Review: Legends and Lattes (Legends and Lattes #1)

Title: Legends and Lattes (Legends and Lattes #1)
Author: Travis Baldree
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ
Publisher: Tor
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 7, 2022
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time.

The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able to go it alone.

But the true rewards of the uncharted path are the travelers you meet along the way. And whether drawn together by ancient magic, flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.


Viv, an orc warrior, decides to hang up her sword for good and open a coffee shop. No one in the town of Thune has heard of coffee, but she enlists the help of a few locals to get her shop renovated and open for business. Viv also has a secret weapon which she’s buried beneath the shop in the hopes that it will bring her success. As the shop continues to grow and expand, both in menu and amenities, Viv learns to trust and love. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I’ve seen nothing but good reviews for it. It was a very cozy story about a coffee shop in a high fantasy world. It was funny to see these fantasy characters discover coffee and cinnamon rolls, which seem so ordinary to our world. The story started out at a slow pace, as Viv slowly built the shop from the ground up, but it was comforting to see how well things progressed for her. The tension picked up at the end but I was so happy with the ending. 

Legends and Lattes is a warm and cozy read! I can’t wait to read the next book!

Have you read Legends and Lattes? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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