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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. No curse 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, 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. No curse 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 her first 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 new curse 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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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. No curse 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, 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. No curse 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 her first 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 new curse 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.

30 review for Baking Me Crazy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    5 stars I adored Baking Me Crazy, I loved the romance so much!It is a friends to lovers romance which is set in the same universe as Penny Reid's Winston Brother Series.It was fast pace,heartwarming and sweet romance! I'm in love with Levi and Joss.Their romance is sweet and cute.I loved their moments together and I have butterflies in my stomach with these two.I seriously couldn't get enough of them! If you are looking for a swooning romance Levi and Joss are the perfect couple! 5 stars I adored Baking Me Crazy, I loved the romance so much!It is a friends to lovers romance which is set in the same universe as Penny Reid's Winston Brother Series.It was fast pace,heartwarming and sweet romance! I'm in love with Levi and Joss.Their romance is sweet and cute.I loved their moments together and I have butterflies in my stomach with these two.I seriously couldn't get enough of them! If you are looking for a swooning romance Levi and Joss are the perfect couple!     

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    4 Stars! "Levi Buchanan," I said. "It's nice to meet you, Joss." Then, then she gave me a real smile—white teeth, pink lips, tiny dimple on the right side—and I never, ever got my heart back. When Levi first met Joss as one of the coaches of her wheelchair basketball league, it was lights out, head over heels in love time. He didn’t care that she was sixteen and two years younger than him, he just knew the girl with the crazy curly hair and the snarky attitude was meant to be his. Fate can be a 4 Stars! "Levi Buchanan," I said. "It's nice to meet you, Joss." Then, then she gave me a real smile—white teeth, pink lips, tiny dimple on the right side—and I never, ever got my heart back. When Levi first met Joss as one of the coaches of her wheelchair basketball league, it was lights out, head over heels in love time. He didn’t care that she was sixteen and two years younger than him, he just knew the girl with the crazy curly hair and the snarky attitude was meant to be his. Fate can be a crazy bitch and though Joss was drawn to Levi from the beginning, all she could offer him was her friendship at that time. Jumping ahead five years, Levi and Joss are the best of friends but Levi still wants…more. Friendship has never been enough for him and he finds himself more in love with Joss than ever. For her part, Joss is absolutely clueless as to Levi’s true feelings. After an illness left her wheelchair bound seven years ago, she’s had a hard enough time facing her new reality, much less even considering someone else might want to make a life with her under those circumstances. She’s wrong, of course. Joss is a total badass whether she’s wheeling or walking and everyone around her seems to realize that. When a new man in town starts making his interest in Joss known, Levi realizes its finally time to let her know how he feels. If only five years of best friend bonding didn’t make that prospect a wee bit awkward. Right off the bat, I have to mention how refreshing it was to read a romance that didn’t follow the same old boring tropes. Yes, we get a friends to lovers storyline (my personal fav) but there are actual, real life issues keeping Levi from acting on his feelings. Joss and the fact she’d steered them towards friendship at first meeting, coupled with her insecurities when it comes to all things wheelchair related had Levi keeping his feelings to himself until he felt Joss was ready to listen. And let me tell you, the very second Levi realized Joss was going to be putting her single and ready to mingle vibes out there for the world to see, he knew what he had to do. Green Valley, folks! Yes, this Karla Sorensen bit of goodness takes place in Green Valley! Where Cletus lives and often makes an appearance! Okay, so you might not be as excited as I am by the prospect of more Cletus and I won’t judge you for that, but anytime I get the chance to head back for a little visit, I’ll take it. I love how Joss and Levi’s story seemed to fit seamlessly into Penny Reid’s world and even though I don’t recommend this, you don’t have to read any of Ms. Reid’s stories to start Baking Me Crazy. I also appreciate how the author threw a little bit of her own crossover goodness into the story with mentions of characters from her Washington Wolves series. Even though I loved Joss and Levi together, I would’ve liked more story about their actual relationship, both the friends and lovers variety, rather than the obstacles they were going to have to overcome. I completely understand why Joss felt the way she did, but I still could have used a little more of her feeling the “butterfly” thing for Levi. Baking Me Crazy is the first in the Donner Bakery series released by Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance. Joss and Levi’s story made a big fan out of me and I can’t wait to read the rest of these books. ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest, voluntary review **Easy Buy Links** Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kwvT7z AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2ku8Pq7 Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BakingMeCrazy Nook: http://bit.ly/2lEMEh0 Kobo: http://bit.ly/2lU7066 Google Play: http://bit.ly/2klKiUj Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2k0ZaqL

  3. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Joy's face morphed. Gone was the sweet, ebullient young woman who'd been my co-worker for the past couple of hours. Gone was the happiest person in the world. In her place was determined, scheming Joy. She narrowed her eyes, and I actually sat back in my chair from the force of it. "There's a wild dog sitting outside." Her voice was shaky, but her eyes were unflinching. The skin around them was wrinkled and translucent, spotted with age. "Oh, that's my dog.”… "He looks scary." I Favorite Quotes: Joy's face morphed. Gone was the sweet, ebullient young woman who'd been my co-worker for the past couple of hours. Gone was the happiest person in the world. In her place was determined, scheming Joy. She narrowed her eyes, and I actually sat back in my chair from the force of it. "There's a wild dog sitting outside." Her voice was shaky, but her eyes were unflinching. The skin around them was wrinkled and translucent, spotted with age. "Oh, that's my dog.”… "He looks scary." I smiled at her. "He's very sweet, I promise." "What's his name?" "Nero," I answered. She glanced over her glasses at me. "After the Roman emperor who burned people alive?" Joy can't figure out how I learned so many swear words during my young life, and I had to try to explain how spending my impressionable teen years with the Buchanans gave me the vocabulary of a drunken pirate. For as different as I felt on the inside, it was strange that it didn't reflect anywhere else. Shouldn't there be a sign above my head? Beware of the twenty-one-year-old virgin with repressed sexual feelings. Explosion imminent. Touch with extreme caution. May spontaneously combust with prolonged eye contact and cupcake purchasing and/or casual swimming sessions. My Review: I will confess to a complete lack of awareness of Karla Sorensen’s genius before picking up this delightful book, but as she was Penny Reid’s pick to blaze the trail and be the first rattle out of the box to kick off her new Smartypants Romance, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe, well, that was all I needed to know. And I wholeheartedly concur with the mastermind’s brilliant choice. Ms. Sorensen has produced an excellent lead-in for a new series and her contribution fit seamlessly into the oddly alluring and ever-appealing microcosm of Green Valley. Written in my favorite dual POV, the storylines were relevant, engaging, and absorbing. The main character of Joss spent much of her time in a wheelchair and I was quite taken with the care, thoughtful observation, and sensitivity used in enlightening the reader of the impact her medical and mobility issues had on her social-emotional development and the energy and concentration required to complete even the most simple of tasks of day-to-day life that ambulatory bipeds take for granted. Ms. Sorensen’s humor was well-honed and witty, her characters were endearing and assessable, and to my gleeful amusement, their captivating tale effortlessly rolled through my gray matter with an even balance of emotional tone, with heart-squeezes and giggle-snorts aplenty. I was besotted with sweet Levi and adored how he perceived and cataloged Joss in vivid Technicolor in his inner musings. Levi current reigns as King, occupying the top spot on my list of BBFs. Does it even need saying that Karla Sorensen has a new fangirl?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars! Baking Me Crazy is the story of Levi and Joss. Levi’s family has a curse, one that makes them fall in love at first sight. Five years ago Levi met Jocelyn and knew she was the one, but she wasn’t ready for a relationship and they became friends. Now when a handsome stranger makes some moves on Jocelyn, Levi realizes it’s time to make his move, or lose her forever. I went into this book blind, with an open mind and it really paid off. I was skeptical about books written in Penny Reid’s 4 stars! Baking Me Crazy is the story of Levi and Joss. Levi’s family has a curse, one that makes them fall in love at first sight. Five years ago Levi met Jocelyn and knew she was the one, but she wasn’t ready for a relationship and they became friends. Now when a handsome stranger makes some moves on Jocelyn, Levi realizes it’s time to make his move, or lose her forever. I went into this book blind, with an open mind and it really paid off. I was skeptical about books written in Penny Reid’s universe by a different author living up to the standards that Reid has already set in her own writing. I was an idiot. Honestly, this book fit so seamlessly into the universe. It felt like this author had been writing in it all along. So bravo Smartypants Romance and Karla Sorensen. You have me sold and I cannot wait to read more. As for the actual story, I loved it. I’m not a huge friends to lovers trope fan but this book worked all around. I love that the heroine represents a group of people currently underrepresented in the romance and literary world. This book had just the right amount of angst (although I am an angst whore and always want more). This book reminded me of why I loved the romance genre so much and why I need to start reading more of it again. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Locke

    I'm in that stage right now where life is cozy and wonderful. You know what I mean. It's called bliss—the happy sigh after you read something amazing. Baking Me Crazy is ... well, what is it not? It's beautiful. It's thoughtful. It's so well-written that I'm jealous of Sorensen's pen. (Or fingers if I assume she typed this book. Anyway ...) Each word was written with care. You can tell. This isn't a story strung together haphazardly while the author noshed on candy. I imagine her curled up on I'm in that stage right now where life is cozy and wonderful. You know what I mean. It's called bliss—the happy sigh after you read something amazing. Baking Me Crazy is ... well, what is it not? It's beautiful. It's thoughtful. It's so well-written that I'm jealous of Sorensen's pen. (Or fingers if I assume she typed this book. Anyway ...) Each word was written with care. You can tell. This isn't a story strung together haphazardly while the author noshed on candy. I imagine her curled up on the sofa, as obsessed with her characters and their love story as I am. This is a story filled with heart. It's a journey so different from anything you've ever read in the very best way that I promise you it's unforgettable. This one will stay with you. I loved this book. I hate that it's over. If I could crawl into this world and eat pickle cupcakes for the rest of my life, I would. Read this. You deserve a book this great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    5 Brilliant Sonic stars for Baking Me Crazy! "Patience is a virtue, Levi Buchanan." "And a virtue never hurt you..” My heart is a jumbled up mess of feels. This was absolutely the most perfect, slow burn best friends to lovers story that I’ve read in a long time. First of all, to be instantly teleported into Green Valley is always where I want to be. Donner’s bakery, and seeing Jennifer, Cletus and a couple new characters was simply fantastic. Karla outdid herself with this story. The way she 5 Brilliant Sonic stars for Baking Me Crazy! "Patience is a virtue, Levi Buchanan." "And a virtue never hurt you..” My heart is a jumbled up mess of feels. This was absolutely the most perfect, slow burn best friends to lovers story that I’ve read in a long time. First of all, to be instantly teleported into Green Valley is always where I want to be. Donner’s bakery, and seeing Jennifer, Cletus and a couple new characters was simply fantastic. Karla outdid herself with this story. The way she worded things that Levi or Joss would say, I could feel in my bones. I loved that it was the guy that had feelings and the girl was oblivious. It was very interesting to read from that POV. “There would never be a day when I didn't wish Jocelyn would just … wake up and realize it. That one day, she'd see me differently. That she could look back on the day we met and see that I'd never wavered because the way I loved her was as constant and unyielding as the Earth rotating around the sun. Something that couldn't be stopped or prevented. Or this one that gave my chills, chills: “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 given me 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 sent to the rest of my body didn't always match up with the truth of our situation.” I could go on and on, but you just need to experience this goodness for yourself. Feels upon feels upon feels. SmartyPants Romance has got it going on!

  7. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    I love Levi and Joss. I love this book. This is the first book in the Smartypants spin off books (this one is from the Winston Bros' series). I think that this can be a standalone book. There are a couple of very brief appearances from previous books. I really enjoyed Karla Sorensen's writing. I plan to read more of her books. I love that Joss wasn't portrayed as a martyr or that she felt sorry for herself. Joss is still young but is determined to get on a path to do great things with what she I love Levi and Joss. I love this book. This is the first book in the Smartypants spin off books (this one is from the Winston Bros' series). I think that this can be a standalone book. There are a couple of very brief appearances from previous books. I really enjoyed Karla Sorensen's writing. I plan to read more of her books. I love that Joss wasn't portrayed as a martyr or that she felt sorry for herself. Joss is still young but is determined to get on a path to do great things with what she has. I love Levi. I love his family. Neither of these two dwell on the past. Levi has a lot going for him & seemed to be the golden boy as he was growing up. He had to find his way too. The story opens up with Levi and Joss (Jocelyn) are already bff since they graduated from high school. I loved their relationship building, struggle and growth. I need to give a shout out to Joy- Joss' boss at the Donner bakery, Levi's mom, and to Jennifer, and even Joss' mom who had to learn to let her daughter fly. I won't say much specifics. This is a very sweet. Slow burn, love-love lovely romance. I did get annoyed with Joss-just a little. I wanted her to just go for it. I'm a mom of a disabled daughter, so I just worried I guess. Will Levi find his way? Will Joss find her way? Read this and find out. This is your chance to read a book in the Penny Reid Winston Brothers' world. I received this advance copy from Spartypants Romance. Thank you! Pre-order your copy today! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kwvT7z AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2ku8Pq7 Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BakingMeCrazy Nook: http://bit.ly/2lEMEh0 Kobo: http://bit.ly/2lU7066 Google Play: http://bit.ly/2klKiUj Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2k0ZaqL Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2ku91Wg

  8. 5 out of 5

    Smartypants Romance

    ARE YOU READY? Hold on to your armrests, people. Here we go.... BEHOLD! Our first announcement!! We are so flippin excited to announce the uber talented and fabulous Karla Sorensen's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Baking Me Crazy' is the first book in the Donner Bakery Series, is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a standalone. (y) RELEASE DATE: October 8th, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Amazon: https://amzn.to/30WJmVV Apple Books: https://apple.co/2YrziGF Kobo: ARE YOU READY? Hold on to your armrests, people. Here we go.... BEHOLD! Our first announcement!! We are so flippin excited to announce the uber talented and fabulous Karla Sorensen's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Baking Me Crazy' is the first book in the Donner Bakery Series, is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a standalone. (y) RELEASE DATE: October 8th, 2019 ** PRE-ORDER LINKS ** Amazon: https://amzn.to/30WJmVV Apple Books: https://apple.co/2YrziGF Kobo: https://bit.ly/2GvLSe7 Nook: https://bit.ly/2JXGt1r Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Mfuyxz Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2YmffWf ** Blurb ** I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought my family’s curse was Southern nonsense. No curse makes you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force an all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life. Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and realized how wrong I was. But when we met, she didn’t need love. She needed a friend. So that’s what we’ve been for five years. When Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend. If I can’t get her to see beyond our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bibliomedico

    Check Out My full Review On The blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20... ************************** ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. ************************** " Then ... Then she gave me a real smile - White teeth , Pink lips , Tiny dimple on the right side - and I never .. Ever got my heart back " WOW ! Did I just Read all this Perfection ??!! When I read the news of The Smarty Pants Romance new books Check Out My full Review On The blog : https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/20... ************************** ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. ************************** " Then ... Then she gave me a real smile - White teeth , Pink lips , Tiny dimple on the right side - and I never .. Ever got my heart back " WOW ! Did I just Read all this Perfection ??!! When I read the news of The Smarty Pants Romance new books from Penny Reid Newsletter, I was really skeptical , Green Valley Fictional World IS so dear and special to my heart , I just Couldn't imagine how multiple writers other than Penny Reid could write stories from this fantastic world , I mean , Nothing good could get out from this mess !! Ohhhhh Myyyyyy ! I was SO FREAKING WRONG! Baking me crazy was perfection, reading this book was like meeting a stranger but having the feeling that You know this stranger, that he isn't stranger at all !! This story took place within the same Green Valley community, that I already love, yes, the characters were all new ( Except for the Winstons - Especially Cletus and Jennifer - ) , But when I started reading I didn't feel as if I'm starting a new book , EVERYTHING WAS FAMILIAR , and I don't know why !!! ? as this could be read as a standalone novel . Best Friends to lovers Trope isn't new to the Romance Genre , BUTT Karla Sorensen In Baking Me Crazy made me fall in love AGAIN with this trope . Ahhhhh, Levi is one of the best heroes I've EVER read about, I already love the name Levi, and in this story, he was sweet, charming, funny, loving, adorable, hot ....... I can keep talking about him FOREVER ..... What I liked the most about him , his compassion and love for Joss how he was understanding, considerate and careful with her feelings , how he sacrificed a lot of chances to be with her, just waiting for THE RIGHT TIME, the time when she is ready to accept him as more than just her best friend , but While All that she needed is A friend < he was that For her .. While-Reading the first chapters, My heart broke, every time he gazed lovingly at Joss while she wasn't looking at him, every time he described the color of her eyes, Every time he was proud of her for her courage and hard work ... AHHHHH ! I JUST LOVE HIM SO MUCH <3 <3 <3 "Hopefully, They'd be like Levi. Be One of those people who met me and simply saw me. Those Were the Unicorns " Joss was a brilliant character, ( in most Romance novels, there is kind of standers for the characters: they should be perfect, beautiful, hot, confident ..... ) BUTTT The amazing Karla Sorensen changed all the rules, as our Levi wasn't arrogant and brooding, Our Joss was Badass, Awesome, Sassy, funny and with a disability that made her MORE AMAZING... Sorensen in this Romantic - Comedy , was able to spread awareness and educate others in many topics Regarding People with disabilities , she described the struggles that Joss had to face since she started using the Wheelchair, with herself to start with, with the society and how others started to view her, ending up with her dating life .... It was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time to read about Joss experience and story, I ADMIRED her so much, in some scenes, I found myself angry for This Incredible Woman. Levi and Joss Love story was so sweet, romantic, amazing and really admirable. I loved every single part of this novel. For Karla Sorensen writing style, it was Brilliant, Her words were sooooooo beautiful. Definitely, a New favorite Author. THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMENDED, PLEASE JUST READ IT ;) You can thank me later ;) " Sliding into a relationship with Levi Was Like Breathing "

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

    I love love love this book! The sweetness was perfection. A really good friends to lovers romance with those tender, achy, heartwarming feels that leave you giddy! I more than adored it and I just felt like Levi and Joss were everything!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    The good: -I liked that the heroine is in a wheelchair, and it’s generally not told in a soap opera kind of way. She’s just trying to live her life like anybody else. -Ummm...once they finally get together, Levi and Joss were cute. The bad: -This was really boring. Was there a plot? -Levi’s supposed pining over Joss made no sense. He knew immediately that she was it for him, yet he kept dating other women. (It was unclear if he was also sleeping with them.) This strikes me as unfair both to his The good: -I liked that the heroine is in a wheelchair, and it’s generally not told in a soap opera kind of way. She’s just trying to live her life like anybody else. -Ummm...once they finally get together, Levi and Joss were cute. The bad: -This was really boring. Was there a plot? -Levi’s supposed pining over Joss made no sense. He knew immediately that she was it for him, yet he kept dating other women. (It was unclear if he was also sleeping with them.) This strikes me as unfair both to his supposed soulmate and the other women, even if he pretty clearly wanted Joss. -This book is barely funny at all. Like, it’s inevitable that the reader compare it to Penny Reid’s books, because it takes place in her universe. But the comparison isn’t all that favorable for this writer, unfortunately, because I didn’t laugh once while reading this. Safety Stats:(view spoiler)[ Ages: Joss is 21, Levi 22. Cheating: None, but Levi has been dating other women since he first met Joss and she shot down his invitation for a date. They were both teenagers at the time. His dates happen before the book starts. OM/OW: The events of the book get rolling because Joss is attracted to her physical therapist. She asks him out, but he has a girlfriend. Separation: None. Triggers: None. HEA? HFN. Living together by the end. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was such an enjoyable read. The characters are well written, likeable and down to earth. Joss and Levi’s heartwarming story felt authentic and it had the perfect recipe for the makings of a delightfully entertaining romantic comedy: it was sweet, sexy and fun, with a smidge of angst thrown in for good measure. This was my first Karla Sorensen read, but it certainly won’t be my last! ***ARC generously provided by Social Butterfly in exchange for an honest review*** #BakingMeCrazy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was such an enjoyable read. The characters are well written, likeable and down to earth. Joss and Levi’s heartwarming story felt authentic and it had the perfect recipe for the makings of a delightfully entertaining romantic comedy: it was sweet, sexy and fun, with a smidge of angst thrown in for good measure. This was my first Karla Sorensen read, but it certainly won’t be my last! ***ARC generously provided by Social Butterfly in exchange for an honest review*** #BakingMeCrazy

  13. 5 out of 5

    julia ♥

    read the full review on my blog! "There is no crying in the bakery." Take some of the best friends to lovers trope, add some of Penny Reid’s universe with a pinch of spicy scenes, and Voila, a perfect recipe! Baking Me Crazy has it all and more. I think I haven’t finished a romance book this quickly in a while, and it’s all thanks to Sorensen’s writing. Prior to starting this book, I was intrigued to see how this concept would work: different romance authors all writing within the same read the full review on my blog! "There is no crying in the bakery." Take some of the best friends to lovers trope, add some of Penny Reid’s universe with a pinch of spicy scenes, and Voila, a perfect recipe! Baking Me Crazy has it all and more. I think I haven’t finished a romance book this quickly in a while, and it’s all thanks to Sorensen’s writing. Prior to starting this book, I was intrigued to see how this concept would work: different romance authors all writing within the same well-loved universe. But, this book is 100% well worth it! What is this book about? Baking Me Crazy follows Joss, who works at small town bakery and her best friend Levi, who’s looking for a job after finishing his Master’s. The two met when they are in their teens, and have been best friends for over 5 years. However, what Joss doesn’t know is that Levi has fallen victim to the “Buchanan” curse and has been in love with her since the day they met. Levi thinks he’s content with being just friends, until Joss starts showing interest in one of her new customers. What did I think of Baking Me Crazy? I don’t know if it’s the trope, the characters, or both, but I absolutely adored this book. Set in Penny Reid’s beloved universe, Baking Me Crazy builds on all of the aspects I know and love, and adds its own twist. Though nice seeing Jenn and Cletus again (my favorite Winston Brothers couple), the definite highlight of this book was the relationship between the two main characters. Best friends to lovers is my favorite romance trope and this particular story was executed so perfectly! Romance books are in danger of becoming boring once the couple gets together at the 50% mark, yet, I didn’t get that feeling with this one at all. Sorensen’s writing manages to keep everything exciting and fun from start to finish. I also want to say that I enjoyed the dual perspective a lot, especially getting to read about Joss’ disability. The book contains some talk of ableism, which was refreshing to read! If you’re looking for a quick, funny, heartwarming, and super sweet romance, look no further! I’m very intrigued to see what the next book in the series will be like, since each of them is written by a different author. But for now, this is a solid 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5!

  14. 4 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    This book is just like a slice of Triple Chocolate Cake - comforting and oh so sweet. Levi Buchanan didn't think that his family's ''curse'' to fall madly in all-consuming love only once in their lives was real - until he met Jocelyn Abernathy. Jocelyn or Joss as she likes to be called wasn't having a great time when Levi saw her for the first time and asked her out on a date. She was still recovering from the consequences of Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation to the spinal cord that led her to This book is just like a slice of Triple Chocolate Cake - comforting and oh so sweet. Levi Buchanan didn't think that his family's ''curse'' to fall madly in all-consuming love only once in their lives was real - until he met Jocelyn Abernathy. Jocelyn or Joss as she likes to be called wasn't having a great time when Levi saw her for the first time and asked her out on a date. She was still recovering from the consequences of Transverse Myelitis, an inflammation to the spinal cord that led her to lose most of the movement in both legs. While adapting to a completely new lifestyle she wasn't confident enough to go on dates, but she desperately needed a good friend by her side. That's how Levi became her best friend, and stayed that way for five full years, until, Joss started to have date feelings - but not for him. That's when Levi decides it's time to step up the game and see if he can finally win over the girl. I loved how Joss was a great heroine, that despite her struggles was determined, strong and independent. Levi was one of the sweetest characters I ever read about. He was so thoughtful, careful, and full of passion, all while still challenging Joss and respecting her needs to do things on her own. I give this book 4.5 stars. The only thing that could be slightly better is that there were no real conflicts, and everything was resolved pretty smoothly. But if you don't enjoy drama or angst in romances, this is the book for you. The overall cast was pretty interesting too. I loved Joy and Levi's family. I'm very curious about his brother and the cousins moving from LA to Green Valley. Even Andy/Brad/Chris was nice and charming. I really tried to hate him to no avail. Hopefully, we'll see more of them in the books to come. Baking Me Crazy in the first book in the Donner Bakery series, but it lives inside the Green Valley Universe created by Penny Reid. There will be a few books that will come from Penny's new collaborative publisher - SmartyPants Romance. This was an ARC sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Baking me Crazy is out now on all platforms

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lee Ann

    The Smartypants Romance debut novel is AMAZING! When Penny Reid announced she was starting a new line called Smartypants Romance, and other authors would be writing novels in her Knitting In the City/Winston Brothers world, I was intrigued. I was also somewhat apprehensive because I wasn't sure that the other authors would maintain the Pennyverse that I had come to love. I should have had faith that Penny would not let that happen. If this first book is any indication of what's to come, we are The Smartypants Romance debut novel is AMAZING! When Penny Reid announced she was starting a new line called Smartypants Romance, and other authors would be writing novels in her Knitting In the City/Winston Brothers world, I was intrigued. I was also somewhat apprehensive because I wasn't sure that the other authors would maintain the Pennyverse that I had come to love. I should have had faith that Penny would not let that happen. If this first book is any indication of what's to come, we are all in good hands. Better than good hands, actually - capable, amazing, intelligent creative hands that are crafting more rom coms than we can handle is more like it. Karla Sorensen is new author for me, and I am going to have to work my way through her catalog after this this. Joss and Levi are so intriguing. From the first page, Levi just jumps out as genuine, caring, thoughtful and sharp. Joss is determined, capable, resilient and smart. The two of them are amazing together, even though Joss friend-zones Levi day one! The journey that Karla Sorensen takes us on is both familiar and new. Yes, it's set in the Donner Bakery and Green Valley, and yes, characters that we have loved for years make appearances, but this is all about Joss and Levi. It's all about their journey from best friends to soul mates, and it is written so beautifully. There is plenty of humor and just basic good vibes in this book that the read is an absolute pleasure. Grab your copy - you won't regret it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kandi Steiner

    Sorensen has the perfect recipe in Baking Me Crazy: start with a swoony book boyfriend, throw in a strong, empowered female lead, sprinkles of hilarious banter, just a dash of angst, and all baked up in the perfect small town. This wasn’t just a romance, it was a powerful, poignant and emotional read that pulled me in from the first word to the last. This was the romantic comedy I didn't know I was craving. I DEVOURED it. An absolute must read — and one you’re sure to never forget!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: October 8, 2019 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars Friends to Lovers | Romantic Comedy Baking Me Crazy is the first book in the Donner Bakery series. Each book can be read as complete standalones. I love the idea around this series. Each book comes from the Penny Reid Book Universe and readers who have read her novels with see some familiar characters within the books. For instance, Cletus Winston from BEARD SCIENCE makes a few minor appearances in this one. Not only that, when I first Release Date: October 8, 2019 Actual Rating: 3.5 stars Friends to Lovers | Romantic Comedy Baking Me Crazy is the first book in the Donner Bakery series. Each book can be read as complete standalones. I love the idea around this series. Each book comes from the Penny Reid Book Universe and readers who have read her novels with see some familiar characters within the books. For instance, Cletus Winston from BEARD SCIENCE makes a few minor appearances in this one. Not only that, when I first saw the covers for these books I knew they were going to be must reads for me! How adorable are they? I just love them to pieces. That being said, I like Baking Me Crazy. I had a few issues with the story, but the overall effect and smile it left on my face shows how much I enjoyed it. Here are the things I particularly liked about the book: WHAT I REALLY LIKED ▶ I liked that the heroine had a disability. We don's see this too often in romance novels so it's nice to see that ladies who aren't necessarily perfect can find love too. ▶ I loved the friends-to-lovers trope. This is a great trope and it's so fun to watch two people who have become so close in their friendship move over to romance. Especially when one party doesn't get the memo at first! ▶ Levi- he's the hero of the story and he stole my heart the moment he appeared on the pages. He's such a sweet, kindhearted man and Karla really shows this though his actions. I loved him to pieces! ▶ Joy- she's a secondary character in the novel and her giddiness and bright outlook on life was refreshing. I'm really hoping she get's a story somewhere. A FEW ISSUES I HAD WITH THE STORY ▶ The heroine, Joss is disabled and needs to use a wheelchair most of the time. Now, I don't care that she's disabled or needs the wheelchair (see above) but I did find it problematic that her using said wheelchair was constantly talked about over and over again. Joss said she has no insecurities and in some ways that shows, but other times it feels like she was complaining about it too often. I only needed to hear about her using it once or twice- not every other page! It was overkill for me. I get it! ▶ You don't really get a feel for the setting. I love a book that adequetly describes so I can feel like I am there with the characters (I read to escape and visit new places) and this just didn't happen within this book. I have a feeling their setting is very small town and close knit but the author just doesn't specify or really show us this. FINAL THOUGHTS Overall, I did enjoy the book but it certainly wasn't a favorite of mine. A few small things bothered me enough that it took away some of my enjoyment for the story, but not enough to make me dislike it. I think many readers will love it though so make sure to scan through other peoples reviews as well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Johnaka- Amity Book Blog

    Baking me Crazy by Karla Sorensen “Courting your best friend, 5 stars” I won’t lie, I’m a major Sorensen fan. If she came to me and was like hey Johnaka, I need a brutally honest opinion on this I would give it to her with a mega smile on my face. When I found out this was a friend’s to lovers romance I got extremely excited because it’s one of my favorite tropes. Then I heard that the guy has wanted his best friend for years and was finally making a move. And so I’m over here like okay….his Baking me Crazy by Karla Sorensen “Courting your best friend, 5 stars” I won’t lie, I’m a major Sorensen fan. If she came to me and was like hey Johnaka, I need a brutally honest opinion on this I would give it to her with a mega smile on my face. When I found out this was a friend’s to lovers romance I got extremely excited because it’s one of my favorite tropes. Then I heard that the guy has wanted his best friend for years and was finally making a move. And so I’m over here like okay….his longing will never measure up to Tristan wanting Anna. In some ways I was right and in some I was wrong. Sorensen killed it with Baking me Crazy. Levi was patient and waiting. He knew what Joss needed before she did and wasn’t one to hold her back. The way he courted her? Swoon freaking worthy. From the very beginning he was proving to her that he was there and never leaving, she just had to see the bigger picture. Joss is beautifully broken both mentally and a little physically. I love a character who’s not perfect and Joss is far from it. But she’s perfect for Levi. I love how Sorensen gave us a story where it wasn’t the guy who didn’t realize his best friend was in love with him but the girl. It made me laugh. I waited with a baited freaking breath waiting for these two to pull it together and jump. When they did it was perfection. Then you have Sorensen kind of tying in her Washington Wolves series and I was hook, line, and sinker sold. Sorensen has proved to us over time that she can do a little bit of everything when it comes to her couples and I cannot wait to see what she does next with the rest of the Buchanan family. Plot-5/5 Characters-5/5 Heat-5/5 Writing style-5/5 Overalll-5/5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    Publication date October 8, 2019 This is this first book published by SmartyPants Romance and it was such a joy to read this story. I LOVE the friends-to-lovers trope! Levi and Jocelyn were great characters. I loved their chemistry, bantering and history. Great start to a new series! "I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by SocialButterflyPR in exchange for an honest review."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    My first Smartypants Romance book is a success! I loved Joss and Levi, I loved that the story is set in Green Valley, and I loved the cameos of characters we adore from previous books. This story was so sweet and I can't wait for more from the Penny Reid universe! {full review to come!}

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelly | The Mockingbird Reads

    This was a sweet friends-to-lovers story with heart and acceptance. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the fact we have a not-so-typical heroine in Joss!! Levi is such a sweet, caring and giving friend to Joss and their friendship is effortless. Once things progress in their relationship, it seems to move fast. The one thing that did bother me is the fact that I never felt we got to see Joss’ affection blossom for Levi. We obviously know Levi has feelings for Joss because he’s told us This was a sweet friends-to-lovers story with heart and acceptance. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the fact we have a not-so-typical heroine in Joss!! Levi is such a sweet, caring and giving friend to Joss and their friendship is effortless. Once things progress in their relationship, it seems to move fast. The one thing that did bother me is the fact that I never felt we got to see Joss’ affection blossom for Levi. We obviously know Levi has feelings for Joss because he’s told us from the get go but I never felt like Joss’ feelings were really delved into. It seemed as though Levi told her he liked her, she needed a few days to process it, and then she decided she was in love with him...and that was that. Easy enough but nothing developed over time, which I would have enjoyed. This is very low angst but a sweet story about friendship and love. *arc provided for honest review*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I have been looking very forward to reading the books released from Smartypants Romance as it meant that we could go back into the heart of Green Valley where the Winston Brothers series was set and be reunited in the background with some of our favorite loved characters. In Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen, we meet the Buchanan family and in particular the youngest son Levi. The men in his family have a curse when they meet "the one" they will know and never be able to love fully again as they I have been looking very forward to reading the books released from Smartypants Romance as it meant that we could go back into the heart of Green Valley where the Winston Brothers series was set and be reunited in the background with some of our favorite loved characters. In Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen, we meet the Buchanan family and in particular the youngest son Levi. The men in his family have a curse when they meet "the one" they will know and never be able to love fully again as they are devoted to that one person. Sometimes it works out and sometimes sadly it doesn't. For Levi, his "one" happens to be his new best friend Jocelyn Abernathy aka Joss. He first met her five years ago when she arrived in town to live with her mother in their grandmother's old house. Back then, she wasn't ready to date as she was just getting used to her life in a wheelchair and she needed a friend. Levi took what he could and became her friend. Fast forward five years and he is still in the friend zone hoping she might develop date feelings for him. Joss has just got her first job working at Donner Bakery which is owned by Jennifer Winston aka Cletus's Wife. Here she meets a customer and her new PT Andy and starts to develop feelings for him. Has Levi missed his chance or will this now make him up his ante as he tries to win Joss over to his side? This was a cutesy romance story except I have to admit, I did get a bit annoyed with how much Joy gushed over Cletus. It's like we get it, you have a crush on him but he's married and loves Jennifer, so move on and find someone else. I did feel for Levi's older brother Hunter too and hope he can eventually man-up and leave Samantha as everyone deserves to be happy in love. I am now looking forward to reading the rest of the Smartypants Romance books that are published and released and I look forward to more Green Valley adventures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Butthisbook

    This books just became one of my top read of 2019! It hit too close to home, you have no idea. Thank you to Karla Sorensen for writing a female character I can really relate to. Full review to come! This books just became one of my top read of 2019! It hit too close to home, you have no idea. Thank you to Karla Sorensen for writing a female character I can really relate to. 😩😍🙌🏻❤️ Full review to come!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    Excited to Dive into this SmartyPants Book! Every Family has a Secret, a Code... Or Even a Curse... Levi Buchanan laughed and was sure... The Whispered and Feared Curse of... Love at First Sight... Was some Leftover Haze, Cray Cray Southern Nonsense... Levi would have Sworn on His Life... No Curse can Force a True, Deep, Passionate, All-Consuming Love... That will Haunt you All the Days of Your Life... That Just Doesn't Happen... Until It Does... Yup, Levi got Gobsmacked... One Look at Jocelyn Abernathy... Excited to Dive into this SmartyPants Book! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️ Every Family has a Secret, a Code... Or Even a Curse... Levi Buchanan laughed and was sure... The Whispered and Feared Curse of... Love at First Sight... Was some Leftover Haze, Cray Cray Southern Nonsense... Levi would have Sworn on His Life... No Curse can Force a True, Deep, Passionate, All-Consuming Love... That will Haunt you All the Days of Your Life... That Just Doesn't Happen... Until It Does... Yup, Levi got Gobsmacked... One Look at Jocelyn Abernathy... And He Was Done... But Timing is Everything... And at the time He met Jocelyn... She needed a True Friend... So, Friend, He Became... Now His Heart and True Love... Has Allowed a Stranger to... Buy Her a Cupcake... Maybe after Five Years... The Timing is Right... To Let Jocelyn Know... She is... Baking Me Crazy (Donner Bakery #1)-October 8th 2019 Baking Me Crazy (Donner Bakery #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Stud Muffin (Donner Bakery #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... No Whisk No Reward(Donner Bakery #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    It was cute. What more could I say? It didn't 'wow' me like I had originally expected it to considering the lead heroine being handicapped and the hero pretty much bringing the romance into the whole friends turned lovers trope. Additional to that, there wasn't much drama in the read to really captivate me into the storyline and wanting to know more about the characters. Overall, average read with little to no excitement.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Cowles

    This book, you guys! PREORDER IT RIGHT FREAKING NOW! Yes, those are my shouty capitals because Baking Me Crazy is one of my favorite reads of 2019! It's hilarious, refreshing, and tugged on all my heartstrings in the best possible way. I laughed, I cried, and I don't think I could love a couple more than Joss and Levi!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa (nessreads)

    Lordy lord lord does my face hurt from smiling so big. You know that feeling you get when you eat a warm chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven—that ooey gooey goodness hits your mouth and you get all those warm and happy feelings? Well, that is exactly how I felt while reading this book. And by the time I reached the end all I wanted was a batch of those cookies this book made me crave. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and Karla did an exceptional job and hit it out of the Lordy lord lord does my face hurt from smiling so big. You know that feeling you get when you eat a warm chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven—that ooey gooey goodness hits your mouth and you get all those warm and happy feelings? Well, that is exactly how I felt while reading this book. And by the time I reached the end all I wanted was a batch of those cookies this book made me crave. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and Karla did an exceptional job and hit it out of the park with this story. It gave me everything I look for in this genre in spades. I was left constantly smiling, even at the emotional moments. I just loved everything about this story. Joss was such a brilliant character. I loved how badass she was. She’s sassy, funny and awesome. I freaking loved her. Levi most definitely captured my heart. He’s sweet, funny, loving, charming and so much more. His compassion and love for Joss is what I liked the most about him. The way he was considerate with her feelings and waited for exactly the right time when she was ready to be more than best friends just made me a swoony mess. Levi is seriously one of the best heroes I’ve read. Gahhh, I love him to pieces. Joss and Levi’s story was such a breath of fresh air. Everything about them and and their friendship felt so genuine. And their love story was sweet, amazing, romantic and beautiful. Baking Me Crazy gave me so many feels upon feels upon feels. This story is everything heartfelt, beautiful and sweet. A fantastic start to the Donner Bakery series. I can’t wait to read the rest. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*

  28. 4 out of 5

    K's Secret Books

    "He could be a serial killer. He could kick puppies. Maybe he had bad breath or watched True Housewives of Backwoods Kentucky." I'm off to a great start with my first read from the Smartypants Romance collection. I'm so dang smitten with Baking Me Crazy. It's about Levi and Jocelyn who become best friends. Levi, on the other hand, definitely has other things in mind. "Making my best friend for the past five years fall in love with me? Yeah, I'm sure it'll be a piece of cake." Watching these two, "He could be a serial killer. He could kick puppies. Maybe he had bad breath or watched True Housewives of Backwoods Kentucky." 
 I'm off to a great start with my first read from the Smartypants Romance collection. I'm so dang smitten with Baking Me Crazy. It's about Levi and Jocelyn who become best friends. Levi, on the other hand, definitely has other things in mind. 
 "Making my best friend for the past five years fall in love with me? Yeah, I'm sure it'll be a piece of cake." 
 Watching these two, skirt around the idea that they are meant to be is so much fun. It's a sweet, heartfelt story. It feels really good to be back in Green Valley, TN. I've already marked my calendar and can't wait to get my hands on the next two in the Donner Bakery series when they release

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    “No Crying. There was no crying in the bakery.” Love + Baked Goods - what else could a woman ask for! I savored reading this book, treating myself to it every night before bed, smiling and laughing all the while falling in love with Levi and Joss. This best friends oto lovers story is full of adorable moments from Levi, who is trying to make Joss wise up to his unending love for her and hopefully have her fall head over heals in love with him too. Not only is this slow burn romance hilarious- I “No Crying. There was no crying in the bakery.” Love + Baked Goods - what else could a woman ask for! I savored reading this book, treating myself to it every night before bed, smiling and laughing all the while falling in love with Levi and Joss. This best friends oto lovers story is full of adorable moments from Levi, who is trying to make Joss wise up to his unending love for her and hopefully have her fall head over heals in love with him too. Not only is this slow burn romance hilarious- I LOVED that with this story we are getting a diverse character out of the norm of the romance genre - a young woman in a wheel chair who will not be deterred by her circumstances in order to find love and happiness. AND the added bonus of Levi’s family love curse? Gahhh - I was in heaven with the plot of this story!!! Levi is the epitome of the perfect book boyfriend- a sweet as pie man with a kind heart, a sexy body and a lovable soul. I swear I fell in love with Levi in the prologue- who wouldn’t fall for a man who sees beyond your disabilities to the young, beautiful woman beneath. Plus his family is the BEST - I love a meddling Mom on your side to help get your dream girl. And Joss - with her sassy attitude and snarky wit - I absolutely loved her, she had me laughing and cringing at the same time, especially her moments with Joy in the Bakery. But her determination and strength is what I admired most, she truly proved that our circumstances do not need to define our happiness and that we can do anything we set our mind to. When she finally wises up to what a catch Levi is -the underlying strong friendship that they shared created a beautiful relationship that is #relationshipgoals I would highly recommend this book. 5 Swoon Worthy Stars for me!

  30. 4 out of 5

    rheeza

    Rerating this from 4.5 stars to 5 because it is what she deserves.

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