Nina Bocci comes with the third book in her Hopeless Romantics series, this one bringing everyone together in the small town with
The Ingredients of You and Me
Parker has his a ‘baking wall’ with her creativity, and there’s little that’s taking her out of her own frustration. Having sold her bakery (Delicious and Vicious) and now with time to focus on ‘other projects’, she can’t seem to get anything to work. Deciding that her friend Charlotte is just what she needs, she rents a lake house in the little town, and heads to Pennsylvania to rest, regroup and find her mojo. What she’s not told anyone is that she and Nick, also a friend in their little group, is best friends with Cooper and Henry: significant others of her two good friends Emma and Charlotte. In fact, no-one knows of the connection between her and Nick, and Parker still doesn’t know why he ghosted her before the holidays – just when she was getting ready to change her life with the sale of the bakery.
Of course, it’s really hard to avoid that one person you don’t want to see, particularly when he’s friends with your friends…but even more difficult when he seems to be the town’s ‘fix it’ guy – offering rides, shoveling, a helping hand where needed – everywhere. And everywhere just happens to be close to the house Parker rented, and comes in the form of Mancini, a senior citizen who refuses to be ‘senior’ in anything, is plugged into the ‘gossip’ from town, and would like nothing better than to see Parker rekindle the flame with Nick, even with his ‘girlfriend that isn’t right for him” always around.
From banter to actual friendships, new and old, to miscommunications, open hearts and arms, and a touch of drama from a girl who doesn’t quite fit in – there is very little NOT to like about this book. Discovering and helping the “Baking Nanas” find a new venture (aside from charmingly and occasionally annoyingly) keeping up with all the town’s gossip, the characters here are left alone (and pushed together) enough to find the choices and options that are right for them. With plenty of characters to enjoy and love, and lots of laughs- this is everything you hope to see in a small town romance, and delivers it all with style, flair and some yummy cake ideas. Bocci’s ability to remind readers of favorite authors while maintaining a story that is distinct and unique puts her into my ‘gotta have that’ list – when her next is released I’m determined to add it to my collection.
Title: The Ingredients of You and Me
Author: Nina Bocci
Series: Hopeless Romantics #3
Also in this series: On the Corner of Love and Hate , Meet Me on Love Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 28 April, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 41 minutes
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ IndieBound ♦ Google ♦Audible ♦Direct from Publisher
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a sizzling and sweet small-town love story that follows a bakery store owner who decides to take her chances on a truly hopeless romantic.
After selling her successful bakery back in New York, Parker Powell decides to visit her best friend Charlotte in Hope Lake, Pennsylvania to figure out her next steps. As she acquaints herself with the people in town, she begins to wonder why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls (a.k.a. the senior citizen women who hold court), the response from the town to her sweet treats, and Nick Arthur, the ever-charming local owner of a landscaping business she spent time with during her last visit, Parker finds a community of cheerleaders who encourage her to get her baking mojo back.
At first, everything is great—she collaborates with the Golden Girls to put new twists on traditional confections, and thanks to Nick’s advice, she’s quickly learning the stark differences between big city and small-town business practices. Although Nick has quickly become her friend and confidant, Parker’s determined to keep things platonic—especially since his girlfriend isn’t a fan of their friendship. But just when things fall into place so they can finally be together, Parker’s dream bakery is threatened by a major corporation who wants to take her down using the very bit of advice that Nick gave her.
With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep the business—and man—she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert and Jenny Colgan, The Ingredients of You and Me is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.