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(The Accidental Baker #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Donnie’s new romance with silver fox veterinarian Will looks like a real recipe for love. But first he has to deal with the problems of his job, his friends’ demands, and worries about Will’s privileged background. To say nothing of Donnie’s thwarted dreams of a catering career—and baking something that doesn’t come out a disaster.

Will is fascinated and entranced by Donnie
Published August 19th 2019 by Clare London
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Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just as cute as Accidental Baker, which is where Clare London first introduced Donnie and Will.

This is a romance about two ordinary blokes, one a little bit older than the other but both just fumbling their way through life and trying to make the best of things.

Donnie is such a sweetheart, he's the one everybody turns too but he finds it hard to put his own needs first.

Will is older and has his Veterinary practice, but he's a bit lacking in confidence both in bed and in relationships overall.

We first meet Donnie and Will in "The Accidental Baker" when Donnie's tasty, but weirdly shaped chocolate Easter eggs bring the two men together into the beginning of a very sweet romance.

Will is captivated by the caring Donnie (and equally enthralled by all the exuberant sex) and they quickly settle down into quiet dinners together, cozy nights at home and working together at Will's veterinary clinic. Will thinks Donnie needs someone to keep him from doing everything for everyone - baking cake
Fernanda Parente
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book comes in the follow-up to the Accidental Baker and is even better
Brings us the couple Donnie and Will, who met on previous book.
It was great seeing some of the other people from The Accidental Baker together as a community brought together by Donnie's shapeless but tasty cakes
'm looking forward to reading the next book of this series

I received an ARC from the author (thank you) in return for an honest review.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I would rate this 3 stars.

This is actually the second book in this series. The first book, Accidental Baker, works like a prequel. It would be helpful to read it first because it introduces the reader to four couples. Yes, it's an insta-everything meet cute, but it has a magical realism quality that makes it charming. Zest is very different stylistically, with less dialogue and being more inside the characters heads, with a lot of explaining. It focuses on Donnie and Will, alternating their POV
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Zest is the second book in the ‘Accidental Baker’ series. It stars Donnie, who likes to bake, and Will, a veterinarian. The story is told in third person, through Donnie and Will’s povs.

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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will and Donnie were so cute in Accidental Baker, but this was a fun surprise to get more of their story.

Will owns a veterinary practice in town. He's a bit older, but a rugged, even tempered guy until Donnie crashes into his life.

Donnie is young and still a bit unstable. He finds himself constantly offering to help out others and puts his own needs on the back burner. But Will can offer him stability and love.

If you are looking for a short, sweet, okay ADORABLE read with two very fun, perfect
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and charming romance between Donnie and Will two men from different sides of the “tracks”. I loved how real their relationship with each other and their friends and family felt. There is a bit of an age difference and communication issues, but the two work beautifully together when all is said and done.

I didn’t read the first book, but that’s ok as I didn’t feel like I missed anything. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see what’s next.
Lena Grey
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart...” – Stephanie Lahart

Everyone loves Donnie, of ‘Zest’ by Clare London, but who loves Donnie for himself? He is so good natured that he isn’t able to say no, even when he should. Most of the time, Donnie is so overextended that he is exhausted. Until he learns to put himself first, he will not be able t
Anne Barwell
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I enjoyed reading about Donnie and Will in The Accidental Baker so was very pleased that they have their own story! There is a brief recap of their first meeting in this, but it’s written so it doesn’t feel repetitive if you’ve already read it. I also enjoyed seeing other characters from that story, and revisiting them as now established couples. It was like catching up with old friends. I had a particular soft spot for Simon in this one when he comes to Donnie’s rescue.

I thought this was a ver
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually did a happy dance when I found out that Clare London planned follow up stories for the couples formed in The Accidental Baker. (By the way,if you haven't read it yet,you really should, because it's so good! )

In Zest we have the full story of Donnie,who meets Will after the Easter eggs incident. Donnie is the sweetest, most caring and most generous man,always the first to offer his help and time to others. I was so sorry to see how little he thinks of himself when he starts comparing p
Sharon Cox
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This is the sequel to 'The Accidental Baker' although it is not necessary to have read that book first. We first met Donnie and Will in book 1 and it is nice that they now can tell their own story. I preferred the first book but I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book as well. My only complaint is that I felt that the book was a little rushed. We see their initial meeting in flashbacks and it seems to me that t
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn't quite a five star but it is still a very enjoyable read. It's the second in The Accidental Baker series but it isn't necessary to have read that one first. We meet Donnie and Will again and see how the relationship between two men of very different backgrounds develops. Of course there are difficulties and the key to resolving these is communication. On their way to finding this out there are plenty of references to Donnie's somewhat dubious baking abilities. I would love to taste his ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbt, m-m, series
This story begins where The Accidental Baker left, and boy, I'm happy we get to revisit all the couples from that book with a new series!

Donnie is simply the kind of person that others can and will take advantage off, so seeing him finding his way to love and happiness with Will is fulfiling. And Will is just the kind of person whom Donnie needs: someone who will bring him back to earth when he needs it, who will give him calm and strength.

And both, the conflict and its resolution are realistic
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

This was cute and I was glad to see an extended story from when I read Accidental Baker a while ago. Donnie is such a sweetheart and wants nothing more than to help those around him and make them happy but at times it’s at a detriment to himself. Will sees this in Donnie and tries to help him manage that but hurts Donnie in the process. I liked these guys though something about all the interactions in the story left my head reeling. Though I’m still not entirely sure how everything work
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels all over the place! Donnie was such a doormat for everyone. His nature was just too kind for his own good. Maisie (his bff) kept harping on it to Donnie, but she had no problem taking advantage of Donnie too!!! Grrr... Donnie and Will were so cute together. Both lacked self esteem and bumbled around together- sweet! I was elated when Donnie stood up to Liam and then bulldozed him into free services for charity. And finally, Will was vindicated for past sexual harassment from Gerry due to h ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Donnie and Will's story. We were introduced to these two in Accidental Baker and this was a lovely tale of two "regular" guys and the ups and downs of starting a relationship. Donnie is always there for everyone, sometimes even to his own detriment. Will is the new Veterinarian on the parade and has some past angst to deal with. Getting a little peek at the other guys from Accidental Baker was a nice treat. I'm looking very much forward to the next book to see how things are going for all these ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a sweet, fun, quirky and delightful story with great characters. Donnie and Will are so cute together and I love how their relationship develops. Their lack of communication causes a few issues for them but it makes for a very entertaining storyline. I love how much Donnie contributes to his family and community as well as his determination to bake for everyone. The ending is perfect, the secondary characters are intriguing and I look forward to reading more books in this series.

I volunt
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zest is the continuation of The Accidental Baker, an Easter short story. Donnie and Will are two men from very different worlds. They could be a perfect match, but only if they are willing to try.
The plot and characters of this book are well crafted. It moves well, doesn't get bogged down. I really enjoyed watching these men get to know each other. It's a fun, sweet story with enough angst to make it Zest-y!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was given and ARC for an honest review.

This book started out a little slow but after the first few chapters, it picked up. I found Donnie and Will cute and adorable together. Once the started to actually talk to eachother about their insecurities, things seemed to fall in line.

I look forward to the next book.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I felt badly how everyone took advantage of Donnie and were oblivious to everything but their own wants. I was glad when they finally had their come-to-jesus moment. A cute story with interactions with the characters from the first story.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really sweet,fun no nonsense romance,no drama or angst.
Just sweet and a good read for the lazy afternoon.
I enjoyed it very much,to bad I did not have read the first one.
But I liked it anyway

arc was given by the author
Heather Rawlins
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed Zest. It was a sweet, cute love story. Donnie and Will are a perfect couple. I love books with baking or cooking in it and this was so cute. I definitely recommend this book.
Patricia Nelson
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet, charming, grab-you-by-the-feels, engaging, and delightfully delicious tale. I was so glad to see both Donnie and Will get their HEA ending despite everything standing in their way.
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more

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