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A Sweet Mess

A Sweet Mess

By Jayci Lee


Korean-American author Jayci Lee delights with this delicious and light-hearted romantic comedy that readers will devour and ask for more.

Bake a chance on love.

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d see her gorgeous Korean unicorn again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn between throwing and hearing him out.

When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance. And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those three weeks as close as possible…by sharing a villa.

When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.


By the time I finished A Sweet Mess, I really wanted dessert. The descriptions of the food, including the disastrous cake that lead to Landon’s bad review, were so delectable. Landon and Aubrey have an instant connection that ends in an one night stand. However, they later learn that Landon wrote a negative review of Aubrey’s bakery, due to a cake mix-up, which is threatening her business. I’m not sure I bought Landon’s reasoning behind not writing another review but it leads to the plot of Landon and Aubrey sharing a villa while she films a cooking show he’s producing. While there were plot holes and I felt like the second half of the book didn’t really go with the story, I did love characters of both Landon and Aubrey. My like for both of them had me rooting for them to work things out and kept me reading to the end! Even though I didn’t totally agree with how the story flowed, I did end up enjoying A Sweet Mess.


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