Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"Always the Baker, Never the Bride" by Sandra D. Bricker

About this book:

  “Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here’s the rub about her job as a baker … Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning crème brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she’s never even had one full slice of it.
  When Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It’s going to be a really rotten day.
  Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Emma Rae Creations” series.

Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, & talked about; Prayers & Talking to God; A ‘Thank God’ is said; Being witnessed to; Talks about God, His plans, & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Emma hasn’t been paying God attention & hasn’t been a praying person in the last few years, but tries to in this book *Spoiler* and asks forgiveness halfway through *End of Spoiler*; Jackson isn’t so happy with God’s plan; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of talks about God, His plans, & believing; Mentions of prayers, praying, & answered prayers; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, & sermons; Mentions of being counseled by a pastor; Mentions of faiths; A few mentions of Bibles; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of events in the Bible; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of heathens; A mention of Jewish beliefs; A mention of Mother Teresa;
*Note: A mention of wrestling demons; A mention of a sinful desert.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blah, blah, blah’, a ‘crud’, a ‘darn’, a ‘kick-butt’, a ‘stinkin’’, and two ‘idiot’s; A bit of Sarcasm, sass, & eye rolling; Mentions of alcohol & drinking; Mentions of cigars & smoking; Mentions of a divorce (Emma’s parents, *Spoiler* but it turns out they never officially divorced *End of Spoiler*); Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of when Emma’s then-boyfriend were arguing & her duct taped her wrists together; A few mentions of diabetes causing someone to lose their vision or a leg; A few mentions of gossip; A couple mentions of a death in a traffic accident; A couple mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of tattoos; A (teasing) mention of jumping off a roof; A mention of strangling someone;
*Note: Mentions of actors, actresses, & singers; Mentions of car brands; Mentions of designers; A few mentions of GQ; A couple mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- a fingers-to-lips touch, two forehead kisses, two semi-detailed kisses, and a detailed kiss; Remembering a kiss (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss again (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Dancing (up to semi-detailed); Remembering touches (up to semi-detailed); Nearness & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Lots of Noticing & Staring (barely-above-not-detailed); A ‘baby’ and a ‘hot’;  Many mentions of dating, dates, prom, boyfriends, breakups, exes, first loves, & attraction; Mentions of seeing a couple passionately kissing (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed); Mentions of noticing & staring (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of romance novels; A mention of a TV show where a daughter accuses her mother of sleeping with her fiancé; A mention of looking like a perverted professor; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
*Note: A mention of a dress with a long slit; A mention of saving someone’s rear end.

-Emma Rae Travis, age 36
-Jackson Drake
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        310 pages

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My personal Rating-

While the book went on it did get a bit kissy for my taste, I did literally laugh out loud at many points and comments. In between each chapter there’s a fun little extra page that shares some cake decorating tips and wedding info. It was neat! I do plan on continuing this series. :)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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