Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush by Victoria Pinder Review Tour!

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 12, 2014

Penny moves back to Miami to start her a job with a list of things to accomplish.
1.      Find a place to live.
2.      Avoid her gold-digging mother.
3.      Reconnect with old high school friends: her best friend Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her former crush Jay.
Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals.
As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more.
Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.


Okay, so first off, this book has mature content. Just so you know. If you're not old enough that you should be reading that kind of thing than don't read this book until you're older.

The main thing I loved about Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush was the characters. Although I felt that Jay acted sort of heartless a lot of the time or at least blind. He drove me up the wall. But at the same time he was fighting to get out so that he could be independent. So I guess he sort of had to do what he needed to but still. That was not a cool thing to do and I really didn't like that it seemed that he was using Penny. I did love Penny. She worked hard for everything she got and she didn't try and follow her mom's path. She wanted to be her own person and get recognition and money from her own hard work. 

It seemed that a lot of the characters had alternate motives than the one they were saying they had. It was frustrating, and annoying, trying to figure everything out and tell what was a lie and what was the truth. I really didn't like all of the lies and lengths that both Jay and Penny's mothers were going to in order to control their children's futures. It was disgusting and I honestly really disliked them.

The plot was interesting though and it keeps up the drama and things were interesting. But there was also lots of romance and I loved that Penny and Jay had a shared history. 

Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush was a great read, and I suggest you at least give it a chance.

Chapter One

Jay Marshall pressed his lips together as he held the phone. His hands curled 

into a ball then straightened. He stared out his bay windows overlooking the ocean. 

Another beautiful day on the beaches of South Florida, not that he cared. Sunshine 

never filled him with joy. The humidity outside suffocated the spirit, but somehow, with 

“Yes, you’ll see I mean business, Mr. Danvers. My business plans are long term.” 

Danvers sucked in his breath, as if he were doubting the sincerity of Jay’s words, 

then told Jay. “And I’ll meet your girlfriend. It’s always telling with people from Miami. 

Flashy women and cars do not make good investments on my end.”

Jay gritted his teeth and tugged at his free ear, but kept the phone on the other. 

Miami advertised plastic women on the highway as a special brand. Flashy came 

with the area code. Instead he nodded his head and told the potential investor, “I 

He hung up the phone and stared out the window. The brightness showed his 

reflection and his grim frown. Jay needed to win. His eyes squished together. He’d pay 

the price for success. He had no other choice.

Jay’s mind raced to his technical girlfriend. Eva was the epitome of flashy, 

beautiful, and fake. She’d been a friend since high school, and two months ago, they’d 

ended up dating. On paper the award winning dramatic actress, his money, and their 

history should be a match. Yet he couldn’t imagine his entire life videotaped. 

If he walked away from her, there would be no regrets. His investors hoped he 

had a nice, sweet woman on the side. His cousin and her friend, Penelope, flashed in 

his head before he dropped the thought.

He pushed his hand on the glass window before he stepped back into the 

Darkness didn’t suit him either. Nothing stirred inside him anymore, though he 

craved something. Anything other than boredom from the sticky heat of his life. 

He shook his head and poked his head out of his office. His secretary sat there 

typing. “Call Eva. Set up an appointment for us to talk today.”

With the click of the door knob he rolled up his sleeves. He needed the deal to 

put his goals in line with his investment portfolio.

His eyes narrowed in on the first words, long term growth. 

Long term read to his eyes like a rescue rope. He blinked. Life should be lived 

with long term goals to reach. Freedom meant change.

Today, he’d break up with Eva. In his heart, he’d always hoped for a woman that 

tugged at his heart strings. But hopes didn’t earn freedom. He’d prove to himself, and 

the others, John Jay Marshall came out of the game of life on top.


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Victoria Pinder

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
Besides her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold books to three different publishers. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.
Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency and she hopes to continue selling her novels that she writes. Moving up to the next level from hard work and determination is rewarding, and partnerships bring new opportunities.
Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. She learns and meets so many people at conferences. Her website is, and she’ll continue to grow my web presence. She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.
Before writing, her father had taken her to many star trek conventions and on her own she grew up as the only girl in the 90s at the comic book store. Science Fiction was her first love, but contemporary romance was her second. She’s sticking with contemporaries for the near future.
Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

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