Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen
Series: Donner Bakery #1
Published by Smartypants Romance on October 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I'm Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family's curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.
No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.
Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.
The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She's the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I've ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can't.
Because when we met, she didn't need true love. She needed a best friend. And that's what I've been to her... for five years.
But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.
If I can't get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.
'Baking Me Crazy' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
That is how I felt once I finished Baking Me Crazy. Now, I’m not going to lie, when we are first introduced to Levi and Joss, her condition took me by surprise as there’s not even a hint of it on the blurb View Spoiler » at 15 Joss falls ill, there’re some complications and she ends up with her legs paralyzed and mostly wheelchair-bound « Hide Spoiler. It took me a little bit to adjust to this unexpected scenario but Joss is such a strong person that she had me falling in awe with her in the next minute.
Let’s start from the beginning, though. All the men in Levi’s family are cursed to recognize that one woman for them at first sight and on the spot. Of course, Levi does not believe in it, until the day he sees Joss for the very first time. Unfortunately for him, Joss is not in a place where dating is even a thing on her radar, and with no other thought than being able to stay close to her any way he could, he became the best friend she needed.
Fast forward 5 years and Levi is the bestest, hottest, most attentive friend a girl could want. Funny, charming, protective and sexy AF, he has no clue how to make Joss see him as the guy who wants to be her boyfriend and not just her best bud forever. Levi was the epitome of dreamy perfection and he made me love him in .5 seconds. He was also the most adorable lovesick fool ever. I loved him I tell you!
What Joss lacked in mobility she made up in stubbornness and sass. Dealt a really crappy hand, there was no other option than to be in awe of her determination to overcome everything that stood in the way of what she wanted. I loved that she was headstrong and had a temper but that she could also be introspective and (eventually) deal with her issues. I can’t say I didn’t find myself wanting to slap some sense into her on more than one occasion, as Levi was right there and absolutely perfect. But considering where she was coming from, the way their relationship evolves is just right.
I’m not usually a fan of friends-to-lovers romances and NA is not my favorite either, but Baking Me Crazy was totally amazing. With great chemistry, humor, fabulous characters and some very sexy shenanigans once Joss takes off her blinders, I loved everything about this romance and I’m hoping the rest of the Buchanans get their stories too!
Rating: 4+ Stars
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