Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers Series #3)

Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers Series #3)

by Beth Ciotta
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Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers Series #3) by Beth Ciotta

For Reagan Deveraux, Sugar Creek, Vermont, and the Cupcake Lovers are a dream come true: A cozy little town where family and friends come before everything else. She's never experienced anything like it—especially not growing up with her mother, a fickle, fame-hungry heiress. But Rae's plan to hide out in anonymity for a year until she can claim her inheritance—and her independence—changes with one kiss from gorgeous pub owner Luke Monroe.

Luke's charm is legendary, but he's never been a one-woman man. Until Rae captures his attention, that is, and then disappears. With a little help from a friend, Luke tracks her down—and unearths secrets almost too wild to be true, as well as the fact that Rae lied to him, and to all of Sugar Creek. Luke's not sure if he can forgive her, but he definitely can't forget her, and when she returns to save the Cupcake Lovers from disaster, he knows it's his chance to get the truth—and get the girl, this time for good…

Anything But Love is the third Cupcake Lovers novel from Beth Ciotta.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250001344
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Cupcake Lovers Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 850,359
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing romantic fiction within various sub-genres. Her critically acclaimed small town contemporary series-The Cupcake Lovers-includes novels Fool For Love, The Trouble With Love, Anything But Love, and the holiday novella, Some Kind of Wonderful . . . with more cupcake love to come!

Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing.

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Anything But Love (Cupcake Lovers Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Anything But Love by Beth Ciotta A bud into a blooming beautiful flower. Magic. Tears. A wonderfully romantic story. 5 stars. Rachel Lacey fled Sugar Creek thinking it best to get on with her life. She was hiding there posing as a shy, without opinion, wallflower. She's been that way all her life afraid that her feelings and opinions would get trampled and used as fodder for the tabloids. Her real name is Reagan Deveraux, daughter of an infamous actress, and she is now a millionaire thanks to an inheritance on her 25th birthday. Luke Monroe has always been the playboy of Sugar Creek openly dating multiple women at the same time. Then one night he and Rachel shared a kiss that sparked something deep inside him. So when she disappeared from Sugar Creek, he had his P.I. Friend track her down. I'm enamored with Sugar Creek and the Monroe family. Friends, family and community with strong values. This is the third in the Cupcake series and I'm happy to say that I eagerly await the next chapter. These characters are real in their struggles with everyday obstacles but it's fiction, so of course there are a few "only in Hollywood" moments that just made it more fun and touching. Fans of Robyn Carr and Emily March will love this series. I know I do. I received a copy of this book from the author via a contest.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF STARS: 4 REVIEW: Luke is the towns local playboy.  Always juggling multiple women at a time.  But when he hires the shy, quiet Rachel something changed for him.  He really liked Rachel and after a mind blowing kiss everything changed.  Luke can’t get Rachel out of his mind even if it means hurting his cousin.  But when Rachel disappears from Sugar Creek everyone finds out she has been lying to them for over a year.  Even knowing that Reagan (aka Rachel) lied to him Luke still can’t shake these feeling he has for her.   What is a man to do?  Reagan is not happy to be home.  She would rather be anywhere but home, she would really like to be back in Sugar Creek.  The year she spent there was the best year of her life.  But she had to come home, face reality and collect her inheritance so she can move on.  The last person Reagan ever expected to see on her doorstep on Christmas eve was Luke.   Luke & Reagan both have a lot of secrets that they don’t want others to know.  But if they would learn to share with each other they maybe able to face them together.  But there is one secrets they are trying to keep from their family and friends.  And like any secret the harder to try to keep it the greater the chance it get out.  Every trip to Sugar Creek, Vermont keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.  I will say that I was super excited about “Anything But Love”, because Luke is my favorite character so far.   I can’t wait to see what is next for the Cupcake Lovers group... Bring on Sam!!! Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about Luke the dyslexic bar owner and Rachel/Rae the frumpy Cupcake Lover/mystery heiress. Luke is at a loss after Rachel disappears and puts Jayce on her tail to find her, only to discover Rachel is actually Rae and an heiress. Days before Christmas Luke hops a plane to find out what Rachel's story is. You'll have to read the book to find out yourself.
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
They just keep getting better. Loved seeing Luke a little out sorts he has been so calm and laid back you had to wonder if anything riled him. Welcome Reagan Deveraux she turned him upside down and he left her frazzled. Great story and with all the other books she has a great cast of characters that we get with each book because family is always around.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book What a wonderful continuation of the Cupcake Lovers series. Having read book two, The Trouble With Love, and the first two chapters of this book which was at the back I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The book did not disappoint. I picked up right where I left off and there was new depth to both Luke and Reagan/Rae/Rachel and their story. Once Rae’s upbringing was revealed it was amazing to see how well she turned out and how nurturing and caring she is. There were so many side stories involving the other characters from Sugar Creek but especially the Cupcake Lovers and there were so many twists and turns to the story I didn’t want to put my e-reader down. It was fun to watch Harper give Sam a run for his money – he never knew which way was up with her and their chemistry was oh so steamy. There was a feel good feeling throughout even when some not so good things were happening. I could tell how much the characters meant to each other whether they were family, especially part of the Monroe clan, or friends. There was laughter, tears, happiness, sorrow, support, romance and love along with heartache, lots of wedding plans and babies to be. There were several happily ever afters and nice closure but I know I’ll be back in Vermont to catch up with the Cupcake Lovers especially since the cookbook hasn’t been published yet. The back of the book had a couple of recipes that I will definitely give a try. Ciotta is an author I first found with The Trouble With Love, which I received to review. I still have to go back and read book one in the series, Fool for Love, but also can’t wait to go back and read some of the author’s other books. Favorite Quote: Their eyes met and Luke’s heart jerked. They moved in at the same time and he lost himself in a kiss like no other he’d experienced. It was troubling. Thrilling. He’d never been into clingy, but there was something heady about the intensity of Rae’s embrace. Just like that first time they’d kissed. Something that made him want to cling too.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Reagan Deveraux spent a year in hiding in Sugar Creek, Vermont--a cozy little town where family and friends come before everything--and the home of the Cupcake Lovers. She's never experienced anything like it, especially growing up with a fame-hungry, B list actress like her mother. So when she leaves Sugar Creek after receiving her inheritance, she feels lost. Now she's in a position to help the town restore the daycare center and aid the Cupcake Lovers in securing their book deal.  But pub owner Luke Monroe--bachelor and seriously irresistible--has put a wrench in those plans. He's having a hard time getting past his attraction to Reagan and the fact that she lied to him, to everyone, for a whole year. More than the two of them are involved now. Can they forgive and forget for the sake of all involved? I didn't have the pleasure of reading the other books in this series, but I'll be picking them up. As it appears, this is Book Four in the Cupcake Lovers series. There are a lot of characters in this book--a lot. At times it was hard to keep track, but Ciotta did a pretty great job of using subtle reminders. Ciotta also does a great job of hinting at the next book by being in those characters POV to tease at their beginning while working this story. I didn't feel like I needed to read the other books to understand this one, making it a stand alone. The setting was just lovely, as were the secondary characters. I love these small town romances because the setting and people make me wish they were real. The heat between Reagan and Luke was realistic, as was the way they handled…everything. Most impressive was the fact that I didn't question motives or actions or the ending. Recommended! 
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
Anything But Love is the first novel I've read by author Beth Ciotta, annd I have to say she has a new fan. Reagan Devereaux had a witch for a mother, and that's a nice way of saying it. Not to mention an egotistical jerk for one of her many step-fathers. After hiding from them for a year she returned to claim her inheritance and just long enough for Luke to discover her location and have one night of passion.  Although this could be read as a stand alone novel, I wished I had read the previous novels in this series, mainly because all of the characters are so strongly written that I wished I had the full background on the other couples mentioned in Anything But Love. This was a really great book and I strongly recommend it.
D2120 More than 1 year ago
Wished the story would go on...... Lots of romance and adventure
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Although this book is part of the Cupcake Lovers’ series it can certainly be read alone, as I have never read any of the other Cupcake books and was able to fall right into the story. You may have more insight if you read the other books, but the writer does a good job of getting you to speed quick fast and in a hurry. I think the overall story line was neat and a little different. The characters were realistic and fun. Luke is a hoot! He is a classic fun loving party boy and his evolution into his mature self is fun and interesting. Throughout the book there is just a strong sense of love, family and belonging within the community. The whole concept was just heart-warming. I also liked the added bonus romance of Sam and his quirky lady. Which was just as captivating as the love story of Luke and Rae. The book is just fun, heart-warming, and charming. The only thing I really did not like was the ending. It just ended. I wish there had been just one more chapter, but then like cupcakes one more just may not be enough, ha. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by: A. Lyn Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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