Monday, June 16, 2014

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:

First of all, wild applause to the cover designer!  Makes the book look so delish...which it, of course, is once you get inside the pages.  In fact, Betsy's novel was so good I had one thought continue with me as I read...

I hope she had as much fun writing "All's Fair In Love and Cupcakes" as I am have reading it!

This book was fun from start to finish.  And, yes, I found a few tears along the way.  I believe those are necessary for a good, solid romance.  But Kat and Luke are adorable, funny....and completely dense.

I mean, SERIOUSLY?  Is that what falling in love does to your brain?  Does your gray matter go all oatmeal on you once you discover feelings of friendship have bloomed into something more, but you aren't sure he/she feels as you feel?

Well, if it ain't that way in the regular world, it sure is fun to read about in the novel world!  And, oh, the cupcakes Kat can bake...drool-worthy!  I'm hoping the finished copy has recipes included, because I was given mine in advance from Zondervan Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one releases in September (I know, long time to wait).  But, once it hits shelves...

Pick up a copy of "All's Fair In Love and Cupcakes", pour yourself a cool beverage, put your feet up by the (kiddie) pool, and enjoy your afternoon.  But use lots of sunscreen, because you won't want to move a muscle until you find out how it all ends!

Happy Reading!



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