It hot. It use to be warm and lovely and today it was 97. Ew. It was a day where the sun seems to hunt me down.
The cure? Ice cream and other frozen yummies!
Here are some wonderful Romance Novels where ice cream, ice cream trucks, ice cream parlors, frozen desserts, gelatos, itailain ices, sorbets, sherbets, frozen custards, hawaiian ices, shaved ices, sundaes, soft serve, dip cones, malts, milkshakes, sno cones, Frappes, floats, Frozen Yorgurt, Froyo, mochis are central the the plot.
My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!
1. The Vintage Ice Cream Van Road Trip by Jenny Oliver
If you were to ask Holly Somers how life is going at the moment she wouldn’t have a clue how to answer you… On the one hand she’s embarking on a retro-fabulous road trip in her vintage ice cream van all the way from Cherry Pie Island to the South of France. Plus, she’s sharing the journey with Wilf Hunter-Brown (quite possibly the most attractive man she’s ever met!)
On the other? Well, apart from being unsure as to whether the rickety old ice cream van will actually make it to the Riviera, she and Wilf had a one-night fling a few weeks ago. Even worse, it seems there’s an unexpected little consequence of their impromptu night together. Life on Cherry Pie Island definitely hasn’t equipped Holly with knowledge of the best way to tell a super-rich entrepreneur with a womanising reputation that he’s about to become a Dad!
Despite the heat of the Provencal sunshine you’d think you’d be able to keep cool inside an ice cream van – but the temperature is definitely rising. And with time running out to tell Wilf the truth, Holly’s dream roadtrip is fast becoming a nightmare on wheels! There’s no denying that this will be a journey to remember. When it comes to sundaes, Holly has always been partial to the more traditional flavours - but something’s telling her that this could be the time to take a chance and try something new…
Sliding Home by New York Times bestselling author Leslie Kelly
Plain Janie Nolan's been sitting on the bench so long, she doesn't even realize she's still in the game. That is, until a sexy pitcher tempts her to come up to the plate and take a swing…
The Sweet Spot by USA TODAY bestselling author Kimberly Raye
Babe Bannister discovers that striking out with a sexy shortstop isn't so bad—especially when it leads to hitting a home run with a delicious coach…
Fever Pitch by New York Times bestselling author Julie Elizabeth Leto
Callie Andrews has been dying to have one last chance at bat…with her ex-husband!
When summer ends, everything else begins for... Summer Breeze by Jacquie D'Alessandro ELISE: THE ONE WHO GAVE IT UP A new town, a new house and new start for the kids--everything widow Elise Stanford needed. But she doesn't quite recall ordering Seth McGuire, a green-eyed contractor ten years her junior. Sweeter Than Wine by Cathy Yardley CHAD: THE ONE WHO AVOIDED IT Hedonistic playboy Chad McFee was ready to sell the winery he inherited, until winemaker Leila Fairmont hands him a challenge he can't resist. And he'll show her--as soon as his muscles stop aching. Ice Cream Kisses by Stephanie Doyle AND GRACE: THE ONE WHO STOPPED LOOKING Ice-cream-shop owner Gracie McMullen lives for Labor Day. Goodbye tourists, hello winter! But writer and city-boy Dean Wright is about to add entirely new flavor to Gracie's off-season.
4. Anything but Vanilla... by Liz Fielding
Even more tempting than ice cream!
Sorrel Amery is determined to make her summer event the talk of the town, and she knows just the way into people's champagne sorbet! It's the perfect strategy; Until the ice cream parlor's owner runs off, leaving Sorrels plans melting faster than a sundae in the summer sun.
All Sorrel wants is to get back into her comfort zone, but when the gorgeous Alexander West arrives to help pick up the pieces her life gets shaken up more than ever before! Especially as this globe-trotting adventurer is determined that nothing in Sorrel's life should ever be boring old vanilla again.
5. Family Blessings by Anna Schmidt
Her four stepchildren are thrilled when they learn an ice cream shop will be opening in their small Amish community. But widow Pleasant Obermeier isn't so pleased. Spending time with handsome shop owner Jeremiah Troyer is too much for a woman who's only ever been wounded by love. And now he wants to use her baking skills in his shop? Out of the question!
A harsh childhood left Jeremiah convinced that family life wasn't for him. Yet something about the Obermeiers moves his heart. If he can win Pleasant's trust and learn to trust himself, then he may gain the ultimate blessing—a lifetime of love.
6. Hollywood Dreams and Buttercream by Sandra Sookoo
Gwynn Flannigan wants respect from her father and freedom from her big, loud family. The icing on her cake would be to win a decorating competition hosted by her favorite food magazine writer. Cole Marshall's one outlet from the stress of business life is writing his Cooking in the Buff feature. Who cares if he never has time for fun?
The answer for them both lies in the deep freeze at Sweet Endings, the struggling ice cream shop Gwynn manages and the one property Cole needs to secure a big promotion. He’s stuck in Madrigal, Indiana to unravel a knot of family drama that drives him crazy.
Things heat between Gwynn and Cole on the competition floor when Cole’s alter ego is revealed. Cake and accusations fly while dreams and goals are left crumbling. In order to balance family, business, and love, Gwynn and Cole will need to work together and become partners—in more ways than one.
7. On Any Given Sundae by Marilyn Brant
Nothing tops the sweetness of an unexpected love...
When Elizabeth's uncle Siegfried and Rob's uncle Pauly rush off to Europe for a month, they temporarily relinquish the reins of their ice cream shop to their respective niece and nephew -- two people who may have grown up practically next door to each other but who have next to nothing in common.
Elizabeth "Please Don't Call Me Lizzy" Daniels is a small-town Wisconsin girl at heart. Shy and inexperienced at love, the frizzy-haired dessert cookbook writer still resides in her quaint hometown of Wilmington Bay, stutters painfully when nervous and is only comfortable with her laptop and her tiny circle of cooking pals. She must come out of hiding over the summer to help her uncle, but she's convinced her childhood crush, Rob, barely knows she exists.
Roberto "You'd Better Call Me Rob, or Else" Gabinarri is the town's golden boy and former football star who left home after high school, made a splash in the big city and never looked back. He has to return to Wilmington Bay to uphold a promise to his uncle, but he's counting the minutes until he can escape to the relative anonymity of his fast-paced, commitment-free city life and the sports-themed restaurant he owns in Chicago. Despite his chattiness and charm, Rob was always intimidated by quiet, brainy girls like "Frizzy Lizzy," and he isn't pleased to be back in the place where people like her still see him as that popular but dumb jock -- an image he worked for almost a decade to shed.
The unlikely pair tries to make the best of being stuck together, but Elizabeth has a pressing publication deadline, and Rob has an Italian mother bent on lining up potential hometown brides for him. Rob comes up with an idea -- something that might help them both -- but it involves just a bit of family deception. With time running out to finish her cookbook and her friends already stretched to the max trying to assist them, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees.
Neither Rob nor Elizabeth are used to playing games of pretense, but can love, hot summer nights and, maybe, some chocolate sauce, caramel and whipped cream...turn their farce into reality?
8. A Moment on the Lips by Kate Hardy
Dante Romano may be dark and delectable, but Carenza Tonielli will never sell him her family's ice cream empire. Only she needs him—to help her learn how to run it! And when Dante looks at her as if she's the next decadent sundae on the menu, even wary Carenza just can't resist mixing business with a bowlful of pleasure.…
Cue one red-hot fling that's blowing her mind! But, unlike Carenza, her ice-cool Italian is adept at keeping his emotions well under wraps, so she decides to turn the tables on Dante and prove that sometimes living in the moment is sinfully good for you!
9. At Last by Lisa G. Riley
African-American Caroline Singleton is the sole heiress to her family's ice cream business. She is beautiful, artistic and loves nice things. Brian Keenan is an Irish-American ex-cop, ex-lawyer and now part owner of a technology firm. Brian is down to earth, caring and extremely protective of those he loves.
When the two meet, sparks fly. Neither planned to find love at this juncture in their lives and certainly not with someone of another ethnicity. Brian does not have a problem with Caroline's brown skin; he sees her beauty inside and out and desperately wants a permanent relationship. However, Caroline sees Brian's Caucasian skin as a barrier that also challenges her general distrust of white men.
After succumbing to their overwhelming passion and working very hard to develop their relationship, Brian and Caroline face a treacherous situation when Caroline is stalked by a madman. The fear she experienced in college during an attempted kidnapping returns, and Brian vows to keep her safe.
10. Navy Husband by Debbie Macomber
Devastated by a breakup, Shana Berrie leaves her job, relocates and buys a combination pizza/ice cream parlor. Then her sister, a Navy nurse, is unexpectedly deployed at sea for six months and there's no one to care for her 9-year-old daughter, Jazmineexcept Shana, who is unprepared and overwhelmed. When Jazmine's godfather, Lt. Cmdr. Adam Kennedy, enters the picture, Shana should be too busy to noticebut she isn't! Shana's not looking for a Navy Husband but it turns out that Adam's a persuasive guy.
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I generally don't put down books without finishing them. But it took me over a month to read a little less than 20% of this, so in the end I decided my time will be better spent with another book.
The premise of the book is quite interesting: a teenage girl (and later on a woman) who can hear Jane Austen's voice, and thusly gets to benefit from her wisdom. But the whole thing falls flat because ultimately Ellie's life is not changed at all by the extra voice in her head. Leaving aside the fact where I didn't quite get why would Jane get in the head of a random teenager (Ellie doesn't stand out in any way, she never even read Pride and Prejudice before it was a school assignment), I found hard to believe this arrangement would last twenty years (or seven, in the pages I read, but even that is too much). Had Jane really nothing better to do than share head space with this random chick for decades?
And the thing that bothered me the most is that Jane's presence doesn't bring anything at all to the table, other than a few quaint phrases. The whole character felt simply tacked on because the author wanted to share a bit of the popularity of the Jane-Austen-revival genre that was en vogue at the time. Maybe the story would have been interesting otherwise -- I have no way of knowing, since I gave it up so soon -- but I personally felt cheated because I expected to see a book where Jane makes a contribution, and all I got was a book about a whiny teenager instead.