A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.
Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn’t know how to talk to his dad—who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum.
Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees.
As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.
Jackie Lau‘s latest, Donut Fall in Love, delivers exactly what I’ve come to expect from one of her books–it’s sweet, funny, romantic, and good grief, makes me hungry. Donuts, cupcakes, cakes, bubble tea, six-pack abs–all my weaknesses 😉
Ryan and Lindsay have an absolutely adorable meet cute, and their baking lessons are positively mouthwatering, in every possible way. Behind all the cuteness, though, they’re both dealing with a lot–Ryan’s family is in a free fall, and Lindsay’s BFF/roommate/business partner has just gotten married, which means she’s had to get a new apartment and roommate, and for someone who hasn’t made a new friend in years, the adjustment is…a lot. And did I mention her mother’s started dating again?
Rooting for the two of them to get together was a no-brainer, even while you knew it wasn’t going to be easy–after all, he is Ryan Kwok of #StarringRyanKwoksAbs!–and though I do wish they’d explored that a bit more (also what was going on with @RyanKwoksFather’s secret life? We got some of that toward the end, but it still felt a bit thin) the epilogue was lovely. Now, please tell me there’s a Mel/Vivian story in the works 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.