Tyler Carter is a healthy-eating gym owner who doesn’t bake. When his employees enter him into a bake-off contest to raise money for Harry’s House, an after school space for kids commemorating local first responder Harry Monroe, he needs to learn–fast!

Shy special needs teacher Stacey Allman loves to bake and often dreams of sharing her confections with her uber fit, gorgeous neighbor. So when Tyler sets off his smoke alarm and explains his dilemma, she can’t resist the temptation of playing pastry chef tutor. He offers boxing lessons in exchange. More time together? Yes please,

But when Tyler’s ex comes back to Marietta asking for his help, will it derail Stacey and Tyler’s chance at love, or will it make them see that they’re the perfect fit?

Titles in the Bachelor Bake-Off series include:  A Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump – A Spoonful of Sugar by Kate Hardy – Sprinkled with Love by Jennifer Faye – Baking For Keeps by Jessica Gilmore – A Recipe For Romance by Laura Van Hulzen

Title:  A Spoonful of Sugar
Series:  Bachelor Bake-Off #2
Author:  Kate hardy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 14, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

There are times when I’m looking for a good romance, comfortable surroundings and an interesting couple to get to know and share their journey into love.  When that urge overcomes me I always head to Marietta, Montana where I now know the town, love the people and am assured that I’m going to get one heck of a romance to enjoy.  A Spoonful of Sugar from the Bachelor Bake-Off series is no exception to that consistent experience.

Tyler may know his way around fitness and the gym but he’s hopeless at the most simple of cooking tasks, let alone making something for the bake-off to help raise funds for Harry’s House… the constant buzzing of his smoke detector / fire alarm would be the very first clue.  One one of these occasions, his neighbor, Stacey arrives to help and discovers Tyler’s… cooking problems.  Her offer to help him create something edible for the bake-off, that won’t burn down the apartment comes at the perfect time.  Tyler would like to get to know his cute neighbor better so the barter of cooking lessons for boxing lessons is a perfectly fun deal.  And maybe along the way he can boost her self-confidence and she can show him the perfect solution for them both involves just as much emotion as baking ingredients.

I liked Stacey and Tyler as people and as a couple.  They’re both dealing with issues, and maybe learning to trust not only others but themselves as well.  Stacey’s situation was presented with respect, understanding and a naturalness that I don’t always find when an author is introducing a person with any type of disability.  Her hearing troubles, her life of being spoken down to by someone who should have loved her unconditionally exactly as she is was very realistic and believable.  My son is physically disabled, so I do keep a closer eye on characters who are presented with challenges in life and how they are written.  Tyler’s acceptance of Stacey exactly as she is, his need to help her not “fix” her was life-like and believable.  Of course, we have the spoiled, entitled ex-girlfriend show up to stir a little trouble into the  mix.

If you’re in the mood for a good, solid romance with likable and believable characters, then A Spoonful of Sugar should be on your reading list.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next story in this series and would not hesitate to recommend this story.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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