How (Not) to Kiss a Toad

How (Not) to Kiss a Toad

by Elizabeth A Reeves


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ISBN-13: 9781480272132
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2012
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying "If you can't find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read."

In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.

EA Reeves is the author of the Last Selkie series and the Cindy Eller Cupcakes series.

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How (Not) to Kiss a Toad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LydiainJoliet More than 1 year ago
Cute book to read. It is very predictable, but a lighthearted, easy read. It's the story of Cindy Ella, a witch, who doesn't know how to control her magic other than through her passion, baking cupcakes! Her love life has never existed for the simple reason that whenever she kisses a date, he turns into a toad, and wouldn't you know she finally meets the guy whom we all know is the one. The characters are all so likable, I loved her roommates, even her cat Merlin has a personality, the story development kept me interested. Just a very enjoyable book to read. I also love the authors playing with the character names, Cindy Ella, Rose Redding, looking forward to the names in more books. There are 7 in the series, I will probably read them all.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
A darling story with enticingly lovable characters. Flows wells. Different enough to keep interest. Needs editing, several mistakes throughout. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Cindy Eller Series by Elizabeth Reeves.  I chose this book to do a review on firstly because I am a fan of paranormal romance and secondly because I adore reworked fairy tales.  It seemed like a really good match up and the premise of kissing men and them becoming toads just tickled my funny bone.   We are introduced to the female lead, Cindy Eller as she is returning from yet another failed date.  The goodnight kiss had turned yet another guy into a toad.  Cindy is a "female practitioner" (her mother's phrase) from a long line of Magic users.  Cindy's mother is a Fairy Godmother and proud practitioner of earth type magic. While Cindy's magic seems to work best when she is working in the kitchen creating new recipes.  Her cupcakes literally taste magical. Outside of the bakery, Cindy has to concentrate and strain to do a basic spell.  It just makes the issue with the toads that much harder for her to bear.  It's almost like she is cursed.  And with the latest toad not changing back right away, Cindy is ready to swear off men for a while.  Of course, along comes Timothy Borden.  Tall, dark, and handsome - he says all the right things and shows a true interest in Cindy.  Cindy really likes Timothy, and it feels like he could be the One.  Except Cindy is worried about him being changed into a toad like all the others.  How do you build a relationship, when you have to keep pushing a guy away every time he puckers up? This was a cute take on witchcraft and fairy tales.  Cindy's mother has a LOT to answer for.  She has daughters named Cindy Eller and Rose Redding for pete's sake.  I can't wait to find out the other sister's names. *grin* The dialogue was witty and sharp and I really enjoyed Cindy's relationship with her 2 roommates.  I was especially impressed that the author is taking her time building to the HEA.  It doesn't happen at the end of this book, but there was definite growth in the relationship between Cindy and Timothy. This was a fun read and I suspect book 2, How (Not) to Kiss a Prince, will be just as much fun.  Especially if we get to see more of Cindy's mother and roommates.  I am going with a firm 3 stars on Goodreads.   
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
Holy Canoli, Batman! I think I'm in love. I must confess before I even start this review, I have a secret desire to be a baker! There I said it. I love the fact that Cindy is a baker and her magic is channeled through it. Nothing could be better than that! And there's ice cream! Ice cream and cakes! OMG! I've hit a mental wonderland that leaves me headed to the cupboard and freezer. I devoured this book! Some days it takes me a while to find the meat of the book I'm reading... but not here. I instantly fell in love. I'll admit I was a little confused when I first started the book. I felt a little like I was dropped in the middle of a conversation. Why is she cursed?! Please tell me! But at a certain point I shrugged it off and didn't care. I was busy being pulled into this marvelous world that Elizabeth's created. And, man, it is freaking fantastic! (If you need reviews for any of your other books, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I VOLUNTEER!! I can even BETA for you)! Okay, wait a minute, I need to focus on what I'm doing. The book is set in a realistic setting- like anyone could live there- but has magical and fantastical elements thrown in (Yeti & Centaur!). The characters are well developed, the story and plot can keep the reader going in one sitting- much like munching down on your favorite pint of ice cream, only realizing before it's too late that you ate the entire thing and it's gone. There were a few spelling and word confusions in there, but those only pulled me out of the story for a second because I was like, "Hey, I do that when I'm writing!" The book is well worth the read. I highly recommend it. It's in a similar vein as HP Mallory's books, but different... like all books should be. :) Get it, love it, and eat some ice cream and cake afterwards! You'll want it, believe me!
gaele More than 1 year ago
As the start of a new magical culinary series, this is a winner. Cindy has a big problem, every man she kisses turns into a Toad. Most only stay transformed for a short time, but Nathan is an exception. If that wasn’t bad enough, Cindy has difficulty managing her magic: while it results in tremendously innovative and exciting pastries, when she is extremely stressed her magic runs haywire.  I really did enjoy this story: the clever addition of magic and the ‘sneak peeks’ into the inventive flavor combinations, as well as the toad element made moments of this book laugh out loud funny, and kept the story flowing beautifully. The interaction between Cindy and her roommates was clever and well-designed; detailing a strong and solid friendship with supportive characters.  I’ve just bought the second book in this series because I want to see just what happens to Cindy and her bakery options.  I purchased a copy of the ebook for my own library prior to the opportunity to tour the title with Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
We all know the story of the princess that has to kiss endless amounts of toads while eagerly awaiting one of them to turn in to Prince Charming. How (not) to Kiss a Toad is a play on that classic fable. It has a cute premise and I always enjoy stories about women looking for Prince Charming and realizing he doesn't exist. By the way...all you girlies out there, this is a lesson better learned really early on. Don't believe in fairy tale perfection. They don't exist, all people have flaws. Every guy Cindy kisses turns into a toad, the uglier their personality ~ the uglier toad they make. It's not a permanent transformation, they change back in a matter of days. Until Nathan, that is. Nathan is one toad that doesn't seem to follow any magical laws and his toadhood is threatening to get Cindy's meager magical powers taken away for good. As if Cindy's lack of love life isn't stress enough, the bakery she works for is being closed and she finally meets a great guy that she'd love to kiss but is terrified he'll turn warty too. Timothy seems too good to be true. Because he is and I site what I said up in paragraph one. He's got some major issues outside of the charming personality he shows Cindy. While the story has a few little flaws, I still found it entertaining. Cindy blushes entirely too much and it got obnoxious, but I'm really splitting hairs there. Also, there were a bunch of magical mentoring meetings that seemed more to just make the story longer as nothing really seemed to progress through them. Again, not a major issue. The characters were all quirky and I liked that, I would like to see more of Cindy's roommates in future volumes, I think their stories could be a hoot. How (not) to Kiss a Toad is a quick and easy read. It's a fun, clean story that would make a cute chick flick. My favorite part of the book is all the fantastic dessert recipes Cindy cooks up and would so love a companion cookbook for this read, because OMG YUMMY stuff!!! This would be a good beach or airplane read but I'll warn you now: You will be hungry for gourmet cupcakes throughout much of the book Beware!