I was given the ARC for Baking for Keeps by Jessica Gilmore for a fair and honest review.
Baking for Keeps is the fourth book in the baking bachelor series. This book is about Zac Malone who comes to the small town of Marietta (in which all the baking bachelor books are set) to help the town up grade it’s accounting software. Zac hates small towns and the sooner he is out of this one the better.Lacey Hathaway lives with her aunts who are known bakers and just happen to be where Zac is staying during his time in Marietta. Lacey is the town DJ and she also helping to organize the bachelor bake off and film a documentary about it. Thanks to her brother Nat the bake off is now one bachelor short. However lucky for Lacey she has one sexy if not stand offish bachelor living under the same roof as her. Lacey ends up convincing Zac to do the bake off which helps with Harry’s house,a place for kids in town to go and do different activities. With the help of Lacey’s aunts Zac learns what he needs to know for all three rounds which consist of Cookies- short bread, A pie- blueberry with ginger and A Cake Apple/ cinnamon which Zac figured out on his own and reminded him of Lacey.
This book was a slow burn book with the hero working through his hate of small towns. Zac grew up in a small town and when his father left his mother, his mother became an alcoholic and the people who had once seemed to care about him and his family turned their back on him causing him to feel alone. Zac became a loner because of this pushing everyone away, and not really setting down roots anywhere.
Lacey Hathaway loves Marietta her family is from the small town.But sadly she didn’t grow up there her parents were traveling musicians causing them to never settle in one place for too long.Because of this Lacey never wants to leave Marietta now that she’s basically settled down.
Once Lacey has convinced Zac to enter the bake off things change the attraction between them grows, and even while they have their mini bake offs to help Zac practice and to help promote the bake off via a webcast it becomes obvious that there is something between . What people don’t know is the side bet they have going that if Lacey wins she will take him on a tour of the town and show him why she loves it, if he wins he’s going to set her up with one of the bachelors who’s not him, because he could never give her the life she wants……. how well does that ever work out?
While the book is pretty basic in that you can easily figure out what happens it’s very enjoyable and touching none the less . Zac and Lacey are basically just two lonely people who end up finding each other which here is just something in that alone , that sticks with you and keeps you going wanting to make sure that they get their HEA. Some things that stood out to me where when Zac made a comment that he was like Jay Gatsby when the music stopped he was all alone, when referring to how his town had abandon him and his mother. And Lacey told Zac that the Halthaways once they find love it’s forever which I thought was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time.
I liked this book and for $2.99 it’s a good clean read that will leave you with that feel good feeling. I gave it 4 stars on good reads.