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In the Mood for Love

(Cupcake Lovers #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When Harper Day blows into the small town of Sugar Creek, Vermont, she takes the sleepy community completely by surprise. A stunning beauty and frenzied workaholic, the celebrity publicist based out of L.A. maintains she will only be in Sugar Creek for vacations. The cozy atmosphere of Sugar Creek, however, has other plans. Haunted by a troubled past and insecure about her ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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3.25 stars
Not too bad. H/h had a casual sexual relationship only. H is a widower looking for a mother for his two kids. Heroine is a driven publicist running from her demons but when she loses her job she finds herself reeling and drawn back into the hell she ran from three years back. The hero proposes a marriage for a visa to her but is that all there is between them? This one was decent with a h who was running from her past and a H who needed to see that what he needed was right underneath h
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This does not sound romantic, and hero is definitely NOT my type of man.

See Kiki's fab review:
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Lisa Filipe
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Fabulous Beth Ciotta does it again, and this time, we get a taste of Sexy cousin, Sam McCloud, widower, veteran, and baker? huh? That's right...he bakes ladies and he is a father of two funny children (they cracked me up).

We met Sam and Harper, his heroine and fling, in ANYTHING BUT LOVE, and I was already invested in what was going on between these two. I loved seeing Sam and Harper letting down their guards and even though the situation was CRAZY (you will see), you just knew they were mea
Andrea Guy
In The Mood For Love is the fourth Cupcake Lovers book. I absolutely love this series.

The thing I like the most about this one: our hero bakes! Yes! Nothing better than a man in the kitchen!

Oh and his kids are absolutely precious!

And then there's Harper. Shes a publicist that's doing work for Cupcake Lovers. She's also having a secret fling with Sam.

I liked that both Sam and Harper have their own issues and they are very real characters that you love for their faults and flaws. I also love the
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This should really be 4.5 stars. Beth Ciotta's Cupcake Lovers is one of my favorite series. The fourth book, In the Mood for Love was a wonderful read! I loved being back in Sugar Creek and catching up with all my beloved characters, particularly Daisy (an eccentric grandmother) and the rest of the Monroe clan. Harper and Sam had great chemistry in the third book and their love story in this one was even hotter! Though Ciotta's language was rougher and cheesier than I recall in previous romantic ...more
Ann Lorz
From the first book I read of this series I feel for Sam. There was just something about him that drew a person to him. You felt sorry for him when he fell for the wrong woman (see loved someone else) but then he met a woman that knocked him off his axle, Harper. She is the perfect woman for him. Different then his first wife, but still caring and loving just like him and his kids need. A must read for the summer!
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sam is a widow with 2 kids. He is sorta quiet and to himself. He has been dating around town trying to find someone to be a mother to his kids. Someone that would be just like Paula his late wife. Harper is a spin meister with celebrities but she is keeping to herself as she has been overcome with survivors guilt of people getting killed while she was at a spa.Her and Sam click big time sexually but that is all...At a meeting for the CL she asks him to come..she is having a bad anxiety attack. H ...more
Emsy Van Wyck
Review: Five stars for Beth Ciotta’s In the Mood for Love, the new addictive, joyful, sensual, and calorie-free Cupcake Lovers novel

There are certain authors that I treasure like gold. When their books are released, I do a happy dance, because I know that their words will sparkle with a lightness and sincerity, even when they deal with difficult topics. One author who embodies this is Beth Ciotta. The inhabitants of Sugar Creek, Vermont, where her Cupcake Lovers novels are based, have become som
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
Forget it.
Bitch With A Book
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Cupcake Lovers are back, and this time sweet Sam isn’t leaving until he gets his happy ending.

Okay, I’ve been waiting for this book for a year (read: eternity). It’s the final installment of Beth Ciotta’s Cupcake Lovers, and lots of people are ready for their happy ending (not just Sam and Harper). The book begins with an update on Luke and Rae. Of course they reconciled and are now expecting a baby. After that’s out of the way, we find out Sam has returned to the dating scene and Harper ha
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Mood For Love (Cupcake Lovers #4) by Beth Ciotta takes us back to small town Sugar Creek, Vermont. Sam is a widower with two children who is finally feeling reading to move on after his wife's death. He's had a few dates, but none of them have felt right. None of them can measure up to Harper, the woman he's had a very secret sexual affair with. The same woman he's intensely attracted to and wants to know better. Harper is a celebrity publicist who became involved with the Cupcake Lovers ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I admit it; I’m a foodie and to me there’s nothing better than mixing two of my favorite things; food and romance, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review Beth Ciotta’s newest entry in her Cupcake Lover’s series, In the Mood for Love, I jumped at the chance. Featuring a couple that put the emphasis in “opposites attract”, Ms. Ciotta takes
Barb Lie
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the Mood for Love by Beth Ciotta is the 4th book in her Cupcake Lovers series. Since I have not read the first three books, I can safely say that this book can be read as a standalone. But I will add that after reading this wonderful romance, I will be going back to read the other books in this series.

This series takes place in a small town, Sugar Creek, Vermont. Of late, I have really been enjoying these romances that take place in small towns. We meet our hero, Sam McCloud early on, fratern
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for In the Mood for Love by Beth Ciotta, I could not help but say yes to this tour. I love small-town romance and cupcakes! While this is the fourth in the Cupcake Lovers series, I was able to slip into this small-town story, and they quickly made me feel at home. Of course, after reading this I immediately picked up book one! In the Mood for Love offers a sweet romance, suspense, humor and a whole lotta heart.

When you first begin reading, you might, as
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

If you are a fan of contemporary romance, you have to give Beth Ciotta's Cupcake Lovers novels a try. They are a great blend of family, friends, humor and romance all rolled up into one in this wonderful series. This is book #4 and called In The Mood For Love.
I have waited for Sam's story. The only male member of the Cupcake Lovers club, he is an ex-soldier, a widower, and a great dad and cupcake baker. He is also lonely, and watched as a woman he had a romantic interest in, fell in lov
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I came into this series with the last book and found the story heartwarming and enjoyable as it managed to bring the feel of a lovely and caring small town to the people who needed it most. Plus, I love Vermont, and have relatives who live in a little town not unlike Sugar Creek - where generations of families live and gather, and everyone knows who you are and what you’ve been through.

In this story we pick up with Harper who has become a new member of Cupcake Lovers, mostly contributing her PR
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
In the Mood for Love is a delicious ending to the Cupcake Lovers series! This novel will absorb you from the very first pages!

The previous books offered glimpses into Sam and Harper, but this book really blew me away with how amazing these two characters are!

Harper is a beautiful, confident, multi-tasking celebrity crisis fixer who seems too big for the little town of Sugar Creek Vermont. She's chatty, always on her phone, and has a talent for pushing Sam's buttons. After returning to her main
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I finished In the Mood for Love by Beth Ciotta. This is my first Cupcake Lovers book. I must say that it was pretty cute and at times my eyes decided to leak. Anyway, let me proceed on. It might have helped if I had read the previous books, but I think I did all right following the storyline. Yes, there are a lot of characters and they are tied to previous books. However, the story focuses on Sam McLeod and Harper Day.

Now Sam hasn't had much luck in the love department
Jes Jones
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sam is not having any luck finding a woman to take a place in his and his two children's hearts. he has plenty of offers but none of them seem right. Only one woman comes to his mind and that is Harper. They had a brief fling and she may be different from what he thinks is ideal woman is but she is who he keeps thinking about. Harper is hiding out on the farm she bought. She has had a few things make her leery of leaving her house. She has a stalker and is afraid to let anyone know. When she get ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

I enjoyed Beth Ciotta's previous writing with her steampunk series and was a little surprised when I realized that I have yet to read her contemporary romance. So when In the Mood for Love popped up on my to read list, I did not hesitate to tackle it and came out pleasantly surprised.

Beth tells a wonderful story about two very broken people. One is Harper Day, who is a celebrity publicist and a major workaholic. The oth
P.e. lolo
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This story revolves around two people mainly. A Sam McCloud and a Harper Day. Sam is a carpenter, but really more like an artist that uses wood. He is widowed and his two children a 5 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. He is also was deployed several times with his Marine unit, he grew up in this fictional town and all of his cousins and friends are trying to set him up with any single female. Harper is a PR person and is doing work in town for a local cupcake cook club who has published a ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Widower Sam McCloud has lately been feeling alone even in the house he shares with his two kids. He has had great love and felt the loss of losing it but dang he needs some help with his own needs and to help be a mother to his children. Harper Day is the best Public Relations agent in the business or was until a past trauma decided to burn his life down to the ashes and force her into hiding.

What Sam proposes to Harper does not seem like a normal idea to the rest of the world but these two are
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I am not sure that there could be two people more different than Sam & Harper, yet they work. So the saying that opposites attract hold true in this story. Sam the hometown hero and now single father after the passing of his wife. Harper is a big city girl that lives an extremely busy life. Yet the chemistry between these two is like gas and fire. So when Harper’s world comes crashing down on her the first person sh
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Sam is it. You know, the one. The man. The ultimate. He’s a dad, a soldier, a lover, a baker. Yes, he bakes! I had a total swoon moment when I read he knows his way around a kitchen! But his baking skills are nothing compared to skills at handling Harper and her issues. He doesn’t laugh. He doesn’t retreat. He steps in, offers a solution, helps her see the light at the end of the tunnel. What a man.

Harper is so used to doing for herself that she almost doesn’t let Sam in. Almost. Thank God she d
Sharon Redfern
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have really liked the Cupcake Lovers series and this newest book fits right in. Sam. the only man n the club and the person who has seemed to be the loneliest in the group, finally gets his girl. The fact that the girl is Harper, the somewhat crazed PR person from LA just makes the romance all the more interesting. Harper is running from two different scary things and in Sam she feels grounded and safe. When circumstances push a marriage between the two, it gets even more interesting.

I am so h
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Completely adorable group of characters...I'm ready to pack my bags right now for Vermont to hang out with Daisy and the rest of this fabulous town. I wish I had read the earlier stories in this series...but I was still able to follow this rather large cast fairly easily. Sam and Harper were intriguing from the beginning and their story only got better. Harper turned out to have so much more depth than I expected, as well as a soft and quirky side. Sam was everything he was promised to be...lovi ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beth-ciotta
This was the probably the heaviest book in the series, yet it attacked the topics at hand with a soft touch that kept with the sweet lightheartedness of the others. Sam had been my favorite since the first book and I couldn’t wait to see him happy and honestly even before Luke’s book Anything But Love I knew he should be with Rachel (Rae). When I first heard about Harper I just knew she was going to be his HEA and boy was I right. They were perfect and funny and sweet and I can’t help but sigh w ...more
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Other books in the series

Cupcake Lovers (4 books)
  • Fool for Love (Cupcake Lovers, #1)
  • The Trouble with Love (Cupcake Lovers, #2)
  • Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers, #3)