Published by Smartypants Romance on April 21, 2020
Series: Donner Bakery #5
Genres: adult, Romance, contemporary, New Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Baking Me Crazy, Stud Muffin
Hate at first sight couldn’t possibly exist, right?
That’s what Grace Buchanan thought, before her useless car stranded her on the side of a deserted road just inside the Green Valley city limits.
When Tucker Haywood—tall and handsome and full of southern charm— shows up to help, her reaction to him is the strongest thing she’s ever felt in her life, and it makes no freaking sense.
It doesn’t make much sense to Tucker either. Not why she hates him, or why he finds her so intriguing. He knows well enough that Grace is moving to Green Valley for a fresh start, not to distract him when he’s got no room for something like her in his life.
The complications between them are endless, but that doesn’t stop her definitely not love-at-first-sight feelings from changing into something else entirely.
Grace and Tucker are about to learn the hard way that in Green Valley, hating someone has never tasted so sweet.
Batter of Wits is the fifth book in the contemporary romance, Donner Bakery series by author Karla Sorensen. It is also the 22nd book in the Green Valley Universe from Smarty Pants romance. If you are new to Smartypants romance, it is a publishing line with books by several different authors, writing stories set in one of Penny Reid’s universes. Many of the stories feature characters in and around the town of Green Valley. (The Winston Brothers series) I am such a big fan of this series, and if it seems intimidating, don’t worry! The books can all be read as standalones, and you don’t have to read any of Penny’s original books to understand the world. (though you should read all of he books because she is one of my very favorite romance authors) It is perfect for new fans and old fans because we get all new story lines and characters, but we get to see plenty of character crossover.
I have missed a couple of books in the Donner Bakery series, but I really enjoyed Karla Sorenson’s first book, so I knew I couldn’t miss another book featuring the Buchanan family curse. Grace’s family has an interesting curse placed upon them. Each of the men in his family are cursed with falling in love at first sight with the woman they are meant to be with, and then never loving another woman for the rest of their life. Grace, not being a man, gets an interesting twist on how the family curse applies to her. Oh no, she does not get to escape it. The moment Grace lays eyes on Tucker, she hates him on the spot. As soon as I saw this would be an enemies to lovers trope, I was even more sold.
I loved Grace and Tucker. I can’t wait to read more books from Karla. Her sweet romance really hit the spot for me. Their story was a lot of fun and brought a big smile to my face. Even with all the hating going on, I loved the way Grace and Tucker complimented each other. They both truly seemed to “get” the other person, which is always something I love seeing in a couple. My only complaint is that there wasn’t a big connection to the bakery, rather the connection here was with the Buchanan family. Levi Buchanan’s story was very closely linked to the bakery and here we are linked through him. Not a big deal, but it is something I wanted to point out. Overall, if you are the in mood for a really cute, sweet and satisfying enemies to lovers romance, Batter of Wits is a great book for you to pick up, as are any of the Green Valley Universe reads. I have been enjoying them all! Bring on more Smartypants Romance!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020