Honey Pie (Cupcake Club Romance Series #4)

Honey Pie (Cupcake Club Romance Series #4)

by Donna Kauffman

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"One incredibly sweet read!" –Mariah Stewart New York Times bestselling author

Mocha Chocolate Chip. . . Caramel Fudge. . .Strawberry Lemonade. . .Butter Rum. . .There's no such thing as guilt when it's another delicious bitch and bake session with the women of the Cupcake Club. . .

When Honey D'Amourvell inherits property on tiny Sugarberry Island, she's prepared to start a whole new life. Her plan is simple--make a home, open a shop, and maybe, finally, find a place to belong. But the building she now owns is leased to none other than the owner of Babycakes, which means her spot is already occupied. Honey isn't sure how to put down roots when she has nowhere to plant them. Yet sexy, softhearted mechanic Dylan Ross seems determined to help. He's everything she never imagined she would find in a man, and each kiss is more persuasive than the last. Will Dylan convince her that what she craves most is his love?. . .

"Expanding her Sugarberry series. . .Kauffman dishes sweet desserts." --Kirkus Reviews

"A fun, romantic, passionate tale, sure to be a favorite of contemporary romance lovers." --Affaire de Coeur, 4 1/2 stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617733024
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Cupcake Club Romance Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 97,084
File size: 721 KB

About the Author

Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. She is the recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, a RITA® finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award-winner, and a PRISM Award-winner. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C.’s politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener, and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.

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Honey Pie



Copyright © 2013Donna Kauffman
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ISBN: 978-0-7582-8053-4



Never underestimate the power of cupcakes. Or the women who bake them.

Honey D'Amourvell pondered that truth as she sat on the wooden bench behind Ross & Sons auto repair, trying to get comfortable. She'd long since passed any hope of civilized perspiration and had moved straight into actual sweating, so comfort of any kind was a stretch. She curled her fingers around the plastic water bottle and debated the merits of simply yanking her blouse open and rolling the cold bottle directly over her chest. Could anyone blame her? How did people live in heat like this? Much less feel like baking cupcakes? And yet, it didn't seem to be affecting the cupcake ladies in the least.

She watched the action across the narrow back alley, as the happy baker bunch piled out of their cars and trooped through the service entrance into Cakes by the Cup, the local Sugarberry Island cupcakery. They were smiling, laughing, and boisterously chatting with each other as they carted in all manner of baking supplies and tools of the cupcake trade.

Honey knew from her stroll around the small town square earlier that the shop had closed to the public a half hour ago, so she wasn't sure what, exactly, they were up to, but she doubted it was baking cupcakes for the next day's trade. According to the sign in the front window of the shop, the owner prided herself on offering only freshly baked cupcakes. A bit of quick research on Honey's phone had revealed the owner of the cupcakery to be Leilani Dunne. Wife to television star, Chef Hot Cakes himself, Baxter Dunne. Honey had even discovered a whole website devoted to their newest enterprise, Babycakes—a mail order and catering adjunct to the main bakery, located right next door.

Her gaze shifted to the narrow, whitewashed building that shared a common wall with the cupcake shop and she instinctively pressed the cold water bottle to the front of her blouse. It was a vain attempt to soothe the heat ... and the twinge in her heart. It didn't do much for either.

She'd already noted that a covered walkway had been erected between the rear doors of both shops. She supposed she should be thankful. The covered walkway likely meant they hadn't busted through the common wall.

So, there was that.

Her gaze drifted upward to the two sets of windows on the second floor above the shop, and she pressed the water bottle harder as the twinge became a clutch. Oh, Aunt Beavis ... what did you do?

Whatever her aunt had done, or had not done, it was going to take more than a few random internet searches to figure out how things had gone so horribly wrong.

I should go on over there right now, Honey thought. Just head on in, introduce myself, explain who I am, and why I'm here.

Yeah ... that wasn't such a great idea. Not right this second, anyway.

She was going to have to cross paths with the cupcake crew at some point, given the surprising set of circumstances she'd discovered upon her arrival on the island. But, whenever that meeting happened, it wasn't likely to leave them wanting to welcome her with cheerful cupcakes and party sprinkles. So why rush things? She'd only been on Sugarberry for forty-five minutes, and already she had more immediate concerns. Like getting her car back up and running.

But they all looked friendly enough, and were certainly a joyful, peppy group. Maybe they were on a giddy sugar buzz high and wouldn't hold against her personally the news she had to share. It wasn't like it was her fault. Someone on Sugarberry, or at the law offices in Savannah, had clearly screwed up. Big time.

On the other hand, Honey had been on the wrong side of pack mentality types her entire life. She knew better than most not to take on a pack leader, especially when said leader was on her own turf, surrounded by her dedicated and loyal packettes. Don't let the cheerful cupcakes fool you!

Honey plucked uselessly at the front of her damp blouse. During their frequent phone chats, her dearly departed aunt had often mentioned the lovely island breeze and how moderate the temperatures were all year round. Since Sugarberry Island was off the coast of Georgia, Honey had expected the summers would be on the warm side. But Bea hadn't mentioned it turned into a veritable steam bath as early as April.

Not for the first time since packing up her entire life and hitting the road, Honey wondered if she should have stayed in Oregon. It had been silly, not to mention completely irrational, to think things would be different on the island, no matter how many times Bea had insisted they would be.

Honey missed her aunt terribly and would forever regret not getting to spend more time with her, face-to-face. Bea was the only other person on the planet who'd understood. The only person Honey had been able to relax with and completely let down her guard. Be herself. Along with all the lovely eccentricities that entailed.

Eccentricities. Honey smiled faintly, hearing her mother's voice echoing in her mind, as that was the term she and Honey's father had taken to using for their only daughter's odd little "differences."

Of course, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, being different should have meant she'd fit right in. After all, her own parents—God rest their unconditionally loving souls—hadn't exactly been mainstream. Her father had grown up on a commune in northern California and become an herb farmer and wood carver, while her mother was a rug weaver who spun her own wool, straight from her own personal little herd of llamas. Her parents' circle of friends had been equally ... interesting. If anything, growing up, Honey had always felt like the normal one.

As it turned out, there was a limit on just how different one was allowed to be. And if she'd failed that litmus test in Juniper Hollow, Oregon, why on earth would she expect anywhere else to be more welcoming? Even though Bea had sworn she'd found just that place on Sugarberry.

Of course, Bea had always considered those same eccentricities to be a gift, rather than the curse Honey felt they were. But Honey was working on gaining a new perspective, or trying to, anyway. She was on the island, wasn't she?

"And yet, the joke? Is still on me." She finished her second bottle of water, staring at the building across the alley. "That's a stunner."

Honey was still there an hour and a half later, working on water bottle number four and starting to feel like a camel, when the same women exited Cakes by the Cup, boxed up goodies tucked under their arms. The rich scents of freshly baked cake, warm, buttery, and delicious, followed them into the little lot behind the shop, then wafted through the thick air, making her stomach grumble in appreciation.

She watched them pile into their cars, continuing to toss comments back and forth, still laughing and chatting, until they finally pulled out of the tiny lot in their various vehicles and drove off, leaving only the scent of buttery, sugary goodness in their wake. None of them had noticed her, sitting across the way. Maybe they were used to customers hanging out behind the repair shop, waiting for their cars to be ready. Or maybe she was as invisible as she'd been in Oregon.

She pushed up her prescription glasses—again—and scratched at the mosquito bite on her neck. She couldn't imagine ever getting used to such humidity. Or the bugs. The sun dipping behind the row of shops had only seemed to increase that particular carnivorous hoard. And, again, it had to be said ... it was only April.

At the moment, she was praying her poor old Volkswagen Beetle would be ready soon so she could stop thinking about the happy,

Excerpted from Honey Pie by DONNA KAUFFMAN. Copyright © 2013 by Donna Kauffman. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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Honey Pie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
cjp0 More than 1 year ago
Good story but I likes the others much better.
Fieldvue More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth installment in the Cupcake series and features two new characters, Honey and Dylan. As always, Donna Kaufman imbues their story with rich details and an interesting story line. It's a fun and sexy read, filled with the characters and places we've come to know in the other Cupcake books. I want to buy a summer house on Sugarberry Island just so I can go visit with them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Donna Kauffman and have read all of her books. I was thrilled when this one came out, but have been so disappointed. It is such a slow read and definitely not one of my favorites
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I love the Cupcake series books. Sugarberry Island is a place I would want to visit. This story is about Honey Pie and Dylan. They are both very withdrawn people for their own reasons. Honey Pie decides she has had enough of living without friends in her life. One of the first people she meets is Dylan. Dylan is content living his secluded life, but something about Honey Pie just draws him in. Going through their journey was sweet, sexy and emotional. All of your favorite characters make appearances and it left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Get this book...you will not be disappointed.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Donna Kauffman's latest edition of the Cupcake Club series is Honey Pie, a book about two seeming misfits who find one another. Honey has come from Oregon, following the death of her Aunt Bea whom she loved like a parent. Her old Volkswagen Beetle breaks down and she then becomes acquainted with Dylan, the town misfit. In reality, Dylan had a tough upbringing and has now gotten his life in order. He is almost immediately attracted to the somewhat bohemian Honey and spends a lot of time attempting to deny this attraction. While Dylan goes about getting the car repaired, Honey finds herself liking a town that seems to offer just what she missed in her childhood. This is a cute story but most readers will guess the outcome long before the epilogue. It seems a bit slow out of the starting gate but it is a delightful story which points out the need for second chances and going after what you have wanted and been denied. I liked the character of Dylan, who seemed to have a bit more insight than his counterpoint Honey. He dealt with issues as they came and would be a good role model for young adult males who have been through rough times themselves. The cohesion and acceptance of the small town population is a delight. Honey Pie gives the reader an easy afternoon in a favorite chair while author Kauffman gives us a feeling of good things yet to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey sis!
TSteiner More than 1 year ago
Two loners are drawn together.  Dylan is a long time resident of Sweetberry and Honey stumbled into town in a broken down VW bug and a dream.  Neither seen what was coming their way.  If they did, both would have run in separate directions.  Honey has taken her Aunt Beavis’ advice; “Love yourself enough to give it a true and honest chance”.  She packs up her VW Bug and travels from Oregon to Georgia only to find her dreams crushed.  The new start she was promised has a great big road block set in her way.  The apartment and new shop she has planned to open has been leased from under her.  Though she now owned the property, her hands are tied.  Now thousands away from her safe haven, she is homeless, carless, jobless and clueless to where to start.   Dylan is not a stranger to turmoil.  Father, uncle and brother were all negative components in Dylan’s live and after ten years of freedom from the chaos, he doesn’t desire the pull that a certain Ms. Honey has on him.  With her odd behavior and personal life in a mess, he does his best to stay away, but not for long. Usually Sweetberry residents are more involved in the formation of budding of romance, but this time Honey and Dylan found it themselves.  Each are alone and prefer it that way.  One wants to come out and finally get involved in life and the other would rather stay hidden and not deal with the BS of people.  They see their similarities and there is a special draw to each other.  With a little personal work and enlightenment they have the potential of something great.  Honey Pie is one sweet treat! I really loved the feeling of this book.  Even though the potential of drama was high, Ms. Kauffman thankfully didn’t go down this road.  Yes, there was drama, but it had a natural feeling to it.  Both of these characters had some major baggage, but once their minor hurdles where conquered they accepted their fate.  Throw in a few insecurities and a sweet love story was told. Personally, I think if you read Honey Pie as a standalone you wouldn’t like it as much as a series novel.  The story alone wouldn’t have been as fun without the background of the other characters.  Even though they took the third row of back seats in the party van, knowing their stories made little things more special.   The Cupcake Club series is great and simply delightful.  Sweet romance, light humor and a feeling of community that makes you want to join the fun.  I have enjoyed every one of these novels and I can’t wait for the next installment.
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RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Honey Pie is a feel-good, sigh-worthy, laugh-out-loud, gooey confection of a romance that will make your summer that much sweeter. - Full review is available on BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch on wordpress.
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Kat-WitandSin More than 1 year ago
Honey D’Amourvell is looking for a fresh start. When her aunt dies, leaving Honey her shop on Sugarberry Island, Honey picks up and moves across the country in the hopes of opening her own shop, becoming a part of the island’s community, and maybe, just maybe, finding the sense of belonging she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, Honey’s first day in Sugarberry is anything but sweet. Her car dies just as she gets onto the island and, what’s worse, she discovers that her aunt’s store has been leased to the owners of Babycakes and has been turned into a cupcake shop. Part of Honey wants to turn tail and run back to where she came from, but at the moment she’s trapped. Her luck begins to change when sexy mechanic Dylan Ross takes it upon himself to help her. As Honey begins to venture out of her self-induced isolation she finds that maybe she can have it all; a home, friends, a store, and even the love of one gorgeous, kindhearted mechanic. Small town charm combined with endearing protagonists and a pitch-perfect romance makes Honey Pie an irresistible read. Donna Kauffman made me want to pick up and move to Sugarberry Island… But only if there’s a hero like Dylan waiting for me at the end of the journey ;) Honey just about broke my heart. She’s a lovely person with a lot to offer, but she has a psychic gift which makes it nearly impossible for her to get close to people. She desperately wants to make friends and be a part of Sugarberry’s community and I wanted that for her. Though Dylan helps her with this in part, it’s Honey’s determination to emerge from her shell that gets her what she wants. And speaking of Dylan… Wow! He’s pretty much the perfect hero — generous, kind, and so sexy he’ll make you melt faster than chocolate on a hot summer’s day. There’s nothing not to love about Dylan. As a couple, he and Honey are fantastic and their love story makes me smile just thinking about it. Honey Pie is the fourth book in the Cupcake Club series but it can easily be read as a standalone. The heroines from the first three books play at least a small role in Honey Pie, something that should please readers who’ve already enjoyed Sugar Rush, Sweet Stuff, and Babycakes. I started the Cupcake Club series with Honey Pie, but by the time I finished the book I was adding the rest of the series to my wish list. Honey Pie is an engaging, sweet story and I hope Ms. Kauffman has plans to write more Cupcake Club books. Kimberly Review courtesy of Wit and Sin
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My name is Laura, do u guys have a nook? If so what kind? Anyway i reallyclove this book it is okay. I hope i can talk to u guys again because i have no friends bye Thank u
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