Sugar Rush (Cupcake Club #1)
How's a woman to choose?
Luckily, the members of the Cupcake Club are about to taste it all...
When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale left the bustle of New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, she didn't expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly, her former boss, Baxter Dunne, aka Chef...more
And I know the whole plot line revolves around Baxter showing up unexpectedly, but really would a big-time food channel program j...more
Sugar Rush is a quality contemporary romance. What I liked most here was that Lani was sincere and serious about her reasons for not wanting Baxter around. In so many romances, the heroine is wishy washy and caves far too quickly. Though Lani recognized that she wasn’t over Baxter, she gave real consideration to her decisions and what she told him. Readers can tell that both she and Baxter mean everything they’re saying. Further, I liked that Baxter listened to her. It took a few times, but he t...more
Sugar Rush was sweet. No pun intended, though it's hard to escape the sweet food references when it's...more
Ahh...New York City. If you’ve ever been there, you know the energy the city has. Leilani also knows the energy the city has, after all, she worked there for years, but she felt the city drained her. After having a crush on her boss for most of those years, she loses her mom, almost loses her dad, and hightails it out of there and finds herself opening up her own cupcake shop on the little island of Sugarberry. Then one day, plop, out of the blue, her ex-boss shows up and turns...more
Lani has studied under the best chefs and business people. Although she did not sleep her way to the top that's where she is.
She relocated to an island off Georgia and just in time for the festival. Now she learns the ones who mentored her are going to be back in her life again with cooking TV shows from the island she lives on.
She checks in with her girlfriend who's still in NY at least once a day to go over their thoughts as to why
he is there, what she has to do wit...more
Lani is a pastry chef and a good one. She quit her job at a high profile restaurant in New York to move to Sugarberry Island, where her Dad is sherriff and her family came from. She opens up a cupcakery and is enjoying it. That is, until Baxter Dunne decides to follow her there....more
E' una lettura frizzante e allegra, alcuni personaggi sono veramente singolari e nonostante possano sembrare un po' ficcanaso sono assolutamente deliziosi.
Poiché è ambientato su un'isola molto piccola e non molto popolata la vita di Leilani è ovviamente allietata da una piccola ma ben v...more
En effet, il s'agit d'une pure romance contemporaine. On fait ainsi la connaissance de Leilani, jeune chef pâtissière qui vient d'ouvrir sa propre pâtisserie de Cupcake. Vous l'aurez compris ce livre va vous donnez faim !
L'auteure s'attache non pas sur la rencontre des deux personnages mais sur leur retrouvailles trois plus tard alors que chacun a fait son chemin sans avoir jamais fait part à l'autre de ses sentiments. Par conséq...more
By Donna Kauffman
Copyright January 2012
Publisher: Brava Contemporary Romance
When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale leaves New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, She didn’t expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly her former boss, Baxter Dunne, AKA Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The Same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani's mouth water an...more
Once again, I loved the characters in this book. With the exception of Alva, which is just an archetypal character I cannot stand, I really liked their interaction and their storie...more
The author is trying to give us a varied canvas: British hero, best friend of Indian descent, second best friend who uses a fake accent and is gay, shop assistant who leans toward the colorful and...more
For me this was just an “alright” story. Baxter and Lani are a great, well matched couple. I liked Lani’s back story and her current life, and Baxter is just a sweetheart. The other characters really make the book entertaining. I did find it refreshing that the main female did not have self-esteem issues.
I didn’t like that different characters kept calling Lani by different nicknames; it was a little confusing in the beginning. For me I just didn’t connect w...more
The main character (Leilani) had just opened a bake shop in the southern U.S. Her former boss and mentor (Baxter) is a suave chef from New York that has a cooking show. When Baxter decides to schedule some shows for his next TV season squarely in the same city where Leilani has relocated,...more
I got a little wrapped up in t...more
Leilani also left behind her dreams of a romance with the handsome television chef, Baxter Dunne, owner of Gateau and better known as "Chef Hot Cakes."
I got the recommendation for the Cupcake Club series from Laura Florand. I wanted to try out more contemporary romance that centered around food, especially desserts because I'm a huge fan of sweet things. In Sugar Rush, Lani leaves behind a successful career as a pastry chef and starts her own cupcakery in a small town. I love that Lani was brave enough to leave New York to start her own business and that she feels it's the right move for her even though others believe it'...more
I got the next 2 books in the series from the library, but didn't enjoy them enough to recommend that anyone buy them or to be their first pick for a contemporary romance.
I was rather disappointed with this one. Though I liked all the characters, it just seemed like all the conversations the hero and heroine had were the same:
Her: "I know you don't understand why I want to live in this tiny town and make cupcakes"
Him: "No I don't - you're destined for better things."
Her: "Let me explain why I love it so much for a long time"
Him: "Ok, wow, I respect your decision, though I don't understand it."
It just felt a little same-y after a w...more
The real reason I didn't like the book is well that, there was minimal conflict. There was one love interest, one. It was easy to tell that they were going to end up together...more
A good read, but I don't feel like I would necessarily re-read it in the future, so it would be 3/3.5 stars. However, I decided to round up to 4 stars because I really appreciated the hero's behavior. When confronted with the fact that he had been making decisions without consulting the heroine or thinking through how it woud affect her life a...more