria Aquino has spent years doing social media for True North and Paraiso Retreats, and she’s ready to take her blog and writing to the next level. But after she was catfished and suffered a heartbreak, she’s clamoring for change. She auditions for and accepts a food host opportunity: covering the Labor Day holiday BBQ festivals along the California coast. For eight days, she’ll travel with a producer and a camera and sound person, in a vintage—and rickety—RV, and she’ll get her very first byline as a video journalist. The only catch? She can’t stand BBQ.

And the cameraman also auditioned for the job.

Joel Silva is a cameraman with his own past and big dreams of his own, and when he finds out that the job he auditioned for went to Victoria—a woman he’d gotten to know covering Paraiso Retreats, and someone he later slept with—he’s understandably furious and curious. Joel knows the BBQ circuit like the back of his hand, and he now has to help Victoria do her job amidst their growing attraction.

When the producer picks up on their push/pull vibe and increases the ante to feature both in front of the camera with the best host taking the next cross-country feature, the two have to decide: is their blossoming romance something that should be left to fizzle along with BBQ season? Or is it the beginning of something even more delicious?

My Review:
Ready for a foodie-centric road trip in an old RV? Then this is the book for you...hehe.

The premise on this one is really fun. There are four people in this reality food show crew. They have 8 days to hit 5 bbq festivals and do online reports. They are in close quarters which can be really awkward, but to raise the bar of awkwardness, Joel and Victoria slept together AND Victoria beat Joel out for the main reporting job...and this was all before they realized they'd be working together.

This story is a slow brew romance and I'll be honest, it took me forever to read it because I kept falling asleep (it's a crazy time of the year and I'm flat out exhausted, so this is not necessarily a reflection on the story). It's very readable and the characters are interesting, I just couldn't manage to stay engaged with the story (and I really think this is a "me" issue because I can't tell you a single reason why that was except I'm just plain tired). Overall, I definitely enjoyed it.

Like I said, it's an entertaining read. It's been a while since I went RV camping and this book was enough for me to look back on those times with nostalgia and make me a bit more willing to listen to my hubby the next time he says we should buy a camper again...hehe. It's fun to escape on this adventure with the characters. 

And note...I adore that Victoria keeps a bullet journal as a bujo lover myself. I found myself wanting to know more about her bujo and the nitty gritty details of her much love for all that.

But I did like the premise, the characters, and getting to see all the festivals from the very unlikely perch of this rickety old RV.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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