Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The romance template is strong with this one. Evy Journey didn't shy away from the tried and true with Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies. The background of life here is, you guessed it, cooking. Gina takes the role of poor, plain Jane heroine gobsmacked by the trials and tribulations of life and love. Leon plays our stereotypical obsessive kajillionaire who, despite women of extraordinary beauty and talent vying for his attention, only has eyes for Jane. I mean Gina. Other customary stock plot positions are filled in the form of catty female frenemies, possible only for the purpose of drama romantic rivals, and surly but well meaning bearers of wisdom for our characters to benefit from. It all happens exactly as you imagine it happens. Almost.
All of that sounds terribly negative, and there is a level of disappointment in mind numbingly formulaic genre novels, but Journey's style of writing has the ability to make you forget to be irritated. Before you know it, you've devoured Sugar and Spice. It is a romance book for romance book lovers, no pun intended.
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