Devil's Food...Angel Cake...Red Velvet...Praline Crunch...Lemon Chiffon... 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 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 and her cheeks blush the color of raspberry filling - stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true....
Lani's friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he'll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal....
©2012 Donna Kauffman (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I enjoyed the story but was a bit surprised by how explicit it became towards the end. I nearly listened to it in the car on a long journey with my mother but glad i didn't .
"Predictable formula romance."
It's nicely written and gorgeously read by Amanda Ronconi. In fact, I only downloaded the audio because of Ms. Ronconi. She must have been having a dry spell at the time. Normally, she chooses better.
If you've ever read any modern paperbacks, then you already know this story. It's set in a small town on a small island in Georgia and that was fun - or would have been if there had been any references to island living at all. There were also cupcakes and that was fun too. Who doesn't like cupcakes? (other than that cake guy on TV)
As for the rest - I found myself thinking: come on! how much more can we talk about this relationship? This is not junior high! And I kept hoping for a dead body to enliven the plot.
So - decide for yourselves. It's an excellent example of what it is.
Oh, another thing. I like series listening. On second look though, the island town is all that really seems to string this series of books together.
"Just as Sweet as the Cupcakes Made by Lani"
Sweet, Humorous and Charming
I actually loved Baxter! I loved that he was so unsure of himself when it came to Lani. Their kisses were toe curling cause they gave me the best first-kiss squee feeling!
Definitely the first kiss between Lani and Baxter...I simply adored Baxter's ramblings and the shock from Lani...finally getting something she had wanted for so long, and it was just wrong timing!
This was my first book from Donna Kauffman, and I really enjoyed it! I though the narrator did a phenomenal job with the voice of Baxter (English accent), and the story was just read so well!
I held off on the series due to other reviews. Mistake! I really enjoyed the book. Lani was strong, modern and fun. Chef Hot Cakes was complex and real. I could see Sugarberry in my mind and all the characters in it. Now I have purchased the whole series.
Amanda was a superb narrator, as always. I wish she narrated more!
"Love Donna Kauffman's writing usually, but . . ."
No. I was bored through most of the book.
A little more action throughout. There doesn't even seem to be much chemistry to the romance until the very end and that wasn't very convincing.
I love her narrating, but even Amanda couldn't save this one. To be fair, this is a book I've passed on before; until I saw that the audible version had Amanda narrating.
Hate to do it, but I'll be asking for a refund on this one. When it comes to audiobooks, I have to like them enough to want to listen to them more than once. This one just didn't make the cut.
"Make me want to move to Sugar Berry Island"
Fun, uplifting, ramantic.
The character building in the Ms. Kaufmann's books are rich and personal. I think the characters could quite possibly have been the "icing" (punn intended) that held the storyline together.
Amanda Ronconi is one of my two favorite performers/readers - along with Davina Porter (who reads the Outlander Series for Diana Gabaldon). Her voice performance is so snarky that I find myself laughing out loud. Any book she reads is 100 times better because of what she adds to the characters, the writing, the life of the books. She can make a simple word like, "what?" just sing with the perfect intonation.
Sugar rush made me laugh out loud. The characters, as their flawed selves, are ever so endearing. And the way they stumble through life is so funny.
I am so looking forward to more books in the Cupcake Club series because I've just finished the fourth book, and I think they got better with each book!
"I just wanna kick Lani."
The narration was great. I gave the story 3 stars because I liked all the characters but the main character. Here's a great guy in Baxter and Lelani's reasons to reject him for 90 percent of the story are illogical and circular. It's exhausting. I want to kick her.
The only good thing about this book is Amanda Ronconi. The story is slow and redundant. Additionally, I'm upset that the author thinks that eating cupcakes, being fit and having great sex are all things that could be simultaneously conceivable.
"Sweet & Sexy!"
I picked this one up honestly because it was a bargain -- on sale with my kindle purchase -- but it turned out to be a fun listen that really kept my attention while I was on the treadmill.
It's the story of Leilani, who relocates to the outer banks of Georgia to open a small cupcake shop. She's a topnotch pastry chef who has left New York, partly to be near her aging father and partly to get away from her uber sexy, uber famous former boss Baxter Dunne. But, who shows up in Sugarberry, Georgia? Yep! Baxter! You'll love it.
It's got some adult scenes, so bear that in mind.
I laughed with Lani & her friends and I even got a little teary. Overall, really good!
The story was written well and the reader is my all time favorite, but the story was boring. I like books that have bombs exploding or characters getting kidnapped or some sort of action. I couldn't finish the book. Sorry
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