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Sugar Rush (Cupcake Club #1)

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,816 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Devil's Food...Angel Cake...Red Velvet...Praline Crunch...Lemon Chiffon...
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

Paperback, 325 pages
Published January 2012 by Brava (first published 2011)
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Lisa Kay
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If you want dialogue, this is the book for you. Good dialogue? Sometimes. Sometimes very good dialogue. Sometimes just a rehash of what we already know. I also felt that Leilani was originally this really nice person who had to get a little ‘bitchy’ to get the sexual tension percolating with Baxter. That just didn’t work for me.

However, if you are one of those people who wish the couple would just talk to one another, this is the
I apologize in advance for the large number of pictures featuring cupcakes - I simply couldn't resist. And be prepared for the urge to hunt down and eat a massive number of them. :D

When Leilani Trusdale left New York and her rising career as a pastry chef to open a cupcake shop in a small town of Sugarberry, most people didn't understand her decision. But she knew something had to give. It's not that she was unhappy with her life, more like she wasn't happy with it. All the backstabbing in the r
Jul 07, 2012 Regina rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh
I enjoyed several of Kauffman's other books (notably the "Glass Slipper, Inc" series). They were light, but I could identify with the characters and they were fun reads. This book just seemed to drag on forever... I actually listened to it, rather than reading it-- which meant that I couldn't "skim". It was excruciating! I got so tired of the main female character's angst, hand-wringing, and indecision. There was lots of "wrestling" going on, but most of it was metaphorical and not particularly ...more
Kim Smiley
Mar 30, 2012 Kim Smiley rated it it was ok
Finally! I'm so happy to be done with this book! It took me a week to read due to the big pages and small text and the fact that the first 200 or so pages were so boring it was a book I could only take in small portions.

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.
Jan 17, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, adult, fiction, kindle
(Will insert book talk later...)

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
Jan 09, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I like variety when reading and the first reads of 2012 are a perfect example of that. A supernatural werewolf mystery, bizarro and a romantic bit of chic lit. Chic lit being one I'd say I read the least but I won this book on twitter from the publisher and was dying for a different kind of book and this was sitting on my shelves so I rebelled and read it. See I'm a bad ass. Yep that much of one.

Sugar Rush was sweet. No pun intended, though it's hard to escape the sweet food references when it's
Megan (Book Brats)
Feb 01, 2012 Megan (Book Brats) rated it really liked it
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a guilty pleasure fan of girly contemporary romances. I swear by anything Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham-related, and Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, and Helen Fielding all have a fan in me. When offered the chance to read and review the first two books in the new Cupcake Club series from Donna Kauffman, I leaped at the chance. So yes, this is going to be a double review of SUGAR RUSH and SWEET STUFF, books one and two in the series from Kensington.

Book one, SU
Romancing the Book
Review by Valerie:
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
Apr 16, 2013 Gilles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, dnf
I quit. 60% and I still am not invested in the characters. I can't take them talking about why their lives together won't work anymore. I haven't managed to figure out why they are even interested. I will just predict what happens instead.

They continue to discuss why it won't work beating the dead horse for another couple of chapters. They exchange kiss number 3 which blows their minds (btw they need to get out more) and convinces them they must try. So, they write up a life plan that meets the
Sep 16, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Caffeinated Aspects

Cupcakes, a bakery, chefs and sinful talks about chocolate. Be sure to brings snacks to listen to this one!
Small-town setting. The tale takes place in Sugarberry Island, a small coastal community in Georgia. It was a delightful place with busy bodies, local businesses and a million stars at night. It sounds heavenly. Right? Now sniff..Yep cupcakes, coffee and fresh air.
Leilani Trusdale moves away from the hustle and bustle, not to mention the pressure of being a pastry ch
Kait Nolan
Absolutely loved this! Witty, funny, hit all my happy buttons relating to my love of food, and definitely broke a LONG streak of less than satisfying reads.
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
Now I definitely wish I had read this series in order. Not that the second book doesn't stand on its own, it does. I just think I would have appreciated Lani and Baxter's scenes in it more having read this. Also, I wouldn't have had expectations of certain occurrences explained in the second book happening in this one.

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
Oct 30, 2012 Cee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Jul 02, 2013 Chachic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chachic by: Laura Florand
Shelves: ebooks
Originaly posted here.

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'
Jan 30, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I kinda hate to go with the obvious, trite, analogy, but I just gotta say it--this book was like a cupcake: fun, fluffy, sweet, and totally addictive. Granted, it was a fairly standard romance novel, so there were no surprises on the ending, and Leilani's multiple passages of justifying why she was happy where she was (or, the mirror side of that as other characters had their "grand revelation" that she really was happy) got a bit repetitive eventually. But the characters overall, main and suppo ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
Leilani Trusdale has always had a love for baking. Lani decides to leave New York City and head to Sugarberry Island to escape her past. She knows she is making the right decision well, that is until her former boss, Baxter Dunne makes an appearance in her shop. Chef Hot Cakes wants to film a season of his show there, but it's that all he is there for?

Every one of Lani’s friends is convinced this time around Baxter is what she needs in her life to make it complete. Although, Lani doesn’t believ
Jul 12, 2013 ..Mary.. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando ho detto che volevo aspettare per leggere questo libro, non intendevo aspettare 10 mesi. Va be, almeno adesso posso leggere anche il seguito subito.
Leilani Trusdale ha trentanni, ed è un chef di grande talento che lavora a New York per uno dei più grandi chef famoso in tutto il mondo, ma non ce la fa più, le pressioni e le male lingue da parte dei suoi colleghi gelosi per il suo talento e il carattere dello chef Baxter Dunne, che ormai preferisce i riflettori degli studi televisivi alla c
Aug 24, 2013 Natalia rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, library, 2013
I read this for my book club - we read fluff during the summer. And this is totally fluff. It's a romance set in a cupcake shop - it's all fluff. I don't read a lot of romance, so it was a nice way to spend an afternoon and turn my brain off. Though the whole time I am mentally screaming at the book, "Why are you assuming this is so hard? The compromise is obvious, everyone moves to Savannah!" Hell, I'd love to have problems where the solution is moving to Savannah.

I got a little wrapped up in t
Sep 20, 2013 Caro rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A good book with good characters and plot. The characters and their personalities were pretty good and definitely kept the book going. I liked the story line and the ending was perfect. There was humor, emotions, some steamy scenes, a great feeling setting and small-town feel, and some spitfires to keep it interesting. This would be a good book for cuddling-up, a rainy day read, or something for relaxing with. Although the main characters tended to get a little on my nerves, it was in a minor wa ...more
Steph McVicker
Oct 02, 2014 Steph McVicker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*This review refers to the Audible Audio Book*

I have a real soft spot for chick-lit rom-com's set in a kitchen, and SUGAR RUSH, book 1 in the Cupcake Club series, was a great addition to my growing collection of sexy food stories.

Leilani Trusdale has made a home for herself in Sugarberry Island, GA, after fleeing a successful job as a pastry chef in NYC partly due to untrue rumors of how she slept her way to the top with her former mentor and boss, Baxter Dunne (aka Chef Hot Cakes). When Baxter
Feb 02, 2016 Rachael rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I started reading with the expectation of something light and fluffy, something that I could easily read in just a few hours. It was an easy read and I finished it in just two sittings. But, while it was light and fluffy and a pretty standard cut and dry love story, it wasn't full of all of the horrible gimmicks that usually make me give a three star rating.

Of course Lani and Baxter have a lot of issues. Lani left behind a promising career in NYC as an up-and-coming past
Michelle M
Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman 2
(Cupcake Club: Book 1)

Predictable. Too wordy. I had ended up skipping some (just a little bit though) because there was too many redundant topics. On and on and on.
Also, I don't think I'll continue on with this series. The characters were just ok. The writing style I just didn't like.

I picked this as January's challenge mainly because this was a chore to read. I love chick lit and romance books, but this was not my thing. Everything (feelings, thoughts, etc) was re
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
Feb 08, 2015 Debby (Alwaysbooking) rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Donna Kauffman. It was a really good romantic read.

Lei of course has a history who doesn't. While she was working in NY she was cool, calm, and collected even though on the inside she was in love with her boss Baxter. After some horrible rumors in New York and some bad things happen back home she decides to change her life plan that doesn't include Baxter. She's doing great in her small town bakery relaxing and enjoying life when he waltzing right back in and ruin
Aug 30, 2014 Fede rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dolci, colorati, invitanti. In una parola: cupcake! Sono un vero e proprio fenomeno mediatico-gastronomico decisamente non indifferente. Da qualche anno, infatti, questi piccoli pasticcini cremosi e zuccherati hanno conquistato golosi di tutti i generi e le età.

Anche il mondo dei libri non poteva limitarsi a guardare questa ondata di dolcezza: qualcuno doveva farsi portavoce, o meglio, pasticcere per un giorno. Iniziò così l'invasione
Jan 28, 2014 Mandy rated it did not like it
After two really sad books, I had to cleanse my palate with the worst fluffiest book in the world. I chose this book to fill my purpose. Here’s why: pink cover, cupcakes everywhere, contemporary romance. It should have worked, right?

It should have. Instead of fluff filled fun-ness, I was left with a book with internal monologue diarrhea. It was seriously everywhere, completely uncontrolled, and dripped from each page. I found myself skimming over pages, literally pages, of emotional internal mo
That was quite a sweet story, if you'll forgive the pun, even if it did drag on a bit. I thought that the emotional dilemma was harped on a bit too much, which made the book a bit repetitive? Why couldn't Lani and Baxter try a long-distance thing? Because...reasons. It made me a bit less sympathetic, but I really did enjoy (most) of the struggle.

I was super happy to see Lani call Baxter on his big, supposedly romantic gesture though. I am not a fan of the super-public, overly-involved romantic
Mar 23, 2012 KatharinaM rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Quite honestly? I got this book only because of the cupcakes on the cover - I LOVE cupcakes - but I was positively surprised. Not only were the characters both lovable and hilarious (hello, Alva!!!), and frequent use of cupcake therapy was made, but the sincere and intense dialogues between Lani and Baxter made me want so laugh, sigh and cry at the same time. A solid 4 stars for me.
Jan 22, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Why I picked it up: It was in my house. I think Snow gave it to me? It’s a romance novel with cupcakes on the cover; I figured it couldn’t be all bad.

Lani was a big-time pastry chef in NYC but she left for the small island town of Sugarberry, GA and opened her own cupcakery. The chef she learned from and worked under shows up unexpectedly. Lani had feelings for him but never told him; turns out he had feelings for her as well. He has brought his nationally famous television show to Sugarberry an
Laura Florand
Sep 23, 2012 Laura Florand rated it it was amazing
Loved the realness of the characters, the sense of fun, the sweetness to the story (and I'm not just talking about the cupcakes!), and the great details of what it means to be a pastry chef as well as one of my favorite settings, an island on the Georgia coast.
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