Cupcakes and Christmas
The story of long nights in a wintry mountain hotel, a baking show with secrets, a snowman called Jeremy, and finding the greatest love of all.
by R.J. Scott
After winning season four of ratings hit the World’s Best Baking Show, Brody Thomas had become a sought-after cake maker to the stars. Happily married, he dreamed of a bright future, but his perfect life imploded when he discovered that his husband had done nothing but lie to him. A year later, Brody is mid-divorce, and his life has been turned upside down, so being part of the WBBS charity event is excellent timing. He’s sure it will give him time away from home and space to get his head straight, only he never expected to meet the man of his dreams in a snowy Alberta.
Winning season one of WBBS gave Justin Mallory a chance to outrun the demons of a childhood lost in the foster system. He’s a social media influencer, with millions of followers, and works every hour to make money that equals security for the rest of his life. His marketing team signs him up for the WBBS Christmas charity show, but he’s convinced he’ll fall at the first hurdle. Only, after a few days in the competition, his worry isn’t that he’ll be the first to leave, it’s that he’ll lose his heart to a rival baker, Brody.
Brody and Justin are past winners of baking show, brought back with other winners for a grand bake-off. They’ve watched each other’s episode and have secretly admired the other. Brody is getting divorced and his ex cleaned him out. Justin grew up poor and is obsessed with banking money till he reaches his “magic” number. He’s an internet darling and it obsessively rules his life. Neither man expects how this one little baking show will change their lives.
This author has penned some of my favorite series so I expect a good story and I wasn’t disappointed. Not really a slow burn, but not a jump right into bed either. Some amusing and appealing characters populated the book (plus a couple of decidedly unlikeable ones).
A thoughtful take on getting what you want versus getting what you need. Nice storytelling. Just the kind of book to curl up with on a cold winter night. And cake, all the cake.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.
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RJ Scott is a USA TODAY bestselling author of over 140 romance and suspense novels. From bodyguards to hockey stars, princes to millionaires, cowboys to military heroes to every-day heroes, she believes that love is love and every man deserves a happy ending.