I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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.”
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a sweet, enticing and fun romance novel that will have it’s readers laughing as the story unfolds. It is written with excellent detail and well made characters. The storyline was well thought out and well portrayed through the two main characters, Kat and Lucas, and we find ourselves cheering for them all throughout the book.
I did find Kat and Lucas, and their friendship/relationship, kind of repetitive and very fictional. It bothered me that they would just assume what the other was thinking and never actually discussing anything; especially since they were supposed to have been best friends since high school and supposedly told each other everything. Lack of communication does not work in a relationship, and assuming everything especially doesn’t work, yet it worked in the book. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are readers out there who like books with real, working relationships, and this one is not one of them.
The romance only involves a few kisses here and there so it is relatively clean, and the tension is found in conflict among other bakers that lead to nasty decisions.
So overall, including the fictitious romance, All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a light book that would do well as a summer-vacation read, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Rated: * * * *