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First in Series Review! TEMPTING TASTE by Sara Whitney (Cinnamon Roll Alphas #1)

Cinnamon Roll Alphas series graphic
Temping Heat, Tempting Taste, Tempting Talk, Tempting Lies
"Fun, Smart, & Sexy"

The new book in Sara Whitney’s romcom series is coming out Feb 9th! Check out TEMPTING FATE and catch up on the series today! Check out the award winning CINNAMON ROLL ALPHA series today!

Read the series reviewers are raving about:

“The perfect amount of tension, smoldering heat, unexpected twists, and a satisfying conclusion.” Sarah, Paranormal Peach reviews**

“Caution: Don’t start reading this book at bedtime unless you want to stay up half the night and need a gallon of coffee the next morning.” **

“This book was amazingly good! I frantically read to see where things would go.”**

“The interactions are hilarious, while the sparks are flying everywhere. I was all in cover to cover. Now it’s your turn to hit that one-click button to experience it for yourselves!” **

“Sara Whitney is a witty and charismatic author. Her characters are lovably flawed humans, and it’s always a joy to watch them figure their **** out!”


Tempting Taste cover

Josie Ryan is everything that grumpy, risk-averse Erik has always tried to avoid.

Loud. Pushy. Distractingly gorgeous.

But now that he’s opening his own wedding cake bakery, he needs her business savvy almost as much as he needs to bury his hands in her fiery red hair.

Their chemistry’s explosive both in and out of the kitchen. Can they can find the perfect balance of salty and sweet, or are their differences a recipe for disaster?

Tempting Taste, an RWA© Vivian© award finalist, is a steamy standalone rom-com featuring a cinnamon roll hero who literally bakes cinnamon rolls and the big-hearted heroine who appreciates his, um, hot buns.



OMG, this was too adorable!

Josie and Erik’s story is an opposites attract story of the absolute best kind–one with food porn and muscle-y bare arms thrown in for good measure. Oh–and the banter! I mean sure, most of it is one-sided, but Josie does an excellent job of keeping up both sides of the convo while Erik stands there all stoic-like.

He’s very good at looking stoic. And Josie is excellent at talking. And they’re both really good at…other things 😉

Ms Whitney has put together a fabulous world of cinnamon roll alpha heroes here, and I for one am here for it. Of course she started the series off (if you discount the prequel novella, which I’m going to have to at the moment since I read this one first) with the ultimate cinnamon roll alpha with the man-bunned, magic baker that is Erik Andersson–he’s definitely going to be a hard act to follow. But I’m all for giving her other heroes a chance to try and live up to his example.

I’m generous like that.

Honestly, I don’t even like man buns, but every time we saw Erik put up/take down his hair through Josie’s eyes, I swear *I* got all hot and bothered. And don’t even get me started on the descriptions of his bare forearms. And his cakes…


Yeah, I’m ready for book 2.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Tempting Heat cover

Finn thinks Tom’s her enemy.

The truth is, he’s loved her for years.

Now that a blizzard’s trapped them together, he finally has the chance to tell her the truth.

Forget about the storm raging outside. It’s the ice protecting Finn’s heart that Tom has to melt.

Tempting Heat features a dirty-talking hero, a schedule-obsessed heroine, and–wait for it!–only one bed. While Tempting Heat is a novella, the rest of the books in the sassy, steamy Cinnamon Roll Alphas series are standalone full-length novels.


Tempting Talk cover

As the city’s most popular deejay, Mabel Bowen learned the hard way that it’s safer for her reputation if she stays single.

No problem. Work keeps her busy.

But then she meets the all-business accountant overseeing the sale of her radio station, and the only thing she can think about are the Superman muscles hiding under that Clark Kent suit.

With brain-scrambling levels of chemistry on the line, is she willing to risk her job–and her heart?

Tempting Talk, an RWA© Golden Heart© award finalist, is a feisty, funny standalone rom-com about a woman of words and a man of numbers who fight falling in love the whole way.


Tempting Lies cover

Thea Blackwell never commits to anything. Not jobs. Not hairstyles. Not men.

Yet here she is dreaming about buying a house and having it fixed up by the town playboy who’s never spared her a second glance.

Then out of the blue he offers her a shocking proposal: he’ll help renovate her house if she’ll help repair his wild reputation.

Their hearts are off limits in this fake relationship. So why are all these for-show kisses starting to feel real?

Tempting Lies is a steamy, swoony standalone rom-com featuring a charismatic carpenter and the woman who loves to watch him swing his hammer–plus a bonus rescue dog!


About the author:

Sara Whitney writes sassy, sexy contemporary romance novels packed with wit, heat, and heart. A 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award finalist, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter and film critic before she earned her Ph.D. and landed in academia. She’s a good pinball player, a so-so karaoke singer, and an expert TV opinion-haver.

In a funny twist of fate, Sara’s married to a divorce attorney, and she likes to think that her happily-ever-afters help keep their household in balance. She and her husband live in the Midwest surrounded by books, cats, and half-empty coffee cups.  Keep up with Sara by subscribing to her mailing list here.

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