Lindsay’s first meeting with Ryan Kwok, a movie star, doesn’t go well when the man knocks over a tray of matcha tiramisu donuts. But when he requests baking lessons before he appears on Baking Fail, Lindsay doesn’t tell him no. Before too long the pair of them are cooking up more than just pastries as they bond over grief. Their chemistry is undeniable, but both wonder if it can last.
This was so much fun to read. I loved all the characters, especially Ryan and Lindsay, but the supporting cast was great too. Mel, Ryan’s former co-star, and Vivian, Lindsay’s roommate were the standouts, and I hope the author writes more about them. It was nice to see that both of the main characters had friendships and relationships outside their romantic ones, and both Lindsay and Ryan’s issues with their families were really relatable, but then Lindsay and Ryan themselves were incredibly relatable both as characters and as a couple.
I really loved the way that they understood one another’s grief and were supportive of each other. I also really appreciated the fact that communicated pretty well throughout the book and their relationship. Ryan especially was a really great love interest because despite the fact that they had a meet ugly, he was never is dismissive or nasty to Lindsay. I’ve read too many book where the love interest’s reaction to the meet ugly is something that I, as the reader, can’t get over to make it a believable romance. I also love his sincerity and earnestness about being a good romantic partner. There were a few times were it felt like Lindsay was rehashing the same insecurities over again, but it really didn’t detract that much from the story. I tend to struggle to find contemporary romances that I really enjoy, but this one absolutely hit the spot. Four out of five stars.
CBR15 Passport: Different Genres/Subgenres – Contemporary Romance
CBR15 Bingo: Edibles – There are so many sweet treats in this book.