Book Review: How to Bake a Man by: Jessica Barksdale Inclán

Publisher: Ghostwoods Books

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: When Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother's usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he can, and almost before she knows it, Becca's Best is up and running.

Before she can settle into a routine, things get complicated. The office ogress could easily be Becca's sister and has absolutely no patience with cookies or other frivolities. Even worse, her boyfriend is the man of Becca's dreams--kind, funny, successful, and brain-meltingly gorgeous. As the dark undercurrents threaten to pull her down, Becca swiftly finds herself neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she's got, and more.

Packed with charm, sparkling humor, and a genuinely unforgettable cast, this delicious tale of a woman struggling to find her path might just be Jessica Barksdale Inclán's finest novel to date.

Review: Becca Muchmore walked away from her job and decided to go back to grad school. However, she’s uncomfortable in school and leaves when she decides to open her own business. No one seems to believe in her besides her neighbor Sal who helps her with baking and delivery. Becca is delivering her baked delights to a bunch of hungry lawyers, but quickly gets caught up in the law office’s politics. The office mean girl looks just like Becca, but more put-together with a perfect boyfriend and the life Becca thinks she wants. However, some things look better than they truly are. HOW TO BAKE A MAN is a fun, foodsy, light romance. I wasn’t really sympathetic toward Becca until the end of the story, but I did enjoy the dessert descriptions at the beginning of each chapter. I found Sal and the other secondary characters more fully formed than Becca. Becca’s story, however, is a very encouraging one as she works to better her life and find success on her own terms. HOW TO BAKE A MAN is a charming story with some delicious recipes at the end.


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