Making A Scene by Trudy Doyle

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Pamela Flynn is the author of the popular Tanaka & Shields series, about a hot Philadelphia detective duo whose upcoming fourth book will no doubt send Pam into the bestseller stratosphere. Or so believe her editor and agent, since a prestigious production company wants to turn the series into a movie. But only on one condition: Pam has one week to deliver a scene in which the sexy Philly cops finally drop the double entendre and do the down and dirty. But ever since Pam tossed out her live-in boy-toy after she caught him in bed with her oldest friend, she’s been cursed with a perpetual blank page. And if writer’s block isn’t bad enough, she can’t even get a decent cup of coffee.

So when Pam ends up at the new bistro, Serious Joe, she doesn’t realize how much inspiration can be packed into a gratis cup of coffee from the cafe’s steaming-hot owner, Roark Carmelli. But even though it’ll take a few Mocha Javettes, several croissants, a stakeout, a wild train trip, a gun to the head and the beta version of the mile high club, with Roark’s help, Pam’s betting she can make the scene!

From the outside Pamela (Pam) Flynn has it all. She’s the author of a well-known series of police detective books – Tanaka & Shields – which could be in the works for a movie and she has a younger grad school live-in boyfriend who cooks and cleans. But that’s on the outside. Pam’s editor and agent are both pushing her to push Tanaka & Shields relationship from full of sexual tension to a real relationship (in order to get that movie deal) – which means writing sex scenes. Pam can’t write sex scenes – or anything else for that matter – after she walked in on her boy toy and her oldest friend having wild, hot, kinky sex in her bed. Roark Carmelli is a hunk who owns a local coffee shop, Serious Joe. Pam meets Roark while still dealing with the shock and trauma of betrayal. They quickly start dating.

This was a quick, fun read. The book is rather well written and well edited. I enjoyed the majority of it and I only had one major gripe: Pam spends a lot of time in the beginning of the novel fantasizing about Roark and I’m not a huge fan of daydream segments. They always pull me out of the book and force me to re-read the entire segment to make sure that something didn’t happen that I missed. I also have to admit that it feels more like a novella than a full book. The relationship between Roark and Pam developed rather quickly and there are some storylines that were not completed.

My favorite part of the book was the part when the ex-boyfriend gets his (well deserved) comeuppance.

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