Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Series: Book 1 of the Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit

Edition: Ebook

Source: Free

Pages: 199

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret. A delicious premonition she shares every Monday evening with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls as they gather at the Sugar Spoon bakery for Batter Up night.

Investigative reporter Jason Levine just found himself as the man candy for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Roped into attending the Vegas nuptials, was he hearing things when the groom shares that the only reason he’s getting married is because a small town baker conjured up the name of his soulmate in her cake batter?

Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma as a fraud, but reality and logic go out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.

I found Batter Up to be very cutesy but also full of tropes. My main complaint with this book is the amount of times that Emma (the main character) would say something to one of the characters in the book, then they would ask her to repeat it, and she would respond with, “Nothing.” Like…dude. It happened at least five times. And not ONCE did any of the other characters call her out on it. I mean…it was just really annoying.

My second point would be about how flat the characters were. Aside from Emma and her love interest (I forget his name because he was annoying) Caitlin’s character was literally just there to be Emma’s sexy lamp rival. And Emma’s mother was just there as a way for us to get information.

My third point is basically about the love interest’s backstory…I mean…the “plot twist” was so easily anticipated that I read right over it. Especially because it was only about two pages long. Ehhhhh…it was kind of a letdown.

There was one thing that made me smile, and it was the many Harry Potter references throughout the story! Gotta love me some HP nerdigans.

Now, I’m not saying that the book isn’t worth the read, but I wouldn’t necessarily have been happy if I had spent money on it. I won’t be reading the next book in the series, mostly because of lack of interest in the characters involved.

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