A Sweet Mess

A SWEET HOT MESS                                   JACI LEE

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.


A sweet story about food, pastry, love, and heartache. Aubrey Choi owns a bakery in a small town and one her employee makes a mistake with a birthday by selling it to a walk-in customer, she now must save the party by remaking the cake. Not simply because inside of the cake is to be filled with peanut butter and gummy worms a six-year-old dream. When her busy day is over, she heads for her friends’ bar Tara and she has a nice conversation when a stranger sits next to Aubrey. This leads to a one-night stand but she is good with that.
Landon Kim is a food blogger and a very popular one at that. He has turned that into a food critique job at a magazine and he believes what he writes. Because he is always right. So, when he writes a review about a small-town bakery that he liked the cake until his second bit had peanut butter and gummy worms in it and his tender pallet could not handle the combination so he almost choked and then threw away the rest of the cake. When returning from his month-long trip abroad he is asked by his editor to re-review the bakery, he says no. after many, many letters from people in town and from a visit by the girl who mistakenly sold him the cake he still says no. First, he thinks that she slept with him for a good review, but then he gets that thought out of his head. He then comes up with his own idea and goes to her with his idea.
He wants to help her and decides to have her appear on a new T.V. show she agrees and for three weeks she is with him and another famous chief while tasting wine and getting to Landon. He is also getting to know her since they both have daddy issues; they each have other issues also. When the two of them become closer. A problem arises and when she tells him how she feels about him he says nothing, so she leaves. The story continues from there and is actually a little better, but you will need to read the rest to find out what happens. Good characters and just an overall good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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