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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Kerry Carr

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story. I especially liked the recipes in it as the story went along.

Kally has been burnt and hurt by love in the past. She vows never to let anyone get that close again. She has her own home, a successful business in her little cafe selling delicious treats and coffee. What else could she want?

Until the day Max walks into her life. Max has had problems in his past too but no matter how much Kally pushes him away he is drawn to her.

Can they both recover from their pasts and will Kally be able to trust someone with her heart again.

I loved this book. The characters are likeable and relatable. It also brings into it cultural references to Greek families and the way they interact which was nice to learn about.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Piper Foster

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1)

This is a lovely romance book by a new author l. I love Kally and her baking. Kally passion for baking is shown fro the effort she puts in her cafe. Max at first is not what you expect. I love how light hearted and humorous this book is it puts a smile on your face. Kally is scared to commit to a relationship due to her past burns.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Angela Hayes

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Love Is What You Bake Of It is the first book in a wonderful new series, “Meraki”, by Effie Kammenou. I really loved Ms. Kammenou’s “Gift Saga”, so it was no question that I was going to read this book. I happily one-clicked a copy for myself and jumped right in. It is different from the Gift Saga stories- in a great way- still the same well written and polished product, and with Greek characters that just jumped off the pages- but with a more light-hearted, humorous and fun story.
This story has a lot going on in it, but doesn’t feel ‘heavy’ or overly complicated. It is primarily, a contemporary romance- with interesting and entertaining family dynamics, some suspense, love, humour, hope, mystery, secrets, and of course- baking.
Kally has been burned by love in the past, which has tainted her view on love and relationships. She has poured all her time, energy, and passion into pursuing her dreams- focusing on her café perfecting her baking. She’s built a great life for herself and she is happy with where she is in life. Then Max walks into her life, bringing complications she will need to address. Will she let down her barriers and take a chance on love again? Or will her tainted view on love, and the revelation of secrets keep her from opening her heart?
I really enjoyed this story. It had a bit of a “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” feel to the story- which I loved, but with its own unique identity. I loved the wonderfully quirky characters who really made this story come to life. There is no question, I will definitely be following the rest of the series!
A fun read!

Thank you, Ms. Kammenou!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Tausha Treadway

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou. This is a amazing love story. Its the story of Kally Andarakis. This is the story of Kally Andarakis who was always in love with baking. She has never thought she was worthy of love but when a handsome man way out of her league starts pursuing her she risks everything to be with him. When she listens to her insecurities Kally is brokenhearted and pours everything into her cafe the Coffee Klatch. She is very successful and loves what she does, has a pretty home, parents who argue all the time, a grandmother she’s crazy about and a man crazy best friend. Max Vardaxis has a precious daughter and that is his life until he walks into Kally’s cafe and he’s crazy about her. Will they be able to make it work or will Kally let her insecurities ruin it all? Read Love is What you Bake of it to find out!

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Kerry Baker

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Is What You Bake Of It by Effie Kammenou is the first book in the Meraki series. This book is so sweet and heartwarming that it will definitely put a smile on your face.
Effie Kammenou really knows how to write a good story. This book is exactly what I would expect from her. It is an interesting story that is well written and engaging. It has loveable, sweet characters that you just have to root for. And it has that something that means you have to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen.
This is the perfect book for one of those lazy afternoons, when you can just give yourself over to the story and get lost in the pages! This was a great book and a really lovely story. I would definitely recommend reading it.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Lisa Helmick

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first book by this author. I love how deeply we get Into the characters and their lives. The story was great! It easily kept me entertained and really surprised me now and then. The little sayings on the aprons is genius! I liked it at the beginning. But it was carried throughout the story which makes it lovely. I enjoyed each of the characters. There is a lot because…Greek family :). I liked Max a lot. He seems genuine. He has completely changed his life and his devotion (his would not give up attitude) is inspiring.

Overall this is a wonderfully book. I liked the story and the characters. Some more than others. The secondary characters really added to the story. Best Friends can really help make a story come alive and that’s what happened in here.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Laura Furuta

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1)
By Effie Kammenou
5 out of 5 stars

I loved reading the story Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou. It is a story that pulled me in and didn’t let me go until the final page. I loved reading about the characters of Kally Andarakis and Max Vardaxis. Kally loves to bake and it is shown by the way she runs her café, The Coffee Klatch. She is independent, strong, and caring. She also has been affected by the past which left her unable to trust. Max is attracted to Kally from the moment that he meets her. He soon can’t stop thinking about her. Kally is satisfied with the love of family and friends. She is content with her life until she meets Max. Will Max convince Kally that he is worth taking a chance on? What does the future hold for Kally and Max? Read this book to find out. This is a story that made my emotions go up and down the entire time I was reading it. I grew to care about Kally and Max and couldn’t help but want them to be happy. I also enjoyed the many additional characters that are introduced and interact with Kally and Max. This story is about love, romance, and family. It has some heartbreaking as well as heartwarming moments. It had me wondering what was going to happen next. There are also humorous moments that had me laughing. This is an amazing story that I would recommend reading.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Sara Oxton

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love is What you Bake of it by Effie Kammenou a five-star feast of a read. This is the first novel in the Meraki series and my first by this author, and I will be eager to read the rest of the series as this one did have a couple of dips and undercooked bits, but overall was a nice solid and sweet bake and left a lovely after reading taste. Kally was a great character, I immediately warmed to her and loved her aprons and the café, you could almost smell the coffee beans in the air. The Coffee Klatch just sounded like a great place to be, and Max well he sounded like the kind of man you could be proud of in his amazing uniform, even if he doesn’t feel like people should be proud of him. This was a great story and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into number two to see what flavour that one will be.

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Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki, #1)Love is What You Bake of it by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not my first book by this author but it is my favorite. It is a sweet second chance romance that is written with lots of heart and soul. The characters are well developed and made the story feel realistic. I had no problem connecting with them and could easily see them as friends. Kally has loved and lost, now she feels she is unworthy of love until he walks into her life. Content with her business, she wonders about Max and if he is worth it all? I enjoyed watching them grow together throughout the story plus their chemistry is great. Will Kally take a risk at love again? I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens with them.

 

Review by @bjwagner
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Genre – Contemporary Romance

Page Count – 263 pages

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The only love Kally Andarakis is baking is in the form of the sweet treats she whips up in her café, The Coffee Klatch.

Kally never believed herself to be a person worthy of love, but when an intoxicating man she considered out of her league pursues her, she risks everything to be with him. Later, when tragedy strikes, truths are revealed that leave Kally brokenhearted and untrusting.

Eight years later, Kally is a successful pastry chef running the café she’d always dreamed of owning. With a home of her own, a profession she’s passionate about, and the support and love of friends and family, Kally is content with the life she has carved out for herself.

Until the day Max Vardaxis walks into her café…

With arguing parents, meddling relatives, an overly energetic grandmother, a man-crazy best friend, and the long ago, mysterious disappearance of a grandfather, this new man in town is just one more complication in Kally’s life, if not the main one.

Kally must now decide whether to keep her heart safe or to once again take a ‘whisk on love.’

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Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart, or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.

 

In 2015, three years after the death of her mother from pancreatic cancer, she published her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, book one in a women’s fiction, multigenerational love story and family saga, inspired by her mother and her Greek heritage. Kammenou continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in the nationally circulated magazine Reminisce.

 

Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards.  Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga was awarded finalist status in the 2019 International Book Awards and Chasing Petalouthes, the last book in the trilogy, had also placed in the Readers Favorite Book Awards for the 2018 contest.

Her latest novel, the first book in a new contemporary romance series, is now complete. Love is What You Bake of It, follows Kally’s path to independence despite her sometimes stifling family and her tumultuous road to finding love. But it wouldn’t be a Kammenou novel without a delve into the past, or the references to mouth-watering foods.

 

Effie Kammenou is a first-generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or posting recipes on her food blog, aptly named cheffieskitchen, you can find her entertaining family and friends or traveling for ‘research.’

 

As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books for a little extra ‘flavor.’

 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH EFFIE KAMMENOU

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