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The novel, too, starts out casual, with cookies and sex, but gradually the reader is pulled more and more deeply into the lives of the characters, getting to know the tight web of friends and family who surround these two and make their union nearly inevitable (and pretty hard to give up). What first appears to be a simple will-they-won’t-they problem of a hook-up turns into something much more deliciously complex, with friends and ex-lovers, babies, life passions, baked goods, all mixed together.
The characters—Alex, Craig, and their overlapping circles of friends—are all so clearly-drawn, so real. Nobody’s a flawless protagonist, nor is anyone an unsympathetic villain (even Alex’s ex-boyfrend, whom many of the characters consider a jerk). Everyone gets to be nuanced and complicated. (Give things, a poetry teacher once said, the dignity of their names. This is as true for people as it is for petunias.) The relationships between friends and family are as attended-to here as the “main” relationship between the novel’s two erstwhile lovers—it’s as much about those relationships as it is about the love story (or maybe these stories are an integral part of this love story). There even come to be a baby and a puppy, but neither is there simply for its cuteness. Nobody gets used for this story.
It’s hard to stay uninvested as one reads Definitely, Maybe Yours. Perhaps that’s the point, because the novel, in so many ways, is about investment: in people, in passions, in relationships. It’s about how we invest, and why we do, and why we should.
I understand so well how a guarded and jaded guy like Alex could fall for Craig at a moment's notice - I was madly in love with Craig myself after reading only a page or two. Who wouldn't? Craig is amazing! Kind, warm-hearted, charming, easy on the eyes and just a tad nerdy. And he bakes the most wonderful stuff - oh, how it made my mouth water! NEVER EVER try to read this book without having something to nibble on. You'll need it!
And Alex... He's a more complicated character, but you grow to love him too. He's been hurt so much, to the point where he no longer dares to dream about happily-ever-afters, if he ever did in the first place, which is doubtful. However, you see him thaw out bit by bit, helplessly drawn to the easy affection and the I-can-feel-in-my-bones-he's-my-soulmate quiet content and domesticity Craig offers him. And it's not going to be easy, this conquering of his self-doubt and self-loathing, but if anyone can help Alex, it's Craig.
Lissa Reed uses such vivid descriptions that it's almost like a film playing in your head. You can picture it all so clearly, and I love that.
The only bad thing about the book is that it ended far too soon for my liking. I could have read a few hundred pages more of this. But hey... There's a second book in the same series coming, isn't there? Something to look forward to!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ★★★★★
Seattle-based baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine: baking cupcakes for an enormous family reunion, managing Sucre Coeur for its frequently absent owner, and closing out his day with a pint at the local pub. He has a kind heart, a knack for pastry, and a weakness for damaged people.
Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is looking to drown his sorrows, but instead discovers that he may have a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual?
Craig Oliver is amazing. Everything about him is amazing, from his English mannerisms, to his simplistic views, even his ability to bake with alcohol when his heart gets shattered is amazing. I really love this character.
I’ve never read anything by this author before, and it was the black guy on the cover which sold me. It was also the character of Craig. I love that he was an English born and bred and living in the States. I didn’t know what to expect from this. I admit, while reading this, there were some cringe worthy moments on how things were written, point of view changes, and the general tone in the first 40%. Certain things bothered me, I got disappointed. I didn’t like the secondary characters having a point of view in the story. I strictly wanted Craig and Alex. Plus it felt a bit disjointed, and sort of choppy when switching point of views as well. All of those were big no no’s in my book.
But nothing could deter me from the story itself. It’s two guys who did not want to date, just be casual who instead realizes that they are in love but it’s not easy. While Craig is open, honest, and free; Alex is the complete opposite. It’s like pulling teeth with him. The first morning after was difficult.
I loved the meeting of them. I mean who brings out a baked good at a bar? It was completely innocent, original and real sweet moment. I like that my heart fell for Craig at that moment. Being in both of these guys heads was an amazing experience. Craig was just being with Alex and it was sweet. I can’t get over how good of a character Lissa Reed was able to write, Alex was angsty. He had his reservations but with good cause. Throughout most of the book he did not want to talk of his ex. I kept thinking what happened? Unfortunately he never got to explain to Craig one on one before it blew up in his face. Here’s where I really fell in love. Their breakup. Yes I know it sounds callous, but they each had to realize what happened, how it happened, and what the other means to each other. Jeez that moment where strong Craig finally cracks in front of his friends had me in tears, and then closed off Alex breaks down to a 9 month old Kira and I couldn’t stop crying. It was sweet. Dude, then Craig brought this cute Yorkie name Fitz, by that point I was a total goober, because Craig gave the most beautiful reasons why he loves Alex. I’m giving this 5 stars because I loved Craig and Alex relationship, it wasn’t easy and it’s definitely how a relationship goes. I’m not doing it for the writing, or choppy sentences, or the instant point of view changes. I’m doing it for the romantic in me. I want to see more of them. Maybe a year down the line, when Alex is Alex again, and is learning to love himself.
Cover Art by Buckeyegrrl Design. The cover is the reason why I wanted to read it. I think he’s gorgeous, he looks exactly like Craig is described. Maybe a little younger than he’s supposed to be, but I still like it.
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