Sunday, January 10

Review: Floured by Lane Martin

Title: Floured
By: Lane Martin
My Copy: Ebook from Author
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

Emily Barnes likes things measured and timed, just like any baker. When she loses the apartment that she needs to run her home-based muffin business, she’s faced with a choice; couch surfing, separated by very thin walls, and her very loud best friends, or house sitting an otherwise empty Upper East Side luxury apartment overlooking Central Park. Obviously it’s a no brainer for this smart cookie.

Declan Hayes is used to people asking things of him and saying no, but for Maggie, his parent’s cook and housekeeper, he would do just about anything, including going over to his parent’s apartment to check on her pseudo niece who is staying there. His plan was to get in and get out, but the second he saw her, something changed. Something about her sparked the normally cold and dismal place to life; she made it warm and inviting. He finally understood the phrase “there’s no place like home".

Can Emily and Declan trust the timing of their lives or adjust the angle of the lens from which they see their lives?

Will hope, faith, trust and …? Love?

Will these things be enough for Emily and Declan to get the one thing they both never thought they needed in life?

It’s a good thing they are “Floured” because life is about to get sticky.

I am really straddling the fence on how I felt about this book.  The one thing that called out to me when I first read the synopsis was the fact that Emily was a baker and practically homeless so her aunt Maggie calls in a favor and has Emily staying at Maggie’s employers apartment while they are gone.  This leads Emily to meeting Declan, while baking, in his parent’s apartment.  Adorable, right? And it is!  It is such a cute first meeting and the more the two get to know each other, the more adorable they become.  Both give each other something that they have never had.  Emily can provide friends and family to Declan since his family sucks and Declan can provide security and absolute love.  It was so sweet how they took care of each other when things were going right.

This leads me to where I got confused.  First, Emily had guts.  She bitched out a waitress who was too infatuated with Declan on not even their first date.  She told off a somewhat ex and set his mother straight when she accused Emily of only dating Declan because of his money.  However, each time Emily saw Declan with a woman that she didn’t know, or when something got too hard for her, Emily bailed…multiple times.  I was confused because she seemed to be able to speak her mind so often that I didn’t understand why she just didn’t question Declan on what he was doing before packing everything up and calling quits. 
There is also a time when Declan basically buys a building, supplies it with all the necessary equipment for Emily’s baking and presents it to her with a ribbon on top.  Never in that chapter did Emily freak out about Declan helping her too much.  Later on, though, Emily leaves Declan because he is getting the building permit signed for her.  How could she have a problem with that when he bought a building for her and she didn’t utter a peep? Again, confused.

I will say that the ending brought way more suspense than what I was expecting and definitely didn’t see coming.  I thought it was a nice twist in the story line and maybe a little payback for Emily.

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