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The Coffee Shop

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  44 reviews
If Derrick thought experiencing alternate timelines and glimpses into the future was strange, then he had no idea it was about to get a whole lot more strange.

When Derrick Sloane meets Annie Maddock and falls madly in love, he believes he's met the girl of his dreams. Only he then awakes to discover she is exactly that...nothing more than a dream. Disheartened, he g
ebook, 245 pages
Published October 14th 2011 (first published October 13th 2011)
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Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am feeling speechless. Half the book was so enjoyable and easy going about a man and a woman who simply met and just as simple, fell in love. The reader watches them through their clever dialogues and you know they are two smart people deserving of each other so much. And then it happens. Things are going upside down - inside out. And then I thought "oh my God, what a brilliant idea this writer had". I can not reveal more because I don' t want to to spoil the plot. Just unbelievable.. I 'm sho ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story alternates between what seems to be reality, dreams and dreams within dreams. After experiencing a romantic relationship of five months in a dream one evening, with Annie Maddock - a girl he has never met before, Derrick Sloane is cruelly awakened by the ringing phone. But imagine his surprise when he really meets Annie at The Coffee Shop: just as he had in the dream.

The events leading up to the meeting is frighteningly similar. A truck had lost its load in the street causi
Margaret Lesh
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Just when I thought I'd figured out where this story was going, it took another twist. The romance between Derrick and Annie starts with an innocent meeting at The Coffee Shop due to a chance occurrence; Derrick's routine is altered, and he ends up somewhere he's never been before. The two begin their romance, and it's sweet and funny. Annie is a quirky, offbeat character. The banter between them feels natural and the romance sweet until Derrick wakes up and everything has changed.

Heather Badgwell
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What if you were absolutely certain you have met your soul mate, then found out it was all a dream? It all felt real enough for Derrik Sloan, but was it? Can you change your fate in just a sentence? Annie has no clue what is going on, but Derrik is getting more and more confused as time goes on. This book is so amazing to begin with, then it takes twists and turns that you never see coming. I couldn't stop myself from reading it well into the morning hours. You HAVE to read this to understand it ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Annie and Derrick Sloane meet at a coffee shop, they talk, they like each other but their meeting is destined, or is it?
I loved the dialogue in this book, at times it had me giggling and at others I was wondering if I should go and get the tissue box.
The story is all but simple. Derrick dreams, over and over again. His dream starts out with how it came to be that he landed in a way of route coffee shop called The Coffee Shop and so came to meet the woman of his dreams, Annie.
First o
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What would happen if the lines between dreams and reality were blurred? If you couldn't tell whether a dream was just that, or it actually occurred? Over and over again, things become more confusing. Wouldn't you feel as if you were losing your mind?

In The Coffee Shop, the hero, Derek faces this dilemma. On a not so normal day, just one small change in his routine changes his life- in ways that are unimaginable. What appears to be a routine love a
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Derrick Sloane was one of the richest men in the country, if not the world, and yet he couldn't make a decent cup of coffee to save his life even with buying a top of the line machine. He needed coffee to start his morning and his limo driver knew where to take him to a coffee house that pleased him. They took off down the street, but a truck had lost its load and the street was blocked. Derrick was nothing without his coffee and asked Lawrence to take him anywhere that he could get coffee. Lawr ...more
Michelle Cummings
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel, romance
While I would call this a time travel romance, it's really not. More like a repeating dream of a future romance (read the book's blurb for a better description!)

What I really enjoyed was that every action by the main character caused a ripple effect to happen to future events. He kept trying to go back and change what he saw as bad things from happening in the future. Some of this was pretty mundane and very frustrating. But I'm glad I stuck with it, because he soon realizes that reg
Lynda Dunwell
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just the book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon when you can't be bothered to go out to your own "coffee shop". Once started, not to be put down, the characters are engaging and the plot twists and turns.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I guess I've expected too much from this book. I wanted to read exciting time travel romance but then it's not even close to exciting. It was cute at the first but then everything gets confusing as I turn pages.
Rute Canhoto
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Após concluir a leitura de “The Coffee Shop” a 6 de Março de 2012, comecei a debater-me com a classificação a atribuir-lhe. A verdade é que houve partes de que gostei muito e outras de que não gostei nada. Sendo justa, na medida em que mantenho os mesmos critérios de avaliação que segui no que concerne a outros livros, dou-lhe então duas estrelas.
O início é um pouco confuso, dado que o narrador vai mudando à medida que se altera o ponto de vista das personagens. Por exemplo, uma personagem
Julie Ramsey
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
The Coffee Shop

Derrick had a great life. He was wealthy, good looking, a best friend, and a great place to live. So what was missing. As derrick gets in his car, his driver lets him know a truck has turned over in the road and they would have to go a different way. He decides he wants coffee. So on the alternate route he sees a local coffee shop. He opens the door and a man walks into him, spilling coffee all over himself and walks by Derrick and almost gets hit by a car. Derrick sha
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What if you kept re-living your life all over again where certain minute actions changed the outcomes of what you'd previously lived before? Derrick Sloane was experiencing exactly that and spent his time desperately trying to fix the little things that have gone wrong along the way in hopes of making things better. Yet he fails to realize that by changing those things, he ends up changing a whole lot more than he bargained for.

The reason behind his doing is none other than Annie Mad
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Lauren Hunter has certainly had a big job with this book. She has cleverly woven dreams, within dreams, within reality and a aspects of Time travel if you may call it throughout this story. Read the blurb to find out more about the storyline.

I must say initially at first I thought ohhhh what a sweet love story, - Derrick was such a sweetheart, a gentleman, funny, witty and will make you giggle and I still do..Annie being a very cautious yet sensitive type. Two very different people crossings pa
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
As I started reading I wondered what was going to happen. I was a little confused at first because I did not know where the story was going to start and who the main characters were. But after I was introduced to the main characters, very creatively, I got the feeling that this book was going to be a funny one.
As I read more I started to get to know the characters. Derrick, to me, is the type of guy who in high school, did not know how to talk to a girl he likes. And every time he opens hi
Obsession Is A Book - Terrie
I was provided with a copy of this book for an honest review by the author.

I like the concept behind the story in this book. The book is about Derrick who gets caught in traffic one day and takes a detour to a closer coffee shop. Here, by chance, Derrick meets Annie & they embark on a love affair.
Derrick wakes up one morning and discovers that the relationship he has been in for the last 5 months was nothing but a dream. Derrick realises, as his morning progresses, that his drea
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty excellent, somewhat quick read. I liked the writing style and the way the author used the plot device. I had a few questions at the end still, though. Still worth the time it took to read.
Jennifer Moody
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review for Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter

Derrick was just an ordinarily businessman living a normal life that is until Annie came along. When Annie came into Derrick's life everything change. Annie is a store clerk and a very good one at least Derrick thinks so and when he says something about it to her. Then that night he has a dream about Annie and what he doesn't realize is that he changed everything! Since Derrick changed Annie's life alot by changing her to what
Bex 'n' Books
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Coffee Shop is an intriguing paranormal romance book and like nothing I have ever read before: no weres, vamps, or things that go bump in the night! The concept is so very clever; it was most definitely a read that I just had to get to the end as quickly as possible.

The two characters, Derrick and Annie, are highly likeable characters. It was refreshing to follow the male protagonist in particular and to be able to emphasise with his feelings, his passion and to understand his p
Jessica Peterson
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would have given two and a half stars because I'm wavering between it was okay and I liked it. It bothered me a bit that the whole book was basically dialogue, I felt like at times I just wanted to read some paragraphs for a change. Besides, at times I found it a bit confusing as to who was talking and some of the conversations seemed a bit silly. It took me a while to really get into this book and once I did, the jumping from dream to dream started to get a bit annoying. There was a lot of re ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*This Book Was Given To Me In Exchange For An Honest Review*

Having just read The Promise by the same author I was excited to read another book by Lauren Hunter and she certainly didn’t disappoint.

This story is very different from her Regency Paranormal series being set in the present day and will take you on a journey with more twist and turns that even the craziest mountain trail!

What starts off appearing to be a regular boy meets girl love story soon changes into a tal
Julie Grider
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you, I have not lost this much sleep due to an AWESOME book since I read the Twilight Saga. Lauren Hunter's time-travel romance, The Coffee Shop, was so enchanting and captivating that I could not put it down. Literally. I even put my own writing aside, because I needed to know what was going to happen to Derrick and Annie next. From the moment Derrick met Annie at The Coffee Shop until he brought her there again, I was enthralled with their relationship....and baffled by it.
Selina Liaw
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Books & Sweet Epiphany

The Coffee Shop is an extremely engaging read.

I really recommend all my blog readers to get this book because oh my... it is freaking good.

The storyline has a great flow, the characters are oh-so-romantic and I love the chemistry between Derrick and Annie.

Oh! If you love time travel, this book will be absolutely perfect for you.

In the beginning, it
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why this book has such a super-high rating. I think concept gets a "A," without a doubt! However, that said, the execution gets a "C," and plot gets a sad, sorry "D-."

First of all, all the dialog is tedious and the story shuffles along pretty slowly until our hero, Derrick, starts bouncing through time. Annie digs him, hates him, loves him, dumps him, turns into a corporate fashionista, stays her humble brilliant self, has accidents, dies, survives, has incurable disease
Tammy Owens
I had some mixed emotions and opinions about this book. Although the concept, story and idea of the book was such a keen one; I didn't like the delivery of it. The idea = fabulous. The story = sweet, bent, twisted, surprising and confusing in some spots. The concept = GENIOUS! I felt like I was reading a tennis match per se'. The "questions & questioning" got way out of hand in the book. I actually got frustrated reading question after question. I really had high expectations of this book wh ...more
Tami Winbush
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Derrick is a handsome, smart mouthed, romantic guy and friend. So reading about him was a blast and very much enjoyable. Though I found the book itself to be a little difficult to follow. When Derrick 'dreams' or 'wakes up' or whatever it is he's doing I felt like I was watching an episode from Dallas. I was just as pissed off about the dream sequence in that as I was in this book.

I'm not sure if any of you crochet or knit but I found the book to be much like a ball of yarn gone awry
Andy Angel
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very cleverly told tale of boy meets girl with a supernatural twist.

Derrick meets Annie when he visits a different coffee shop to usual. They get on like a house on fire but's all a dream.

On waking, he leaves his apartment and due to a traffic problem he visits the coffee shop he dreamt of last night and his dream comes to pass....and that's when things start to get really interesting.

In the dream Derrick and Annie were together for 5 months but when he mak
Crystal Trent Dotson
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
By: Lauren Hunter

Reviewed By: Crystal Trent Dotson

Derrick meets a woman at The Coffee Shop and falls hard for her , but Annie wants to take it slow , her past has left her uneasy about opening up , as Derrick begins to prove himself to her ,and she begins to trust him , Derrick knows he loves her. But when it all seems like a dream , he has to believe in fate or be forever without Annie.

This book really surprised me , it has such a twist to it .

Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and funny romance. With a male point-of-view, this story offers a unique and refreshing twist on a romance.

The story is told mostly through dialogue, which can be tricky. For the most part, the dialogue was done really well. The banter was witty, the flow was smooth, and the language used was very natural. It seemed like dialogue that you would overhear in the real world. My only complaint was that it was easy to lose track of who was talking because there wasn’t much
Kristin Scearce
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. That's all I can really say. This is one of those books where you think everything's one way, and then all of a sudden, your whole world's been turned upside down. When I started reading, I thought it was your typical contemporary romance: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy says and does stupid things trying to impress girl, etc etc. But BOY does it ever take an awesome turn from the norm! I don't want to ruin it
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The contracts on The Coffee Shop and The Promise have completed. I will be re-releasing them as a trilogy and a four part series.

“What expression?”
“The one you have on your face right now.”
“You mean the one that says I love you so much I wish I could die for you if I could? The one that says I want to take your pain away and show you how much it’s possible to love a human being more than life itself?”
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