I wish somebody would've told me when I was a kid that the fateful day I decided to play truth or dare would ultimately lead to my recipe for disaster.
People can say till the cows come home that life is full of surprises but falling in love with my best friend isn't gonna work!
A snippet about me? Let's see...I'm Skeet Lopez-Mom's from right here in Comfort, Alabama and Dad's from Mexico. I love to bake and clog in that order. Did you know that clogging for one hour can burn up to 400 calories? Think about how many chocolate chip cookies that will allow me to eat!
I've got my plan firmly fixed in place-save up to purchase the bakery I manage. Falling for Jasper is not part of the picture. Why did I have to see him shirtless out washing his car? Good goobidy do. It should be against the law for that man to go shirtless!
Just when I think I've got my life worked out, everything explodes...or is it implodes? Gah! I can never keep my words straight. Who has time to worry about words, I've got bigger fish to sear here...err fry. My beloved bakery is being snatched from me, and there's not a dang thing I can do about it.
On the upside, I'm getting the chance to date the guy I've been crushing on since I was old enough to wear lipstick. I should be happier about it, right? I would be...except Jasper is being so annoying about the whole thing!
What's his deal? He already told me in no uncertain terms that I'm not his type! I got the memo loud and clear. I'm moving on. I mean it. No backsliding. No drooling over his cut muscles or crooked grin. And most important, zero fantasizing about how it would be if the two of us could become more than friends...
thoughts & feelings
If you've been around for a while you know that contemporary romance novels are not typically a genre I read and love. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part I stay away from contemporary romances. With that being said please take everything that I am about to say with a grain of salt.
Weddings, Lace, and Cake in the Face is a cute novel about a southern baker named Skeet. At the point of this novel (it's the third in a series) Skeet is working hard to save up money to purchase the bakery she manages while also refusing to acknowledge her feelings for Jasper. This was an easy read and has a fun point-of-view. Skeet, our leading lady, is full of sass and spunk and we get the entire story from her viewpoint. I loved how much personality Skeet was given and that it shone through in all aspects of the novel. Her southern sass and frequent misuse of words/phrases was by far my favorite part of the novel. The synopsis (above) is written in Skeet's voice so it's a great way to see if you'll like the feel of this novel.
My main issue with this story is that I felt like everything was revealed rather quickly. To be fair, I haven't read the other books in this series so maybe readers are given small bits of information and Skeet's story grows throughout her friends novels. Could be, but I'm not sure. After reading the first few chapters I didn't really feel like there were any surprises or new plot points to be revealed. I guess I wish things would've be revealed throughout the novel instead of within the first few chapters.
Even thought I haven't read the previous three novels I didn't feel lost at all. Jennifer Youngblood did a great job including enough basic information about Skeet's friends that I understood all parts of the story and where everyone stood timeline wise. To be honest I didn't even think to see if Weddings, Lace, and Cake in the Face was part of a series until I was about halfway through.
In order to be fair to you and to Jennifer's novel I did do a small dive on what other reads generally thought of this novel. On Goodreads (which I fully trust) Weddings, Lace, and Cake in the Face has received 227 ratings and has an average of 4.55/5 stars. Those who rated it lower than a did mentioned that they were a little confused about some of the main characters or didn't like the "voice" being used to tell the story.
Even though I am not a huge fan of contemporary romances I feel like those that are should give this book/series a try. It was a cute story full of love, frustrations, and relatable struggles. If you're a fan of contemporary romance, like a little sass, and friends-to-lovers then you should definitely check this one out.
clean, no swearing
Content & Trigger Warnings
Title: Weddings, Lace, and Cake in the Face
Series: Good Girls Don't Come Last #4
Author: Jennifer Youngblood
Good Girls Don't Come Last Series
High Heels and Big Deals
Weddings, Lace, and Cake in the Face
The 101 on Love