Published:October 30th, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Books
Synopsis: Molten Chocolate…Cinnamon Spice…Gingerbread…Old-Fashioned Vanilla…You can’t stop at just one.
And the women of the Cupcake Club love to indulge…
Kit Bellamy was raised on pie. Mamie Sue’s Peanut Pies, to be exact, the family company her scheming brother-in-law sold out from under her. Now Kit needs a new recipe for her life—and sleepy Sugarberry Island is the first ingredient. Running mail-order cupcake business Babycakes is a chance to get her baking on again—until she meets tall, dark, and adorable lawyer Morgan Westlake. New to the island to raise his goddaughter, he’s as mouthwatering as any of Kit’s creations. It’s just her luck that he’s the spawn of the very law firm that helped crush her dreams…
Fortunately, Kit’s new friends can assure her that Morgan is no typical Westlake—and that even lawyers, not to mention single dads, need romance. If Kit can just be persuaded to follow her appetite—and set another place at her holiday table—her sweetest dreams just might come true…
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I picked this book because after reading the blurb I thought this would be a great, light read and it was. However, I failed to notice that it was the third book of a series. I figured it out while I was reading the book because the author kept giving a lot of back story into the two previous couples. You really don’t need to read the two previous books in order to read this one, but the characters involved in those books are very interesting and I’m sure I would have liked reading their stories. You see, I have a mild case of OCD regarding series and their order, so I am a little bit disappointed but not enough for it to affect my overall rating. I just wanted to let you know in case you are a series freak like me. 😉
The story started slow. Very slow. It took me a couple of days just to get past the first chapter. I’m sure the author, Donna Kauffman, was just trying to let the reader know about the past events in Kit’s life and how she got to be in the situation she was currently in, but to me it felt a bit much. And the same can be said about Morgan’s first narration piece. It was overwhelming for me to keep up. The only difference was that in Morgan’s case I was already invested in the story, so it was easier to bear.
That said, the interaction between these two was great to read. They were amazing characters. Kit was your typical apprehensive young woman who wanted to make something of herself first before getting into a relationship. And Morgan was a funny, caring uncle who suddenly found himself as a single dad to his niece and instantly charmed by Kit. Their connection felt real and believable, which helped the story a lot. There were doubts and hesitation as well as moments of complete abandon between them. What I enjoyed the most was their dialog. It was very amusing, filled with a lot of banter and flirting. The secondary characters added to the story as well. I especially liked Franco and Lily, they were adorable.
The romance side of the story was very good too. When these two first kissed it was amazing. I could feel their passion and their hesitation. And when they finally came together it was everything I imagined it would be. The author really did time it perfectly and wrote it beautifully.
“I want to revel in you.”
Again, it felt very real – there was humor, passion, lust and hesitation. Making their first time together very believable. And after that? Uff, just excellent. There was this one scene…Well you will just have to read about it for yourself. I’ll just say that it was hot and funny and totally unexpected.
This is the first book I read by Donna Kauffman and I think it will not be the last if her others are anything like this one. Light, funny and filled with great characters and amazing romance.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange for an honest review.