Kick off the next generation of Summerhills with this friends to lovers novel about love and the power of cake.
Cake is like sex: delicious and spicy.
And, according to Henriette Buchanan (wedding cake baker extraordinaire), a wedding cake should be doubly so. After all, it represents the lusciousness of a couple’s future, laced with intentions for a happy, fulfilled life.
If only someone would bake her a cake like that. Only the intentions she’d ask for would be success, because unless she manages a MAJOR coup, her fledgling cake business is going to take a dive before it’s even taken off.
Enter Liam Buckley, aka Hot Chef and Henri’s what if?
For Liam, Henri was the one who got away. Now he wants a second chance. Knowing her business is at a critical juncture, he creates an elaborate plan to help her.
Step one: have his big shot sister pretend to have a celebrity wedding (ordering a big cake and inviting big media to spotlight it).
Step two: invite Henri to their old Irish manor house to make it (the better to woo her).
Step three: steal kisses from Henri as they get cooking (yum).
Henri is tempted by what Liam is serving, but with the media coverage the wedding promises, she’s focused on her masterpiece. Love can wait, right? She doesn’t have time to have her cake and eat it too.
But things get out of hand: add a fake fiancé, an irreverent plumber, and a few Summerhill cousins into the mix, and it’s chaos in County Mayo. Will Henri and Liam be able to create their own perfect future, or will it collapse under the pressure?
Love in my life
I was captured from the first page. It Was as if I was living in the time not just reading. This was the first time with this author but not my last. She brought the page alive!
The Words You Say
I loved this book—the premise could have been zany, which would have also been fine (and there was a bit), but attention was paid to the details that make up a person, and …read it. You’ll see. It’s smart and lovely and steamy.
Great story of love, wedding cake, and comedy — if it can possibly go wrong then it will go wrong. This is the story of Henriette & Liam and Maeve & Evan and falling in love.
The premise is unrealistic but it is so sweet, romantic and funny that I became immersed in the story and had a hard time putting the book down. The way the characters are described and brought to life is captivating. I enjoyed Henriette’s take on wedding cakes and the uniqueness of the flavors she creates and the way she “reads” the couples she bakes for. The lengths Liam goes to in order to woo Henriette is so sweet and how he gets his family involved shows that they will do anything to support each other. The mishaps with plumbing, miscommunication, how Liam reacts to seeing his sister in love are just a few of the times I was laughing.
This is book eight of nine in the Summerhill series and I did not feel like I missed any part of the story by not reading the other books yet. This is my first time reading a book by Kathia and I am liking her writing style so I plan to read a few more soon.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.