TITLE: Sweet Anticipation
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
Greg Hansen’s pregnant sister is on bed rest, so it falls to Greg to finalize the arrangements for her best friend’s bachelorette party. Little does he know he’s in for a sweet surprise. When he arrives at the bakery recommended to him, he comes face to face with the man he never should’ve let get away—Rhys Denning.
Rhys’s business is booming with the holidays approaching, so he can’t agree to cater the party without help—and that means Greg getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, where the two reconnect over sugar, spice, holiday goodies of all kinds, and even some penis-shaped baguettes! But the most satisfying treat might be the second chance they never thought they’d get.
I loved Sweet Anticipation by Andrew Grey. It’s one of the short stories in the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays Anthology. It was a super fun short story. The characters were nicely fleshed out and had to deal with everyday problems. I thought the blurb was interesting, and it was a lot of fun seeing Greg try to fulfill the list that he’d gotten from his sister for her best friend’s bachelorette party.
One of my favorite parts of the story was his sister’s reaction when she attended the bachelorette party and saw all of the naughty-shaped Christmas tree decorations and naughty-shaped baguettes as party favors. She was properly horrified, but the bride absolutely loved it.
Greg definitely had his work cut out for him since he’s one of those people that can burn water. I can sympathize with that because I am gifted that way also. He really lucked out when the person that his sister wanted him to use to make the cake had a death in the family that made it impossible for them to take any new commissions for cakes. He gets a referral from a friend for another baker and stops by the address to see if he has time to make the cake. He’s surprised when he realizes the baker is one of his exes. Rhys was a lifesaver for Greg. Not only can he make the cake but he’s also willing to help Greg with the other items on the list including the naughty-shaped baguettes. And as they make decorations and fulfill the items on the list, they rekindle the feelings that they had for each other when they were dating. Will they give dating another chance, or will they finish up the preparations for the bachelorette party and part ways? You’ll have to read the short story to find out.
This story is perfect for a lunchtime read.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis