The Ingredients of You and Me
Author: Nina Bocci
Publication Date: 28 April 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a story about a baker who takes her chances on a new town…and an old love.
After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—and Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating and charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.
But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert and Jenny Colgan, The Ingredients of You and Me is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading and LOVING the first two stories in the Hopeless Romantics series by Nina Bocci (On the Corner of Love and Hate and Meet Me on Love Lane), so when I heard that a book three was coming, you can imagine that I jumped at the first opportunity to read it. Now, if you haven’t had the chance to read the first two books in the series, don’t worry, you can still read and enjoy The Ingredients of You and Me as a standalone.
Parker Powell was baker extraordinaire and owner of the upscale bakery Delicious and Vicious in bustling NYC. Unlike most bakeries, D&V was known for delivering baked goods with any message you wish, so cheating husbands could get “I hope it falls off” cupcakes and bosses can get 2 week notice cakes.
In search of a new adventure and to move past her current “baker’s block’, Parker sells D&V and heads to the small town of Hope Lake where her friends currently reside. Unfortunately, she also runs into Nick, the guy from their friend group that she secretly dated for months who ended up ignoring her and leaving her to pick up the pieces…and he’s not single.
This heartwarming story was more than just a contemporary romance. This story was about friendship (loved the entire storyline of Parker helping the grandma’s in town reconnect with baking), self discovery, honesty, and forgiveness. Nina Bocci does an incredible job of creating truly authentic characters that come to life on the pages. There’s none of the love at first sight or unrealistic romance. The relationships are messy and full of miscommunication and everything else that is a part of everyday life (and I don’t just mean the relationship between Parker and Nick).
Overall, if you’re looking for a laugh out loud, feel-good story that also includes lots of baking then definitely pick this one up!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the tour invite and to Gallery Books for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.