Title: The Ingredients of You and Me
Series: Hopeless Romantics
Author: Nina Bocci
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a sizzling and sweet small-town love story that follows a bakery store owner who decides to take her chances on a truly hopeless romantic.
After selling her successful bakery back in New York, Parker Powell decides to visit her best friend Charlotte in Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. As she acquaints herself with the people in town, she begins to wonder why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls (a.k.a. the senior citizen women who hold court), the response from the town to her sweet treats, and Nick Arthur, the ever-charming local owner of a landscaping business she spent time with during her last visit, Parker finds a community of cheerleaders who encourage her to get her baking mojo back.
At first, everything is great—she collaborates with the Golden Girls to put new twists on traditional confections, and thanks to Nick’s advice, she quickly learns the stark differences between big city and small-town business practices. Although Nick has become her friend and confidant, Parker’s determined to keep things platonic—especially since his girlfriend isn’t a fan of their friendship. But just when things fall into place so they can finally be together, Parker’s dream bakery is threatened by a major corporation who wants to take her down using the very bit of advice that Nick gave her.
With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep the business—and man—she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert and Jenny Colgan, The Ingredients of You and Me is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading The Ingredients of You and Me, but I was pleasantly surprised once I really got into it. This is the first book I’ve read by Nina Bocci, but I can’t wait to go back and read the others in this series.
Parker is burned out, feeling uninspired, and has lost her sense of self. After much contemplation, she finally decides to sell her bakery in New York and give herself a fresh start. A budding romance helps to motivate her decision, but in the end, it’s her own mental well being that pushes her to take the deal. However, once the papers are signed, Parker feels lost. She no longer knows who she is, and the one things she’s always been good at, baking, has turned on its heel and ran. She can’t even seem to make a decent batch of cupcakes. It’s with this in mind that she heads to Hope Lake, hoping to find some inspiration in the small town that her best friend Charlotte calls home. At the same time, she’s hoping to avoid a run in with her former flame, who just so happens to be close friends with Charlotte.
If this book could be described as anything, it would be a warm, sweet cupcake that’s just begging to be devoured. This book was the perfect mix of humor, romance, and friendships that help to make the world go round. I love a story that takes place in a small town. They’re normally filled with some of the greatest characters, and The Ingredients of You and Me was no exception. Especially when it came to Parker and her relationship with the towns Golden Girls. These senior ladies were an absolute joy, and they brought so much to the story. Mancini was an absolute hoot, and I just loved her spunky personality. Honestly, she was 100% my favorite thing about this book.
The Ingredients of You and Me is a book that thrives on relationships and friendships. It is 100% driven by the relationships that Parker develops throughout the town, along with her friendship with Charlotte, and Emma. And throughout all of that, is this tension between her and Nick that pushes and pulls and kept me reading through the very end. While The Ingredients of You and Me is a bit of a slow burn, with much of the romance happening in the last fourth of the story, its worth the read just for the banter and love between all of the characters.
I am so glad to have participated in the tour for The Ingredients of You and Me because otherwise I probably would have let this lovely book pass me by!
Rating: 5 Stars
About the Author
Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.