Monday, February 9, 2015

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

About the Book:

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

My Thoughts:

Excuse me while I do my version of the Happy Dance:  I've found a new author to love, oh yeah, oh yeah, on my bookshelf, on my bookshelf!

That you for that wee bit of indulgence, but I just finished "All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes" by Betsy St. Amant, and I'm in love!  Betsy writes with flare and takes you right to her setting and drops you in the middle of the story.  With characters that leap off the page, no less!

Kat is so adorable, and Lucas is head over heels for her.  Together, they make the cutest couple...or at least they would, if they had confidence in themselves and in each other.  Doubt is a nasty enemy, and a dream destroyer.

But Kat's creative confections sound just divine, and will make your mouth water.  In fact, I loved both Kat and her cupcakes to the point of wishing she was real and I could just hang out in her kitchen!

And Lucas has a huge heart, but he comes damaged as well.  Still, his faith in Kat and his support makes me want to special order a guy like him for my daughter!  Will his need for control squelch Kat's creative spirit?

This is the usual tug-of-war between girl and guy you find in most romance novels, but with a lot more fun and so much heart a tear or two will roll down your cheek as you read.  Betsy has captured what most of us suspect about reality television as well...makes me wonder how she did her we need to view old episodes to see if we can spot her?

Yes, she wrote it that well!  I have a lot more sympathy for contestants now, and no desire to ever compete!  My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Betsy is on my 'must read' list, and she needs to be on yours as well!

"All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes" is highly recommended and available now wherever you love to buy books!

Happy Reading!



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