Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
by Betsy St. Amant

Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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."

Kritters Thoughts:  A mix of small town business and life with Hollywood and it was so great!  Kat works at her aunt's small bakery in Louisiana and has been living under her thumb with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry as her only options.  Her long time best friend Lucas is still in their small town and she may have started seeing him in a new light a more than best friend light.

I loved seeing a small town girl thrust into the Hollywood life and still trying to keep her values through it all.  I also adored the budding relationship between Lucas and Kat and seeing the ups and downs from both sides as they both told their view of the story.  (Although there was a little too much miscommunication for my liking!)  As always, I love the behind the scenes of Hollywood and this one was even better with a Food Network competition show!

As a Christian fiction book, this one definitely kept their morals clean, but still provided enough drama and not too much preaching lessons.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel!

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 53 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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