After losing a rigged cooking show competition — and a potential lover — to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.
Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. As punishment, he’s been sent to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.
Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.
Each time another book in this series is released I end up shuffling around my favorites. I wasn’t sure exactly where How the Cookie Crumbles was going to fall because… well… frankly Blaire sounded like an unredeemable jerk. I love it when an author can change your opinion about a character. 😉
Frederic wasn’t hard to fall for. I loved him from the beginning. I could appreciate him wanting to do everything on his own, I’m kind of the same way. Basically because I hate asking anyone for help. He took that trait to a whole new level though. On the flip side, he had a lot of amazing people jump in and insist on helping him… including Blaire.
Blaire had a lot to make up for and he knew it. Frederic wasn’t easily won over and he had a lot more going on than just his mixed feelings for Blaire. He tried to be everything to everyone and came dangerously close to falling into a position where he couldn’t even help himself. Blaire had no idea what kind of inner demons Frederic was fighting, but he was determined to prove that he had changed enough to be the kind of man to help fix it.
As with many of the books in the Bluewater Bay series, How the Cookie Crumbles can be read as a stand alone. I’ve read them all though and have found few I wouldn’t recommend. There were a couple of familiar characters that popped up, which always makes me smile. This is also the first book by Jaime Samms that I’ve read, but I doubt it will be my last. Selfie by Amy Lane is next in the series.