~ Donna Kauffman
Publisher ~ Brava
Published ~ 27 December 2011
My Rating ~ 4 out of 5
Leilani Trusdale left the Big Apple to be with her father when he suffered a heart attack. But after he was on the mend she realized she didn’t want to go back to her hugely successful yet highly stressful career as head pastry chef at the hot spot Gateau. It was everything she had worked so hard for yet…she was miserable. Pining for her boss, Baxter Dunne, didn’t help either, so she stayed in Sugarberry, GA and opened her own pastry shop called Cakes by the Cup and was finally happy. Until Baxter, AKA Chef Hot Cakes, blew into town with his wildly popular cooking show and turned her new life upside down.
This story was a bit slow off the block and when Baxter showed up at Lani’s shop I got a bit tired of his ‘not understanding’ her decision to leave New York. For an intelligent man it seemed as if he was being pretty stupid or worse condescending as if Lani was the stupid one who didn’t know her own mind. Also, I thought Lani was a bit too quick in forgiving him for riding into town with his grand idea which he didn’t have the decency to even talk to her about beforehand. I would’ve been angry at him a lot longer, but then that’s just me.
Overall, this was a great story with an interesting smooth-flowing plot, nice location, fun yet not over-the-top characters and cupcakes, lots of yummy sounding cupcakes. Not to mention the relationship between Lani and Baxter that you just hope would turn out to be a lasting one.
*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page.