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
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★★★½☆ 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 i...more
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...more
Sugar Rush was sweet. No pun intended, though it's hard to escape the sweet food references when it's...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
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
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
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
Book one, SU...more
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
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...more
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...more
I got a little wrapped up in t...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Now, he has a television show & she's left NYC for a tiny rural island off the coast of Georgia.
The past visits the present and threatens to turn Lani's new, peaceful world upside down as hurt feelings, brought on by lack of communication & misunderstandings, are brought fresh to the surface. Baxter, however, seems a bit obtuse. He truly does not understand WHY Lani is so upset.
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
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