Book Review: Baking for Keeps by Jessica Gilmore

Baking for Keeps,” book 4 of the highly engaging series Bachelor Bake-Off, finds Marietta-native Lacey Hathaway teaming up with visiting software guru Zac Malone. But, it was a strange team-up.

With both of them not knowing how to cook, it was up to Lacey’s two aunts who are well-known confectioners to mentor them. The catch – there is a side bet between Lacey and Zac that heats up whatever was between them.

At first glance, “Baking for Keeps” is a rom-com with enough laugh out loud funny moments to make the classification true. Yet, there are also many moments that tugs at your heartstrings – times that you just want to hug either Lacey or Zac or both of them at the same time. They are more similar than they realize, yet they wonder why they feel that way about each other.

A sweet story with lots of surprises, “Baking for Keeps” should be read during lazy weekend afternoons when you can savor its lyrical prose and enjoy Lacey and Zac.

Baking for Keeps (The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 4)” is Rated T for Teens. There are no sex scenes in this book.


Lacey Hathaway has it all — a job she loves as a local radio DJ, a home with her adored, eccentric aunt and, best of all, a community after a childhood traveling with her musical parents. So what if her life is a little too safe? Marietta is everything to Lacey. Not only is she helping to organize the Bachelor Bake-Off and filming a documentary about the process, she’s also volunteered her brother as a Bachelor. But, when her brother backs out, Lacey has to find a last-minute replacement. And who better than her aunt’s lodger, gorgeous – if taciturn – Zac Malone?

Zac’s not exactly community-minded. In fact, he makes it clear that the sooner he’s out of Marietta the better. But when Lacey persuades him of the powerful impact the Bake-Off funds will have on local children, he decides to give it a go. On one condition. If he has to learn to bake, so does disaster-in-the-kitchen Lacey. Desserts aren’t the only thing heating up, and as the attraction flares and Zac makes plans to leave, Lacey’s beginning to realize that maybe there is a world beyond Marietta’s borders after all… if she’s brave enough to take that step.