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The Cupcake Diaries: Sweet On You

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Everyone knows business and pleasure don't mix . . . or do they?

Andi Burke has a dream—a kitchen big enough to dance in, regular income to support her daughter, and a chance to find true love. So when she enlists her sister Kim and their bubbly best friend Rachel to help open Creative Cupcakes, it all seems perfect.

Especially when hunky local reporter Jake Hartman offers to finance the store for them. Andi ...

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Overview

Everyone knows business and pleasure don't mix . . . or do they?

Andi Burke has a dream—a kitchen big enough to dance in, regular income to support her daughter, and a chance to find true love. So when she enlists her sister Kim and their bubbly best friend Rachel to help open Creative Cupcakes, it all seems perfect.

Especially when hunky local reporter Jake Hartman offers to finance the store for them. Andi hasn't dated since her divorce, but the way Jake keeps looking at her might make her change her mind. After all, what could go wrong?

Plenty! There's a shady tattoo parlor behind their shop, a crowd of crazy Zumba dancers out front (chanting "Lose the fat, dance with Pat!"), and about the only thing going right is Andi's romance . . . until Jake's media crew captures a story that could shut the two of them down forever.

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This bland set by Panzera (Bet You’ll Marry Me) centers on best friends in their small town of Astoria, OR. In Sweet on You, Andi, Rachel, and Kim are celebrating a birthday but don’t have their customary cupcake to split. Fortunately, there is an attractive gentleman at the next table who has just the cupcake they desire, so Andi sweet talks him into sharing. Like her friends, Andi has financial woes and doesn’t know how she will make this month’s rent or support her daughter. She has always loved baking cupcakes—and eating them even more—so with the financial backing of Jake, the hunky man they sat next to in the bar, the three girls open their own shop, Creative Cupcakes. Jake shows he is interested in more than being just Andi’s business partner, but when she discovers a healthy-eating group sabotaging her business, she may not have the time or courage to take a chance on love. In Recipe for Love, fiery redhead and Creative Cupcakes’ marketing rep Rachel has enacted a strict two-date limit rule so a guy can never get a glimpse of her true self. Mike the Magnificent, a magician for a party hosted at the shop, sets Rachel’s heart aflutter, but she is afraid he won’t like her if he got to know her. Worried about finding the money to pay for her grandfather’s medical treatments, Rachel is determined to come up with the perfect plan to boost business and outsell their competition, a snooty French pastry shop around the corner. Mike has an idea that will help, but Rachel needs to keep him at a distance or risk breaking her two-date rule and, ultimately, her heart.

Verdict In addition to recycling the same plot, these series titles feature heroines who are lifeless and romantic elements that don’t display real emotion. “The Cupcake Diaries” trilogy has about as much substance as one of Creative Cupcakes’ sugary confections. The Cupcake Diaries: Taste of Romance (Kim’s story) will be released later this month.—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L. Dist., IL
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062242679
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 458,688
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Darlene Panzera writes sweet, fun-loving romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America's Greater Seattle and Peninsula chapters. Her career was launched when her novella The Bet was picked by Avon Books and New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber to be published within Debbie's own novel Family Affair. Darlene says, "I love writing stories that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their dreams."

Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two horses and loves camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Very Short

    Love this story but wish it was longer, very short, less than 100 pages

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Crumby

    Save your $.99 Shallow, predictable, boring, and poorly written

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    More promo than story Way to short

    Lol more pages went to promoting other stories than went to the actaul story Felt like I read a Readers Digest short story

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I really enjoyed it!

    I read this short read in an hour! It was fluffy, light and cute!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    This was such a Sweet / Fun quick read! Can¿t wait to read Recip

    This was such a Sweet / Fun quick read! Can’t wait to read Recipe for Love and Taste of Romance to see what happens next!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    Loved the Characters! A Very Fun Read!

    Loved the Characters! A Very Fun Read!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Loved it!!!!

    Loved it!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Propelled by dire circumstances to make major changes in her lif

    Propelled by dire circumstances to make major changes in her life, Andi, a single mother, doesn’t really have time for romance. In one of the most imaginative scenes I’ve read, Jake and Andi’s meeting is funny. Before you know it they are dating, starting a new business together, fighting hard to save the bakery, raising daughters who do not get along and falling hard for each other. This story will leave you feeling happy and optimistic.

    This book was received by MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE from the publisher for an honest review.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

    REVIEWED BY: ReadWarrior

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    So good

    Too short but good

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Omg

    So dumb

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Great read

    Loved it, first book by her I ever read and it was great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    Delightful Reading

    Terrific book for all ages; no profanity, fun-loving story!! Yes, it's short, but loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Waste of time and Nook battery life!

    Ridiculous story and poorly written!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Ju Don'y Don't waste your time

    Poorly written and lacked depth- don't waste your time reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Makayla

    I like it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Not very good

    No romance and stupid storyline

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Not worth the money!!

    Don't waste your money! Very bad!! To predictable!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Good book

    Buy it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Maggie

    Patlle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Lal

    Love cupcakes

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