Love at 350° Degrees: A Novel by Lisa Peers

Love at 350° Degrees: A Novel by Lisa Peers

Title:  Love at 350° Degrees: A Novel
Author: Lisa Peers
Publisher:  The Dial Press
Genre:  Romance, Women's Fiction 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  327
Date of Publication:  10 October, 2023
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

I read this because I love a well written romance (see more on that below) and was pleasantly surprised by how surprisingly appealing the cooking competition show aspect was (I’m not a fan of reality shows, cooking or otherwise)

I had really hoped for more from the romance aspect of this one. The way too non-steamy romantic relationship between Tori and Kendra is fairly nonexistent until the very end of the book; it asserts itself in the form of handwritten notes until the end. 

The writing, engaging storyline, and great secondary characters made this one outweigh the negative of the lack of romance, and kept me turning the pages. 

Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the DRC!


Food is their love language, but can they follow a recipe for romance?
When two women meet as judge and contestant on the set of a TV baking competition, they must decide what they’re willing to risk for the ultimate prize in this wholesome and delectable debut.

Tori Moore, high school chemistry teacher, avid home baker, and soon-to-be empty nester, auditions for the American Bake-o-Rama TV competition at the urging of her twin teenagers. The prize money could allow her to finally open her own bakery, but plagued by self-doubt after a messy divorce, it’s not only money standing between Tori and her dreams.
Once on set in Sonoma wine country, Tori catches the eye of Kendra Campbell, the notoriously ruthless celebrity chef and Bake-o-Rama judge. This show is Kendra’s ticket to financial security, but she’s been told to soften her approach for viewers seeking feel-good entertainment—quite the task after years of fighting for space in a male-dominated industry.
Tori and Kendra find it increasingly hard to keep their distance through six slow-burn weeks of cooking challenges and kitchen disasters. For both, the best prize of all might just be love.


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