Fairy Cakes in Winter by Lane Hayes: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

What are the chances Scott would meet a cute marketing genius on his flight home? Theo is only in England for a few weeks, but he turns Scott's head and business around with Fairy Cakes in Winter and love.

From the blurb:

A grumpy baker, a quirky ad man, and a recipe for forever…


So this cute guy sits next to me on the plane and proceeds to talk my ear off for hours. Not good. I don’t like talking and I don’t like strangers. But Theo’s sweet, smart, and sexy—the perfect distraction from business woes and personal worries.

Okay, things got overly friendly, but we’re adults and we know the score. I’m too old, he’s too nice, and we live on different continents.

Then, out of the blue, he shows up at my bakery with that pretty smile and a list of wacky marketing ideas—like how to make fairy cakes a thing.

I don’t like fairy cakes.

But I do like Theo, so…maybe?


The new me takes risks. The new me is brave and confident. The new me flirts with hunky, imposing bears on planes while traveling to a foreign country.

It’s going well, thank you.

However, my plans to do some sightseeing, drink tea, and eat my weight in biscuits every day get derailed when I realize there might be a way to help Scott and prove a few things to myself.

Don’t worry. I won’t fall for the grumpy baker. No way. He’s complicated and broody and—

Uh oh…it might be too late. Help!

Fairy Cakes in Winter is a bisexual, age-gap, grumpy/sunshine MM romance featuring a sexy baker, a sunny tourist, and a few dozen fairy cakes.

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Slight age gap. Grumpy/sunshine. Quick read. Dual POV. 

On a plane flight to England Scott wants a quiet trip, but his seatmate is a beautiful, young nervous flier named Theo and even though Scott is not social he’s compelled to help and then they fall into a conversation that lasts hours. 

Theo is wildly attracted to Scott, babbling all sorts of topics and even propositioning Scott which is definitely not something Theo normally does. Scott and Theo have a special connection, and once they see each other again a casual super steamy relationship ensues, but Theo is only in England for a few weeks, so helping with Scott’s bakery and spending time together will soon come to an end. Theo is sweet, intelligent, and animated which brings Scott unexpected personal happiness, and hope for his business which makes things worth trying for again. 

Time spent together is filled with fun, romance, steam, and humor and the clock ticking down on their time together made them address their feelings of love quickly with a sweet HEA.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Miki J's Review:

What a brilliant book!! From the opening paragraph, I was hooked. Scott has to be the most politest grump….and he really did try to discourage Theo…..but failed (I’m very much like Scott on my travels). And Theo is quite simply adorable – quirky sunshiney chatterbox... even I was waiting for him to take a breath while talking! hehehehehe ……and “code”….OMG that just the funniest!!!   

The setting of the story is romantic (I mean, Bath and Jane Austen and Bridgerton….!!!) and the supporting characters were funny and true. No angst, sweet, funny and romantic – you can feel the attraction of the MC’s and they totally complement each other as well.  

Fairy Cakes in Winter was truly a beautiful and romantic tale……. now I’m off to find some fairy cakes!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

 Oh how I loved this sweet (pun intended) story. Scott is a grumpy baker who dreams of opening his own shop. He has a bakery but he doesn't own it completely, that's his goal. But unfortunately no matter what he tries, he's barely breaking even. Until he meets a chatty and nervous guy on a plane who just won't stop talking to him. After a long flight where they were talking the whole time, and shenanigans in the airport, these two men end up being apart of each other's lives. Theo starts by helping Scott promote and advertise his business, then insists on Scott to make fairy Cakes. Even though Scott is skeptical Theo's idea worked!and it worked well! Not only did Theo help Scott's business but these two men also found the loves of their lives in each other. 

This was really well written, I really enjoyed the descriptions of all of the baked goods that were mentioned in this story. The characters were a hoot! Theo was fantastic and he was such a great contrast/compliment to Scott's grumpy demeanor. 

And Becca's character was terrific! She was supportive and very eclectic! 

Overall a really great story about Fairy Cakes, code words, airport bathroom shenanigans, and falling in love. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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The flight attendant directed traffic with a smile, pointing the college-aged twentysomethings hefting giant backpacks to the far side of the plane before picking up her microphone. She gave the usual rambling speech, asking passengers not to crowd the aisles or stuff winter jackets into the overhead bins…Yadda, yadda.

I listened with half an ear for important info, like when this tin can was expected to get in the air and what time we’d land in London. Not that it mattered. I’d been on the late flight from Seattle so often, I knew I was in for a nine-and-a-half-hour ride and that I’d arrive at Heathrow sometime in the late afternoon. I also knew I’d be too disoriented to care about anything other than grabbing something to eat on my way home.

I had to admit, I was one of those weirdos who kind of liked the hum of airplane noise, and there was something vaguely comforting in the routine I’d established over the past seven years. I shrugged off my coat and made sure my headphones were within reach—along with my iPad, reading glasses, and the Ziploc bag of homemade trail mix my sister had sneaked into my carry-on bag. Then I buckled up, settled in, and hoped like hell that the seat next to mine would magically remain open.

Of course, that rarely happened. And I highly doubted my wish would come true this time around ’cause A, cross-Atlantic flights were rarely empty, and B, I didn’t have that kind of luck. The best I could hope for was a quiet neighbor. I peered over at the empty window seat and sent up a quick prayer for it to stay that way before slipping my readers on to check messages on my phone.

My ten-year-old nephew informed me he’d already beat my high score on Madden, my parents asked if there was any way I might finagle a trip home in the spring, and my sister claimed she’d added more M&M’s to her trail mix this year. She also asked if I was okay.

I sent an exclamation sign to Emmett, a heart symbol to my folks, and a thumbs-up to Heather. None of those messages required a wordy response. I’d learned that it was best to stick to basic communication with my family. Emmett was happy with the occasional poop or wind emoji, and my parents liked hearts. Real words got tricky. My parents knew that coming home for Christmas had been a stretch for me. I couldn’t swing another trip too soon, and it was best to avoid circular arguments.

And questions that might spark conversations about an old ex and his new wife. Yep, a thumbs-up was much easier.

I added another for posterity and was about to switch my cell to airplane mode when a new message from Becca lit up my screen.

Call me when you land! I’ll pick you up. Btw, I made a gorgeous lemon meringue pie I’m dying for you to try. Safe travels! xo

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Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, 2018-2019, 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards. She loves wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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