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Sugar Rush

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: The Cupcake Club, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Summary

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.

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slow and boring.

I love to bake but this story is dull and very slow. Mills and boon but with very little boon!!

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Enjoyable quite explicit towards the end

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 .

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  • Maggie May
  • 10-09-14

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.

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  • G. Baker
  • 06-07-15

Sweet

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!

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  • Lisa M. Filipe
  • 26-08-14

Just as Sweet as the Cupcakes Made by Lani

If you could sum up Sugar Rush in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Humorous and Charming

What did you like best about this story?

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!

Which scene was your favorite?

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!

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Karen
  • 28-06-18

Blah blah

The narrator is amazing but even she could liven the book up. Very very boring. I do like the author’s other books so I was disappointed

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  • Alli McDonald
  • 06-07-16

Make me want to move to Sugar Berry Island

If you could sum up Sugar Rush in three words, what would they be?

Fun, uplifting, ramantic.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Brandi Smith
  • 17-10-20

Torture!

I wanted to love this book and I tried really, really hard too but it was horrible. I gave it 12 chapters before I called it quits. Then just because I invested 6 hrs, went to chapter 18 to hear the main female character still being a P.I.A about the male lead. I get having charters struggle with their feelings but this went on for almost the entire book. I showed up to work/home more annoyed. If you want to feel frustrated for 12 hrs then this book is for you.

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  • R. Moore
  • 29-10-20

Dont Waste our credit

I should have read the reviews before i wasted my credit. The main character has got to be the most whinny, irritating person ever. I could not get past chapter 13. I threw my phone across the room.

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  • Keane Ruff
  • 23-10-20

Drinking game!

Pretty good story, a bit wishy washy for me. Back and forth, back and forth...should I stay or should I go. I do suggest that if you looking to have a little fun, take a shot of something every time the Amanda (narrator) says Gatow.

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  • MissChiss
  • 14-10-20

Sweet but so slow

I really like this author and I like a sweet and relaxed small town read as much as the next girl. But this one was too slow, even for me. The story had loads of potential but it really crawled along and the delivery was predictable and boring. I did appreciate that the characters had real conversations about their situation.

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  • MaBiche
  • 30-09-20

Slow and too long

I like foodie romance and the basic story of this book. The baking competence porn was great and the narrator did well with various accents to distinguish the characters. I also loved the diversity of the characters and tight friendships. However, the pace was too slow and there was too much dialogue that went round and round in circles, rehashing internal monologues, and repeating points already mentioned in previous conversations. The push-and-pull got tiresome and made the book longer than it should be.