Title: A Spoonful of Sugar
Author: Kate Hardy
Series: Bachelor Bake-Off #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Tyler Carter is a healthy-eating gym owner who doesn’t bake. When his employees enter him into a bake-off contest to raise money for Harry’s House, an after school space for kids commemorating local first responder Harry Monroe, he needs to learn–fast!
Shy special needs teacher Stacey Allman loves to bake and often dreams of sharing her confections with her uber fit, gorgeous neighbor. So when Tyler sets off his smoke alarm and explains his dilemma, she can’t resist the temptation of playing pastry chef tutor. He offers boxing lessons in exchange. More time together? Yes please,
But when Tyler’s ex comes back to Marietta asking for his help, will it derail Stacey and Tyler’s chance at love, or will it make them see that they’re the perfect fit?
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This was a deliciously sweet romance from the multi-author Bachelor Bake-Off series. Tyler is a confident, good guy who’s a little wary of romance, while Stacey is shy and sweet and they are exactly what each other needs.
I really liked how the baking was such an integral part of this story. Not just because of the bake-off itself, but because it gave Stacey a chance to be confident and in control, proving to herself that she has worth. Tyler is so good at supporting her and giving her compliments that matter. They make such a cute couple, whether it’s baking, boxing or just being together. I really loved their relationship.
I also liked how Stacey’s hearing impairment and stutter were handled. They are important aspects of her, but not all that she is, and although they played a part in the bad relationship between Stacey and her father, they were not the whole reason for it. Her father has a lot to answer for, but I loved how Tyler slowly helps Stacey grow stronger, until she can stand up for herself and thoroughly refute her father’s horrible name calling.
Also, this book really isn’t all about the winning. Sure, Tyler would like to do well, but this book is as much about not being perfect at everything and learning to fail with dignity as it is succeeding at every single endeavour.
In all this was cute and feel good and fun, with likeable characters and baking dramas. I did feel like the romantic conflict was a little too contrived, but I can forgive it for the overall enjoyment of the rest of it. I can’t wait to read the next bachelor’s tale.
A Spoonful of Sugar is Out Now.
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