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Honey Pie
Donna Kauffman
Kensington Brava
Trade Paperback
978-0758266368
****1/2

     Beavis Chantrell was beloved resident of Sugarberry Island, so her death affected everyone who knew her. Her niece, Honey D'Amourvell, has arrived to claim her inheritance, hoping to turn Bea's tailoring shop into a place she can work on her art and run her mail order business. Honey is surprised and disappointed to learn the building she now owns has been leased to the famous bakery, Babycakes, including the upstairs apartment that Honey had planned to call home. With nowhere to work, nowhere to  live and a car on its last leg, Honey's hope of a new life and a fresh start doesn’t look promising.
     Dylan Ross is the kind of man who keeps to himself. He’s the "son" in Ross and Sons Auto Repair and doesn’t have to worry about dealing with anyone except people whose cars need fixing. After living through an unhappy childhood, his life is now quiet and uncomplicated, and that’s just the way he likes it.  Until, that is, he meets the lovely newcomer, Honey D'Armourvell. From their first touch Dylan knows he should run the other way, but it’s that very same touch--and what happens next--that won’t
let him.
     With Honey Pie, the fourth book in her delightful "Cupcake Club" series, Donna Kauffman takes us back to Sugarberry Island, a place where small town living is embraced, where neighbors and friends are like family. This is a fun, romantic, passionate tale, sure to be a favorite of contemporary romance lovers.
Mallory Lane


Babycakes
Donna Kauffman
BravaTrade Paperback
978-0758280503
***** 

             Morgan Westlake knelt down before his young five-year old niece and showed her the new baby turtle. Morgan was her uncle and godfather and had been named Lily's guardian after she lost both her parents due to a tragic accident. His mother, Olivia Westlake of the Westlakes of Atlanta, had been caring for Lily until Morgan took her away and moved to Sugarberry, the tiny island off the coast of Georgia. His mother had had a fit, it was unthinkable that he would take her only granddaughter out of the family compound, but Morgan knew Lily was way too serious for a little girl her age. His mother's style of upbringing was not what he wanted for his darling Lily, and Morgan really didn't know anything about raising children, but he figured they could learn together in a relaxed happy environment.
            Kit Bellamy had suffered a loss of everything she knew and loved. Her whole life had been about her great-grandmother's peanut pie. Her grandmother and mother had started a business selling the prized handmade peanut pies, and it had grown into a multi-million dollar business. Every pie was made by hand with lots of love, and Kit and her sister had grown up in the kitchen learning how to make the pies. Her sister didn't take to it like Kit had.  When both her grandmother and mother passed, Kit took over the running of the business then lost it in a court battle when her sister and her husband talked her into letting them "modernize" the operation.  With the help of the high-priced Westlake lawyers, she sold the business to a vending machine company, putting generations of families out of work. Kit was devastated and felt like a total failure. Needing to start over, she took a job on Sugarberry running a cupcake catering business called Babycakes.
            This is a continuation of the Ms. Kauffman's heartwarming and hilarious "Cupcake" series. The romantic aspect of the storyline is fairly obvious--he has to prove he's different from the rest of his family that she hates with a passion. But the tenderhearted gentleness shown to Lily by Morgan, Kit and the ladies of the Cupcake Club makes the romance between Morgan and Kit something extra special. This book reads well alone, and readers won't want to put it down until the tasty end.
Lani Roberts

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Sugar Rush--A Cupcake Club Romance
Donna Kauffman

Brava
Trade Paperback
978‑0758266347
****1/2

     Leilani Trusdale had everything she had always wanted. She had started out as an apprentice, then personal assistant, under the top chef in New York, the ridiculously charismatic Baxter Dunne, and was basically attached to his side for over three years. When Baxter was offered a TV deal and he turned his 'baby," the five‑star restaurant, Gateau, over to Lani, the backstabbing of the other highly competitive chefs was vicious. Lani dealt with it as long as she could, but when her father, a D.C. cop, had a heart attack and moved back to his hometown of Sugarberry, Georgia, Lani moved back with him to nurse him back to health. After the hectic lifestyle of New York (and Lani's secret, unrequited love for Baxter), she discovered the relaxed, quiet, rural pace of Sugarberry suited her needs, moved there permanently and opened her own store, Cakes by the Cup. And she absolutely loved every minute of it. She was in HER kitchen, creating HER special cupcake recipes and, if no one ever tasted them except the quaint citizens of Sugarberry, she loved that, too. Then Baxter walked into her safe haven and all hell broke lose in Sugarberry.
     Baxter Dunne was gorgeous, British, a superb cook, and a total jackass. He had been so focused on developing his career and getting his restaurant started that he had totally taken his personal assistant for granted. When he realized that Lani had no intention on returning to Gateau (and him), he finally admitted his true feelings for her, but only to himself. Now his problem was how to let her know how he felt? When his staff had turned on her, he had let her deal with them on her own thinking his intervention would only make things worse. Then he had a brilliant, he thought, idea. He would take his show on the road and visit small, rural outstanding restaurants and bakeries and bring the big city fancy recipes to them, starting with Sugarberry, Georgia. When he showed up unannounced in Lani's kitchen, with all his camera and production crew ready to bring New York to Sugarberry, why did she look so pissed?
     Donna Kauffman has brought a sugary sweet romance in her latest, Sugar Rush. Set on a small, rural Georgia island with lovable quirky townsfolk, this novel delves into the age‑old question, "What the heck are men thinking?" It's a fun read with lots of yummy goodness thrown in and a sexy romance to drool over while eating that forbidden cupcake.
     Lani Roberts
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Sweet Stuff
Donna Kauffman
BravaTrade Paperback
978‑0758266361
****1/2

 

     Riley Brown was a grade‑A klutz, and she knew it. Everywhere she went, she either knocked things over, broke something or had an accident of some kind. If it weren't Riley, herself, who caused these misfortunes, it was usually her dog Brutus, the biggest animal on the tiny island of Sugarberry, Georgia. Fortunately, Riley Brown was also one of the best food stylists in the industry. She knew tricks of the trade that would make food look delicious no matter how bad the recipe or photographer. She was currently living in Sugarberry on a rented houseboat to lick her wounds from a romance gone bad.  She was also staging homes for a realtor who was trying to encourage more tourist trade to the tiny island. Riley had just finished a staging and had decided to try out the Jog Master 3000. Which, of course, meant she was in dire straits trying to keep up with the ever faster moving machine that she could no longer turn off.

     When New York Times best selling author Quinn Brannigan rang the doorbell at the house that was being advertised for lease, he wondered why no one was answering the door. Then he realized it was an open house; so he opened the door and was greeted with the spectacle of wildly thrashing woman trying desperately to stay on her feet on a runaway treadmill. He was so stunned, he didn’t move at first, but when he did and tried to help her, she suddenly let go and went flying into the various artfully arranged cacti plants and Quinn knew he was in love.
     Sweet Stuff is the second edition of the Cupcake Club novels and is hilarious from start to finish. Riley has the body of Marilyn Monroe, wild, curly blonde hair, the girl‑next‑door face and the klutziness of the Three Stooges. She’s absolutely adorable and gorgeous author Quinn Brannigan thinks so, too. Throw in a small pony‑sized dog with a tendency to drool and drop logs on your toes, and you have a romance made in heaven--as long as you carry lots of Band‑aids.
Lani Roberts

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