All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

Book Review:

A sweet romance as two best friends find love, and the choices one makes between dreams and a possible ‘sure thing’.

Kat went away from her small Louisiana town to get a degree, but back after college, with a seemingly dead-end job at her aunt’s bakery, she’s finding it hard to believe her dream of being the newest star on the baking scene in New York is remotely possible.   When Lucas, her best friend for years gives her the vote of confidence she needs by entering her in the Cupcake Combat, Kat starts to see that her delicious creations, far from chocolate, vanilla and strawberry may just be the boost she needs to move forward with her life.

Lucas has always had a thing for Kat, and he believes that showing her he believes in her will be enough for her to return his unspoken love.  Unfortunately, as Kat’s success with her own cupcake creations is becoming apparent to everyone, he’s in danger of losing her to her dream.  And all he can think to do is halt the progress.

While this story’s primary focus is the cupcake competition, the development and communication between the characters does take a back seat: we don’t get a solid sense of their relationship as most of the ‘non-baking’ moments are spent in interior dialog as they pine for one another. Because Kat does want to be with Lucas, but her belief in his ‘ties’ to Louisiana and their small town keeps her thinking it is a one or the other choice.   And, while there is a great deal of tension between Kat and her family, we never get a true sense of the reasons OR any resolution that feels logical or real.

It was, however, a cute and sweet story, light if a little unrealized in terms of characters and Lucas’ inability to be honest with his feelings and say the words will feel familiar to many.  He very much feels as if he is young and in the throes of his first real crush, and it helps to make him endearing and memorable with this twist to the usual line where the woman who is insecure in the relationship. And, best of all – there is a chance to test and try cupcakes using the provided recipe.

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

Title: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
Author: Betsy St. Amant
Published by: Zondervan
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One Flame

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Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself her is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Betsy St. Amant

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

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