Mini-Review and Spotlight: But First, Coffee (Book #1: Love & Coffee Series) by Sarah Darlington

Title: But First, Coffee

Author: Sarah Darlington
Release Date: September 10th
Series: Love & Coffee, Book 1
She’s the boss.
I’m only a barista in her company.I really don’t give a f**k about her one way or the other.

And then there’s Doug Maddox, a man with a lot of power over me. He’s blackmailing me. Making me spy on her. I’m supposed to find her weaknesses and destroy her. But the closer I get, the more the lines between us start to blur.

She’s sweet. She’s kind. She’s sexy as hell.
Why am I the only man who see’s this?

So now I’m stuck—between keeping my sister safe against Doug, because that’s what’s really at stake here, and these feelings I can’t deny for a woman who shouldn’t mean anything to me.

I know what I have to do. I’ll destroy her.
It doesn’t matter if I have to destroy my own heart in the process.
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Source: ARC from author          My Rating: 2½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  But First, Coffee is one of those books I had complete faith I would simply love.  Unfortunately, that did not come to pass for me.  Make no mistake, I stuck with it to the bitter end, but never found that one element that made me fall head over heels.  I liked the idea of this story and I even liked some of the characters, but nothing really came together to create that magic I love in books.  In fact, I found this story be rushed, and in many places, forced; the action/drama is tremendously fast with little to no lead in, and some of the relationships/connections are too farfetched to be realistic, and therefore, forced.  Ultimately, some rearranging of the backstory and a more thorough explanation of everyone’s backstory would not only slow down the pacing of the book but would also alleviate some of the forced sensation I felt throughout.


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About Sarah Darlington

Sarah Darlington, a New Adult and contemporary romance author, lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Best known for her Kill Devil Hills Series, she’s also a former flight attendant, with a degree in school counseling, who harbors a huge passion for traveling. She’s especially set on visiting all 50 states.

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