Thursday, July 16, 2020

Blog Tour: A Sweet Mess - Jayci Lee

A Sweet Mess

Jayci Lee
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Korean-American author Jayci Lee delights with this delicious and light-hearted romantic comedy that readers will devour and ask for more.

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see the gorgeous Korean hunk again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn between throwing and hearing him out.

When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance. And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those three weeks as close as sharing a villa.

When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.

Aubrey's employee mistakingly gave a special order cake to the wrong customer, who happened to be a food critic, who happened to also be Aubrey's one night stand, Landon. His scathing review threatened her business, and in an effort to atone for the mess he created, he invited Aubrey onto a cooking show he was producing. Both of them understood, that they needed to keep it professional, but would they be able to resist their undeniable attraction to each other? 

Five things I loved about A SWEET MESS
  1. OMG! So. Much. Food. Obviously, there were many sweet treats featured in this book, as Aubrey was a pastry chef, but there was more, so much more. I was treated to quick meals whipped up by Brandon and some really incredible take out and restaurant food, as well. My mouth watered often, and I now have a list of dishes I need to taste.  
  2. Aubrey was pretty fabulous. She had left her home and her father's fortune behind in her teens, and built her business all on her own. She encountered quite a few uphill battles in this book, but she never stopped fighting for her dream. I just loved her ambition, tenacity, and fortitude. 
  3. Landon ended up being pretty incredible. He initially came off as very cocky, but he was super sweet, caring, and considerate. It was nice to see someone take care of Aubrey, since she had been on her own for so long, but he also wanted to support her dream, and that meant a lot to me. 
  4. The fantastic hero and heroine were elevated by a magical setting and fabulous supporting characters. Every place Lee took me sounded like a bucket list sort of place. The settings were quaint, charming, and super cute, and they also had some fabulous inhabitants. Both Aubrey and Landon were blessed with stupendous best friends and some amazing mothers, who added even more to my enjoyment.  
  5. Be prepared for a LOT of push-and-pull. Brandon and Aubrey spent a good part of the book fighting against their desires. In between all that pushing and pulling were many funny, tender, romantic, and rather steamy moments. 
I had such a wonderful time rooting for these two. Their journey from one night stand to forever was filled with lots of laughter, a multitude of food, snappy banter, and plenty of swoons. Lee gave me an ending, that elicited happy tears, and I couldn't have asked for more. 

* ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


JAYCI LEE writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge and is semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and traveling, and incidentally so do her characters. Jayci lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction. She is the author of A Sweet Mess. 

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