Something's brewing between friends.
Rachel Miller knows opening a café with coffee and pastries will make her struggling bookstore the place to hang out. But when the bank turns her down and her best friend Shane steps in, she vows business will never ruin their friendship.
Gourmet ice cream maker Shane O'Hare knows food, not women. To sweep Rachel off her feet, he secretly sells his beloved '67 Shelby Mustang and becomes a partner in her café. And then she sets him up with a friend.
As they build the café together and Rachel learns what Shane has sacrificed for her, she finds herself falling for him. Now way too much is riding on the success of this business venture - her career, her best friend, and her heart.
©2014 Kylie Gilmore (P)2016 Kylie Gilmore
Rachel seems to have the worst taste in men. The only good man in her life is her friend Shane. Shane is head over heals in love with Rachel but is patiently bidding his time because the Rachel isn't ready and keeps him at a distance. She's worried things won't work out between them and would rather have his friendship thAn nothing at all. When Rachel decides to start a coffee shop and needed financial help, Shane makes a huge sacrifice to help her achieve her dreams and never says a word about it. As the two find themselves attracted to each other and testing the limits of their relationship both personal and professional, things start to heat up. He's always been in the background looking out for her and would do anything to make her happy and she begins to find out what he's done and has conflicting emotions about whether to push him away or hold on to him with all she's got.
I loved the friends to lovers story line! I am a sucker for those!
Shane! I adored Shane!
Rachel! She owns a book shop and who better to give me awesome book recommendations?
I loved Shane and Rachel's story! I loved that they grew gradually from friends to lovers. I loved that Shane didn't let Rachel pretend that they were only friends anymore. It was just a great story and I loved the pop ins from previous characters too!
Yes! As a bookaholic, I have kept hundreds of my very favorite reads so that I can revisit characters that touched my heart and made my toes curl. It's like buying your favorite flavor of ice cream time and again because your taste buds can't wait to taste that yummy experience again. I know I can recreate the magic of falling in love again, and audio books that are stored on my tablet take up a lot less room. I love the comedic side of life and I really enjoy Kylie's interpretation of the silly side of love.
I love the close sibling relationship between Ryan, Travis and Shane, who are always ready to lend a hand, give advice, and torment each other with memories from the past. I also like how protective the brothers are with their grandma Maggie, who took them in and did an awesome job of making them the men that they are today. We see the same relationships between Ryan and Travis's wives who happen to be sisters, and Shane's girlfriend Rachel and her sister. Family relationships and shared experiences are the heart of this series.
Listening to Charles Lawrence narrating a book is like the difference between black and white TV and color TV. The characters all have different quirks and personalities and Charles acts them out with a change of voice so effortlessly it's like magic. Listening to him describe Shane's love of cooking, baking, development of ice cream flavors, and the coffee making tutorials was deliciously descriptive. I swear I could smell the flavors of this book through Charles' voice alone. I especially enjoy the enthusiasm Charles conveys during sexy scenes that always make me giggle with delight!
Shane, of course! He's sensitive, intuitive and oh-so patient with Rachel while she gets over the bozos she's dated in the past. He's a fabulously talented chef and baker, and he develops all his own recipes for the different flavors of ice cream he serves at his ice cream store. I admired his empathy toward both of his flawed parents, and the example he sets for his brothers when he reconciles with his father once his dad reaches 3 years of sobriety. He's a great guy and there were times when I wanted to strangle Rachel because it takes her a very long time to appreciate what a good man Shane is and how much he loves her.
I love this Clover Park series and the fabulous and comedic writing of Kylie Gilmore!
Tasty, sexy and delightfully surprising.
I really liked Shane's character. He surprised me a few times a different parts, mostly b/c he is so easy-going.
I love the part where Maggie takes Rachel to see the Shelby Mustang. She wanted Rachel to see exactly what Shane sacrificed for her and why.
I did want to sit and listen in one sitting. And I would have if I had the time, but I have a six year old and could not, much to my dismay.
You will love this book. There are many irritating parts, mostly where Rachel's stubborn streak plays out. But all of it comes together in the end for a lovely realization by the two main characters. Charles Lawrence, of course, played his part in the narration. He was great to listen too, and he made the characters come to life again. If you are reading/listening to this as the first book...you must go back and read/listen to the ones that come before it. The Opposite of Wild and Daisy Does it All. I hope you enjoy this narration of Bad Taste in Men as much as I have. Enjoy!
Shane is my favorite character. He is quite and reserved, but will fight and stand up for himself when he needs to. He knows have to bake and run a successful business.
I love when Gran steps in to show Rachel what Shane gave up for her, how much she really means to him.
Another great story in the series!! Shane is all kinds of yummy! Rachel is slightly annoying at times but she comes around. These two are great friends and Rachel doesn't want to do anything to hurt that relationship but Shane is looking for more. He always has been and now is the time to do something about it. This book takes us along for the crazy ride as their relationship works it way from friends to business partners to lovers. Problem is Rachel doesn't have faith that she can really sustain a relationship with any man so she fights Shane at every turn. Will she be strong enough to really give them a try??
I listened to this one on audio and loved it! The story is great and the narration is excellent. This is one I highly recommend.
Absolutely! It makes it more interesting to hear the story rather than just read. Everything seems to come alive when hearing descriptions, and the play between the characters is more fun.
The dialog between the characters is very well written. There is a lot of humor which makes the story fun. The grandmother, Maggie, always stirs things up! The author makes the town come alive to the point that I wish I had a hometown like Clover Park!
When Maggie finally saw who Shane was and what he meant to her was moving because she finally let go of all her anxiety and let herself feel and realize what she wanted had been in front of her all along!
Bad Taste in Men is the perfect title!
Loved this book and can't wait for the next one. Kyle did a great job on this story!
In this third book of the Clover Park series we hear Rachel & Shane’s story. Rachel is the owner of a bookstore she is struggling to keep open. She decides opening a café attached to it will boost her business. Shane also owns a business and would like to be more than friends with Rachel. When Rachel is unable to get a bank loan he offers to invest in her business in hopes of sweeping Rachel off her feet and taking their friendship to the next level. Rachel turns out to be a hard sell (frustratingly so at times!) and is determined to keep their friendship just that! Another charming romance from Kylie Gilmore, expertly narrated by Charles Lawrence.
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