- File Size: 1477 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: Unveiled Books; 1 edition (April 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071YDPGPP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bakers, Bundt Cakes & Bodies (Sweet Seduction Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Tara owns Sweet Seductions Bakery and when she's invited to compete in the Creative Confections Bake-off she couldn't be happier. While her professional life is coming along great, her personal life has been ignored. Three years ago, she left her fiance - Stephen - after he accepted a job in the secret service. She returned home to Depoe Bay and her bakery. Now, Stephen is back, there's a cute new detective, named Brad, and Corey - her best friend and the person who helped her start Sweet Seductions - has declared he's in love with her and wants to marry her. And then the bodies start appearing and Tara needs to find out who the killer is before she's next.
In many ways, it feels like the author is writing a fantasy: Tara has three guys all interested in dating her and who have no issue with her kissing each of them. That all three guys are friends and coworkers also doesn't seem to matter. Scenes discussing the relationships feel repetitive and it's hard to follow any emotional tether in them, mostly because there doesn't appear to be an emotional tether. Instead, the characters simply repeat their desires.
So much time is spent on setting up the romances that the mystery portion of this book is barely even touched. Sure, there is murder - and lots of it - but it's solved fairly quickly and without a ton of drama . Perhaps the author felt that readers would need more since she included a short story at the end from the POV of the killer - and wow is the killer super creepy! If you're the type of reader who likes to guess who the killer is, well, good luck here, because there is no way for you to guess the convoluted plot.
In many ways, the author would have been better off writing a light-hearted rom-com that revolved around Tara and her boys, rather than try to include the murder plot line. In the end there was a glimmer of something interesting but too much of this book fell flat for me to enjoy it.
NB: I was given a copy of the book and have chosen to review it
Had I not read the synopsis for this book, I wouldn't have been able to tell you who Tara was suppose to be in a relationship with. After reading the Prelude and everyone calling everyone baby, made worse by the fact that everyone was kissing everyone I was left baffled!
For characters who are suppose to be in their 30's I felt like I was reading a story about some hormonal teenagers with the way they were all over each other all the time.
I hated the fact that there was so much cheating going on while reading this book. Although I can see where some might say it's not technically cheating. Tara is sleeping with Corey while he is 'dating' Stacy. Then she's making out with Stephen, her ex-fiance, kissing the newest detective and sleeping with both Corey and Stephen. Gwen, Tara's sister is suppose to be in a relationship with Matthew and it must be a committed one because she hopes he will purpose, but then in the next couple pages she's making out with Austin and going on dates with him... Ummm that's a big fat no. Everyone is making out with everyone in front everyone as if they are teenagers and haven't heard of a thing called privacy.
All in all I had to force myself to keep reading this book. It took until about the 75% marker to finally start the "mystery" part of the book, but even before then I pretty much knew who was going to be doing the killing. The author was so repetitive and I think the word laugh or any form of it accounted for more than half of the authors word count!
Tara owns the Sweet Seductions bakery and when she gets invited to a national bake off challenge . That's when things start to fall apart . Her rival Ivy aka posion ivy is also involved . Well it starts with a murder that Tara fumbles upon with the help of her best friends who are also cops. Austin Corey Stephen and Brad the new cop in town . With their help they will solve the murders and keep Tara safe .
The characters are well written but I didn't feel like they were complex enough. I felt like the guys who are all in the 30's were acting more like hormonal teenagers then men wearing shields and carrying guns . Tara and Gwen feel like they are giggling school girls sometimes when the guys are around . They are too busy sometimes kissing each other to actually get some work done .
Over I liked this book , it was a fast read and you want to cheer for Tara and then in the next instant you want to slap her upside the head . I think that the author could of written this story as a rom com instead of the mystery . She does great at bringing the romance to the book . Over all it is a good story with the ending that you will not expect coming .