bakery

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Fake It Till You Bake It

Fake it ‘Til You Bake it is a fun romantic romp featuring two characters who have to do a lot of growing to land themselves a sweet ending. Jada Townsend-Matthews is one of those people who is famous for being famous.  A rich heiress living off of her trust fund, she’s become a reality telev ...

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Big Wild Love Adventure

After being ditched at the altar, Emmy Shaw’s heart, like her dented food truck, is definitely not open for business. Deeply in debt to her parents and evicted from her apartment, she takes a friend’s drunken dare and fills out an application for a new dating-adventure reality show. She never ex ...

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Baking Me Crazy

I wanted to read Karla Sorensen’s Baking Me Crazy because I’m always looking for good representation, and the heroine of this book uses a wheelchair due to transverse myelitis. The story, a friends-to-lovers romance,  takes a realistic look at disabled life, but I’d have preferred the confl ...

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Chef's Kiss

What a fun, refreshing slow-burn of a romance!  Chef’s Kiss understands what joy cooking can bring, and it brings it to life through a union between grumpy and sunshine, that universally appealing combo.  TJ Alexander has some real writing skills, and they deploy them perfectly. Highly-strung ...

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Donut Fall in Love

Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After years of constant work and the sudden death of his mother, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he strug ...

B+
Witch Please

I read and very much enjoyed Strange Love by Ann Aguirre (which is a highly amusing science fiction romance that made me believe insectoid-like aliens and humans could end up together - no really, you should check it out!) and that's what made me pick up this book. It was a very good decision. Co ...

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Battle Royal

Lucy Parker has another winner on her hands with Battle Royal, the first book in her new Royal Insiders series and also her first novel published under the Avon Imprint.   I’ve enjoyed all her books so far and have loved quite a few of them; they’re stylish and engaging and wonderfully romanti ...

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Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teete ...

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Arsenic and Adobo

During the early nineties and nones, I spent a lot of my time reading about how caterers, bakers, innkeepers and tea shop owners had clients drop dead of murder at their eateries/events/hotels and then went about solving the crime before the incident ruined their business. Stepping into that long st ...

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A Taste for Love

Like most Jane Austen adaptations (this one is a riff on Pride and Prejudice), A Taste For Love struggles to work some of the plot devices of the original into the modern world. While some aspects of this book are sweet, it’s ultimately underbaked. Liza Yang’s parents run Yin and Yang, a Taiw ...