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.
Review: Baking for Keeps follows the two main characters of Lacey Hathaway and Zac Malone. The story flips back and forth between the two characters flawlessly throughout the book. This type of writing makes it so much easier to get to know the characters on a much deeper level. It brings both Lacey and Zac to life and lets the reader see how the character evolves throughout the story.
The hard nut to crack in Baking for Keeps is Zac Malone. He left the small town he grew up in and never looked back. Now big city living is for him and he doesn’t ever see himself wanting to go back. All it takes though in this case is the right woman, Lacey to make him see what he has been missing all these years. What started as a business trip for Zac has turned into learning more about Lacey and his feelings for her. Reading how he evolves from such a single man without looking for more, and to see him open up to Lacey and make her see her full potential was so heartwarming and well written.
The pace of the book moved right along throughout the entire story. I was never left wondering why a character did something or where they were in a point in time or location. I found Baking for Keeps to be full of details and never left me wanting. That is why I give Baking for Keeps a Rose that Rules All rating. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Favorite Quote: “I know what it’s like to be alone. To shoulder responsibilities that you’re not old enough for. To not know how to fit in homework alongside taking care of the house and working enough jobs to pay the worst of the bills. To wear clothes that don’t quite fit-that aren’t quite clean enough. I know this house is for everyone. For all Marietta’s kids. And that’s how it should be. But there will always be kids who need it more, maybe just for a little while, and I’m in this for them.”