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 ...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
I liked how the small town life was well fleshed out and juxtaposed against the ligh ...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
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
Book one, SU ...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
On the one hand, I was so grateful to get a hero and heroine who actually talked to each other I was willing to excuse almost anything. The female friendships with the baking therapy were excellent, and the descriptions of cupcakes and other dessert baking made me really want to do some baking of my own (spoiler alert, there are cupcake recipes in the back).
On the one hand, this was one of the most tell-don't-show books I've ever read. Almost every page was 75% dialogu ...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
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
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 ...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
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
And I know the whole plot line revolves around Baxter showing up unexpectedly, but really would a big-time food channel program j ...more
I also felt very little for the hero/h ...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
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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 ...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
I got a little wrapped up in t ...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
Other books in the series
"The Mad Hatter," she said. "I told you, I have a collection."
"You collect aprons?"
"Since I was little and my mom taught me to bake." When he smiled, she arched a brow. "Some find it charmingly quirky."
"You never wore any to Gateau."
"Shocking, I know. Because I'm certain the staff would have greatly appreciated the humor in them."
His smile twitched wider at that. "You have a point, I suppose. I must say, this dry side of you is surprisingly appealing. What does it say?" He nodded toward her apron front.
She lifted her arms away so he could read the script that accompanied the copy of an original pen and ink art rendering of the Hatter seated at a long table, holding a teacup aloft.
"YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE A TEA PARTY," he read out loud, then smiled at her. "I rather agree. You make a charming and somewhat more quirky Alice than I'd have expected. I seem to recall Alice spent the better part of her time being irritated and flustered, too. Perhaps if I'd come bearing tea and crumpets, with a bewildered, bespectacled white rabbit clutching a pocketwatch in his paw, you'd have been more willing to give me the time of day.”
To him, she'd been the perennial Snow White, kind to one and all, always making life easier for those around her.”