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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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 ...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
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
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
Sugar Rush was sweet. No pun intended, though it's hard to escape the sweet food references when it's ...more
Book one, SU ...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
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
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 ...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
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
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
*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 ...more
Of course Lani and Baxter have a lot of issues. Lani left behind a promising career in NYC as an up-and-coming past ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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