GIFTED / Today I am so, so, so happy to bring you my review for a book I read and enjoyed so much, and now days after I finished it I can say I appreciate it even more than I did right after I finished it. It is like… thinking about this story provoke good feelings in me… I don’t know how else to explain it.
Donut Fall in Love will be published on October 26th by Berkley and it has 368 pages. I want to say thank you to Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).
About the book:
FROM GOODREADS /
A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.
Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After the sudden death of his mother and years of constant work, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn’t know how to talk to his dad—who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum.
Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees.
As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.
First of all, let’s take a moment to appreciate this amazing title that can be interpreted in three different ways (you got it: DONUT like sweets two main characters were making, then DO NOT fall in love, and DO NUT fall in love, like do crazy fall in love)!
Second, let’s also appreciate that the story is set in Canada.
Maybe that is not a big thing for some of you guys, but I rarely read books that take place in that country, so it means a thing to me.
Now let’s talk about the book…
I guess I have a thing about romance with cakes/baking, as this was the third novel in that subgenre I read in a row, and I liked it.
Also, two main characters are Asian, just like in previous books I read too, and I loved that (huge) aspect of the story.
The novel was enjoyable in general. It was well written with easy to connect with characters.
It was written in third person following two different POVs: Ryan’s and Lindsay’s.
This book touches the topic of losing a parent, so keep that in mind, as it could be triggering.
To me, Ryan’s relationship with his father was too familiar as it reminded me of the one I ha(d)ve with my mother.
This book is pitched as gender reversed Notting Hill and I can see why.
It is also one of romances where the couple gets together pretty early in the story (I think it was before 50% mark) so the conflict that was necessary to keep the story going felt forced.
Other than that, the book was really good.
So if you are looking for an easy read to relax with, Donut Fall in Love is the perfect choice, and I hope you will do NUT fall in love with it.