Friday, September 5, 2014

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

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

Book Description:

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."

Book Review:

The cute cover caught my attention (because I'm a cover snob...sadly, it's true) but by the time I got around to reading this I had forgotten what it was about and why I was interested in it, so I was hesitant. However, considering I stayed up until one in the morning finishing the book (after I went to bed the first time I got up again to finish...I couldn't just let it sit there) I think I can safely say I enjoyed this book.

I love how the book had both Kat and Lucas's points-of-view. I love knowing what each character is thinking and why they do what they do. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy knowing.

I enjoyed aspects of the competition, but since that's not what the book is about, there isn't a whole bunch there. So don't have any expectations that you are going to get a lot about the competition. You won't.

As with a lot of romance stories, the main problem seems to be communication. Especially at the end of the book you kind of want to shake the characters and shout at them, "Just talk to each other! This isn't going to go away!"

If you read any other reviews on Goodreads the parts that people had problems with didn't actually bother me. Kat changing her mind about her town is realistic in my mind. Sort of a, "You don't appreciate what you have until you don't" type thing. Another issue was with her family. This didn't bother me either because I didn't really feel it all had to be resolved. Kat just needed to make up her own mind and get her own confidence, which she does. That's life. People are people and things are going to be hard at times, even if we've received an answer to a prayer. I feel that if it all would have been solved then the book would have ended too much like it was wrapped in a pretty bow. It all felt more realistic this way. My only complaint is that at the end the solution really seemed obvious to me, but it took the characters forever to get there. But again, that's probably reality for ya.

Content wise this is a clean christian (but not preachy) romance. There is some kissing, but no swearing. It is a light-hearted quick read.

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
Title: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
Author: Betsy St. Amant
Publisher: Zondervan
Published:September 2014
ISBN: 031033845X
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.