Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
If you’ve read any of Erin Nicholas’s Hot Cakes series, you know about Piper and Oliver. As each of the other Hot Cakes’ guys and gals found their happy endings, Piper and Oliver’s attraction for each other has grown in the periphery. I have been waiting for Gimme S’more because Piper, as a heroine, is interesting, independent, and protective of the guys of Hot Cakes. Her larger than life characterization has intrigued me from the first book of the series. Pair her with the creative genius of the Warriors of Easton, the playboyish, flighty, intelligent Oliver, and you have romance gold. I knew that Erin Nicholas had saved the best for last, and I wasn’t wrong.
I have liked the other books in the Hot Cakes series to a varying degree. I do believe that Erin Nicholas has a style that oftentimes repeats itself in the course of the elaboration of her story. That is still the case with Gimme S’more. However, where it felt overly redundant in the earlier books, in this book, it underscores nicely the main struggle between her hero and heroine. Piper (along with the other Hot Cakes guys) have always viewed Oliver as a genius flibbertigibbet. They take him seriously to an extent, and Oliver’s friends and partners have used Piper to reign in Oliver’s creativity. What is profound about this story is, as Piper acknowledges her attraction and love of Oliver, something that distresses him, she recognizes, that in being buoyed by the other guys of Hot Cakes to reign in Oliver, she is, in essence, failing to fully understand and accept him as he is. This revelation adds gravity to this series that has been vacant in the other stories. Just like the earlier books in this series, Nicholas builds these great moments of witty banter between her hero and heroine. She incorporates their own dessert into their $exy times. All of the lightheartednesses that prevails in the other books is also in Gimme S’more. However, Oliver’s recognition of Piper’s interest in him and his eventual acceptance of it, along with Piper’s understanding about the part she plays in his life, adds a depth to this book and the series that had been lacking. I loved Piper and Oliver’s story, as I knew I would because it’s witty, charming, and compelling. Oliver’s utter lack of confusion over Piper’s interest and adoration of him make for some of the best parts of this book. Yet, it’s the end that makes for the best spectacle, and you will find yourself ending this series with a big happy sigh.
I am thankful that Erin Nicholas saved Oliver and Piper until the end. Her adept plotting of this series illustrates her talent in writing meaningful, yet fun series. I am hoping that we might see this crew in the periphery of future series because it wasn’t easy to leave them at the end of Gimme S’more.
In love and romance,