The Ingredients of You and Me
Author: Nina Bocci
What I’m Talking About:
The Ingredients of You and Me is the third book in Nina Bocci’s Hopeless Romantics series, and it features Parker and Nick who make a connection in the previous installment.
Parker is a spunky New Yorker who has been on a business high with her successful bakery, but the pressure and long hours have gotten to her. She realizes she wants more out of life than being a work alcoholic. Nick may or may not have been a part of the reason she wants to have more free time.
They had a secret long-distance relationship for a few months. Why secret? Well, the town of Hope Lake is a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Parker didn’t want their friends to get their hopes up about her and Nick in case it didn’t work out.
Fast-forward to Parker being confused at being ghosted by Nick. They’ve not seen or spoken in a couple of months and now she’s in Hope Lake trying to get her baking mojo back after selling her bakery. She’s not sure if she’s excited at the thought of running into him or terrified at the thought.
So they have some issues to work through if they want to at least be friendly and they do because they will keep running into each other since they have the same circle of friends in Hope Lake including the Golden Girls. The group of older women who basically run the town and they fawn over Nick. Parker becomes really close to the group of women and gives them the nickname the Golden Girls after being at one of their monthly meetings.
The ladies try to help Parker with her baking block and ask for her help to translate some old family recipes. Parker slowly gets her baking skills back as she works through the recipes. She falls in love with the Golden Girls and reconnects with her bestie Charolette while in Hope Lake. Parker starts to wonder if she should make the small town her new home like others before her. The big key element to her dilemma is Nick. Can they be just friends?
The Ingredients of You and Me is a slow burn second chance romance and an all-around feel-good story about friendship and community. I have a feeling since Parker and Nick are the last in the group of friends to find their HEA, and there is no hint at another character needing closure, this may be the last book in the series. This is a little sad but also could be a good thing since the book wrapped up everything nicely and it felt like an organic ending to this group of friends and their small town.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—and Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating and charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.
But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Hopeless Romantics #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Edelweiss
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