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Love Over Lattes

(Desert Monsoon #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  44 reviews
In this sexy, contemporary debut set in the sizzling Southwest, recent college graduate gets more than she bargained for when she accepts the help of a hot as hell CEO fighting to keep his company.

Single mom Valentina wants to provide a good life for her son, starting with the perfect home. When the deal on her dream house falls through, rather than move back in with her p
Kindle Edition, First , 322 pages
Published February 7th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (first published 2018)
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Over Lattes is a fantastic read by a wonderful new author, Diana Hicks. She invites us into Valentina and Cole's world so we can experience their emotions with a first person perspective alternating between the two characters... so fun to "see" into their minds! This is a must read and a must follow as Ms. Hicks continues this series. I couldn't put it down! ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
Well...what seemed promising led me to...checks notes...
eyes blur, sighs.
This book was engaging. Valentina is a down-on-her-luck 24 year old mother trying to finish school and get her and her son into a home with stability. Woman in tech? Check. She works her ass off, starting everyday at a little coffee shop where she sees Derek (or Cole) daily. They don't acknowledge each other until Valentina clearly receives bad news, which Cole tries not to interfere. He sees her crying, melts, knowing he's
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Love Over Lattes! It was such a great story that had me swooning over Cole. Valentina and Cole were an amazingly sweet couple, add in her son Max and they all three clicked together. Love Over Lattes was incredibly sweet and had me rooting for Valentina. She's such a strong character. Single mom, working hard to finish college and get a place for her and her son. She's super independent and smart. Valentina works hard for her son and plays even harder. Their relationship was s ...more
Heather Fleet
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly sexy. Full review to come soon.
Mandy Tramell
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and read it in one sitting. It was a great read that I couldn’t put down. Cole and Valentina’s incredible chemistry is hot! The story will suck you in and keep you turning the page. Get this book!!!
Elena Mikalsen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A single mother struggles to find a place to live and gets an offer of a cottage from a guy she has a crush on. What a great premise! But the story is so much more. Valentina has a delightful voice. She is intelligent, loves her kid, and controls her emotions well. The guy thinks of himself as a bit of a jerk with women, but he is actually really sweet and caring. I loved this couple! Sexy, sweet, intelligent contemporary story.
Isha Coleman
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Love is a many splendored thing, except when it leaves you battered and bruised. Love over Lattes is a look at a crazy little thing called love. Valentina and Cole have been sucker punched by love, yet still yearn for it. Diana Hicks let's readers into the psyche of a broken heart and the wonder of a second chance, through the eyes of friendship. Hope is the beginning of faith and maybe a pathway to healing and moving on. With Love over Lattes, Ms. Hicks is on her way to cementing her mark in ro ...more
Renee Haase
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The passion between Valentina and Cole is HOT! I couldn’t put this book down and I’m looking forward to reading more from this talented new author! Would have read it in one sitting if I hadn’t had to go to work the next day!
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed this book overall, there were some characters and situations that rubbed me the wrong way. 3.5 stars.

Valentina is a single mom to a 6 year old son, and she's finally almost finished with her college degree. She has all her infamous lists, and she has a plan. She needs a home for her son, and she can't wait to live with him full time again. He's been staying with her parents during the week while she finishes school, and she's been living in the dorm. She misses him terribly, and
Britt The Hatters
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew I had to read this when I read the blurb. Single parent, the elixir of life better known as coffee, and the potential of sweep me off my feet romance. Yes please! I was hooked just from the blurb, and still I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed Love and Lattes! It’s just that good. It’s sweet, it’s deliciously steamy, and it’s packed with that make your heart melt bring a tear to your eye romance that I crave but still has just the right amount of drama to keep the story extra inter ...more
Angelica Gonzalez
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved loved loved this book! Once i began to read it I couldn’t put it down!!! Would recommend this book to everyone! Can’t wait for the next book.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This was very sweet,romantic and sexy read.
I liked this book.
The charactes were very nice.Valentina is a great single mom.She is strong and determinate to give the best of her to her son,and she is doing a great job with it.
Cole is really hurt with everything that happend between him and his ex-wife and I think that women like Valentina was just what he needed.
This was super sweet and sexy romance.The chemistry between characters was hot and real and I was rooting for theme from the beginning.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read and a great debut novel I really enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing what Diana writes next. I loved both Valentina and Cole they were wonderful characters both have their own baggage to get past before they can learn to trust and love again. A super storyline and a great read I just loved it
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Book 1 in the Desert Monsoon series and the debut book from this author. A good read that will have you hooked from page one until the end. Cole and Valentina were a good couple and they had very good chemistry between them.

I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Jennifer Hanson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut novel from Diana! I really enjoyed this book and would consider it an easy read, nothing too thought provoking or angsty but a fun read. Valentina and Cole are great lead characters that will make you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Randee Green
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Backlit PR and NetGalley for the ARC.

You’re going to need to take a cold shower after reading this steamy contemporary romance novel by Diana A. Hicks. LOVE OVER LATTES is the first in the Desert Monsoon Series, and it is also Diana A. Hicks’ debut novel. (Published February 7, 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.)

Valentina is a single mom and a recent college graduate. She is trying to get her life back on track with a college diploma, a new job, and a fresh start for herself and her son
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love over Lattes was my first book by Diana A. Hicks and the first book in her Desert Monsoon Series and Ill definitely be reading more of her book and this series for sure. Valentina and Cole have both been burned by love. As a single mom Valentina trying to buy her and son a beautiful house but when that falls through she doesn't want to move back into her parents house when a sex as sin man she been watching from her coffee shop seat offers her a place. Cole is bitger after his divorce from h ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a wonderful, fabulous surprise! I started reading Love Over Lattes and could not put it down! This is an awesome debut (I'm assuming because I can't find anything else written by her and believe me, I looked!) I loved every. single. thing. about this book -- the visual she creates, the emotions she evokes and the depth of the characters she writes -- this was the perfect read for me in all aspects. I loved Cole and Valentina and I adored them together even more. The storyline is emotio ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

A splendidly sweet and steamy romance with a great set of characters, a perfect storyline and plot that just drew me in from the get go. This is Diana A. Hicks debut novel and I have to say, I am smitten with it. Its sweet, its charming, its cute and sassy. The banter and dialogue flowed smooth and had me smiling and sighing.

I loved both Cole and Valentina. They were both fascinating and wonderful and unique and cute characters that I enjoyed getting to know an
Victoria Bunce
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: contemporary romance
Shelves: reviewed
I received a copy of LOVE OVER LATTES on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

Five stars and here's why:

Diana Hicks had me at latte! This dual-POV story has all the feels, so I immediately got sucked right into the book with its perfect blend of fresh writing, well-developed characters, and a page-turning plot! Cole is swoon-worthy in his pursuit of Valentina, but she’s a commitment-phobe because she’s got her son Max and their future to consider. Wha
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet love story about Derek and Valentina who meet in a coffee shop after silently seeing each other (seeing, not dating) every day for the last few months. Valentina needs somewhere safe to live for her and her son after graduating college, but loses the place she has lined up due to her credit. While crying, Derek comes to her rescue by offering his cottage.
Overall, I thought it was a sweet story. I thought it seemed a little slow, but I don’t know what should have been changed.
Brenda Lowder
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Over Lattés sweeps the reader away with its sizzling chemistry between recent college graduate and single mom, Valentina, and the mouth-wateringly sexy billionaire who offers her a home, Cole. In chapters alternating between each of their perspectives, a love story rife with sexual tension unfolds. As their troubles mount against them, they learn and grow and find a way to arrive at a pulse-accelerating, satisfying ending.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book on the first page. The strong characters pulled me in. Love Over Lattes isn’t your typical billionaire romance novel. It has an extra layer of intrigue, an unsolved mystery, mixed into the story. The chemistry explodes, but it is also sweet and funny. It’s so easy to get lost in the pages and stay up too late reading them.
This is a beautiful debut novel. I cannot wait to be swept away by more of Diana Hicks books!
Carol Potenza
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hooked me the first page

This was a great romance that hooked me on the first page! I loved both Valentina and Cole and their struggles with trust and the stomach clenching twist of this romance. Sexy and hot, can two people who fall in love overcome the the obstacles thrown at them and find Love over Lattes? Yep and it’s worth the read!
Jennifer Oloughlin
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Derek and Valentina have a lot working against them in Love Over Lattes. It was great to watch them fight for their present and future.

I read an arc
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
***I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

I struggled with Love Over Lattes, by Diana A. Hicks. I really liked the premise but I had trouble connecting with the characters.

Valentina is a single mom who has graduated from school and is hoping to finally be a full-time parent to her son, Max. Since she got pregnant, she’s been relying on her mom and dad. She has a job lined up but thanks to some debt, she’s having trouble finding a safe, affordable p
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately but reading Love Over Lattes has kicked my slump into the kerb! I devoured every word in less than a day. What a fabulous, twisting, turning, swoony, nail-biting story this is!

The beginning had my attention when Valentina (what a beautiful name!) sees Cole every day in the coffee shop. Never speaking bu oh, the wishes she had. Once these two speak... MONTHS later! The sparks just fly off the pages and whizz around the room. Neither can stop what happens
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Valentina is almost ready to graduate from college and making a home for her son and herself. For the past several months she has come to the same coffee shop to watch the hot "Quad Americano" who comes in after his workout. Colt has secretly been watching Valentina when he comes to the coffee shop but has sworn not to bring her into his life until he finds her crying over her lost apartment. Without thinking he offers her his cottage to rent. Will they find love or will their pasts destroy thei ...more
Bette Stanek
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5, but not enough to bump to 4. Diana Hicks is a new author to me. Her writing style is good, there were more than the average dropped words within sentences, but I blame that more on editing. It wasn’t enough to interfere with the story and was only slightly annoying. That being said, the storyline was interesting and entertaining. There were no real surprises and everything was laid out a bit too neatly for me, but it was still entertaining. Cole and Valentina are two extremely distrustful p ...more
Becky Wise
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Love Over Lattes so much. This is the beginning of Derek Cole's and Valentina's story. You can catch them in their sequel Unravel You and find out what happens between the two of them. Trust me you are going to want to read that one. I love Derek and Valentina so much. They are each others other half. The chemistry is just so strong between them you can't help but to drawn to the two of them. I love how caring Derek is with Valentina's son Max from the very beginning. That alone will mak ...more
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Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, is the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spendi

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