“Friends to lovers at its best– a sweet indulgenceI couldn’t put down!” – R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author
Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!
I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.
No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. Nocurse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.
Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.
The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.
Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.
But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger herfirst day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.
If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my newcurse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.
‘Baking Me Crazy’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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“Besides, this is my best friend perk. Shouldn’t I get perks in baked goods?”
She cut me a look. “You’ve been getting those perks for two years, Buchanan. Don’t even pretend you didn’t put on a solid ten pounds that first year I started baking.” Quite pointedly, she looked at my stomach, which we both knew was covered in muscle.
“That’s rude,” I mumbled under my breath. I flexed my bicep. Nero licked myelbow since it was right in front of him. “Yeah, ten pounds in my left arm maybe.”
The noise she made roughly translated to you are ridiculous. She made thatsound at me a lot. Of course, the sad truth of the matter was that I was ridiculous.
Not once in the past five years had my feelings lessened for her. I had just learned to live with them. In my junior year of undergrad, I was taking a class on brain pathology in injuries, and a man came to talk to us about how he learned to live without his right arm after it was amputated.
He told us about how, even years after he lost his arm, his brain still triggered sensations to the limb that was no longer there. The adult brain, in particular, struggled to reorganize after the loss of a limb, and given that four out of five amputees suffer from phantom pain symptoms, some of which were incredibly debilitating, it was alesson that stuck with me.
I wasn’t fool enough to think that me loving Jocelyn was on par with a man who’d lost his arm, but something about the way he talked plucked at a chord inside me.Sometimes my brain struggled to remember that we were just friends.
She’d never dated, never even hinted that she wanted to. She’d never givenme a longing glance. Never stared at my mouth like she wondered what it tasted like.
But my hands never, not once, stopped wanting to reach for hers. My fingers always, always itched to dig into her crazy hair and see what the curve of her scalp felt like.
My brain knew what this relationship was, but sometimes, the signals it sentto the rest of my body didn’t always match up with the truth of our situation. We worked out together a lot, Joss and I, and when she got frustrated with the limitations of her body, I always wanted to wrap my arms around her.
I wanted to pull her into the curve of my body, absorb her dissatisfaction intomy skin, and carry it for her. That was the irony when she made noises like that.
She had absolutely no clue how ridiculous I really was.
About Karla Sorensen
Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. Andconsidering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might justbe cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.
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Baking Me Crazy is a new romantic comedy contemporary by author Karla Sorensen. This is a stand alone but it’s also the first book in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, in Penny Reid’s Book Universe.
“Making my best friend for the past five years fall in love with me?“ I raised my eyebrows. “Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be a piece of cake.“
The males in Levi’s family deal with a curse that when they find their soulmate it’ll be instant, and they’ll never find anyone they will ever love as much. When he lays eyes on Jocelyn he has no control when his heart locks on to her. But Jocelyn has a lot going on in her life so when she says she could use a friend that’s what he becomes. After 5 years Joss is finally ready for something more and Levi wants that more to be with him. Now he has to try to convince her that he can be more than just her best friend.
“my hands never, not once, stopped wanting to reach for her.“
Joss and Levi are fantastic characters . Joss is strong of body and mind and doesn’t let the fact that she’s dependent on her wheelchair define her. I love that as a handicapped character she isn’t this perfectly sweet / kind persona. Joss is not a people person, and she prefers to keep her walls up, Levi like’s to call her a hedgehog because she definitely has spikes. Levi Levi Levi , how can I express how much I adore him in words. He’s seriously the best book boyfriend, and he deserves ALL the happiness.
“I noticed your mouth next. Even now, this mouth makes me insane. When you smile, it’s like a weapon.“
Hands down Baking Me Crazy is one of the most adorable books I have read in a while. A 5 star best friends to lovers romance! This is my first Karla Sorensen novel but if her other books are anything like this then I need to read them immediately 😊
“Just you. That’s it. Just you and me, Levi. It could be anywhere, and as long as it’s you and me, it’ll be exactly what I need.“