Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review: Hookup Cafe Series by Fifi Flowers

Title: Hookup Café Series
Author: Fifi Flowers
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April/May 2017

Series Blurb

Welcome to the Hookup Café Series featuring a quaint café called Cafélicious, located in the downtown area of San Diego, owned by Pansie. Sitting at a table in the café, you will meet her friends, employees, customers, and her poetry man Basil. You will, also, get to read about romances with Marzi's delivery man Avery; Evie's musical man Nate; Saylor's beastly man Deacon; Vivienne's blind date Mason... and from a male POV, Vin will tell us how he is tormented by Darla. Come along and enjoy the laughs, tears, friendships, and romance that this series has to offer!

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When a sinfully gorgeous man enters Cafélicious, the owner, Pansie, is consumed with his beauty and although she thinks he might be homeless, he has captured her heart without even knowing it. Basil, the man in question, is instantly smitten by Pansie and makes it his mission in life to woo her with his poetry and charm. Could it be that he is the man for her at the so-called Hookup Café?


When a hunky delivery man steps through baker Marzi’s kitchen doors of Cafélicious early one morning, she gets from more than the supplies needed to create her amazing sweet treats. Avery gives a hold new meaning to the words excellent customer service and he’s willing to deliver far more than his goods. Marzi busy with her business and personal issues, limits Avery to one day a week. Will he continue to accept her limitations or will he breakthrough and get her to give him dessert anytime, anywhere?


When Evie welcomes everyone to Cafélicious’ Open-Mic night, she finds herself doing something totally out of her comfort zone thanks to a heart-stopping, beautiful man sitting close to the stage sporting sexy arm tats. Nate stares up at the vision before him with his clear blue eyes and finds himself lost to her as he watches the shy café server belt out a sensuous song. Their love of music draws them closer together. It was supposed to be a summer fling, but will it turn into something more?


When one very muscular man walks up to the counter of Cafélicious, head barista Saylor is abruptly asked if she was named after a one-night stand her mother had with a stranger. Not one easily intimidated, she puts Deacon in his place which only seems to make him come on stronger and when he tells her that she likes him because he is bold, rich, and strong, she isn’t sure if that’s true or if she wants to slap him. Could it be that he is right?


When Vivienne joins an online blind-dating service and sets a date, she has him meet her at Cafélicious owned by her best friend where they can check him out to make sure he is not a dud or worse. Unbeknownst to mystery man Mason, her friends are texting her a message that reads laced with spice meaning that he is handsome and that she should show up. What will happen when he finds out that she has cheated the system?


When a stunning woman sits down at a counter where chef Vin is attempting to create gourmet dishes, he decides that she should be banned from sitting so close to him. It turns out that she will not be leaving his sight as Darla is the new wine rep in charge of pairing his cuisine with her wines. Listening to her wine presentations that put him on the edge, he categorizes her as light, full-bodied and himself as screwed. Can these two pair up outside of Cafélicious?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:


I could hear them in my head telling me to loosen up, let him explore and nurture my garden of earthly delights. Since seeing his words on the napkins, they had been referencing sex by inventing naughty garden terms that included texting phallic produce to my phone.

… thanks to poetic words whispered intimately from Basil’s incredible mouth. Petals, silk, velvet, fragrant, love… yes, he was quite fond of that word and used it often. If not for him putting on the breaks, turning us so that my back was to his front, encouraging us to sleep, I would’ve been deflowered. It didn’t matter that I was no longer a virgin, I just knew by the way he caressed me in all the right places that pollination with him would mean so much more than it ever had.

Oh, just one more block and elevator ride and you can fertilize my garden, pluck my petals… No more sexy words.


I like my coffee the same way I like my liquor; with a double shot. Hit me! Make it knock my socks off.

There will be no ends for us, only beginnings.

We’re going on a date-date. I’ll pick you up, take you to dinner and then take you home and present you with a lot of good night kisses that last til morning.


She undoubtedly knew about their semi-private island in the Bahamas and how they were photographed nude via a long-range lens from a supposed vacationing yacht cruising by. If I had to hear about my father’s junk again I would scream. It was bad enough to have your mother call you and tell you to steer clear of the internet because your father’s huge packet was everywhere.


A gym rat, that’s what he was. Depending on the time of day— before or after the gym— he either got a hot coffee or iced mocha latte. Always the coffee in his cup had to be as he ordered it ‘bold, rich and strong like me.’ He was so full of himself.

Imagine the abs… his lickable abs. Saylor, you should spill hot coffee on him so he has to take his t-shirt off in a hurry.

There’s a saying that goes something like; if people annoy you, simply ignore them, and they will go away. You don’t want me to go away. You want me as much as I want you… since the first day I saw you almost two years ago on a Thursday morning.

I know something big with a low calorie count you could put into your mouth, and as a bonus, I hear it releases essential vitamins right down your throat.


Well, at least my business life was good. My love life was in the dumps. Actually it didn’t even exist and I was sure that if not for my battery operated friend, I’d have cobwebs growing downstairs— if you know what I mean.

‘So here are my desired alerts; if he looks good send me a text Laced with Spice and if not a good match in your eyes— knowing my standards— send me a text Out of Coffee… That is the only way I am following through, like it or not ladies. You’re either with me or getting fucked up haircuts the next time you come into my salon.’  It was amazing how quickly they agreed to help me out…not that I would ever ruin my beauty engineer status for any man. I had a professional reputation to uphold.

You’re not experiencing love at first sight. You love my wit. I get that a lot and it usually goes all downhill from there. Wine… let’s order wine. It makes me look a whole lot better, I assure you.


I come from a long line of rebellious people…

I thought she was my one and only forever. Funny how things changed when the real one came along and you realized that the first one was just a warm-up.

My Review:

Each novella in this series was a deliciously naughty treat.  Each installment provided an amusing, sweet, sexy, and engaging story featuring the endearing and quirky personnel and close friends of Cafélicious, a bistro/bakery that specialized in comfort food, good coffee, and the famous, highly praised, and secretly named Orgasm Cookies.  I adored and was enamored with each character and appreciated how the series was interconnected and featured a different couple in each installment while still continuing to involve the previously featured characters and their tales.  While each installment was complete and could stand alone – well, what’s the fun in that?  Read them all!   

Empress DJ 

Author Bio

Fifi Flowers, an internationally known artist turn author from the Los Angeles area of California, writes romance novels and paints fantasies with a Parisian flair while daydreaming of her time spent sipping cafe crème in the cafes of Paris.

She penned her love of Paris and romance to the pages of her first novel, A Window To Love, published in 2013, when she sat down, and instead of putting paint to paper, put her pen to paper and began her first novel. Since that first novel, Fifi has self-published several steamy contemporary romances and has many more in the works.

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