ARC Review: Baking for Keeps by Jessica Gilmore

cover107067-mediumTitle: Baking for Keeps (Bachelor Bake-Off, #4)

Author: Jessica Gilmore

Publisher: Montana Born, Tule Publishing

Expected Publishing Date: February 28, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook

Rating: 4 Stars



Lacey Hathaway has it all — a job she loves as a local radio DJ, a home with her adored, eccentric aunt and, best of all, a community after a childhood traveling with her musical parents. So what if her life is a little too safe? Marietta is everything to Lacey. Not only is she helping to organize the Bachelor Bake-Off and filming a documentary about the process, she’s also volunteered her brother as a Bachelor. But, when her brother backs out, Lacey has to find a last-minute replacement. And who better than her aunt’s lodger, gorgeous – if taciturn – Zac Malone?

Zac’s not exactly community-minded. In fact, he makes it clear that the sooner he’s out of Marietta the better. But when Lacey persuades him of the powerful impact the Bake-Off funds will have on local children, he decides to give it a go. On one condition. If he has to learn to bake, so does disaster-in-the-kitchen Lacey. Desserts aren’t the only thing heating up, and as the attraction flares and Zac makes plans to leave, Lacey’s beginning to realize that maybe there is a world beyond Marietta’s borders after all… if she’s brave enough to take that step.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Baking for Keeps is my favorite of Bachelor Bake-Off series so far! I got that tight-knit small town feeling in this story, without the over-the-top-nosiness from the elder members of the community.

Lacey and Zac, the main casts here, were polar opposites in every way. The story was told from their alternate POVs, giving voice to both thought and feeling; which often at odds with one another. The gradual swap in manners both on Lacey and Zac felt genuine. Although – once they owned up to their feeling – the relationship accelerated swiftly; way too swiftly in my estimate.

What I love most were how people’s life story intricately connected others’s and in time would also affect our MCs. It’s so cleverly and touchingly woven, and brought all the feels and emotions in me that it made that swift change I mentioned earlier quite acceptable.

This is a nice introduction to Jessica Gilmore‘s writing and a lovely entry to the series. I’m gonna continue on to the next books and hope to get as nice a story as this one. If not more! 🙂

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

Pre-order link:  Amazon US

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