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Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo

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"Hits the sweet spot!" —New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal's office, they're forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia's relaxed life and Kiev's theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.

14+ due to adult situations



When I look toward my desk, I halt in place. I’m not surprised to see Kiev’s perfect brown hair in his seat beside mine, because Mr. Know-It-All is always there before me. But his douchebag friend, Cole, is sitting in my seat. Not that I have a reason for thinking he’s a douchebag, besides the fact he hangs out with Kiev.

Marching right up to Cole, I stop in front of him and place my hand on top of the desk. “This is my seat.”

“Do you own it?” he asks, not moving an inch.

“For the hour I do.” I take off my backpack and set it on the desk.

Cole looks around the mostly empty classroom. “This temple of learning contains a multitude of unoccupied seats, Miss Ophelia Abbie.”

Clenching my teeth, I say, “It’s Lia.” I hate when people use my full first name. “Also, you aren’t even in this class.”

“Is that a crime? Besides, I’m here to converse with my best friend.” His blue eyes slowly look me up and down.

“Do I even care about that? Get up, before I make you get up.”

I’m about to yank him up by his collar when he starts to stand up from the seat, smiling. Holding his hands up, his eyes studying Kiev. “Mr. Kiev Jimenez says you’re … you…”

“What did he say?” My eyes shift toward Kiev’s gray ones—his whole face and neck are red.

“I didn’t say anything,” Kiev exclaims.

Cole grins. “Inform her. If your mouth fails to produce words, your humble server can speak on your behalf.”

“Go to class, dude,” Kiev says, annoyed.

“Your wish is my command, Mr. Kiev Jimenez, who shall live forever,” Cole says, then faces me and bows his head. “Later, Miss Ophelia Abbie.” He snickers before heading out of the classroom.

What an idiot.

My eyes bulge at Kiev whose face is still all tomato-like.

“I didn’t say that. No one in their right mind would care what you look like under your—” he stutters. “I mean, I don’t know what I mean.”

“Under my what?” I say through gritted teeth.


Ignoring Kiev, I take a seat in the already warm chair and grimace—I hate feeling someone else’s butt heat in a chair. I don’t really care if it was Cole being an idiot or not. They are both jerkoffs.

Kiev points at my head. “Also, you need to take off your cap before Mr. Walker comes in.”

My eyebrows furrow, and I turn my head to face him. “What are you? School police patrol?”

“Just warning you.” He shrugs.


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  1. Pig Party! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    A super fun book when you need a light read with lots of laughs. Candace Robinson brings Bacon Pie to your reading table. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and it is truly amazing!

  2. Bacon Pie is simply adorable. How could a book with a Piggy Palooza ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    Bacon Pie is simply adorable. How could a book with a Piggy Palooza Festival be anything but charming and sweet? Except there is some suspense thrown in to make it one compelling read! The characters felt well developed with interests outside of just each other and there is so much diversity they truly reflect the world we live in. Two thumbs up!

  3. Bacon Pie is yummy and fun 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    A hard-to-resist enemies-to-lovers romance filled with quirky characters, a whole lot of bacon and a pet armadillo! This is a cute, quick read that will appeal to fans of YA contemporary romance. Memorable characters and setting make this the perfect summer read.

  4. Bacon pie was a very fun read. The main characters were really cute and ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    For real guys, 5 stars! Bacon pie was a very fun read. The main characters were really cute and quirky and take you back to that feeling of first love!

  5. Cute. Funny. Original! 5*!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    This is one of those rare books you want to savour. I found myself delaying finishing it if only because I liked having a bit of Lia and Kiev to read every day - and now I don’t! :(

    A delightful, fun, quirky, AWESOME read full of vibrant characters and awesome dialogue!! Seriously, Lia and Kiev’s internal monologues are absolutely HILARIOUS.

    Get ready for loads of fun, hilarity and yes, romance, because this book delivers on all fronts. I found it’s like good wine - it gets better with ever chapter, until it wraps up with a perfect ending that leaves you smiling.

    HIGHLY recommend this!!! Make it your next Spring read ASAP

  6. Love! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    You guys, this story was so stinkin' cute. There's an amazing cast of characters, a pig themed festival, and a pet armadillo named Pepe. That alone is worth the price of admission. Lia definitely makes my list of favorite characters. She is unapologetically herself and tells it like it is. I also love her dads. So much. Between them and Barnabus, I'm about ready to move into that apartment complex.

    I could not put this one down and absolutely loved the ending. This was such a nice read and left me feeling all happy and such. I look forward to reading it again, especially when I need a pick-me-up.

    ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary ARC of this book.***

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first thing I loved about this ... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    Well, I don’t know how I feel about bacon on my pie but one look at this cover and I had to read it! Thank you Candace for sending me an ARC of your latest book! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The first thing I loved about this book was how accurately it portrayed the average teenager. Are teens sarcastic? Yes I’m pretty sure it’s their primary means of communication. Do they drink irresponsibly and then pay for it later? Of course! It’s a rite of passage. Are they perfect? Nope, but they are fiercely loyal to their friends, have complicated issues that are in fact important, and they usually try their best to be a decent person. Obviously, there will be exceptions but I feel like all of the characters in this story were very real and my former teen self could relate to most of their issues. Very refreshing and in my opinion, super important when a writer wants their readers to connect.

    All of the characters were vibrant and unique kids, with interesting family dynamics. Kudos to the authors for nailing it here. I also appreciated how diverse the characters were. Not merely defined by whatever clique they belonged to.

    The writing was great, the story was funny and endearing, and it had wonderful characters… Really what more could you ask for? I heartily recommend “Bacon Pie” the book not the dessert, to anyone looking for a light humorous read that will most definitely make you reflect on your own youth

    Rating… A+

  8. Bacon Pie 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson and Gerardo Delgadillo is a young adult contemporary romance story that will be sure to give readers a few chuckles. The book moves at a fast pace as it alternates the point of view between the characters.

    Kiev Jimenez loves acting and Shakespeare and wanted nothing more than to get the part of Horatio in the school production of Hamlet. But Kiev’s dream went downhill when he found out he’d missed the email for the Horatio try outs.

    Lia Abbie is more into her old school video games than Shakespeare so when Kiev asks that she may be named after Ophelia the encounter doesn’t go well. Afterwards Lia and Kiev find themselves in the principal’s office getting the punishment of working the Piggy Palooza Festival. What neither expected was their time together turning into something more.

    Bacon Pie was such a fun read. There were plenty of times I found myself chuckling and the authors even get bonus points for making a recipe at the end of the story bring a few laughs showcasing it in a whole new way.

    The characters in here are a bit of a case of opposites attracting after they’ve been forced to spend some time together. While I thought the story was fun and the characters likable I also have to give credit for adding in the cutest and most interesting pet I’ve come across in a while. In the end I’d definitely suggest picking this one up if a fan of a fast paced young adult contemporary read.

    I received an advance copy of Bacon Pie from the author, thanks for allowing me the early read Candace Robinson.

  9. There's more to this story than bacon pie! :D 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    With a title like “Bacon Pie” how could I not be intrigued to want to pick up this book? As skeptical as I may have been (admit it, that’s what you are also thinking), this story was one that charmed me and had me falling in love with these quirky teenagers who were anything but normal. Kiev and Lia had their own lives and their own problems and although they knew of each other in school they gravitated in different circles. Until the one day they didn’t, when Lia had had enough and took a stand, which also ended up with both of them having to “serve time” oh wait I mean do volunteer work at the town’s Piggy Palooza Festival.

    Neither Lia or Kiev ever expected that they would develop a friendship let alone that anything more could come from their time together but stranger things have happened. Speaking of strange, Kiev’s best friend Cole is a very interesting character in every single way. He is the kind of guy that all girls like to avoid but somehow throughout this story he developed, although he did betray his best friend’s trust but it was for the most noble of noblest causes, into a great guy and he manages to bring much comic relief into a story that deals with many tough issues that teens face.

    The entire cast of characters in Bacon Pie are just wonderful! They are all nicely fleshed out with personalities that add to the story and make it memorable. Even Kiev’s pet Armadillo manages to inject humor into this story with his wily little ways. There are some tense moments and maybe even a little high school drama but every situation is handled in such a way that there is very little angst and you will not find yourself reliving any of your own high school nightmares. Those memories will stay in the recesses of your own mind but you will definitely enjoy your time reading Bacon Pie!

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Candace Robinson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  10. I dont usually like contemporary BUT!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2018

    I know what you’re thinking…”What is this strange book called Bacon Pie that also LITERALLY has a piece of bacon pie on its cover?!” Well, it’s a quirky new contemporary written by two talented Authors. Our chapters alternate perspective between Lia “Ophilia” Abbie and Kiev Jimenez in a way that leaves no illusions as to what these two characters think and feel because you often get to see part of the same situation from both characters. I think this was done very well because it doesn’t feel repetitive, which is awesome! These two authors played really well off of each other! I really enjoyed our two main characters and a lot of the supporting characters were just as wonderful. I will admit Cole annoyed the heck out of me at first with his insistence on calling people by their whole name plus Miss, Mrs, Mr in front of it any time he addressed someone but by the end of the book it just had me laughing like “oh that silly Cole”. Needless to say this was a very cute and funny romance and I just really liked the fact that these two were forced to go volunteer at the cringe worth Piggy-Palooza Festival. I will admit I am not the biggest fan of contemporaries and can be fairly picky in what I do and don’t like in this genre but I tore through this story and was entertained the entire time, so I definitely would recommend this book to others!

    I give Bacon Pie a 5 Star contemporary rating! (Holy wow, Batman! lol)
    I also want to thank Candace for sending me an Arc of Bacon Pie in exchange for my honest review!

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