What does one do with a matchmaking cat named Romeo?
Spirited and beautiful, Jillian Parker is one of Marietta’s newest business owners. Still, her mother worries about Jillian’s bare ring finger. So in order to give her mother something else to fuss over, Jillian adopts a cat named Romeo. He turns out to be anything but a docile lap cat.
One snowy night, Romeo makes a break for it. With Jillian right on his heels, they have a near miss with a passing pickup driven by Avery Wainwright, one of Jillian’s closest friends. A rodeo accident has the sexy cowboy returning home to recuperate, and he’s not happy about it.
So when Avery finds himself lassoed into the Bachelor Bake-Off, he turns to the one person who has always helped him out—Jillian. But will teaching him to take chances outside of the show ring have them both discovering that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they ever imagined?
Review: This is the third book in the Bachelor Bake-Off series. Each book is written by a different author and revolves around a charity baking competition involving some of the eligible bachelors in Marietta, Montana. Of course, since we’re talking romance, do we really think all of these bachelors will remain bachelors once the authors are done with them?
In Sprinkled with Love, we follow bachelor Avery who is cowboy who is home recovering from a rodeo injury. He gets roped into participating in the Bake Off and turns to Jillian for help. These two have an interesting history. When Avery’s parents passed away, Jillian stepped in to help Avery with his siblings by being a nanny. There was always some tension between the two of them, but with Jillian’s role with the family and her younger age, nothing happened. Now a few years later, the run into each other, friendship resumes and well, you guessed it, romance blossoms.
Avery’s newly home, dealing with rodeo injuries, remodeling the family home and a meddling younger sister who is the reason he’s now in the bake-off. Jillian has just opened her own shop and is dealing with a matchmaking mother…. and once Avery reenters the picture, she’s having to deal with resurfacing feelings.
I’ll admit, that there were moments when I wanted to hit these two as their internal thoughts went around and around. But that’s a pretty common theme in romance novels, so I can forgive it. In the end, I liked both characters and was rooting for them to get over their objections and finally get together. And of course, in addition to cheering on their romance, I wanted all their dreams to come true and for the bake off to be a success.
While this isn’t my favorite book by Jennifer Faye, it is a solid read and a good addition to the Bachelor Bake-Off series. I’d recommend reading this story if you enjoy small town romances.