Baking for Keeps

Baking for Keeps

by Jessica Gilmore

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Overview

Lacey Hathaway has it all -- a job she loves as a local radio DJ, a home with her adored, eccentric aunt and, best of all, a community after a childhood traveling with her musical parents. So what if her life is a little too safe? Marietta is everything to Lacey. Not only is she helping to organize the Bachelor Bake-Off and filming a documentary about the process, she’s also volunteered her brother as a Bachelor. But, when her brother backs out, Lacey has to find a last-minute replacement. And who better than her aunt’s lodger, gorgeous – if taciturn – Zac Malone?



Zac’s not exactly community-minded. In fact, he makes it clear that the sooner he’s out of Marietta the better. But when Lacey persuades him of the powerful impact the Bake-Off funds will have on local children, he decides to give it a go. On one condition. If he has to learn to bake, so does disaster-in-the-kitchen Lacey. Desserts aren’t the only thing heating up, and as the attraction flares and Zac makes plans to leave, Lacey’s beginning to realize that maybe there is a world beyond Marietta’s borders after all... if she’s brave enough to take that step.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946772213
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 617,861
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Baking for Keeps 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Baking for Keeps: The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 4 by Jessica Gilmore is the story of Lacey and Zac. Lacey craves security after spending much of her childhood being dragged from one place to another by her musician parents, so as a teenager she stops in Marietta with her aunt and, nearly a decade later, she’s still there. Zac, though, he’s had a pretty harsh childhood and his adult response is to always keep moving. He’s not much of a 'join the community' kind of guy and he’s completely fine with that. Jessica Gilmore did a good job of telling and showing who Lacey and Zac were, and keeping with that throughout the story. Along with the secondary characters, who were really fun, this is a solidly clean romance that takes place around the Bachelor Bake-Off. Despite their differences in Baking for Keeps, Lacey and Zac were very similar and had the same problems. They simply went about achieving them differently, which was clear right from the beginning. The story itself was a good one, but Lacey and Zac weren’t particularly interesting characters and I felt their love story lacked chemistry, even as they spent time together learning to bake. I enjoyed the Bake-Off events, her eccentric aunt and the few interactions with the other bachelors a lot. Small town Marietta has a lot to offer and the author, Jessica Gilmore, painted a beautiful picture of the town, life in it, and all the different townspeople who lived there. For me, the romance was secondary to everything else, but with that being said, Baking for Keeps was a good read.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Lacey runs the local radio station in Marietta. After a nomadic childhood she's happy she's finally found a home. She lives with her great aunts who run a guesthouse and are professional bakers. Lacey is helping with the local bachelor Bake-Off, an event to raise money for charity. She films the contestants. Lacey's brother is supposed to be one of them, but last minute obligations are forcing her to find a replacement, the best option is their new guest Zac, but will he say yes? Zac prefers the anonymity of large cities. He doesn't like small town life, because it's too intimate. When he meets Lacey he's intrigued and before he knows it he's saying yes when he means no and is part of the bachelor Bake-Off. Zac has no baking experience and the baking gene seems to have passed Lacey, so he challenges her to do a contest of their own. Who is going to win and what will happen when Lacey and Zac spend a lot of time together? Baking for Keeps is a fun romantic story. Lacey used to travel all the time and is now never going anywhere again. Her life is a little too safe and she could use a challenge. The silent and distant Zac definitely provides one, he isn't an easy man to defrost. The lovely gentle man Zac, however, has his reasons to stay away from others and I kept hoping he'd loosen up a little. There are plenty of sparks between them and their easy friendship was great to read about. I especially enjoyed witnessing their time in the kitchen, it isn't always a succes, but that makes the story even sweeter. Jessica Gilmore's heartwarming writing style made me fall in love with Baking for Keeps straight away. The main characters are both kindhearted and wonderful. Marietta suits them and I loved reading about the vibrant small town. There's always something going on and people are there for each other, I liked that community spirit very much. Especially since it's being combined with a delicious story about finding the one. Baking for Keeps is sweet, tasty and endearing.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Super sweet read in the Bachelor Bake-off series- Baking for Keeps is the 4th book. Jessica Gilmore writes with such a happiness that you can't help but to fall in love along with Lacey & Zac. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Renae_D More than 1 year ago
Persistance is the Key Zac Malone caught my attention in early stories and I was wondering about his mystery. He is the type of guy with a really hard exterior and in all actuality is a softy hidden deep with in. Lacey likes to play it safe but is very persistent. She is the opposite as she is very extrovert in public to hid her weakness, where Zac becomes an introvert. I enjoyed how she kept pecking at Zac to get him to open up. The ending was my favorite part and the way Zac showed that he loved Lacey. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.