That's (Not Exactly) Amore
By Tracey Bateman
Published by Faith Words
286 Pages

Back cover:
As interior designer and part-time baker for Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, Laini thinks she can juggle two jobs and two men. Can she do it all or will she just get burned?

When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems. One, Nick's nephew Joe hates all of her ideas, and two, Lanini has to admit he's right – she's a disaster at design. Still, she can't risk losing the job. To compromise, Joe brings in help on the project, while Lanini continues to bake the goodies that keep his customers lining up.

Their relationship is moving along until new guy Officer Mark Hall implies that Joe's family is tied to the mob. Things spin out of control when Lanini meets the family, including "the uncles," who seem to confirm Mark's suspicions. To make things worse, Nana Pantalone makes it clear Lanini isn't the kind of girl she has in mind for her grandson. Lanini's not sure if she should give Joe the benefit of the doubt or set her sights on Mark and just 'fuhgetaboutit'.

REVIEW: This is the third book in the Drama Queens Series. It has all the main characters from the first books, but this one concentrates on Laini Sullivan, who is to graduate from interior design school soon – if she passes this last class, that is. That's why designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop is so important. During the designing and remodeling process, Laini discovers the things that really matter most in life. Her world is turned upside down when two 'knock out' hunks are interested in her. She can't believe it! There has been nothing going on in her life for years, and now this. She doesn't quite know how to handle it. She keeps the main thing the main thing – school, family and her dating guidelines (she has to remember what they are – even makes up a few new ones along the way). She has to finish school and get a good job first. She doesn't want to go back to accounting – b o r i n g...been there done that!!

Laini discovers her passions in life (not just the two men seeking her attention). Can she make a living pursuing the passions of her heart? She's afraid to find out. In comparing these two men and what she wants in her life, what's most important becomes very clear for Laini (with a little help from her friends, Tabby and Dancy) and God.

I love Tracey Bateman's writing. This is a fun read with some surprisingly profound truths you don't expect in a book or series like this. I love how she weaves that into her stories. No sermon on the mount, but just as powerful, mixed in with the fun, laughter and great characters. Sit down, grab a cup of coffee and let Tracey Bateman take you into the latest adventure of the Drama Queens. You won't be sorry!!

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader - ACFW Book Club Assistant


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