Author: Jaime Samms
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
After losing a rigged cooking show competition—and a potential lover—to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.
Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. To escape the fallout, he’s gone to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.
Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.
I enjoyed reading How the Cookie Crumbles. This story was all about the characters and the author gave us men who were likable and full of potential.
Frederic was instantly likable and took me by surprise. I knew he would have issues because of his father, but I did not anticipate how deep his issues ran and how greatly they would affect his life. Watching his reactions and the way things were slowly revealed about him and his past was a struggle for me. I was torn between wanting to slap him and hug him. Slap him for not ever letting Blaire explain and for enabling his father to keep hurting him. Slap him for not taking better care of himself. But then I wanted to hug him for all the pain he had inside and to show him that he was worthy of love.
Blaire on the other hand was harder to connect with. At first I didn’t like him. His personality came off as cold and unfeeling. But then as the story progressed, his actions indicated that there might have been more underneath the surface than I had first thought. But Blaire was kept a mystery for most of the story and that kept me from truly understanding why he was the right match for Frederic. I loved the way he treated Frederic, he was caring and loving, and for that I loved Blaire too, but I still never understood his motivations for his actions and felt like there was more to his story that we never got to see.
This story definitely drew me in and help my interest to the end. However, the ending left me wanting. It didn’t bring everything full circle the way I needed. It felt unfinished and abrupt. There were so many questions left unanswered that I have to only hope there is a sequel in the works because if not, the way things were left hanging was disappointing.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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