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Love at 350°

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Okay I will preface this by saying Love at 350 was completely different than what I thought it would be but not in a bad way. By reading the summery I was expecting more romance so that’s going to be my base.

It is about a teacher who’s an exceptional baker and cook and whose kids sign up for a bake-off competition without her knowing, where she finds a spark with the competition’s cutthroat judge.

I loved both Tori and Kendra a ton. Tori is an angel come from heaven, she’s so good and kind and is just an incredible human. I loved every second of her. Kendra is so talented, feels deeply for things that matter to her and is so gone for Tori.

I loved the aspect of the baking show, the depth the author brought to the book and just how accurate it was!

I feel as though the romance and the bake off plot could’ve been balanced better without taking anything away from each other. 1/5 of this book is the romance and the remaining is the competition. As I said, I absolutely loved the bake-off but the romance lacked completely. I struggled to feel the chemistry between them most of the time. Especially since they barely had any time together all throughout the book which was incredibly disappointing. Unfortunately I didn’t like the romance at all but the bake off and the amazing cats of characters made up for it.

So if you’re looking for a fun cooking competition with fun twists and great characters along with a pinch of romance, then this is most definitely for you! I really encourage you to try it out because remember this is MY opinion and you can end up absolutely loving it;)

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I thought this book was so charming! I thought the characters were really developed, and I felt like I really knew who they were and what they were thinking/feeling as the story progressed. The baking elements and competition were my favorite part of the book- I feel like I was really in the midst of the action!

This was such a fun and easy read. The storyline and action was enjoyable and so charming.

Thank You NetGalley and Random House & Dial Press for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this eARC!

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I am always a sucker for a book with a good baking/cooking plot especially when it involves a reality show as well. I loved how we didn't jump into the baking show right away and how we slowly got introduced to the characters as they were getting their applications sent in. I loved both of our main characters and how we got both of their points of view. All of the side characters were a delight. I loved how all of the contestants were so understanding of each other and built up a trusting relationship. Although this is advertised as a romance I don't feel that there was enough romance or that it was the main focus. It was more of an inst love that felt more like a crush. Overall this was such a cute and lighthearted read, I would definitely recommend it to everyone who is even only slightly interested.

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Yes!! I love a great Rom-Com when there is cooking or baking! This is a total vibe and I love every word of it!!
I just reviewed Love at 350° by Lisa Peers. #Loveat350 #NetGalley
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This started strong but didn’t hold together. Tori is a recently divorced high school science teacher who dreams of opening a bakery. Her twins are about to leave for college and they secretly nominate her for a baking competition show. She gets an audition! Meanwhile, reluctant show judge Kendra hates her moniker of Cookie Queen for her bakery empire (oddly named “Chippy Chunk”, and I kept hoping for an explanation for this but never got one), and she needs this job because her beloved restaurant really needs the money. Kendra spends most of her time working or with her bulldog, even though she longs for a relationship.

The two have an instant spark on set, but aren’t allowed to fraternize during the show or for a year after it airs. So they find secretive ways to connect. There’s a lot of pining. So much pining. But calling this book a slow burn implies that there’s heat there at all. I didn’t really feel their connection. Yes, they found each other attractive, but they barely knew one another and took some big risks to pursue something. It seemed like a mutual crush, not a deep connection.

The plot felt, pardon the expression, half-baked. There are intrigues and obstacles, but lots of things are still unresolved at the abrupt end.

Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.

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Love at 350° by Lisa Peers was a sweet debut lesbian rom-com.
I can’t explain how great it felt to read this book.
It is light hearted and warm.
This book had me hooked from the first chapter.
A sweet and fun story, with beautifully written characters lends an authenticity to this author's debut novel. Amazing read! I for one cannot wait to see what she writes next!
And who doesn’t enjoy TV baking competitions?! It was seriously the best.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Thank You NetGalley and Random House & Dial Press for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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This was such a fun read! A book with cooking competitions isn't always my cup of tea, but I enjoyed this. It was funny and as much as it is a romance, I did feel like the romance took a back seat to the competition.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an arc of this book. Below is my honest review.

Tori teaches biochemistry and Della teaches Skills for Living (aka Home Ec). One day, a few years ago, they had a brilliant idea—combine forces and design “Biochem of Baking”, a course they could dual teach. It quickly became the most popular courses at Sequoia High.

Tori loves spending time with Della, but the less than subtle hints about introducing her to single women are getting a bit exhausting. It doesn’t help that Tori’s ex cheated on her, moved to New York with a new girlfriend, and her twins are heading off to college in the fall.

Kendra is a reluctant judge on “American Bake-o-Rama”. She is the “mean one” who expects the best and offers constructive criticism to the home bakers who don’t bake to perfection. Little did Tori know, her kids signed her up for the show. And … off we go!

First of all, I am a sucker for a good book about a baking show. GBBO is an all time favorite of mine, so I was quite excited to see how things rolled in the book. I really enjoyed that we started at the application process and worked through auditions before getting to the actual show.

I liked that the MCs were around 40 and the book is a dual POV. Tori’s twins were fun side characters, if a tad over-exuberant, and her ex was villainous enough. The other baking contestants were a delight. Mel was my by far favorite. I really appreciated Tori and Mel’s empathy towards Natalie … they considered the reasons behind Natalie’s actions. What if she is an introvert? Or what if Natalie needs to think before she speaks on camera? They don’t know her life. And Kendra, too, with the opera cake picnic. The empathy towards a character that most would consider cold-hearted was unexpected and made me quite happy.

My biggest disappointment was that that two leads had an insta-love type relationship that felt more like a crush. They didn’t really get to know each other and just hoped for the best? I wish there was a bit more chemistry.

All in all, I found this book utterly delightful. I definitely recommend if this review sparked any interest. It’s light, fun, and kindhearted.

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"Love at 350 °' made me feel like I was in the cooking competition right along with the contestants in the book. The main part of the story focuses on the cooking show with amateur bakers competing for a large cash prize and a gig on a TV show on a cooking channel. Tori was nominated for the show by her twins, and she feels excited about the opportunity. Tori is a high school chemistry teacher, but her dream is to run her own bakery. She embraces the opportunity, and as the competition goes on, she learns more about herself in the process.

Kendra is a judge on the show, and she has a restaurant and a successful cookie business. Kendra is known as the mean judge on the show, and she is looking to be nicer this season. When she meets Tori, she is immediately intrigued by her. Kendra doesn't want to compromise her integrity as a judge or loose her job, but she can't seem to stop trying to talk to Tori during the competition. Soon, she is sneaking notes to Tori, and she is hoping that they can start a relationship together.

I loved all of the side characters in the competition, and the story around baking was very interesting. I don't think that there was much of a romance in the story. It felt more like a crush than anything else. I was hoping to be able to root for the couple, but I just didn't feel the sparks or the emotional connection.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an ARC of this book.

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The following review will be posted on the link provided following the release date of the book per publisher's request, on October 10, 2023.

Calling all cooking show lovers, this novel is as sweet as apple pie! In a tale proving that you can find love and follow your dreams at any age, there's also the comfort of good food and good company. I fell in love with this story, not only because it's one of my favorite tropes: the grump and the loveable golden retriever type, but because of the love and kindness the characters find in their friendships and family as well. I was looking forward to getting home from work, snuggling under my covers, and picking up this book to continue reading. It was a lovely break from the real world of stress, and is an amazing read for the holiday season.

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