Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: A Taste for Love
Author: Jennifer Yen
Format: ARC received in exchange for an honest review
♡ YA Contemporary Romance
♡ The Great British Baking Show
♡ Pride and Prejudice reimagining
♡ Yummy recipes
This book was exactly what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. It was light and fun and super cute. And it made me CRAVE boba tea like crazy!
This is a very loose Pride and Prejudice retelling without trying too hard to be exactly like it. The main character has dreams of becoming a baker, but her parents who own a bakery and restaurant want more for her than the grueling hours they work. Her mother also insists that she date a very particular kind of boy (Chinese, pre-med, tall), while her father is a bit more understanding.
I absolutely LOVED her father, by the way. I feel like my grandfather was so similar to his personality, especially the dynamics between him and his wife – it was like my grandmother and grandfather, which warmed me up to both of them. My grandmother always wanted more and my grandfather would do everything he could to give it to her.
If you are a fan of The Great British Baking Show, I have a feeling you’ll love this as the entire contest is based off of this show and there are a lot of references to it. Speaking of references, I loved all the romance novel references in this! It was like a little nod to romance readers since the main character is a romance reader herself.
I’m not a great baker, though I love to cook, and I love seeing step by step instructions within a book, like this one. I could practically smell the scents from the bakery and taste the confections. And what I wouldn’t do to taste some of her dad’s multi-course meals!
I did feel like the conflict at the end got a little convoluted and overdramatic, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, this book was immersive, it made me hungry, it got me over my slump, and all of the relationships in this book were so sweet.
Characters: Asian cast
Author: OWNvoices Asian rep
Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Racism, toxic relationship
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe!
Bookshelf Placement: Already there!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars