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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes...Review

About the book:
Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

The cupcake trend is still alive and well and Kat is frustrated working in her aunt's bakery. She loves to create and Aunt Maggie likes tradition.  When her best friend signs her up for a reality cooking show, she gets back at him by having him be her assistant.

The sparks fly, the cupcakes burn and the judges are creepy.  But, Kat is determined to win and leave Louisiana for New York.  Lucas doesn't want to lose her, but can't quite bring himself to open up and be honest about his feelings.

I don't watch television and so while I think there is a show called Cupcake Wars, I don't know how it compares to the fictional Cupcake Combat. The scenes during the filming were entertaining.  I found myself frustrated with Kat and Lucas' behavior at times, but this was a light-hearted, fun story.  I enjoy stories where best friends fall in love with each other.  The Christian elements are so light as to be practically non-existent.   I hated Kat's mom and sister.  Loved Lucas' football team.

A sweet story that is a perfect beach read or for sitting on a patio sipping something cold.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Betsy St. Amant here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

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