4 a great escape read stars!
This was a buddy read with @ Ribbon Reviews, if you are not following her you should do that immediately. She does wonderful reviews and great blog posts!! It was so nice to read a book with a friend and compare thoughts and notes. I have buddy read before but we usually didn’t chat the whole way through or keep track of where the other person was so we didn’t spoil it.
Onto the book and review… This book follows two characters Leah and Sam. First of all I am a sucker for a hero named Sam no idea why it’s one of my favorite male character names. Leah owns her own bakery (yes you will be hungry while reading this book), and doesn’t feel she needs a man in her life right now. Especially after the craptastic relationship she got out of not too long ago. Leah is committed to cutting back on all things delicious like sweets and hot men. When her best friend Val drags her out for a night on the town enter the delicious looking Sam.
Let’s start with Leah, poor Leah is so down on herself. She doesn’t feel that she is attractive. Apparently curves were a no, no in her house growing up. I don’t know how this happens because every woman has curves, I haven’t met any without. Leah is working her butt off to have a successful bakery; little does she know her bakery is already a hit. She goes out for a night on the town and gets “stuck” with Sam. While he does say some things that can be taken the wrong way Leah takes them in the worst way. I felt that Leah did have thoughts that every women has but her thoughts seem to be to the extreme? Maybe that’s just me.. I really enjoyed her feisty attitude and how she didn’t back down when it came to Sam and his attitude about her. I wish she would’ve grown her backbone a little sooner toward her mother. It felt like a lot of build up for a quick solution between the two. I loved, loved the character conversations between Leah and Sam. I felt those were the best parts of the book, the banter was witty and great.
Sam has decided he wants to settle down just not right now. He just got away from a crazy lady with a timeline that he apparently messed up by not wanting to get immediately married and have 2.5 children with. He decides to be a wingman for his best friend and dance with Leah; however he ends up insulting her almost right away. When he goes to apologize to this gorgeous dream of a woman he ends up helping her out around her bakery. Then he tries to help her deliver a cake to a wedding and ends up becoming her fake fiancé. While he agrees to keep up the façade for a weekend with her family, he can’t help but start to admire Leah as a person. Sam is not a perfect character by any means. He of course is a hard worker having his own construction business and working his tail off. I enjoyed how much of a protective man he was of Leah almost immediately, while he was attracted to her you can tell he would protect any little lady of any harm coming her way. It was so hard to watch him trying to be an ass in front of Leah’s parents because you can tell it kills him to make them hate him.
Overall it was an adorable read, some parts were very predictable, and the ending felt a bit rushed. I however thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their stories more than anything else. I think I’m only marking it down to a 4 star because I wanted more. I didn’t want the ending to be so rushed with things getting resolved between her and Sam, and Leah and her family. I wanted more of an ending.. However I do have to say that last cake, it made me smile so big 😀
Goodreads link here.