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All?s Fair in Love and Cupcakes
     

All?s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

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by Betsy St. Amant
 

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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, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still

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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, 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. He wants the best for Kat, but 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.

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Library Journal
09/01/2014
Single and working at her Aunt Maggie's bakery, Kat Varland is looking for some direction and excitement in her life. Best friend Lucas Brannen tries to help by signing her up for a reality TV bake-off. The grand prize is a job at a famous bakery in New York City, a far cry from the sleepy Louisiana town of Bayou Bend. But when the dream starts to become a reality, Lucas is caught between helping Kat succeed and losing her forever and sabatoging her chances and keeping her for himself. VERDICT St. Amant (A February Bride) has written a convincing tale of hope, love, and faith that readers of her popular books and fans of Melody Carlson will enjoy. Those coming to her work for the first time will appreciate the realistic characterizations and the inspirational romance that springs from a longtime friendship.

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ISBN-13:
9780718077846
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
07/26/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,024,204
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her young daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant.

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All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings 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!
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was sweet and heart warming, and I liked both of the main characters. It did tend to move slowly though, and it's very tame; which I didn't mind too much because it's nice to read a book every once in a while that is wholesome. I enjoyed the whole baking aspect, and the chemistry between Kat and Lucas was cute, but I definitely agree with Kat that Lucas needed to man up; it was becoming a bit ridiculous that these 2 characters wouldn't just talk to each other. I also wanted more from the ending; it was very abrupt, and didn't quite satisfy me. I felt like it needed a lot more; I almost gave it a 3 stars because of this, but in the end I chose 4 stars because the book was a good read, and I enjoyed the characters. All in All this was a quick read with characters who show good moral character.
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SarahWeaver More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I sincerely enjoyed it.  I even laughed out loud in several places while reading and I love when a story causes me to do that.  Both Kat and Lucas were very likable characters and had you cheering them on from the very beginning.  I would have given the book 5 stars but I found the inner dialogue both Kat and Lucas had became very tiresome as they seemed to doubt everything all the time for most of the book.  It would have been nice to see both of them lighten up (especially regarding themselves) a few pages sooner than they did.  Overall and good and fun read with a "feel good" vibe.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
I can hardly wait to see what Betsy writes next... I really wanted to read and review this book much earlier but it didn’t work out as I had hoped so it was doubly a blessing to be given a second chance to read and review the book! THANK YOU BookLook Bloggers! What a great story idea! I LOVE reading about bakeries and there have been so many wonderful books and stories written about the sweet romances that happen in or because of yummy treats lately! Betsy St. Amant has joined the ranks of these writers… and with a fun twist to boot! They say there are no new stories but this one is definitely not one that sounds like a lot of others I’ve read. What a great idea! What a great concept! What a great story! And what better way for a man to see how much his best friend means to him – than to realize he is about to lose her… I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need i say more? should have warning from dentists about over sugaring
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Kat Varland is a small town girl with big city dreams. She loves her Aunt Maggie and doesn't mind working for her at Sweetie Pies, but her desire to branch out is strong. Her family doesn't seem to understand this and tends to stifle her at every turn. The one person in her life that encourages her love of all things cupcake is Lucas Brannen. Kat and Lucas have been good friends forever. But recently they both are beginning to want just a little bit more. How in the world are they going to communicate that without risking what they currently have? Without Kat's knowledge Lucas enters her in a reality TV show called Cupcake Wars. Surely that will communicate to Kat how much Lucas loves her. But making it to the final episode is anything but sweet. All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is an endearing tale of friendship turning to love. Both Kat and Lucas want a deeper relationship but are too scared to risk letting the other know. It is a story of sacrificially giving of yourself in order to better the lives of those you love. The story is at times funny and also heartbreaking.  I enjoyed an afternoon of reading this lighthearted story of love and friendship. It includes a delicious recipe for Kat's specialty cupcake and a Reading Group Guide. If you are involved in a book club and looking for something on the lighter side this would be perfect. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's too bad the last reviewer only knew how to copy the plot and ruin the book for those who haven't read it.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
When I read the word "cupcakes" in the title that was enough for me. I LOVED this book! I hope there is more from this author, because this story described so beautifully the desire of Kat who wants to do more with her life besides stay in her hometown and bake plain cupcakes for her Aunt Maggie's bakery. After work, she goes home where her best friend, Lucas, meets her and she asks for different ideas for fanciful cupcakes.  It was so lovely to see the push and pull of the two characters where they wanted to tell the other person how they felt and what they wanted in the future. Wonderfully written.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Isn't the cover perfect? How could I not read the book -- though if the cupcake had come with it, it would have been even better! This is a story of finding your way and coming into your own. Of growing out of the shadows of those around you and learning what you truly want. It's of stretching wings and coming home. Of letting go and discovering who you truly are.  All of this in a story filled with cupcakes, reality TV, and a high school football game. Small town America and big city lights. It's a story that will keep you coming back to participate in two people discovering how their dreams cam merge as they both become willing to give them up for the other.  Occasionally you might want to yell to Kat and Lucas to just sit down and talk. But at the same time, it's easy to understand why they can't, don't and won't.  I really enjoyed this story and hope the characters reappear in a future book. Highly recommend it for those who love a sweet story with surprising depth. 
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
"Somewhere along the way, one batch of cupcakes along the way, he'd tripped right over the label of Best Friends they'd worn the majority of their teen years and landed upside down on the field of Love." I loved so much about this book. I could really relate to Kat Varland. She loved baking outside of the box, making new cupcake creations of the gourmet variety. Her Aunt's bakery, "Sweet Pies", is Kat's only public outlet for her creativity. Unfortunately, her Aunt Maggie only believes in strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Kat has a talent that's far-reaching but she has a problem believing she has what it takes. She is her own worst critic and, in that, I can relate. I loved Kat. Her sweet personality and the constant war she waged within herself made her a very lovable character. I have to say that Lucas Brannen is one of those perfect heroes in a story that you fall in love with just a little. You don't mean to but you just can't help it. He was a good guy. He had loved Kat for years, unknowingly to her, and he was her biggest cheerleader. He pushed her to do things she would never have done otherwise and helped her celebrate her successes. Lucas is my kind of leading man. I really love this book all the way around. The storyline is engaging and the characters are the kind you want to revisit. It has enough character to stretch for miles--the small town feel of Bayou Bend, Aunt Maggie's little bakery and the string of loyal, regular customers that are dedicated to her "plain" cupcakes, Kat's father being a pastor and her sister competing in beauty pageants, Lucas the football coach at the local high school. Every body knows everybody in Bayou Bend. I fell in love with the town and it's amazing characters because that's my kind of place. I love the easy romance between Kat and Lucas. They have been best friends since their school days so they are relaxed around each other even though both are feelings things the other knows nothing about. You could feel the chemistry and it made for an explosive combination. It's also the perfect blend of light-hearted and serious. It has a fun and flirty edge but Kat deals with some deep rooted personal issues as well. The icing on the cake (no pun intended) is the Christianity lightly woven into the mix. It's in no way over done but a very light sprinkling all throughout the pages (like the sprinkles on a cupcake!) so that you know it's there but you don't feel overwhelmed by it. And, I think, that makes a perfect story! I have never read a book by Betsy St. Amant and, after reading All is a Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes, I feel I have been missing out. Her talent for writing pours out each time you turn a page because she weaves the perfect story like only a handful of other authors I am crazy about. She is definitely on my list of "Must Read" authors and I am looking forward to her next book! If you love contemporary romance with a little "zing", you'll love All is Fair in LOVE and Cupcakes! It's a five star PLUS read for me and I recommend it very highly! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for my honest opinion and no monetary compensation was received.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Betsy St. Amant in her new book, “All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes” published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Kat Varland. From the back cover:  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. Cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes with that kind of content you know this book is going to be good. What do you do when you have lots of talent, a business degree and live in a small town? You dream of escaping, naturally. Kat is given a chance by her best friend, Lucas, who secretly loves her and wants to tell her, to go on TV in a cupcake competition. However if she wins he may lose her forever. Ms. St. Amant has given us two characters Kat and Lucas who fill up the pages against a swirl of activities. The book is all about them and their relationship and how Lucas wants to change and improve it. It is all about the romance or lack of it that fills this book. Ms. St. Amant has a way of making the characters lives very real so that we feel that we are living the moments with them. We feel that we know these people. We enjoy spending our time with them. We root for them to win. And when the book is over and we cannot spend time with them anymore we mourn. The good news is that at the back of the book is a recipe for Kat’s Raspberry Lemonade Torte Cupcakes. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Anything with cupcakes, I'm in. I was originally drawn in by the super-cute cover, but the premise and promise of cupcakes sealed the deal. This was the cutest, fluffy little chick-lit, perfect for making you smile and laugh. Kat is working in her aunt's bakery, where only three flavors are ever allowed--chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Kat has a gift for baking cupcakes and coming up with new gourmet recipes, but with no one in her family who actually believes in her abilities, it looks like she'll be stuck in her small-town forever. That is, until her life-long best friend, Lucas, signs her up to appear on a popular cupcake bake-off TV show…and she gets chosen. Lucas and Kat head off to LA, but at the same time, both are fighting feelings for each other.  There was a lot of romantic angst in this one. While I normally am not a fan, it definitely made for an interesting read. There were so many times when I just wanted to yell at Kat and Lucas to just TALK to each other. My goodness. But except for a few frustrating parts, I liked how their relationship evolved...at least until the end. At first, it wasn't too rushed or insta-lovey, but then, out of nowhere at the end, there's a ring and what? I realize that when you've known each other as long as they have, it might be different, but still. That part seemed forced and rushed and I wasn't too sure about it. I also enjoyed the cooking show aspect of this. I feel like it was portrayed realistically and allowed us to see a glimpse inside what goes on during one of these. I would have liked a bit more for the other contestants, as only Piper had a real big part. Tonya and Tameka (??) were great in the few lines they had, and it made me want to see more from them.  As for the plot line, I really enjoyed the way this played out. I think there was enough conflict and resolution, and I was happy with the way everything was resolved.  All in all, this was a really cute, fun story. I loved it and the characters and, of course, the cupcakes. It's definitely a light, fluffy story, but something that will make you laugh and smile.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  When I saw that this was a story about a baker and a cooking contest, I knew my sister would want to read it. (She loves cooking, and I love eating her creations. Her latest was a dark chocolate cake with a raspberry compote on top of it, and it was the perfect marrying of flavors.) So consider this a two-perspective review from both of us. Kat is a baker, and she loves the craft with a passion. It  is her one and only interest, and at times she wonders if that makes her weird. Can you build your whole life around baking? Kat wants to believe she can. Especially because she works hard to be extraordinary. She balances "order and creativity," and the results make you glad to have tastebuds. But personally, Kat feels stuck. She needs something more... she needs a specific platform for her work, beyond her Aunt's bakeshop. She needs new people and new challenges and a horizon to aim for. And what's a best friend for except to launch you toward your dreams? Enter Lucas, Kat's best friend. And his plan to help Kat involves Cupcake Combat. Picture one baker with big dreams leaving her smallish town and heading for an LA Tv studio. See her coming out of her shell and surprising her whole family. "Kat, Miss Predictable, about to participate in a Food Network show?!" And as her assistant, picture Lucas. A man who takes himself far too serious. A man who has a good heart.... but no kitchen intuition. Combat indeed. Did somebody mention Love and War? This book is one comedy/fiasco after another, all with a layer of bantering-friendship-turning-into-something-more on top. Lucas and Kat may be dear friends, but that doesn't mean they know how to navigate romance! This is a Rom-Com with all the tension of friends falling in love, cooking triumphs and disasters, and a woman trying to chase her dreams. Sometimes it's dramatic, sometimes it's tender... but it's always a delight to read.  Thank you Litfuse for our copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes!
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! I mean, what's not to love about reality TV, cupcakes, and romance?! All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a light-hearted read with plenty of funny moments. At times, I was ready for the characters to just talk already! But that tension helped keep me interested in what would happen next. I enjoyed the interaction between the other contestants as well. It really helped give another dimension to the story. I was a smidge sad at how quickly the book wrapped up, but I'm looking forward to reading more about Lucas and Kat in Betsy's next book, which features Kat's sister. Readers who enjoy fun romantic stories should definitely check out this book! [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
Betsy St. Amant gives us a sweet romance between two small town friends that takes them their Louisiana hometown to Hollywood and back home again. Kat and Lucas are typical of young lovers, unsure where to start or how far to go; their friendship has meant everything to them up until now. But like many relationships, the heat that underlies the friendship takes root and both parties must decide whether to act on their feelings or let them slide. The characters of Lucas and Kat are well-developed and established within the plot and the secondary characters add much to the story. I especially enjoyed Lucas’ best friend Darren’s use of Bible scriptures as a means to push his friend to act on his attraction to Kat. It was a technique I’d not seen in a mainstream romance novel before. The book’s tie in with religion and Christianity is refreshing to read, constituting a complete change of pace from the books I’ve read recently and those I write myself. The references to prayer and the Bible are subtle and work well with the storyline. Readers who do not normally read books with a religious influence will not find the references overpowering, they simply fit into the characters lifestyle. The whole concept works and works well. There’s no sex in ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES but not for lack of trying on the characters parts. Their lives in the story are simply too busy and hectic and their respect for each other too deep since they start the book as friends and end as lovers; another refreshing change. If you are looking for a sweet book with more story than heat, ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES is for you. It’s a great change of pace that will lift the spirits and imbue hope.
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
Once a faithful fan of Food Network shows, I'm in a bit of a drought. I got a little burnt out on the drama. Or maybe I just needed a break. Lucky for me, though, there are novels that take the idea of cooking competitions and give you a backstage look at the people participating. All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is one such book. (Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book in exchange for my review.) The book's author, Betsy St. Amant, is a woman I've heard a lot about from other authors of her genre, and her writing is just as fun and witty and romantic as the hype. All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is a sweet (ha ha!) story of two friends, Kat Varland and Lucas Brennan, who have so much more between them than friendship but who are afraid to risk losing what they have for finding something more. Kat dreams of opening her own bakery. Meanwhile, she's stuck working at her aunt's bakery making the same cupcakes day after day: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. Kat likes to experiment with flavors, and it seems her baking is riskier than her life. Her best friend Lucas is the high school football coach and a willing participant in Kat's baking escapades. Because he believes in her abilities, Lucas signs Kat up for a spot on a cupcake competition reality show. When she wins a spot on the show, Kat convinces Lucas to come with her to Los Angeles. And the baking isn't the only thing that heats up. As their feelings for each other deepen and blossom, each of them must decide what it is they really want from life, and they're each faced with a decision about their dreams. I loved this story. Maybe because I like to cook and bake with my husband. Maybe because we were friends before we were more. Maybe because it was just a good story about love and sacrifice and dreams. I'm adding Betsy St. Amant to my list of must-read authors. And I've got another foodie favorite novel to add to my growing list.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
She had to win this competition. Kat really had to lose this competition! When you are looking for an exceptional contemporary romance between two best friends, who believe they have what it takes to make the perfect romance aside from actually telling the other how they really feel, you have the recipe for an incredibly delicious summer romance in All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes from Betsy St. Amant. Kat Varland has always dreamed of something more, something beyond the reach of simply baking strawberry, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for her Aunt Maggie at Sweetie Pies, the local cupcake shoppe in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. But Aunt Maggie isn't ready for what she considers Kat's "weird" creations and insist she knows what's best. So Kat is sidelined until she can whip up a way to leave this small town life behind. But she is her own worst enemy. Perhaps that is due in part, to her parents who simply believe she is wasting her talents baking cupcakes for a living. Or the love she lost when her boyfriend Chase decided her sister might be the sweeter of the two sisters to possibly settle down with, leaving Kat in more doubt than ever before. Good thing, she has a real life coach in her best friend Lucas Brannen, who coaches high school football and dreams of the day when he can finally let his true feelings for Kat come to the surface and actually act on them. But what she needs now more than love, is a true confidence boost and lucky for her, he has just the thing in mind. He has secretly signed her up for Cupcake Combat, a reality cupcake bake off show from Food Network. He hopes that once they contact Kat, she'll finally realize that those delightful creations she has been making in her own kitchen are worthy of so much more. "You did what?" Perhaps that wasn't the answer he was expecting from Kat when her email announced that she had made it to the show which begins in just two weeks in Los Angeles. But he does manage to convince her that his intentions were more than honorable. A way to show her that he truly believes that she has the talent to follow her dreams anywhere. He just is half hoping that she won't win. Kat has told him that the grand prize for the winner is a year's internship at Bloom, one of the largest bakeries in New York, just what she needs to finally get out of this small town. And she has just the right person in mind for the assistant she is allowed to bring. Won't Lucas look amazing in an apron on national T.V.? I received All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own unless otherwise notated. I couldn't wait for this novel when I got the invitation to review it. Being an avid cupcake baker myself and a die hard romantic, this was the perfect creation for me. I love the premise and how well the writer establishes the chemistry brewing between Lucas and Kat! Funny thing is that is my name as well and I simply LOVED this one from cover to cover, inhaling it like peanut butter chocolate cupcakes!!! Hands down well worth every 5 out of 5 stars. There is even a recipe for Raspberry Lemonade Torte Cupcakes and a Reader's Group Guide at the conclusion of this novel. One I simply can't wait to try.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is so cute! I fell in love with the cover the first time I saw it. It took me awhile to get into the book, but I'm thinking that has more to do with the fact that I've been reading fast moving suspense novels than it has to do with this book. Once I got to chapter 6 or so, the story really seemed to pick up. It's a classic "best friends love each other but are scared to admit it" situation. The story felt real, and that probably has to do with the slower pace as well. I thought the book was predictable, but then St. Amant threw a few surprises our way! I really liked the behind the scenes view of Cupcake Combat because I can easily see Cupcake Wars being handled that way. I definitely pictured Justin Willman as Sam! Overall, I enjoyed this story and was satisfied with the ending. Betsy St. Amant did a great job of not forcing the story but letting the plot develop naturally. I especially liked that she gave us both main characters' point of view. Often in stories like this one we don't get the male's perspective, so that set this book apart. All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is for fans of Cupcake Wars and Contemporary Christian Romance. Read it with a cupcake in hand on a relaxed day! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I love stories where best friends fall in love! It's fascinating to see how a relationship makes the shift from friends to more-than-friends. There is plenty of angst from both of the main characters as neither realize that the other feels ready to move forward... which sometimes became repetitive when they would continue to hold each other at arms length and fail to communicate. I don't enjoy watching reality shows, but that aspect of the plot was well-written and kept things exciting. The personalities of Kat and Lucas were both likeable so it was fun to follow their drama and see how things would end up. (Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
I love shows on HGTV and Food Network, so when I saw this book (after just reading Betsy's Bride novella) I was eager to snap it up! As before, I really enjoy Betsy's voice as an author. She writes engaging characters who are easy to like with just enough quirks to make them real. Her dialogue moves smoothly and often makes me laugh. And, having married my best friend, the relationship between Lucas and Kate was one I could relate to! At times I did wish they'd open up more with one another. There were moments where their internal fears or worries could easily have been solved with a good conversation. Because of that I'd have liked to see a bit more of the external conflict the show produced. If that angle had been more prominent I think I would have liked the book even more. That said, this was a fun read and I'll definitely pick up Betsy's books again. Her wit and romance are a wonderful match and as mentioned above, her characters are people I enjoy seeing on the page.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Zondervan Thomas Nelson and Litfuse for a copy of this fabulous novel. I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is Betsy St. Amant’s debut with All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes. What could possibly be better than a little romance and some baking? Synopsis: Kat Varland and Lucas Brennan have been good friends for a long time. She is a baker at her aunt’s cupcake shop. You would think she would be ecstatic to be doing something she loves. The only problem is the shop requires a chocolate, strawberry or vanilla menu and no deviations. So Kat likes to experiment at home with Lucas. She also does not get a lot of respect from her family. Can Lucas change all of this by signing Kat up for Cupcake Combat a reality television show? Will he get the desired results from actually being on the show? What will Kat learn about herself through this experience? My Thoughts: I had to stay up late to see how this novel ended. Was it worth the wait yes! I stayed up to see how Kat would fare in each round. I would not have had a satisfying rest otherwise. What initially appealed to me about this novel is a little romance with a little baking, and a great competition. The author has a great plot twist she uses a reality television competition to extract the true feelings of her characters Kat and Lucas. Many of the questions that Kat asks herself in this novel I have asked myself on occasion. The only part that wasn’t my favorite but added to the story was the constant hesitancy between Lucas and Kat. I could very much identify with her character because I have a similar background. This read is fun, fun, fun! Did I say it was fun and enjoyable! I think I am ready to bake some cupcakes who would like to join me? by Jencey Gortney/Writer'sCorner