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As my introduction to the series, Beth Ciotta has managed to catch new readers up without over presentation of old stories that would be distracting for those who have read the series. Regan, or Rae as she was known in the little Vermont town when she was off living a quiet life has much to atone for. In her retreat to Sugar Creek, she assumed a new name, and hid the realities of her life and fortune from the people she encountered and befriended. When confronted with her truths by Luke, despite her misgivings she returns to Vermont to make amends.
There was a familiarity in the characterizations and descriptions: people felt honest and real, the town has a solid sense of the small town Vermont aura that is omnipresent in little New England towns, and the everyone knows you, if not personally but by name and reputation was a solid thread running through the story.
Cupcake Lovers, as a group, are people with a sweet tooth yet that is not their only connection. Each character we meet is searching and seeking: whether it’s resolution or love, to hide or to make changes, this little group of misfit children find a place and acceptance in town. Each new character introduced has an easily accessible backstory, not leaving the reader questioning or at a loss for how one fits with another. While there is a romance budding with Luke and Rae, and several other side stories from flirtatious to newly matched couples, the plot is never overly complicated or hard to follow.
An utterly enjoyable read that plays with emotions and humor in equal measure and keeps the reader entertained through every page.
Title: Anything But Love
Author: Beth Ciotta
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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…
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.
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