Genre: New Adult, Chick Lit
It’s another suck-tastic summer for book nerd and baker,I adored My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love. It's a perfect easy read that will leave you laughing and smiling afterwards. It follows the lives of Sara and Ian as fate brings together in unlikely circumstances following their haunted pasts.
Sara Lee-Affen. She’s broke, she’s single, and she’ll
probably die a virgin. At her beautiful cousin’s wedding, Sara meets a sexy and delicious stud muffin, Ian Forrests. He’s totally her cup of tea, that is until he laughs at her misery when a bee burrows into her ear. Yes, a dang bee. She’s dying (well not really) as he’s dying from laughter.
What a jerk. A smoking hot, Adonis of a jerk with strikingly green eyes, dark hair, and drool-worthy pecs and eight-pack abs. As luck and fate would have it, Sara keeps bumping into Ian all summer long and ends up working for him as a pastry chef at his failing bakery. Despite her better judgment, Sara falls for the sexy, badass rich boy. She discovers the truth about Ian: he’s a tortured soul who’s still pining for his deceased girlfriend, Sarah. One look at Sarah’s picture and poor Sara knows that she could never compete. She could never be Ian’s cup of tea.
Or could she?
The very first chapter of the book had me hooked. I was laughing at Sara's antics from the start. She is a wonderful character and I connect with her so easily. (And I love her name. I'm a sucker for the name Sara!) I cannot wait to see her grow as the series continues. Kat Lieu did a flawless job at establishing who Sara is without piling on too much information too soon. Ian, the object of Sara's attention, is the other main character in the story. His cockiness was prevalent, but it served it's purpose in laying the groundwork for his character.
The book switches between Sara and Ian's point of views, and I enjoyed this part immensely. Being able to view the characters from a different perspective enhanced my appreciation and understanding of them. Some books I've read in the past have failed at executing this, but again, Kat was flawless with it.
Quick side note, the layout of this book had me drooling. The cover is gorgeous. The cupcake pictures that accompany each chapter left me hungry!
The cliffhanger at the end is brutal, but I'll definitely be seeking out the next book in the series to follow along with Sara and Ian's lives. Without a doubt, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys an easy, fun read. I'm already eyeing the other books published by Kat Lieu!