Alexis Hall is a brilliant writer. Top of my list for the best rom-coms out there. Also the cover is amazing. If you love LGBTQ stories with humor and heart look no further. Highly recommend
The second book in the Bake Expectations romance series is here! Thank you @readforeverpub for keeping me entertained.
Paris Daillencourt Is About To Crumble by Alexis Hall can definitely be read as a stand alone but is a companion to Rosaline Palmer Takes The Cake. Both are set in completely different seasons of a hit baking show call Bake Expectations and both are romances that deal with heavier topics and diverse casts.
I found Paris Daillencourt a little harder to read because Paris has significant anxiety, something he only recognizes and deals with halfway through the book, and I’ll be honest and say his anxiety was so much that it even spiked mine in real life. It was very realistic to the point that my brain thought it would be fun to play the “what if” game too and I had to stop reading for a few weeks.
But overall, the baking show as always is the best part. I love the other contestants and the descriptions of the bakes! Such a great read for a baking show watcher.
I enjoyed the first book but I realized this one wasn’t for me. Thank you for the opportunity to read this.
Okay. It was really good. Despite it being the second in the Winner Bakes All series it felt completely different to Rosaline. Like, it had the same Bake Expectations characters, and similar structure, but also not. There was a lot more post-show than what was in Rosaline, and I really enjoyed that. I don’t think the book would have worked if it had followed exactly the same structure.
This one goes on the list of "excellent books I will never read again" because my heart can't take going through Paris Daillencourt's mind again. He is so anxious that he made ME anxious, but watching him fall apart and put himself back together was a rewarding read. Alexis Hall is so incredibly talented at drawing out the vulnerabilities in his characters and immersing you in their viewpoints, and this is a masterclass in escalating tension in the depiction of mental illness.
This was not my favorite, but I think it was because I was expecting rom-com and it really didn't read that way to me. It was hard to want to continue, but not because of poor writing, just because it wasn't what I was expecting/needing at the time. I think this definitely has an audience and at another time/mood I may have enjoyed it more.
This book was good, but it was stressful. I really enjoyed the humor and the romance we got, but it was a lot less Romcom than I was expecting. Overall it was a solid read, and I relate a lot to Paris as a character with the anxiety but that’s probably why it was a little much at times. It’s hard to see a character you are rooting for fail so badly.
This book was just not it for me. Paris was an extremely unlikeable character which made it very difficult to read this book. There were also problematic anti-semitic comments made in the book. While there was a warning for islamophobia at the beginning of the book, I don't think it was enough for the amount of comments that were made.
4.5 rounded up to 5. I really love how Alexis Hall can take characters who should be unlikable and makes them so full of heart that you only want the best for them! Paris is a bit of a mess, to put it mildly, and his slow realization that the problem isn't him so much as it is an actual mental health issue (but also that he needs to take ownership of his actions even so) was a very tender read. I enjoyed the baking, the cast of characters, and most of all the romance and friendship between Paris and Tariq (and the platonic friendship with Morag).
I haven't read the first Winner Bakes All yet but it is on my list now, before book #3 comes out! Thanks to Netgalley for the e-ARC!
Genuinely, this was hard. I found it so hard to immediately root for Paris want that HEA - and even then it was SUCH a hard fought hea when we finally got there.
But I think I went in expecting a romance and was confused and almost frustrated that it wasn't. That being said, if you want something that isn't predictable with your typical romcom skeleton, this is for you.
As usual Alexis Hall knocked the rep out of the park! I love how genuine things like generalized anxiety play out. It doesn’t feel forced and that’s one of his greatest strengths as a writer!
I love the setting just as I did in the first book but I wish it was a bit different mainly because it felt like a rewrite of book 1 at times and that took me out of it a couple times.
The characters were the true stars as it should be and I really enjoyed how the contrast between the two.
A solid follow up but maybe not as good as the first.
Paris’s experience with anxiety was so relatable. And Alexis Hall did a wonderful job on MH representation. I found the overall story very thoughtfully written. Adorable romance between two very different, yet ultimately wonderfully compatible characters. Paris isn’t an easy character to like necessarily but following his journey is important and inspiring.
This was a dnf for me. I know a lot of fans of Alexis Hall but I wasn't able to finish this book. I can't pinpoint why, just that it didn't really hook me. There was something missing for me.
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this ARC.
Paris Dailencourt is About to Crumble is SUCH A FANTSTIC romance by Alexis Hall.
I loved this queer m/m romance. The diversity is fantastic in this story. I really appreciate the anxiety that was represented in this book in addition to the gay rep.
Let's not forget about all the baking and kissing.
Absolutely LOVED this book SO much!
Listen, Alexis Hall is brilliant, generally. Writes very down to earth books. Sometimes, however, there is this issue of the books in question being insanely long winded, which is what happened in A Lady For A Duke and also here. It felt as though a lot of it could have been condensed to some extent.
Paris is difficult. He isn't exactly an easy character to follow -- if you've never experienced his level of anxiety he will drive you absolutely nuts. He is also incredibly stubborn and really frustrating to read because of that.
I did, however, appreciate the representation of his mental health journey. Hall made his jumps in logic easy to understand.
Tariq -- honestly, I would have rather the perspectives been switched. He was great; complex and interesting and he, for one, had many different relationship dynamics in his life.
The baking show element was fun, it was integrated well into the story but wasn't the focus of it. I liked all of the characters that were involved in it.
Overall, it was an okay book, great mental health rep.
In exchange for an honest review of Alexis Hall latest novel “Paris Daillencourt is about to Crumble” I write this review. At 370 pages, this novel had many elements I enjoyed one being its fast pace, romantic relationship, and competition. I find Hall managed to explore nuanced areas of identity and what that means for “new adults” in romantic relationships. As they created Boyfriend Material for which I have read brought a “new” examination to what it means to be Queer and in a relationship. The nuance to Paris Daillencourt and Tariq Hassan’s queer identity was appreciated as the novel explored the characters mental health struggle, or relationship with religion . The content guidance at the beginning of the novel was appreciated. Overall it is a novel I would recommend to fans of Boyfriend Material. I gave it 3.5 stars and on goodreads a solid 3 star.
Baking competitions, a friendly and charming love interest and a theme of mental health. What’s not to love?
Paris Daillencourt is about to crumble. Quite literally. After being entered into the competition by his roommate, Paris is determined not to be the first one sent home. His anxiety struggles lead him to accidentally injure a fellow contestant, Tariq, who takes it in stride and becomes his friend. However, the stress of the competition often gets to Paris and the unforgiving fan base watching at home is not there to sugarcoat their opinion of him. Will Paris overcome his anxieties and take the competition by storm? Or will he crumble like an over baked cookie to the pressure?
I always love a good baking competition book! I find them wholesome and fun to read and PDIATC is no different. The pace was decent, spanning the competition, and the plot was good. The characters were where this book really shone.
Paris is crippled by his undiagnosed general anxiety disorder. It ends up causing him to self sabotage more often than not and it was heartbreaking watching him struggle for so long. And we’re not just talking on Bake Expectations, it causes self sabotaging in his day to day life, too. The topic of mental health is a very prevalent and important theme to this book and Paris is a very good example of just how much anxiety can affect a person.
The ending was good. It wasn’t what I’d consider a HEA. I’ve seen a few people say they’d consider it a HFN and I agree with that. I am satisfied with how it ended, though. I just wish we got a resolution about the absentee parents.
If you want a book with mental health rep, a sunny love interest and baking then this book is for you! Thanks very much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
I had been really looking forward to this book but somehow this didn't click for me. I couldn't relate to the characters at all. Having read other work by the author, I had hoped for something better, but this just was not for me.
I love Paris! Once again, Hall depicts mental illness with a sensitive and well-written understanding. I love Tariq, and I was delighted to return to the baking tent. I do ship Jennifer and Grace, but maybe just as a backround couple? Love this series, but I would read Hall's shopping lists.
dnf at 15%
this book tackles anxiety in such a realistic way, but it ended up too realistic for me and was triggering for me. hopefully this book finds it perfect audience!
thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the arc.