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Peek Inside A Taste of Trouble

Liv has always wanted to run her own bakery. So what if she doesn’t have time for a life—or love life–because of it? A cupcake can cure nearly anything, after all. But when Jake, a local photographer starts pursuing her, she realizes how much she misses all those warm and fuzzy feelings sugar just can’t duplicate. As she and Jake get closer, though, parts of his story don’t seem to add up, and she starts to question why he’s pursuing her in the first place. Will the heat between the two of them be enough to force Jake to reveal the sticky truth?

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When Liv Crawford decided to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery, it was no surprise that she forgot to add “maintaining a serious relationship” to her business plan. Not when she believes a cupcake can fix anything, even loneliness.

Jake Miller isn’t concerned about being lonely. He’s cast aside his playboy lifestyle to pursue something more meaningful, his passion for photography. So, when his boss asks him to pursue a beautiful woman and coerce her to his office for a disguised meeting—no matter what it takes—in exchange for the opportunity to turn his hobby into a career, he jumps at the chance. At first sight, Liv awakens his long-buried desire for commitment, but his secret mission could ruin his hopes of keeping her.

Despite Liv’s commitment to swear off relationships to run her bakery, Jake quickly becomes her number one distraction. Yet, even her misgivings can’t tame the heat as they straddle the line between love and ambition.


"I loved Gina Gordon’s first book for “Entangled” and was delighted to accept from the publicist her second book , which makes cooking all hot and sexy once again." --Confessions from Romaholics

"Guilty pleasure reading at its finest!" --Rhianna, Goodreads

"Gina Gordon does an amazing job conveying the sexual tension and chemistry between Olivia and Jake. God I love a good romance that mixes sexy time and food...I would definitely recommend this book to those who love romance, food, friends, and a little suspense." --Jade, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660674
Release Date: Feb 25, 2013
Page Count: 278
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: blackmail, fake relationship

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By Rhianna March 19, 2013

Guilty pleasure reading at its finest!

Liv Crawford is hard at work making her dream of owning her own bakery come true when Jake Miller walks into her life. But getting Cupcake! ready for its grand opening is proving to be riddled with unexpected troubles and expenses. She doesn't have time for a me ...more

By Marian February 17, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! My first time reading Gina Gordon, but definitely NOT my last! I can totally see her being added to my favorite authors list.

Liv has a dream of owning her own bakery. Baking is her passion and she believes that a cupcake can fix anything. She has no time for romantic ...more

By Tracey February 17, 2013

3.75 stars

A very 'sweet' love story, an enjoyable read.

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The main characters of this book were very realistic, in behaviour and lifestyles which I appreciate.

Jake the not quite so perfect hero, has a crooked nose and a small scar - to me that makes him perfect, and he knows how to mess things up ! ...more

By Sade February 21, 2013

**Copy kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Entangled is by far one of my favorite publishers and Gina Gordon is quickly becoming on of my favorite authors. This is the 2nd book I've read by her in a single sitting, and I can't wait to read more by her.

Gina G ...more

By J.L. March 12, 2013

I've never read anything by Gina Gordon, but I will definitely be adding more books by her to my library. She writes a good romance. This is the type of book that makes you smile when you read it. It a classic romance and yet I still found myself surprised in certain parts. I'd hate to call it a "be ...more

By Dianne March 07, 2013

A Taste of Trouble Gina Gordon is one of those sweet, fun, sigh-worthy romances that are a great escape! Liv Crawford has high ambitions! She has decided to open her own bakery, has saved and worked hard to get the money she needs, has done her due diligence, crossed every T, dotted every I, but she ...more

By Ashley March 17, 2013

Absolutely Loved it!!! Waiting a couple extra weeks for it to be released on KOBO was well worth the wait!! As a pastry chef myself, I was really looking forward to reading this book by my favorite Canadian author and she didn't disappoint!!! Can't wait for whats next!!! ...more

By Rhonda March 21, 2013

I loved the fact that this story was set in my hometown. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of Gina's books. ...more

By Dahlia March 06, 2013

“This city better watch out, because the new cupcake queen has just been crowned.”

With a lot of determination and talent, Liv is ready to start her own adventure. And with the help of a mentor and a lot of cash, Liv’s dream of owning a bakery is finally coming to fruition. After working her way ...more

By Tash February 19, 2013

Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

To see review at Confessions

I loved Gina Gordon’s first book for “Entangled” and was delighted to accept from the publicist her second book , which makes cooking all hot and sexy once again. In this case, it’s baking and one special lady who believes cupcakes ...more

By Julianne April 01, 2013

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews LLC
4 1/2 kisses, 1 pepper M/F, oral sex

Olivia “Liv” Crawford's dream of opening her own bakery is about to come true. She's found the p ...more

By Roz ~ My Written Romance March 13, 2013

This review and others can be found at my blog, My Written Romance. Just click here.

I am sitting here at my desk at work, on my lunch break, writing this review and all I want is a cupcake. Foodie books always do that to me.

This book was a lot of fun to read. There was some great chemistry between ...more

By Romancing the August 29, 2013

Reviewed by: Crystal B
Book provided by: the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I choose A Taste of Trouble by Gina Gordon because it features a bakery. I have read several books that have a setting of a bakery or diner in the past and they are usually pretty good reads ...more

By Lisa August 20, 2013

Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this one.

I don't know why it took me so long to read this book but I rather enjoyed it. Liv works at a bakery and her dream is to open her own cupcake store. So, she goes for it while doing the bakery by day and bartending at night. As she's getting ready to o ...more

By My Book Addiction and More June 19, 2013

Liv had a dream to become a bakery owner. Never did she dream of a happily ever after with a man; not after being hurt by the man in her life that she should have been able to count on, her father. That was when Jake came into the picture. The hottest man she had ever see came through the door at th ...more

By Jamie June 04, 2013

The twists in this book were crazy but awesome. I did not expect them at all. I love Liv (and yes 99% of the time a cupcake can fix everything lol) and Jake.
Liv has always wanted to open up her own bakery and when that dream is finally coming true, things (good and bad) keep getting in the way. Jak ...more

By Donna February 18, 2013

A Taste of Trouble is a sweet contemporary romance by “new to me author” Gina Gordon. It is a well written tale of life, love and priorities. Liv has been working and planning for years to open her own bakery and is now getting to do just that. Jake is working a job he tolerates to get to a job he h ...more

By Nancy April 20, 2013

This is my second book from Gina Gordon and it did not disappoint.

Liz Crawford is starting her own business and would rather not get involved with anyone. She was hurt once in her life and has a hard time trusting and believing in love.

Jake Miller is trying to climb the corporate ladder and it is al ...more

By Shayay March 18, 2013

Super sweet romance! Quick read, read it in one sitting. Liv and Jake have a great chemistry. Both are likeable interesting people. The author took sometime to create back stories for the characters, and a support system for both. Resulting in some fun scenes. There are a couple twists in the story, ...more

By Emily February 18, 2013

Liv Crawford is a driven women focusing all her attention on opening her own bakery, that means no time for dating even if meeting Jake Miller has her considering wavering on her plan. When Jake Miller walked into the bar Liv was working for, he had one mission trying to entice her to take a meeting ...more

By Becca ~BS BOOK REVIEWERS~ February 14, 2013

Gina Gordon has done it again with A Taste of Trouble, and is making her way up the ranks of authors I love. This yummy cover caught my attention, and the story drew me in.

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By Linda March 07, 2013

Liv is about to start her own business, her cupcake bakery, when she meets Jake. Little did she know that Jake has an agenda, and now the troubles are starting to pile up. Is someone out to get her?
A quick, fun read with suspense, cupcakes and smutty fluff. ...more

By Peggy March 03, 2013

This was the first book that I have read by this author, I can't wait to read more from her. This was a fun, HOT book. The charaters were well developed and you really felt connected to them. I am going to recommend this book to all my friends :) ...more

By Becky March 15, 2013

I can't w8 to read some mor of here books this was a book I couldn't put my kindle down with ...more

By Michele February 21, 2013

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

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Gina Gordon

About the author

Gina Gordon

When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn't pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream, becoming a writer. And she hasn't looked back. Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.

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