This book was too cute!! Full disclosure, I would love to start my own bakery one day, so I was just way too into the concept here, for starters. 🙂 Aubrey is an absolutely incredible baker living in the small town of Weldon and running her bakery, Comfort Zone. Business is booming, and she’s planning to expand into a new location. At the same time, food critic Landon ends up stranded in the town of Weldon, and writes a devastating review of Comfort Zone…because he was given a six-year-old’s birthday cake by mistake (honestly, he was SO HARSH. Wouldn’t you ask why your perfectly normal cake had gummy worms in it before putting someone nearly out of business???).
Meanwhile, Aubrey and Landon – not knowing who the other is – spend an incredible night together. As you might’ve guessed, things get pretty complicated from there… Landon is desperate to undo his mistake without ruining his reputation as a food critic, and ends up getting Aubrey a spot on a cooking show that pays enough to get her back on track. But this also means being in close quarters for three whole weeks.
I just thought this book was flipping adorable. Jayci Lee writes her characters really well, and has a great handle on their inner monologues that really sell the story to you. The plot was just a joy to read, I could hardly put it down despite having a mountain of college homework to work through. 🙂 Once the plot gets real dramatic I just could not stop myself, haha.
I loved the relationships between Aubrey and her family and friends, which were evidently really strong bonds that added to the warm feeling of the book. I didn’t find the main characters to contain the level of depth I particularly associate with the best-of-the-best, but I still really enjoyed this one. It was just a happy, feel-good read. Easy-peasy.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of A Sweet Mess when you can!
A copy of A Sweet Mess was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jayci Lee’s book will be released July 14, 2020.