Definitely, Maybe, Yours, by Lissa Reed
Series: Definitely, Maybe, Yours , Book 1
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of Stars
Seattle-based baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine: baking cupcakes for an enormous family reunion, managing Sucre Coeur for its frequently absent owner, and closing out his day with a pint at the local pub. He has a kind heart, a knack for pastry, and a weakness for damaged people.
Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is looking to drown his sorrows, but instead discovers that he may have a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual?
Fear of Commitment
Warning: Do Not Read This Book On An Empty Stomach
I don’t say this lightly, but I might be in love with Craig Oliver, the main character in this book. I mean, look at him there on the cover. Aaaaand he bakes. Plus he’s British. He’s also kind, funny, hot AF and he knows how to make a proper cup of tea.
But enough about the man and on to the book.
Definitely, Maybe, Yours was a truly delightful read from start to finish. The book was not only witty and charming, but it had emotional depth, character growth, a bit of angst, a lot of laughs, incredible sexy times and really, all the things you want to see in a romance.
The book, which is the first in this series is set around Sucre Coeur, an independent Seattle bakery. The author definitely took the “it’s a small world” approach with her cast of interwoven but well-developed characters. A few of these side characters even had dedicated chapters with their own POV, which was a surprising but not unwelcome break from the norm. Two couples in particular were so lovingly written that I had to Google the author just to confirm that those couples hadn’t already appeared in other books. (They hadn’t – this was the author’s debut novel.) Getting to know them was like reconnecting with old friends, and their presence added depth to Craig and Alex’s story.
While Craig was pretty much an open book, Alex was a much more reserved character. On the rebound from a highly toxic relationship, his character was determined to get back to the strict “hookups only” policy of his past. Alex came off as abrasive and aloof at first, his POV offering little hope to a budding romance with Craig. But as much as I loved Craig (yes, he of the British accent and mad baking skills), it was Alex’s storyline that took center stage for me about a third of the way in. Alex proved to be a complex, multidimensional character far beyond my expectations, and I loved how rewarding it was to watch the author peel back his many layers to reveal the man underneath.
Probably my only problem with this book was that it was written in the third person present tense, which I personally found quite awkward, especially when the focus switches back and forth between characters with little distinction. While it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the book, it did slow down my ability to lose myself in the story whenever I picked up the book because I needed extra time to adjust.
I would totally recommend this book with one caveat: Do not read this book on an empty stomach. Take my advice and pick up some decadent treats from your favorite bakery beforehand. As for me, I will be baking up a storm as I await the next book, which will feature Sarita, Craig’s head pastry decorator in a F/F+POC romance.
Lissa Reed is a novelist in the contemporary LGBTQ+ romance genre. She was born in Lake Charles, LA and during a childhood spent moving around as part of a U.S. Navy family, picked up writing as a hobby and hasn’t much put the pen down since. She blogs frankly about life with depression and anxiety, the writing process, cooking, and her cats. Her first novel, Definitely, Maybe, Yours will be published by Interlude Press in August of 2015.
She lives in the DFW area of Texas with her two cats, an unkempt balcony garden, and an alarming collection of nail polish. Her blog name comes from the fact that she is from Louisiana (and its many, many swamps and bayous) and she really does have a secret past as a sort-of debutante.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.