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Don't Call Me Cupcake

(The Holloway Girls #1)

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There’s a very special kind of sweetness to life on Pine Cove Island . . .
 
Most families have a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes wishes into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams, or any number of good things. It’s a
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Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Zebra Shout
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♥Rachel♥
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Emma’s family has baked magic infused cupcakes for the small, picturesque town of Pine Cove for generations. Cupcakes to fix what ails, bring contentment, success, or just lift someone’s spirits. Emma is hopping mad when she finds out Hunter Kane, a big city entrepreneur has come to Pine Cove Island to build a competitive business just down the street from her cupcake/sweet shop, and she unknowingly gave him three of her “success” cupcakes. Emma can’t afford to lose any money with her old house ...more
Mo
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not even sure how this one showed up on Goodreads for me ... think I was looking at "small-town" themed books and this pops up. I did enjoy it. Probably 3.75 stars ... and it is only 80 cents! A bargain. A little bit of "magic" thrown in (which I wouldn't be a huge fan of) but it does not detract from the story. Sexy hero. Strong heroine. Cute dog (although he was a little too much of a fart of a thing for me (not a BIG dog, like MY real dog!) Cast of supporting characters who we will read about ...more
Seana Kelly
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved! This author has just jumped on to my 'Must Pre-order All Books' list <3
Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. The story is set in a gorgeous, island town in northwest Washington (Puget Sound area). Emma is a kitchen witch who can bake spells into her cupcakes (and OMG, the cupcake descriptions! My mouth was watering for most of the book). Hunter comes to town for purely business reasons (property investment). Emma offers him a Sweet Success cupcake (spelled for success in business
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Bookgyrl
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OK I don't fancy the cover but I LOVED this book!

Emma bakes cupcakes and they are magical. She lives in a sentient house (!) and has a shop called Fairy Cakes.
Hunter just bought restaurant space nearby and it threatens her livelihood. And she accidentally sold him Sweet Succes cupcakes!

I could not put the book down and was miffed when real life kept disturbing my reading. I liked so many aspects of the story. It has a small town setting, a lovely heroine with magical powers and a handsome inves
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Seana
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have so much love in my heart for this book!! It’s totally my favorite catnip! A quaint, sleepy coastal town [check] a strong, funny, vulnerable heroine [check] a hot, Alpha male who learns to love [check] an adorable dog I wish I could pull off the pages [check] a magical family with a sentient house [check] quirky, charming, fully realized secondary characters [check] cupcakes [CHECK]

I loved Emma and Hunter’s story! I read it all in one day (ignoring house and kids—don’t judge me!) because
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Minerva Spencer
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that a house steals the show in a romance--or in any book--but that's what happened in Sheets's debut novel. I LOVED the house. I want the house.

Okay, enough about the house and back to the book....

Emma's baked goods come with secret ingredients and the fun starts when she sells the wrong magic to Hunter, who winds up being her competitor. Enemies to lovers is one of my all-time-favorite tropes and Sheets handles it with some magic of her own!

This was a fun, romantic, page-turnin
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Charlie
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received Don’t Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Emma runs a bakery Fairy Cakes on Pine Cove Island. Her cupcakes aren’t just delicious, they are magic. Because the Holloways are special, they have ‘gifts’, and Emma’s gift is based on cooking. Her cousin, Juliette, her magic is in gardening.
Hunter Kane is from Seattle, he finds Pine Cove the perfect place to open his new location. Emma gives him three Success Cupcakes to help him succeed while s
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Randee Green
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

You're definitely going to want to eat at least one cupcake after reading DON'T CALL ME CUPCAKE - especially if it is one of the special, magical cupcakes that main character Emma Holloway bakes. DON'T CALL ME CUPCAKE is a contemporary romance novel by Tara Sheets. It is her debut novel, and it will be published on April 24, 2018 by Zebra Shouts. The novel is the first in the Holloway Girls series.

Emma Holloway - as well as all of the Holloway wo
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Tonya
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
There's a very special kind of sweetness to life on Pine Cove Island . . .

Most families have a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes wishes into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams, or any number of good things. It's a strange gift, but it brings only happiness. Until gorgeous, smooth-talking newcomer Hunter Kane strolls into her shop, Fairy Cakes-
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TwilightCarnival
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Don't Call Me Cupcake is fantastic! A really fun book if you're looking for something heartwarming and whimsical and, I guess you could say, *sweet* lol. The chemistry between Emma and Hunter really kept me going and the side characters are so funny. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments. And OMG I loved the house!!! I received an ARC of this book and read it in a day and a half. It's one of those feel good stories that stays with you for a while. One of the better romance books I have read in 2018. I ...more
Brenda
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Publisher's Description:

There’s a very special kind of sweetness to life on Pine Cove Island . . .

Most families have a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes wishes into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams, or any number of good things. It’s a strange gift, but it brings only happiness. Until gorgeous, smooth-talking newcomer Hunter Kane strolls int
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Okay, I’m hooked. I’m not even going to lead into the “I’m hooked” part of this review. I adored just about everything about this charmed romance (grin) and I cannot wait to get my reading hands on the next story in this series. So, yeah, this one is a story that I’ll re-read just for the fun of it in those moments when I need that kind of lift.

Emma and Hunter are so right together. That special kind of magic when two souls know each other but circumstances are going
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v
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-reads
NB: I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A massive thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley!

Wow! I really enjoyed this novel. Tara Sheets has really worked her own *magic* into writing two main characters that share some major chemistry and just a beautiful relationship. Hunter and Emma really had an *interesting* start to their relationship, particularly with the whole Sweet Success cupcakes and the road to the Go Away cupcakes. That road kin
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book for when you need a pick me up! Emma bakes magical cupcakes in a lovely town in the Puget Sound area. Hunter looks so good that she makes him a very special one- and then she discovers that he will be her competition! Well, you know what's going to happen but Sheets has done a terrific job of creating two lovely characters who dance around each other until things work out. Emma's cousin Juliette is also a treat with some magic of her own. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
Donna
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't Call Me Cupcake is as sweet and magical as the icing on a cupcake. Emma Holloway is struggling to make ends meet. She bakes a little magic into every cupcake she makes but she needs a little magic in her life. When hunky Hunter Kane walks into her shop she thinks he may just be the magic her heart needs. That is until she finds out that he is opening a competing business. Will the Holloway magic be enough to keep her in business? Fans of Angie Fox and Jill Shalvis will love Don't Call Me C ...more
Isha Coleman
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like the characters she creates, Sheets strives to spread happiness with her confectionery brand of sunshine. Don't Call Me Cupcake is an ideal introduction to an at times kooky, yet always light hearted series. A gesture of kindness sparks a professional rivalry and an irresistible romance. Tara Sheets' and her Holloway Girls will definitely put a little love in your heart, even as they tempt readers with sugary sweetness.
Elaine
Rating 4.5/5*
This is a heartwarming, magical, tasty romantic treat with lovely characters in a delightful island community setting. 

The magical element comes from the Holloway Girls, both of whom have very different magical abilities. Emma's skill is in creating cupcakes that gift the person eating it with beneficial effects, such as sweet dreams, feeling well, bliss or success - the effects are always positive. Unfortunately Emma gives not one but three of her success cakes to the handsome stra
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Chris Conley
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series.
Urvashi
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emma bakes wishes into her cupcakes that come true for the one who eats them. When a hot stranger comes into her shop, she sells him 3 sweet success cupcakes not realizing he is her competitor.
Hunter is in Pine Cove Island to expand his business, and opening a restaurant with a bakery is the first step in his plans.
Don’t call me cupcake is a sweet and enchanting read. The characters primary and secondary are endearing with their quirky and unique characteristics. Emma and her cousin Juliette ar
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Saly
3.25 stars
This was a decent enough contemp read with a small PNR element, h has little kitchen magic. The book features fade to black love scenes and I felt the romance element needed more fleshing out. H comes into h's town looking to open a business that will be in competition with h's bakery putting her financial security in jeopardy (especially since her ex ran off with all her money). So, she vows to run him out of town but of course we are told they have chemistry (it was more tell & than
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Kenny Danewitz raveh
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet,kind of a different, sparkly, magical read.
Really enjoyed it.
nick
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5

Well wasn't that the most charming book I've read in a long time! I've been in a bit of a slump lately in that I have no motivation to read, but Don't Call Me Cupcake entirely enamored me from start to finish. You're going to want to add this one to your TBRs, friends!

The entire concept of Don't Call Me Cupcake was so unique. It was refreshing to read something different in the romance genre and Tara Sheets certainly knew how to deliver. The Holloway girls are known on Pine Cove Island for
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Renae
MAGICAL REALISM WITH (UN)SURPRISING MISOGYNY

Magical realism in a traditional genre romance? I'd never seen it before, but you can bet that I added Tara Sheets' debut novel to my to-read list as soon as I heard about it. This is really and truly as if Sarah Addison Allen started writing genre romances instead of romance-adjacent women's fiction—which I honestly also enjoy, no shade intended. If that's your thing, then you're in luck!

Taking place on a small island off the coast of Washington, this
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
In the small town of Pine Cove, the Holloway family have been known for their magic for generations. Emma’s family has baked magic infused cupcakes to fix what ails, bring contentment, success, or lift someone’s spirits. Emma meets a new, handsome man in town and sells him her "success" cupcakes. He eats all three, before Emma finds out that he is Hunter Kane, a big city entrepreneur who has come to Pine Cove Island to build a competitive business near her cupcake/sweet shop. Emma can’t afford t ...more
Amy Lynn
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read filled with magic and romance. You feel a connection with the small shore town and the quirky characters that reside there.
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It's like a Hallmark movie, but with sexy bits.

Fantastic small town romance, with a hero and heroine I immediately bought into PLUS a little touch of magic. The ending was so adorable. Yeah, you know I cried some happy tears.

I am looking forward to seeing Juliette get her HEA in the next book.

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Gaele
Emma and Juliet Holloway are the last left on Pine Cove Island, cousins with a special magical inheritance (if not much money). Emma is known on the island as a baker of some talent: her cupcakes sold at her shop Fairy Cakes bring hope, healing, peace and determination to those lucky enough to sample them. When Hunter appears in the shop, she offers him the cupcake she feels will best help him in his endeavors, a cupcake that brings success. It isn’t until she discovers that he’s the owner of th ...more
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I am so happy that I decided to read Don't Call Me Cupcake. I first decided to do so when I read the title, I mean...how could I not? I just thought between the cover and title it had to be good. Lucky for me I was right. Could you see me getting all excited to read it and it turning out to be a dud?

That would have sucked.

When I choice this one to review I didn't bother reading a blurb to see what it was about. I
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2018
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

I received this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anytime there is cooking involved with the main character as a baker, chef or restaurant owner, I have to consider reading. Magic is my favorite speculative fiction. So I easily convinced myself to read Don't Call Me Cupcake.

The setting is a small waterfront town in the pacific Northwest. There are some ol
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Jessica Robbins
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

This is the cutest magical romance novel. Meet Emma Holloway who possesses baking magic which she uses in her cupcake shop. She also has the most awesome house ever and I really need one of those!! Emma is struggling financially and just when she thinks things can't get worse a new guy swoops in to open a competing business. She is determined that she will run him off instead and what follows is hilariou
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Tara Sheets is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her debut novel, Don't Call Me Cupcake, is a winner of the 2016 Golden Heart® award sponsored by Romance Writers of America®. It is the first in The Holloway Girls series, available from Kensington Publishing.

Tara began her career as an author in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the rain and the misty mountains
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