Title: Orange Cream Dreams and Murderous Schemes
Author: D. M. Grant
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Callie Clark's ice cream shack on Chocolate Lake is finally up and ready for business, but a murder and an ominous warning throws her into a decades-old treasure hunt with the brooding groundskeeper who can't seem to keep his hands to himself.
Dean Lowry can't stand Callie's spoiled superiority complex, but that doesn't stop him from admiring her outrageous bikinis from afar. When the promise of a killer's return threatens the woman he loves to hate, the tug of war between heart and mind begins.
Can they put their differences aside, or will status and small-town secrets tear them apart?
Murder and threats to Callie Clark throw her into the arms of a man she can’t stand. Is it a perfect pairing, like orange and vanilla, or doomed to fail, like oil and water? Callie’s dream is about to open for business when she happens upon a murder and the return of a killer from years past. She turns to groundskeeper Dean Lowry for help, even though he hates her. When hate turns to something more romantic, Callie wonders what to make of him. With a killer on the loose, Callie must solve the mystery and maybe even find the treasure before it’s too late.
Orange Cream Dreams and Murderous Schemes is an addictive romantic suspense, perfect to read while sunbathing or relaxing by the pool. There’s an enemies-to-lovers romance which I found delightful. I appreciate the fact that even though Callie’s family is wealthy and Dean’s is not, there’s a level of respect for the other. While the attraction is immediate, this couple has a lot to work through. The suspense subplot is written so well, I kept trying to figure it out while I wasn’t reading. Who’s the killer? What are they after? Can Callie and Dean solve it? D.M. Grant is a debut author yet Orange Cream Dreams and Murderous Schemes doesn’t covey that. The plot progression is superb, the characters leaped from the pages, the suspense kept the reader invested and the ending was extremely satisfactory. Ice cream romance and murder… the perfect combination for a beach read this summer. I look forward to reading more from this author. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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I am a coffee and tattoo-addicted author who moonlights as a stay-at-home mom and full-time college student. I have always loved to read and desperately wanted to try my hand at writing. In June of 2020, I sat down at my desk and wrote my first horrific manuscript. Since then I have two books under contract with The Wild Rose Press and savor the time I get to spend with my husband, daughter, and our two dogs.
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