A Sweet Mess is an adorable love story about Landon Kim a workaholic food critic and Audrey Choi a successful bakery owner. The two meet and have a one night stand thinking they will never see each other again.
But when Landon writes a scathing review of Audrey’s bakery Comfort Zone, not realizing she is the shop owner, disaster looms. Audrey’s business begins to fail just as she has signed a contract to expand. Audrey confronts Landon but unfortunately he has a never retract policy and refuses to write another review.
Landon feels terrible and decides to make it up to Audrey. He offers her a paid spot on a TV cooking show which his best friend hosts. Audrey is to design three new dishes and debut each on the show. Audrey, who is desperate to save her business agrees to the arrangement.
There is only one catch. They must share lodging for the duration of her stay which both of them are afraid will go terribly wrong. But they agree and of course sparks begin to fly. But something deeper begins to happen.
This story goes beyond your regular boy meets girl and they fall in love. Added to the plot are values such as the importance of family and how even though there can be disputes the love of one’s family never dies. Family can pick up where they left off any time. It also delves into how the trust you learn from your family at an early age can mold how you accept yourself and others later in life.
Entwined in the story are beautiful descriptions of wineries, villas and food. And of course who can resist a happy ending?
Thank you #NetGalley #St.Martin’sGriffin #JayciLee #ASweetMess for the advanced copy. The book will be out on July 14.