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A Sweet Mess

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Korean-American author Jayci Lee delights with this delicious and light-hearted romantic comedy that readers will devour and ask for more.

Bake a chance on love.

Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 14th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much delicious food, wine tastings, mouth-watering pastries, chemistry that can put an entire skyscraper into flames, an amazing Korean couple, one night stand-enemies- coworkers- friends-lovers story! Yes, it seems like the best combination to jump in! My fingers already started to get twitchy to give full five stars, as soon as I read the blurb and intrigued by this plot which is so much better than the last ultra-cheesy- Royale with cheese kind of Christmas movies hit the Netflix.

A small
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Nov 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
well it seems like 2020 has got all the good rom/coms

ARC received from publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Andrea Luhman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, kindle, arc
I give this book two out of five stars for poor dialogue construction, lack of connection to the characters, and a lot of manuscript construction mistakes an editor should have caught. The good news is, my review is based on an ARC through NetGalley. I read this book in January 2020 and the publication date posted is July 2020, which means the author and publisher hopefully plan to do some major edits and revisions before this gets released for publication.

Some of the things I had problems
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019, romance
A Sweet Mess asks a lot of questions about what we should do to make up for our mistakes and how willing we should be to forgive others. Famous food critic Landon writes a critical review of a small-town bakery called the Comfort Zone after he unknowingly purchased a cake meant for a child’s birthday party and not the day’s special. When he discovers that the Comfort Zone is owned by the woman he just had a one-night stand with, Aubrey, Landon feels bad but refuses to give the bakery a second ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
For me, this book was between 2 and 3 stars, but I've decided to rate up since I'm an early review, and because I did think the book was well-written and engaging. I didn't personally care for certain plot choices, but I don't want to put other readers off, as they will not have the same trope opinions as I do. (view spoiler)

Aubrey runs a small town bakery that's doing well enough to expand. Landon's a famous
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - full RTC closer to release day

What an exciting story with a very captivating heroine & a hero who showed lots of understanding for personal space - the way he was introduced definitely owned him plus points.

The book is well balanced with humor, funny, witty characters & exciting events - from Aubrey's problems with her bakery due to Landon's scratchy review to the upcoming TV show that should help her getting out of her misery & Landon's and her forced proximity - and
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is titled perfectly. A light hearted, yummy, feel good Rom-Com that will make for a perfect summer read.

The short of it. Hotshot food critic, Landon, gets stuck in small town due to flat tire, finds a bakery, orders the daily special, gets wrong version that’s meant for a child’s birthday party. Disgusted with his order he heads for a bar where he meets and ends up having an unforgettable one night stand with what he eventually learns is the owner of the bakery, Aubrey. Still decides
Jaye Berry
Feb 06, 2020 added it
Shelves: ebooks, 2020, adult
This... didn't work for me. While I'm not the biggest fan of cooking / food related books, I decided to give this a shot because the premise sounded cute and ugh that cover is adorable.

Aubrey runs a bakery and when a cake mix-up happens, she gets a harsh review that threatens her livelihood. She never thought the food critic would be her one-night stand either. Landon wants to make up for the bad review so he comes up with a plan to save her business: spending three weeks in California wine
If you like

Baking in romance
Foodie MCs
Adult but not so adult romance ,

May I suggest , A SWEET MESS !

Korean MCs
One night stand to enemies to lovers
Baking. Like, A . Lot .

A sweet mess felt like a real romance. If you're familiar with Pride and Prejudice , I've always felt the climax confession a bit odd and unrealistic. But this book was so real.

I received this e - Advance Review Copy from Edelweiss and MacMillan. This has not affected my opinions.

In theory, I'm all for baking romance books - I love baking, I love romance, I salivate at the thought of a GBBO romance book. But this isn't the first one I've read and just... not cared about the food-related plot, so maybe it's not for me.

Mild spoilers for the premise below.

This book is based on the premise that a food critic comes to town, mistakenly buys a child's birthday cake that the cashier thought was a weekly special, and gives the bakery a horrible review when he gets home from
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, kindle
This book was pretty light and cute BUT ultimately, I had some issues with it.
Firstly, the chemistry between the was kind of there, but at times it was lacking?
Secondly, I was expecting the cooking show part of the plot to be more present. I feel like it was mentioned to structure the main part of the plot ( Aubrey and Landon sharing living spaces), but its hardly a part of the story until about 70% of the way through, and even then.
Lastly, I didn't really like how Aubrey and
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Ugh! I hope the final version of the book is better than the ARC.

Very predictable romance novel. Aubrey is a very likeable character, but Landon is a good-looking prick. Where is the chemistry between them? Why the "I just can't be with you" plot device?

The book is hopefully edited again before publishing. The point of view changes within chapters were strange. Also, the dumping of information (background, past) that was "kind of relevant" but didn't come up again for several chapters was
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I am conflicted. I liked this but I also did not like it?

The problem, for the most part, seemed to be the flow of the story. The transitions between each chapter and even within each chapter were rough and need some fine-tuning. The ARC doesn't have breaks so it will literally go from Aubrey's POV to Landon's with no break or indication that you're switching over POVs. I'm hoping this is just because it's an ARC but it took away from the overall read because I had to go back multiple times to
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is a fun romance that follows two Korean MC's. One is a pastry chef and the other is a food critic. It is engaging and there is enough depth with the main plot and the side characters to keep things interesting. It did take me forever to read because of my reading mood, but I wish I could have sit and binged it.

The books would switch POVs without warning, but that could be due to the fact that I read an eARC.

*thanks to NetGalley for an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
A one night stand leads to an unfortunate decision with consequence, which in turn leads to a grand apology, and then a drama llama decision...

I loved Aubrey and her feisty spirit, but somewhere in the middle, she had a personality switch, and yes, I became frustrated. Business wise, she was decisive as ever, which led to good things, yet personally, she spent more time being afraid of making any kind of real decision. If there was a segue in between the personality swap, I missed it, because I
Sara Jo
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I LOVED this book! Aubrey and Landon were a fabulous match. I loved how they connected and the steamy looks when they couldn’t quite have each other. I am excited that they were not the too often seen white bread characters either! Please bring on more beautiful Korean people or any person of color in mainstream fiction!! I could so easily picture them both in a hot K-drama. My one detractor was the completely random and off the wall camping scene. It had absolutely no point in the story ...more
This rom-com started out great - I really thoroughly enjoyed the first third of this book. It was funny, I liked the tropes involved (and the spin on “there’s only ONE BED!”), I squealed audibly, etc. I was invested! 4 stars so far.

The middle third slowed the story waaaaaaaaaaaay down for my taste, and it really wandered away from its comedic beginnings. I was excited about Aubrey’s opportunity and curious to see how a professional baker went about researching and creating a recipe, and of
Ashley Hawkins
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It liked the baking store/show concept and the sweet exchanges between characters. I thought the characters were interesting and fun to read about The dialogue and events of the story fell short at some points but overall I enjoyed it!
Laura Tarsi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A Sweet Mess was a sweet romance. I had a travel day today and was able to read the novel on my flights in just a few hours. It was exactly the kind of light, feel-good reading needed when you are stuck on a plane. If you like a bit of food writing mixed in, you’ll definitely enjoy the descriptions of baked goods and cooking. It’s closed-door romance, so if you’re not looking for vivid descriptions of the steamy moments, you’ll be fine with this one.
Thanks to netgalley for the e-ARC.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I am so in love with this book. I love Aubrey. I love the whole interesting premise. I love Tara, Aria, and Lucien. And oh yeah, I love Landon, even though I wanted to punch him quite often. This is a truly wonderful book by an awesome author I know I’ll be reading for years to come!
I had access to a free copy of this title from the publisher for review through Edelweiss. This one was a slow start for me, primarily because of how much I loved their initial meeting that I was really dreading the fall-out of the review! Once I got past that I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep so I could get up and work the next day. I did find some of the transitions from Aubrey to Landon's POV jarring, but I think that was primarily because the formatting in my review copy. ...more
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Dec 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
My teeth are rotting from this description. I mean, BAKE A CHANCE ON LOVE.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Story: Aubrey is a baker with her very own shop (very mature for 27) in Small Town, California. Landon is a food critic who gets a flat tire and gets stuck in said Small Town. Unknowingly to everyone, Landon is served the wrong dessert by Audrey's's a special request and is disgusting. They meet at a pub, immediately have a one night stand where she sneaks out, not having known who Landon was. Fast forward (months?) and his scathing review of Aubrey's bakery threatens to close ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
What is this book about?
Aubrey Choi is a baker and owns her own bakery. Landon Kim is a famous food critic that has a blog and writes restaurant reviews for a famous magazine. Landon and Aubrey meet a bar and have a passionate one night stand but not before he randomly arrives at her bakery after being stranded with car trouble. He mistakenly buys a chocolate bundt cake for a 6 year old girl’s birthday. The problem is the little girl requested the cake be filled with peanut butter and gummy
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars = I liked it. A mix-up between the special of the day and a special order for a kid's birthday, garner's Aubrey an unfavorable review that puts the future of her bakery in peril. Even though food critic Landon discovers that his hasty conclusion about Aubrey's baking - and an erroneous one, as he discovers when he tries one of her other creations -has put her on the brink of closing, he refuses to do another review or a retraction in order to preserve his own reputation. He does ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a joy to read and I fell in love with this amazing Korean couple, I mean it had romance, comedy, angst , great food, wine tasting and crazy hot chemistry! This is definitely a must read of 2020 ... preorder it now you will not be disappointed.

This begins as the local town baker Aubrey had made a special request birthday cake for a 6 year old girl, that unfortunately got sold to the wrong customer by mistake of her teenage helper. As Aubrey rushes to remake the little girls
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you St Martins Press for sending me this ARC Copy of A Sweet Mess. I enjoyed this cute little rom-com story and it was a quick fun read. The characters had a good relationship together and the ending turned out great. It was a little slow at times but other times made up for that.

The story tries to make you think what you would do in situations to help things go better or the right way just like in this one. Aubrey receives a bad food review on her bakery all because one of her employees
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute and sweet romance novel with some yummy baked goods thrown in there. Aubrey is running a small town bakery that is the talk of the town. At least until hot shot food critic gives it a bad review based on some bad information. Of course Aubrey and Landon begin their relationship before finding out who each other are in the bad review. And thus begins the tension of being together or being angry with each other.

I really liked Aubrey's character and personality, and while Landon was a
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Jayci Lee writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge. She lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction. At times, she cannot accommodate real life because her brain is full of drool worthy heroes and badass heroines clamoring to come to ...more
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