How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan is a deliciously fun read with great characters and yummy recipes!
Becca is in one of the oldest students in her grad school class and very uncomfortable with it when she realizes that going back to school really isn’t what she wants. She wants to bake. She’s loved to bake since she was a young girl learning from her mother. So she makes a life changing decision to drop out of school and follow her dream of eventually owning her own bakery.
Becca gets all the paperwork in order and even manages to land herself a job delivering up her baked treats to an office building. Her hope is that she will soon be delivering to even more businesses and word of her phenomenal baking will spread. With the help of her mother and her neighbor Sal she begins her venture. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting Jennifer, her look-a-like at the office. The two of them are polar opposites in personality though as Jennifer is evil to everyone and Becca can’t believe how she treats people. She also doesn’t plan on meeting Jeff, a man she feels an instant connection to. The problem – he is Jennifer’s boyfriend but when he shows an interest in Becca she is over the moon and can’t resist seeing where it will go. Yet is Jeff really everything she’s ever wanted or is she missing out on a true love that may be sitting right under her nose.
I really liked Becca. She’s funny and vulnerable and just the kind of person you could picture being good friends with. Then there are those wonderful mouth watering recipes she’s always whipping up. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that? One that would invite you for coffee and serve up some Sugar Cookies, Sand Tarts, Snickerdoodles, or Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese glaze. Yummo! The other characters were great as well and even though Jennifer was so evil to everyone I didn’t even hate her. Actually I found her quite amusing at times. If I had one complaint it would have been that I would have liked to find out more about the connection that Becca and Jennifer may or may not have had. That’s a minor detail though as the story itself is just delightful and a wonderful way to spend a snowy afternoon.
For fans of sweet romances and even sweeter recipes How to Bake a Man is certainly one to add to your reading list!
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