Synopsis from Goodreads
How do you know if a risk is worth taking? If you knew, there wouldn’t be any risk.
Following a disastrous appearance on a televised baking show, Sophie Copeland is certain things can’t get any worse. Several calamities later, Sophie finds herself in Green Valley, Tennessee with no plan, no place to stay, and no prospects. But at least she has a temporary seasonal arrangement with the famed Donner Bakery. And that’s something, right?
It’s not permanent, and it’s not a home, but it’s still something.
Enter Joel Barnes, a Green Valley mystery, wrapped in rumors, and a whispered connection to the local notorious biker gang. Joel’s got a name for being bad news, but he also has an apartment for rent.
Intrigued by the dichotomy of Joel’s reputation and sexy southern pull, Sophie can’t help but be tempted, even though she knows—given her (bad) luck—she should stay far, far away. . .
Yet as everyone knows, without risk, there’s no reward.
‘No Whisk, No Reward’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #3 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
Soo!! it would seem I am clearly biased toward anything that features Jenn and Cletus, even when their portrayal is slightly different to how I would picture them in specific situations.
Unfortunately, our Princess of Pastry, Sophie, has lost confidence in her abilities ever since a major case of stage fright on a cooking competition show. The aftermath of her television debut disaster exasperated by the misogynistic nature of her workplace environment left Sophie a shell of her former self and in much need of a change of pace.
Which is how Sophie finds her way to Green Valley and directly into Joel’s path (literally). It is as if the fates were guided her to the Donner Bakery in order for her to regain her belief in herself as well as being able to help Joel with the mess he has found himself in.
Joel is also a mechanic and lost a lot of his business to the Winstons laying the foundation of bad blood between them. Joel has had a lot of tragedy in his life which has affected his position in his own life and within Green Valley, trapped by the decisions of others and his own sense of guilt, he is unable to find a way from under the mountain he has buried himself under.
The impetus to alter their circumstances for both Sophie and Joel is each other aided by the peripheral characters but especially Jenn and Cletus. Their individual paths are not easy but, ultimately, will clear a path to a brighter future whether it is together or apart.
No Whisk, No Reward provided a brilliant way to catch up with the integral characters of the Donner Bakery in including our Duchess of Muffins, Tempest, and the ray of sunshine that is Joy 💕 She really needs her own story.