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Lauren Boyd writes romance that entertains and provides escape from daily life--and sometimes, you might just learn a thing or two. She likes to bake and decorate cakes, although she's not very good at it, and she grew up and currently resides in North Carolina, where Baking Love is set. Connect with her at www.laurenboyd.webs.com.
I made the mistake of starting this book in the evening after dinner. When I finished the book, I had a huge smile on my face, except it was 2:00 AM!
Kate Sullivan is the baker and owner of Sullivan's Bakery in Hillsboro, N.C. She inherited the bakery and her baking skills from her grandmother who recently passed away. Her assistant is her best friend Jess Turner. Kate, Jess and her fiancé Mark have been friends since high school. There was one other guy in their tight group, who was also Kate's best friend, but after realizing she was in love with him, and before she could tell him, he went back to college and disappeared from her life. She still misses him and it's been three years.
Kate is working with a new client who is at the bakery for a wedding cake consultation. She is struck by the woman and her mother's well groomed and New York looks and attitude. After just a few minutes of talking she realizes she has Bridezilla on her hands! " I want my wedding cake to be unlike anything anyone has ever seen. It goes without saying that the decorations should be tasteful, not tacky." Cecelia also wanted eight tiers, a nightmare to assemble, not to mention delivering. The words " Money is no object" makes the deal a little sweeter. When the groom comes to pick his groom's cake, with his fiancé she is shocked and speechless when she sees it is Eric, her best friend and the man she loves.
This novel is so much fun to read. Kate is resolved to give this bride and groom the best wedding cake ever, even if it kills her! Kate tries to convince herself she's over Eric, while he seems to be trying to get closer!Read more ›
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Kate Sullivan has taken over her grandmother's cake business and is doing what she loves. Unfortunately, her new client, Cecilia, is not only picky, but snobby. They definitely don't start off on the right foot. Luckily the large, expensive wedding cake Kate is asked to make will be well worth working with someone so difficult. When the groom to be comes to the next meeting Kate's heart flips when she realizes it is her former best friend, Eric, who she had fallen in love with years ago. Now he is back, but marrying someone else. They are thrown back into each other's lives and is the chemistry still there? Will Kate and Eric be able to be friends? Will Kate's feelings for Eric resurface? Read this book to find out how everything turns out!
Baking Love was a fun, sweet read. There were parts of Kate that I could easily relate to, like her passion for her creative outlet (although mine is most definitely not baking). Anyone that has fallen for someone and been too afraid to tell them will be able to connect to Kate's feelings. I can't imagine making a wedding cake for someone I had been in love with for years. It was interesting to see the way things played out between Eric and Kate. I liked that throughout the book Kate doesn't act sneaky nor does she do anything that would make her seem like a bad person. The pacing was great and the writing was easy to read and enjoy. I read the book in one sitting. The author did an excellent job describing the cakes and making me crave sugar! I wasn't sure what to expect of Baking Love, but it was a fast read and perfect for the beach. If you are in the mood for some love, this book will certainly entertain you.
I was provided a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review of this book.
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I had the pleasure of reading Lauren Boyd's debut contemporary romance Baking Love and I have to say, I was quite impressed. The book did not read like a debut author's work. It was extremely well written, had excellent pacing, and an engaging story line.
Lauren did an excellent job of developing her characters. They had depth and I connected with them, especially Kate. I could feel her conflict as she dealt with her feelings for Eric. She was a strong character and kind of snarky, which I loved. Her internal dialogue was sometimes funny and I'd laugh out loud at her thoughts a few times.
In addition to developing strong, relatable characters, Lauren found plenty of situations to stick them in, creating enough conflict to keep the pacing of the book at a good rate. There were no slow spots where I found my attention wandering. My focus stayed firmly on the story. There was a scene I especially liked. It put Kate in a very uncomfortable position, which is the best position to put characters because it keeps readers entertained, and it kept me reading and giggling. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say pretend brides can be funny...and a little bittersweet, too.
I will admit I was a little worried going into the story. Kate, the main character, is hired to bake a wedding cake for the man she's in love with and the woman he's marrying. I didn't know how I'd feel if in the end of the book the man, Eric, were to leave his fiancée for Kate. But I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of the book. I thought it was perfect. Everything wrapped up exactly how it should and left me with a smile on my face and a sense of contentment.
Bottom line: Lauren Boyd baked herself a good one with Baking Love. She is definitely an author I'll be watching. I won't hesitate to read another book of hers and I highly recommend Baking Love to anyone who loves sweet contemporary romance.
My rating: 5 Stars (with frosting on top)
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