Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s review, I decided to write one of my first five-star read of the year and that’s Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This book was actually published last year but for some reason, I decided to hold off on reading it. I’m kicking myself now as I really enjoyed this one and I’m excited to see what else Mimi Grace writes in the future so let’s get into my thoughts on Make A Scene.
This is my spoiler-free review of Make A Scene.
Faking this relationship should be a piece of cake.
Retta Majors is having a bad day. But that’s to be expected when your ex gets engaged to your cousin. Instead of (totally) freaking out, Retta decides to attend the wedding with her amazing, faithful, and handsome boyfriend.
He doesn’t exist.
Duncan Gilmore is living his dream. His boxing gym is open for business, and he’s focused on success. The last thing on his mind is a relationship. That is until the beautiful baker next door makes him an offer so bizarre, he can’t refuse. One weekend of pretending to be Retta’s boyfriend should be easy.
However, shared kisses and some flirting start to blur the lines in their fake relationship. When their performance draws to a close, will they go their separate ways or return for an encore?
This is actually a book that I preordered before its release date because I was so excited about it and then I was dragging my feet on reading it. However, I’m happy to say that I finally read it and can solidify Mimi Grace as a new favorite author. This is actually only her second novel but I’m excited to see where she goes in the future so let’s get into what I enjoyed about the novel.
What I enjoyed about Make A Scene
- The setting. For a majority of the story, we’re either at the bakery Retta works at or the gym that Duncan owns. It’s such an interesting chance of pace from normal romances and I feel like it really leaned into the cozy bakery vibes which made me feel really soft on the day I read it.
- Retta and Duncan’s relationship. From the very first time these two meet, it’s obvious they have chemistry and it only goes up from there. While they do have some disagreements and little spats, it’s clear the two have a lot in common and are attracted to each other from the start.
- All of the food descriptions. If there’s one thing I can credit Mimi Grace for, it was making me extremely hungry the entire time I was reading. Since it’s mostly set in a bakery, this book talked a lot about pastries and my mouth was watering when I read some of them.
- The realisticness of Retta and Duncan’s situation. Another thing I have to give Mimi Grace credit for was how realistically she wrote their “fake dating” moments because it was truly awkward at times. These two danced around each other a lot and it was awkward at first which I feel like authors sometimes gloss over and I really loved watching them slowly get comfortable with each other.
- Sweet and steamy. Overall, I thought this book was the perfect amount of sweetness and low angst while still being a steamy read. It can be a hard balance but I feel like Mimi Grace cracked the code.
What I didn’t enjoy about Make A Scene
- Unnecessary family drama. One place where it felt like this book lacked was its side plots as some of them felt unnecessary. The entire premise with Duncan’s parents would have been nice but I feel like it was a bit over-the-top that Retta’s cousin and ex would rush to get married SO soon and then a twist happens there that annoyed me.
- Slight lack of communication. While I know miscommunication can be annoying, it felt super annoying in this book. Retta and Duncan were old enough to have a conversation and I feel like the conflict really lacked in the regard. Maybe I’m just sick of the trope but it really annoyed me in here especially with Duncan’s speech in the end.
- Relatively low-stakes. While I enjoyed the lack of angst in this book, it did feel like things were pretty low-stakes for both Retta and Duncan. Yes, they were fake-dating to prove she had moved on but what else? It really didn’t serve a purpose aside from that.
All in all, I really loved Make A Scene and I’m SO happy I finally decided to read it. It was such an adorable yet steamy romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I honestly loved these two so much that I kind of want to reread it. Either way, I’m happy to say I finally have a five-star read in 2021. I know it’s a little early but I hope this one ends up making my best of 2021 list. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.