Summer Desserts

Narrated by: Nellie Chalfant
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.0 out of 5 stars (421 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When love-resistant dessert chef Summer Lyndon develops a taste for her delectable boss, Blake Cocharan, her legendary willpower is put to the ultimate test.
©1985 Nora Roberts (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

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"[Nora Roberts is] a word artist, painting her story and characters with vitality and verve." (Los Angeles Daily News)

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Sweet Story

This was not a great story, but it was cute and sweet. It entertained me and kept me interested until the end. The story made you want to know what was going to happen and how it would end. Summer and Blake are interesting enough. The sequel to this is Lessons Learned and they play off of each other.

No doubt this was one of Nora Robert's earlier books.

If you are looking for a short quick sweet story this is it.

Nellie Chalfant does a good job with the narration.

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Summer..

Wow, this book was really good. I enjoyed it. The food.. the deserts.. and the two of them Summer and Blake. Well written and combined. A must hear. I loved the way it was put together. Thank you Nora Roberts.

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One of my favorites

I know this is one of Ms. Roberts older books...but I just love this story. The narration was impeccible. Thi is one of my feel good books.

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Not bad...

If you are a Nora Roberts fan (and I am!), this story typifies her earlier works. It has all the elements of her romances, although they were slightly dated. But if you are looking for a light read without a lot of drama, this will fit the bill.

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Nothing but Lucy, no substance to the story!!

This book was not for me. I was hoping for a light romance with a little substance, but it was more a lust for food and lustful romance. More sex than loving relationships. Though if that is what you're looking for, the book was written fairly well.

Summer Lyndon, super chef who commands respect and large payments for her delectable treats, is hired by Blake Cocharan, successful hotel owner, to super class his hotel restaurants. The attraction is immediate and goes through some issues before all live happily ever after.

The best part was the narration of the book on audio. Great accents.

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wonderful the Voice of Nellie Chalfant

Wonderful Narateor and story and fun and great ending perfect. performance and everything perfect.

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What disappointed you about Summer Desserts?

It drags. I had to stop on chapter 4. Boring

How could the performance have been better?

She was ok. The book was the problem

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Sexual harrassment in the workplace

I could not finish this book. The narrator is fine, although she reads at such a quick pace there is often little time to digest one character’s thoughts or statements before she quickly begins the next paragraph. I quit because the scenario of instant attraction in a new workplace in which the male MC pursues the female MC strongly and persistently as soon as she accepts the job was not just unpleasant, but made me feel claustrophobic and angry. The book was definitely written prior to today’s “me-too” standards. The man persists doggedly to touch and insist she needs to be in his bed even when she has said no. And then of course the female MC, described as self-assured, successful, goal-oriented in her career, is so overcome by her own attraction to the man that she just can’t resist him. Those sexual feelings are so strong, she doesn’t become angry enough to bring herself to insist on no. Really? Are successful career women still so ruled by “instant chemistry” that they are overcome by their own body’s “desires” that any natural feelings of indignation, anger, or fury are extinguished when a boss/owner brings her to a hotel room and repeats over and over the she needs to be in his bed? Were it not that the female MC did feel a strong physical attraction, the words and actions of the male MC come across as a predator. I don’t enjoy reading a very old fashioned romance novel that condones his behavior, and felt the portrayal of the feminine lead was not believable. Phrasing was repetitive and made me roll my eyes. If you are happy with that old style of romance novel, go for it. But if you cherish your credits, be cautious before using one on this particular book.

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Not a favorite. A little slow and unexciting.

The story did not engage my interest. The narrator was adequate as was the story. I was looking for more excitement.

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It get a little hot in the kitchen

This story is an old one that I've read many times. This time it was on audio. Summer is a renown, master chef, Blake is in control of a major world-wide hotel chain. Both are demanding in their careers and their love-life. Both are arrogant, deservedly so. Blake hires her to revamp his Philadelphia hotel kitchen. She is demanding of design and equipment. He gives her everything she wants. He felt sparks fly the moment he saw her work. Some may not like this as it's not what Nora Roberts is currently writing, but for me it's nice to go home again. It's a quick fun read.