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- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tule Publishing (February 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9PY5QR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Baking for Keeps (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Lacey and Zac were great main characters. They both have their issues (she really likes to talk - a lot), but they fit so well together and really brought out the best in each other. I loved the depth of Zac's personality and how much we learned about his past and why he was so closed off when he arrived in Marietta.
I really enjoyed this story.
I liked Zac and Lacey. One standoffish man who needs no other person to be close to will find himself smack in the middle of a town that knows no stranger, a family that is as warm, and down to earth as the delicious creations that come from their kitchen. Zac is a nomad, moving from place to place for his business. This time, as the owner, he had to step in and do a project himself. He may be back in a small town that brings back painful memories, but that doesn’t mean he has to take part in any of it. Lacey has found her place in Marietta. After a childhood of the nomadic life traveling with her family of musicians, she’s content with her job at the radio station and her home with the aunts. As we spend more time with Zac and Lacey we’ll begin to see the cracks in their beliefs of being perfectly content as they are. As Zac begins to loosen up his intense desire for alone-ness, Lacey will start to realize that she’s floating, waiting for something that will magically appear without any effort or participation on her part. Their attraction to each other is a slow awakening to possibilities, but the risks are huge – they have to decide if loving someone else is worth the risk, because there is no guarantee in life but the journey can be sweeter with the right person at your side.
The “Marietta Universe” has become so defined now, that most of us who live in that small town (through the numerous series) can feel quite protective of it. A story set in Marietta has some living up to that cannot be denied.. I was…impressed… with Ms Gilmore’s first entrance into Marietta. She got the feel of the town, the sense of community, the small nuances that – well, matter, to a long time reader. I certainly hope she makes a return visit there very soon for I love when an author “gets” an established community and slides right in like an old comfortable front porch swing. I admit that I’ve read some stories set in Marietta that did not have that feel, at all… and that always saddens me a bit. Those are compliments within that paragraph *grin* and I really hope to be reading more of Jessica Gilmore’s works in the near future.
I would recommend Baking For Keeps to any Romance reader who loves a good story, believable characters and a secondary character cast that pull it all together in a natural way.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Zac starts off as an ornery, uptight ass. Back in a small town bringing back memories of a time he worked his whole life to forget. Lacey is persuasive but it the reason why she’s helping organize the bake-off that pulls Zac in. Facing his past may be hard but learning to bake may be the death of him. But, he knows that he has to make the Aunts proud and he has to do this for the kids. What he’s not ready for is the impact it’s having on him and making him realize how empty his life is.
Lacey is attracted to the moody accountant living in her Aunts B&B but isn’t prepared for the zing she gets just when he walks into a room. Well, that’s when he graces them with his presence. When her brother backs out of the bake-off, she’s at her wit’s end. She needs to find someone to fill in for him. Zac it is … now to convince him why he should do it. Then, everything falls apart … he’ll do it as long as she learns to bake right alongside of him with a little side bet. But, spending time with Zac is proving to be somewhat of a challenge for her. He has her feeling things that she knows she shouldn’t. He has her talking about her past and why Marietta is really where she thinks she wants to be. He has her rethinking her life plan and thinking about moving on.
While both of them are battling the demons within, facing the decisions they made, enjoying learning to bake and just spending time together, love blossoms.
I adored this story. Witnessing Zac and Lacey face their pasts and start looking to the future was so fulfilling. Lacey’s family was fantastic. The Aunts were unique and had back-stories of their own that were wonderful. I know that this series is about the Bachelor Bake-off but it’s so much more.
Baking For Keeps was just plain fun. It was well written and brought in some zany characters. Jessica Gilmore, a new to me author, really had me interested in the way this story was going. She was innovative and original with her characters and her story-line. She brought the plight of the down-trodden to the forefront and made me realize just how much more than a bake-off this series is about. She gave me a happily-ever-after that was original, if not unexpected. I am really looking forward to see who’s next on the list of bachelors and hoping that the next author keeps up the with the sweet, sassy and romantic that I am coming to expect.
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