Today’s theme: Great books, awesome authors – and wildly wonderful, super satisfying romances! Be sure to check out the posts on Kennedy Ryan and Kate Clayborn, too!
In A Sweet Mess, Aubrey and Landon have a one night stand, not realizing she’s a bakery owner and he’s a restaurant critic who tasted the wrong cake from her stock and wrote a scathing review, threatening her business.
Sometimes when you read books with these kinds of concepts, they feel contrived or hard to believe, but Lee set this up with such ingenuity and realistic crossed wires, we are totally in.
And then things get really complicated!
I loved this book! I loved the way the characters get entangled, then conflicted. I love how Aubrey stands up for herself and Landon defends himself, even as he’s trying to find a way to help her from behind the scenes.
Everything worked in this book, from the chemistry to the conflict, the continued tension and the inevitable but incredibly satisfying ending. Their friends, who both helped things along and made things more difficult at times (because don’t real friends tend to do that, too?)
Lee is definitely an author to watch, and I’ll be watching closely.
(She also has a series with Harlequin Desire that sounds delicious, so you can check those out too. Aren’t those covers magnificent? The second one, SECRET CRUSH SEDUCTION, releases Sept 1.)
A SWEET MESS
Aubrey Choi has been content running her highly successful bakery Comfort Zone and with its first expansion taking up all of her time, dating has been the least of her priorities.
Then a one-night-stand with gorgeous Korean hunk Landon Kim makes her want things she didn’t think she had time for. Too bad it turns out he’s a celebrity food critic whose scathing review of Comfort Zone goes viral and nearly destroys Aubrey’s business—and her fond memory of their night together.
Landon tries to clean up the mess he made by offering Aubrey a spot on the new celebrity cooking show he’s producing. She agrees to use this as a way to save her bakery and her reputation—no thanks to him—but vows to guard her heart. Now Aubrey and Landon find themselves sharing a villa in California wine country, which is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. For the next three weeks, baker and critic will tempt each other as they struggle to resist admitting that they have all the necessary ingredients for love.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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