Bachelor Bake-Off #3
In Sprinkled with Love (Bachelor Bake-Off #3) by Jennifer Faye, after an accident puts Avery Wainwright out of action for four to six weeks, he finds himself back in Marietta and entered in the town's Bachelor Bake-off by his sister. Not knowing a thing about baking, he turns to the one person he knows he can always rely on, Jillian Parker. Will Avery finally realize that Jillian is the one person he can't live without, or will history repeat itself?
This is the second book I've read by Ms. Faye, and just like the first book, I absolutely loved it. The way this story started had me rolling my eyes at Jillian's mom because of how she treats her cat. Seriously, it was like she thought of the pet as a second child and I could understand why the heroine reacts the way she does towards her mother. Not only because of the cat but because of what her mother has to say about her non-existent dating life since calling things off with her boyfriend. However, what I liked most about the beginning was how the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story. Let's just say, luckily, Avery is a good driver.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, the history between these two that left Jillian a bit heart-broken because it seemed Avery didn't return her feelings in the past, and everything these two go through on their journey to happy ever after. Including a mother's disapproval of Jillian getting close with Avery again; whether the hero can come up with the money to buy the ranch he wants; an ex-boyfriend that wants the heroine back for reasons I desperately wanted to know; surviving the wedding where Jillian is likely to be ganged up on by her family; and the decision Avery faces on whether he'll stay in Marietta or return to his rodeo career. However, there were some light-hearted moments that had me smiling, because once Avery commits to the bake-off, he wants to do his best.
Both the main characters entertained me from start to finish with their back stories and their growing relationship. Jillian is spirited, independent and I could understand why she was so hesitant to give Avery a chance. First, she has an ex-boyfriend she needs to deal with and then because of what happened in the past between her and Avery, she's worried it'll happen all over again. His rejection really hurt her in the past. Moreover, I liked how she was willing to help Avery with learning how to bake. He needs her, as it's palpable he doesn't know the first thing about baking.
While Avery, I felt sorry for him because of the guilt he's felt over what happened to his parents. He needed to realize that what happened wasn't his fault, if he was ever to be truly happy. Then there's the big decisions he has to make. Will he leave Marietta and return to the rodeo circuit? Will he be able to buy the ranch he wants? Will he take a chance with Jillian? His point-of-view really drew me in because of the choices he did end up making.
Overall, Ms. Faye has penned a fantastic read in this book, encompassing two wonderful characters that have an undeniable chemistry, a fast-paced plot that I couldn't get enough of and secondary characters that I enjoyed because of their need to match-make, especially Jillian's best friend. The way this story ended had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, because of the decision Avery made about whether he'd leave Marietta or stay. Could he give up Jillian just because he was too stubborn to do what his sister wanted him to do? I would recommend Sprinkled with Love by Jennifer Faye, if you enjoy the matchmaker trope or books by authors Shirley Jump, Melissa McClone and Kate Hardy.
Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.