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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Nothing says "oops" like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse. . .

A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Redhook (first published January 1st 2013)
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Hilary Fields
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I am biased, but I think it's pretty darn good! ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
OK, despite a rocky start I totally enjoyed Bliss. but let's start at the beginning.

I saw the ad for Bliss in a newsletter and based on those two sentences and the cover had to read it. I sent in a request at Netgalley and waited. Once I got the approval I immediately downloaded it to Fred Jr, my tablet. I (not so patiently) waited until I finished the other non-YA and Middle Grade fiction I was reading and settled in.... and was disappointed.
the beginning of bliss is awkward and slightly painf
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this through a Goodreads/Firstreads giveaway.

I knew I had come across a gem when the first paragraph referenced a t-shirt that said, "Orgasms aren't just for the young!" I stopped reading, screaming with laughter, and said to myself, "Oh, I'm going to like this book!" Like it? I loved it! I loved Serafina Bliss Wilde's (cool name, huh?) pluckiness in the face of her troubles and how she came to recognize, wrestle with, and come to grips with her problems which she seemed to do with a
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like chick lit, emphasis on both words

Hilary Fields has constructed a confection of a book as delightful as her heroine's signature dessert. I gulped it down in one day of long flights and longer layovers, but I plan to go back over it to savor all the little local references and foodie in-jokes. It's a sexy, realistic romance, it's an excellent portrait of a moment in recovery, it's got vivid descriptions of both mouthwatering food and the enchanting city of Santa Fe with a
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love love loved it!! It's one of my favorites!
Margreet Asselbergs
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Let me start by saying..... If I could give 10 stars, I would for this book!! It is rare I have felt this strongly about a recommendation!!

My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️

It's been a year since Serafina Wilde's rather public fall from grace. Or should I say forcible shove off a cliff, since that is more like what happened. 'Clean' as a whistle, eager for a fresh start and called upon by her free-loving aunt Pauline for help, Sera moves herself and her culinary experti
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I won it through a Goodreads giveaway, thank you Goodreads and Hilary Fields. I'm amazed at how many new authors I've met and Hilary is now on my follow list.

Bliss, aka Serafina Bliss Wilde, is a pastry chef and alcoholic living in New York when the story starts. She's just had the day from hell, having discovered her live in boyfriend and boss Blake Austin being pleasured by another woman, and she decides to get even by getting even more drunk and seducing the busboy
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Truly delicious contemporary romance that's just a bit off the beaten path of chick-lit. Serafina is a brilliant pastry chef, but a rather messed-up human being at the the start of the book--or at least that's the way she feels after a major social and professional disaster. She's pulling pieces back together when her aunt, a warm and very open shopkeeper and women's-orgasm advocate, needs her desperately--so Sera flies out to Santa Fe.

The story has just the right mix of baking and pastry descri
Donna Riegel
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book talking about Mexico and the Zozobra. Very interesting. The story about Sera not having the big "O" was a little strange but it was cute the way it was told with her aunt and the back room in here bakery. Enjoyed this book. ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute, funny, and frequently mouthwatering!
Lav And
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought it was entertaining and very colorful. I like it when a book is written so well that I feel as if I am watching a story as opposed to reading it.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. Made me laugh a lot.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A light summer read.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this book! Not only was it warm, and funny, with a host of very loveable characters, it also
dealt with some serious life situations. Great read.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-reader, arc, abandoned
I really liked this one!!! I'm hoping for a sequel just so some the other characters find love too! ...more
Stacy Stosich
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Three stars might be a little unfair. Maybe I'm unwilling to admit I liked it, hah. This one is a bit like the other one of hers I read in that the first 50 pages or so I was thinking, "Wait, why am I reading this?" It's pretty darn cheesy in parts and has some rather gag inducing romantic lusting at the beginning. I mean her landlord walks in and the excessive passages describing her lust and attraction are pretty annoying. However. The characters are just so funny and bizarre--the Backroom Bab ...more
Hannah F
Nov 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh look another female raised to redemption by changing her town/ her vice and applauded

Personally I have zero empathy for her and cant stand the character.

SO cliched. wha wha my guy c heated on me . So wha wha I drank myself stupid and acted stupid and am shocked I got humilitated and lost my job. So wha wha I go running to my eccentric relative and hide there.. AND guess what I become successful and meet the guy of my dreams

so tired of the same stupid formula .. As a female i find it boring
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop smiling! I LOVED this book. It wasn't a literary masterpiece, but it made me smile, laugh, have fuzzy feelings... and sometimes those are the best books.
So sweet (in every sense!) :)
Absolutely delicious and a little bit naughty and I adored every second of it.
(Also I kinda want to be Pauline when I'm her age)
Mary Ellen
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I, at first, thought this would morph into a sex toys thing, but it didn't thankfully.
It was really fun and showed how you can help use the good energy and support of people close to you to overcome your insecurities and triumph.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a cute, easy read. Both hilarious and real life. About broken dreams and how you build new ones.
Jacqueline Bidwell
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a good relaxing read. I enjoyed the characters and the plot.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Serafina (Sera) Bliss Wilde was orphaned at the age of thirteen and was then raised by a very eccentric aunt. Serafina's love of baking helped her to maintain an even keel after her parent's death, and her passion for baking grew into a career as a pastry chef. Sera was fortunate enough to be hired by one of New York's top chefs straight out of culinary school. She was unfortunate enough to accept being that chef's girlfriend. After four years of his cheating and constant belittling she crashed. ...more
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
After reading the cover write up of Bliss how could I not want to read this? Crazy Aunt, drunken naked @$$ skidding, and a back room filled with naughty items. What a combo!

This is definitely a book for us older gals. As these are people in their mid to late thirties beginning a second chapter, so to speak. I found the story to be loveable and quirky. Serafina was a wild mess, and seeing her character grow and realize that one day at a time is a good thing.

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Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nothing says "oops" like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse...

A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it into a bakery... provided she agrees not to ditch the "back room." Cupcakes and sex toys don't exactly mix but Sera is willin
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
This was my first taste of this new-to-me author and while at first I was a little put off by the heroine's inconsistent personality, eventually I came to truly enjoy the inspiring confluence of robust flavors this book had to offer. The small town feel, the supporting cast of quirky yet endearing characters, the broken hearts winding their way through various obstacles on the journey to healing and happily-ever-afters - all romantic tropes that I enjoy. This author combined those elements with ...more
Dorothy Schwartz
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this book because it was in the comedy genre. I was not disappointed. I was a little caught napping at the content, but that was okay. I grew up in Aunt Pauline's era, and I wish I could have been and still wish could be more like her. I love the intro to the book on the author's site - "Start with one seriously disgraced pastry whisperer, a squashed salmon mousse, and a vengeful celebrity chef ex-boyfriend. Add one kooky, permanently braless feminist aunt, a cry for help, and an une ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it into a bakery... provided she agrees not to ditch the "back room." Cupcakes and sex toys don't exactly mix but Sera is willing to try, and what she finds in the beautiful City Different is the best ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, owned-digital
This was a cute, pretty standard, romance novel. Troubled but earnest main characters, quirky and outspoken side characters, and a cute dog or two, and you have the equation for most of the romance I read. The equation was used here to entertaining effect. The character of Pauline seemed like a combination of Debbie from Queer as Folk with Sue Johansen. I'm still not sure if that is a compliment or insult to the character and the author. I did enjoy this story, though, and would recommend it to ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads, thank you. This is an absolutely, hilarious, embarrassing story! I laughed throughout the book, the characters are strong and endearing. I even have an aunt "Pauline", French version. Totally out there but still loveable. Hilary Fields is definitely in line with other chic-lit authors like Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, et al. I believe Webster's will need to revamp the meaning of "analogy", lol. That was too funny. A definite must-read and I truly hope to see mor ...more
Jan 04, 2014 added it
As a guy, this is about the last book I would have expected to find myself reading. However, I am friends with the author who was a classmate in elementary school. I was expecting something more vivid and salacious, but the book doesn't need that... It's actually a very sweet story about a lady moving to Santa Fe with her older Aunt after leaving her husband. There's some obvious themes associated with middle-aged divorced women that I won't go into, but it's a good fun read and you get to know ...more
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