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West Coast Love

(Journey to the Heart #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
An aspiring food journalist and a grumpy cameraman take to the California coast for the biggest foodie event of the year in this sweet third novel in Tif Marcelo’s charming and romantic Journey to the Heart series.

Online food blogger Victoria Aquino has spent years doing social media for True North and Paraiso Retreats, and she’s ready to take her blog and writing to the n
ebook, 367 pages
Published December 11th 2017 by Pocket Star
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
great read!
What a fun story! This is the first book I have read from this author. I was drawn by the deep connection to family and the overall adventure in an old RV, hitting up the BBQ's. Love the premise!

Vic is a food blogger and has a love of travel and I just really connected with her in this story because she is a lot like me. Bring on a hot, hunky cameraman that adds a bit of competitive spirit to the story and some decidedly steamy hookups! YUMMM

Easy to read with plenty of adve
Wit & Wonder Books
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **

Who doesn’t like BBQ? How about me and Victoria, one of the main characters in Tif Marcelo’s West Coast Love. For me that isn’t a problem, but for Victoria who just so happens to be a food blogger, it may present a huge issue.

Victoria Aquino is an online food blogger who is ready to take her blog and writing to the next level. She has managed the social media for True North and Paraiso Retreats for years, but after heartbreak from a catfish in
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This series has been fun because it usually centers around food. I like food. I tend to start craving whatever food the protagonists are eating. I've been known to rush to the kitchen to make biscuits and tea. In this book, it's all about BBQ. And all I wanted to do was eat meat! Damn it.

Victoria, or Vic, (the sister of the heroine in book two), loves to write. She has a blog all about food and also handles the social media for her family's restaurant. After being on television during her sister
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, arc, contemporary

Tif Marcelo has to be one of my favorite 2017 debut authors. The Journey to the Heart series has been a delightful ride, and I’m absolutely enamored by her writing style and the heartwarming cast. I’m sad that the series has ended with West Coast Love, but no doubt, I will be revisiting them in the future. This book tells the story of Victoria and Joel, two people with a connection who unbeknownst to each other end up auditioning for the same spot as a host on a show that takes them on a road tr
Kate Meader
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to snag an advanced copy of this and dang, it's sexy, adorable, and heartfelt. I loved the road trip/foodie setting and the good guy hero. A great read.
Bette Hansen
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, flirty sexy read that I found completely entertaining. I loved the characters, the setting, and the humor that runs throughout the story. The writing and character development are excellent making this a wonderful book.

Victoria Aquino is getting her big break. She's been a food blogger for years and now she's getting her chance on TV. So what if this isn't her type of food. Fake it till you make it. Right?? Cameraman Joel Silva can't believe the director bypassed him as host and
This is definitely a book where the characters would have frustrated me less if they had actually talked to each other, but despite that, I really did think that they were well suited and I believe they will be able to make their RV adventures work.

**Read for Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo, Forced Proximity**
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Victoria Aquino auditions for an amazing opportunity as a food host covering Labor Day holiday BBQ festivals. However, once she accepts the job, she discovers she'll be working alongside Joel Silva. Spending eight days together isn't so bad, especially when they have such intense chemistry between them. Will Victoria take a chance on Joel, or will their fear of relationships keep them from achieving their happy ever after?

What a delightful and captivating read Ms. Marcelo has delivered in this t
Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
West Coast Love is another heartwarming romance from author Tif Marcelo. I loved Victoria and Joel!

Victoria Aquino is an online food blogger and enjoys sharing her love of food. For years she’s helped boost the family businesses with her social media skills, but now Victoria is ready to follow her own dreams. Still healing a broken heart, Victoria seeks a big change and lands a food hosting gig. This new opportunity can launch her career as a video journalist, but there’s a catch – she’ll be cov
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The first thing that pulled me towards West Coast Love was the beautiful book cover. I love the font, the colors, and the photo that graced it. It easily caught my eye and pulled me in. Tif Marcelo is an author I'm not familiar with. Yes you may have noticed this book is part of a series specifically this is book number three. I went into this book blind without reading the first 2. I don't think that ended up putting me at much of a disadvantage. Some story lines were mentioned of other charact ...more
Christi Snow
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Ready for a foodie-centric road trip in an old RV? Then this is the book for you...hehe.

The premise on this one is really fun. There are four people in this reality food show crew. They have 8 days to hit 5 bbq festivals and do online reports. They are in close quarters which can be really awkward, but to raise the bar of awkwardness, Joel and Victoria slept together AND Victoria beat Joel out for the main reporting job...and this was all before they realized they'd be working together
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

“...when I'm with him, I forget everything and everyone. The present is enough.”

I can't believe the Journey to the Heart series has finally come to an end. *SOBS* This series sparked my love for foodie romances and now has me craving for more of these types of romances. This was such a bittersweet read for me because on one hand I was excited to get to know more about Victoria and Joel, but on the o
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
What's not to love about a romance centering on BBQ?!

Victoria is a food blogger who has just been tapped to host a show about BBQ. She, probably the only human in the US who doesn't like BBQ. Joel is a cameraman who had also auditioned for the show, and when he finds out Victoria got the job over him, he's less than pleased. Still, as they go along, he can't help but fall for the blogger. Now, if only Victoria was feeling the same for him...

I thought West Coast Love was sweet and charming. And o
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book and n exchange for an honest review. Even though I requested the opportunity I still wasn't overly enthusiastic about reading this after being disappointed by the last book in the series. Luckily this book was as strong as the first book if not even stronger. I like both of the main characters and the development of their relationship while they each face their own crossroads in their lives. Neither of them are perfect and they both make mistakes on their journey b ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'm a sucker for a good road trip story, and this one was a delight. I loved the foodie aspect to it. The banter was great. West Coast love was fun, funny, and sexy. I really enjoyed this book. I did go into without reading the previous books but I don't feel like this took away from the story. In fact I'll probably go back and read the other stories in this series. This book will leave you more and probably craving BBQ.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the idea for this story. Road tripping with a tv crew to visit BBQ festivals along California's coast. Having lived in California my entire life I enjoyed reading about local cities and creative restaurant names. Glamping has now become something I must do! This was a funny smart romantic story with realistic characters and an amazing adventure. My first book from Marcelo and I really enjoyed it. My copy came from Netgalley and my review written voluntarily.
Kay Elam
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What I liked most about this series was the consistency in the author's voice. There was a little cross-over from book to book, but not so much that each couldn't be a stand-alone. Each book featured one couple. Each couple was distinctly different even though there was a family connection and there was a military connection for each. Every book was unique -- the characters, the settings, the experiences. Very nice debut series. Looking forward to more.

Kay Elam
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
There was some frustration with how little communication between the hero and heroine for most of the book but overall, I enjoyed the book. Vic and Joel were great characters with great chemistry but there were times in this quick read where I wanted to shake some sense into both of them. Still, an enjoyable read.

Full review to come.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is exactly what a romance should be full of, engaging characters, interesting setting and steamy romance. I should correct that to very steamy romance. Wow.

I've read all three in the series but this one was my favourite. Highly recommend.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
Can I ask for more books in this series? Or by this author? Please?
Paula Genereau
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
amaziing story. it is one that continues with you when your done reading it
Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed the last book in this trilogy of food themed romances centering Filipina heroines! I have been waiting for Vic's book since the first book (I fell for her as a character very early on), though especially after the second book, and I was so pleased I liked it so much. It was a comfort to me on a hard day.

This more than any of the other books feels like an older NA. Vic is young, a social media
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Tif believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A veteran Army Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, she is a craft enthusiast, food-lover and the occasional half-marathon runner. As a military spouse, she has moved nine times, and this adventure shows in some of her free-spirited character ...more

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