by Donna Kauffman
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narration: 4 cups
Devil's Food...Angel Cake...Red Velvet...Praline Crunch...Lemon Chiffon...How's a woman to choose? Luckily, the members of the Cupcake Club are about to taste it all... When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale left the bustle of New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, she didn't expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly, her former boss, Baxter Dunne, aka Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani's mouth water and her cheeks blush the color of raspberry filling - stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true... Lani's friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he'll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal... Recipes included!
I listened to the audio version of Sugar Rush, the first book in the Cupcake Club by Donna Kaufman and narrated by Amanda Ronconi. Sugar Rush was a fun, predictable romance with cupcakes! It was friends, or should I say former associates to lover’s romance. Sugar Rush made me laugh, with its small –town setting, banter and community.
- Cupcakes, a bakery, chefs and sinful talks about chocolate. Be sure to brings snacks to listen to this one!
- Small-town setting. The tale takes place in Sugarberry Island, a small coastal community in Georgia. It was a delightful place with busy bodies, local businesses and a million stars at night. It sounds heavenly. Right? Now sniff..Yep cupcakes, coffee and fresh air.
- Leilani Trusdale moves away from the hustle and bustle, not to mention the pressure of being a pastry chef in New York to this quaint little town, near her father. She was not escaping just the big city though. She had a serious crush on her boss Baxter Dunne, aka Chef Hot Cakes. Despite the rumors in their kitchen, there was no cooking after hours. Convinced Baxter only saw her as a chef; she moved away to get over him. Guess who is coming to town, and wants to film a segment from her little cupcake shop? Yep, with his smexy British accent that makes Leilani’s insides melt like chocolate lava.
- Baxter is hilarious, and apparently, he has been harboring feelings for Leilani as well. She thinks she is finally happy and over her crush..nevertheless, the man is persistent, and it led to some intense moments.
- Meddling best friends, side romances, small-town drama and cupcakes added to the story.
- Sometimes Leilani thought too much and hashed things out in her head and to us as she did so. This made for some repetitive areas that I would have been happy to miss.
- The romance is slow building, and sometimes I wanted both parties to go at it like monkeys and just admit they had a thing for each other instead of gawking and declaring things like, “We shouldn’t, It will never work, We should be reasonable adults.” I wanted to fill their mouths with frosting and lock them in the pantry.
Overall Sugar Rush was a fun, foodie romance that made me smile. Perfectly whipped and fluffy for a nice escape.