ARC Review: A Spoonful of Sugar by Kate Hardy

cover107065-mediumTitle: A Spoonful of Sugar (Bachelor Bake-Off, #2)

Author: Kate Hardy

Publisher: Montana Born, Tule Publishing

Expected Publishing Date: February 14, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook

Rating: 3.25 Stars

 

synopsis

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?


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

This second entry to Bachelor Bake-Off series is a sweet love story between a hearing-impaired special-needs teacher and a gorgeous, kind-hearted gym owner set in Marietta, Montana. They happened to live next door to each other; but a fire alarm triggered by failed baking (done by our hopeless-in-cooking hero, of course) was what really brought them together.

The Bachelor Bake-Off theme was more prominent here than in previous book. What I also like was the lighthearted tone the story have. Yes, Stacey had hearing problem and sometimes stuttered when agitated. But her unhappy childhood didn’t spill so much into the pages; instead she mostly shown grit and strength.

It also helped that our hunk of gym owner was a patient and thoughtful guy with a good humor. If not for his non-existing kitchen skill, Tyler was too bloody perfect to my liking! The man knew when to step back and reassess his next step! And the progress of their relationship felt so natural, in between baking and boxing lessons, AND the bake-off.

Let me get back to my standpoint that Stacey mostly showed grit and strength. Why I used “mostly” because – having basically too smooth sailing relationship – predictably, she stumbled when faced with first obstacle and just jumped into (her own) conclusion without much thought. The good thing was, her disability somehow helped to remedy the situation.

Which is why I consider this book pretty low on angst and (to me) a bit over the top on gesture. In fact, the last few pages seemed filled with too good and too soon to be true fix-it moments. Wouldn’t you love it had real world worked like that.

One last thing that bugging me here – and I know this is me being nit-picky – was that I feel the author could’ve picked not so similar sounding names for some of the characters. I mean: Stacey, Lacey, Marie, Mary? Minor issue, but they did confuse me a bit.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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