Happy Tuesday friends! Today is a BIG pub day in the Bookstagram world! Check out my Instagram stories for individual posts, but big shoutout to What You Wish For by Katherine Center, The Safe Place by Anna Downes, and now this one, A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee!
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𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: A Sweet Mess
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Jayci Lee
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Romance, Contemporary
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 55/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨):
Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see her gorgeous Korean unicorn again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn between throwing and hearing him out.
When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance. And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those three weeks as close as possible…by sharing a villa.
When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51164758-a-sweet-mess
This was a cute little rom-com perfect for food lovers! Warning: Do not read on an empty stomach!
All jokes aside, I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet (pun intended), wholesome, and just a little bit steamy!
What I liked: I loved how dedicated Aubrey was to her craft, and I loved how dedicated Landon was to Aubrey from day one. While this romance was predictable, it felt very similar to your cheesy Hallmark movies – you know, the one’s that you just don’t care how cheesy they are! I LOVED Jayci Lee’s descriptions of the food and wines – it made them jump off the page and I felt like I could smell and almost taste everything while reading. I also appreciated that while there was a little bit of steaminess, it didn’t overpower the rest of the book. I’m all for steaminess, but it wouldn’t have felt right in this work.
What I didn’t like: It was wordy and took forever to get to the point. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary fluff that made it drag a little. I also wish we would have gotten more insight into both of their families. The little snippet we got of each left me wanting more. Now I will preface my next point by saying this was a Netgalley ARC: some of the construction of the book itself was HARD to follow. This book comes out tomorrow (7/14), so I assume that will be fixed, but in my copy, it switched from one perspective to another or from one time period to the next in the middle of a page just by starting a new paragraph and it confused me a bunch of times.
Overall, a very cute, enjoyable read for romance lovers!
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 @𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.