A Sweet Mess
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Review: A Sweet Mess – Jayci Lee

Content warnings: While at first glance the cover is cute (is that the chocolate bundt cake?), I’m going to point out that since this is an illustrated cover, there is zero excuse for whitewashing the two Korean main characters. I previously read Jayci Lee’s Harlequin debut, Temporary Wife Temptation, and loved it, so I was very excited for this book.…

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Recipe for Persuasion
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Review: Recipe for Persuasion – Sonali Dev

Content warnings: While I had my issues with the first Raje family book, most of it had to do with the handling of Emma’s medical issues, so I was hoping for, well, less Trisha in this book. Plus, since this is a Persuasion retelling, it has my favorite trope – second chance romance. Whatever the reasons, I liked this book better…

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Pregnant by the Playboy
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Review: Pregnant by the Playboy – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: Ever since reading Mr. Hotshot CEO, I’ve wanted a book about Vince, the guy who refused to return his workaholic brother’s cellphone unless he attended an orgy with him. Accidental pregnancy books are usually not my thing, but Jackie Lau has a knack for exploring tropes, and I thought this navigated the issues I usually have with them…

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The Cake King
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Review: The Cake King – Rosie Chase

Content warnings: Michael Godwin, the Cake King, has summoned several bakers from across the country to Lexington in order to hold his own private bake-off to determine who’ll bake the cake for his celebrity sister’s wedding. Sam’s not quite sure what she’s doing in a room full of big name bakers, considering she just does desserts at a tourist restaurant…

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A Match Made for Thanksgiving
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Review: A Match Made for Thanksgiving – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: I’m a pretty big fan of Jackie Lau’s books. They’re funny, intrinsically Canadian, and usually feature lots of delicious food (Nanaimo bars are the standout here). This novella feels a little fluffier than usual, but I still loved it. Nick was glad to escape his small hometown of Mosquito Bay, and the only thing that keeps him coming…

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Ice Cream Lover
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Review: Ice Cream Lover – Jackie Lau

Content warnings: There’s three things I’ve learned to expect from a Jackie Lau book. First off, there’s going to be delicious food, whether it’s Tim Horton’s donuts, dim sum, or durian ice cream (ok, that last one might be debatable!). Second, there’s going to be lots of humor, often very wacky humor. Third, there’s always an exploration of some serious…

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American Dreamer
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Review: American Dreamer – Adriana Herrera

Content warnings: OK, first off – if you love food romances, this is completely the book for you.  It’s ownvoices for Dominican rep, and the amount of delicious Caribbean food is incredible.  But, besides the food, this is a lovely romance with the perfect amount of angst! “Dude, can you be at least a little sympathetic? This is a big…

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Ultimate Pi Day Party
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Review: The Ultimate Pi Day Party – Jackie Lau

I’m a pretty big fan of Jackie Lau’s contemporary rom-coms, so I jumped on this!  It’s the official start of the new Baldwin Village series (though there was a prequel Christmas novella).  Like the pies Sarah sells, this book is both sweet and savory, and oh so yummy.  One quick warning – this book will make you SO hungry! Josh,…

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The Secret Ingredient
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Review: The Secret Ingredient – Nancy Naigle

I love second-chance romances and baking, so this seemed right up my alley.  Plus, it’s set in a small town in North Carolina and involves a baking competition.  How could I resist?  And I’m glad I didn’t, because this is such a sweet, adorable romance. “I’ve never met anyone who made me feel the way you did. The way you…

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