Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

GIVEAWAY

ST. AMANT, BETSY
ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES

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


My Review:

Lucas and Kat are friends. For years. You know -- easy relationship, lots of camaraderie. They can almost finish each other's sentences. Who wants to mess with that? The agony of knowing that Lucas is falling in love with Kat but doesn't want to tell her in case it wrecks their friendship and Kat is in love with Lucas but doesn't want to tell him in case it wrecks their friendship...oy...the tantalizing attraction zinging across every page. I was ready for them to kiss and declare undying love around page 18! What exquisite torture that it took nearly three hundred pages. Three hundred toe-curling, heart-palpitating pages.

I was an inanely blathering pile of mush by the end. Emotionally exhausted, with very few finger nails left and a permanent nervous twitch under my left eye. The lengths this reader will go to for a good book! And this book is more than good. It's if-you-don't-read-this-book-now-you-will-regret-it-the-rest-of-your-life good. I could say more. Wax poetic about complex characters, riveting plot, laugh out loud humour, emotional angst of every kind and a whole lot more but I'm not going to. Just. Read. The. Book.  'nuf said. :-)

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 13 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for my review copy of this book.

http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/alls-fair-in-love-and-cupcakes-betsy-st-amant


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37 comments:

  1. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  2. Wow, wow! From friendship to love has never happened to me in RL, so at least in the book? :) I am in for the game!

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a really neat angle, Janka, because the hero and heroine already know so much about each other. I just loved it. Good luck!

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  3. I love this cover and would love to read this book.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  4. Who doesn't want to read a book about cupcakes? :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I know -- and it even includes a recipe in the back. Yum. Good luck, Cheryl.

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  5. This sounds like a delicious read!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL -- right -- and this was definitely delicious. Good luck, Britney.

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  6. It's if-you-don't-read-this-book-now-you-will-regret-it-the-rest-of-your-life good. Must be really good!!! Lots of great contemporary romances out there lately.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- I really, really, loved it, Patty. I read some reviews that didn't like the parts I loved though, so, to each her own. And, yes, there are some awesome contemps hitting the stores these days. Such a blessing. Good luck, Patty.

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  7. I have had my eye on this book for a while and would love to win a copy! The cover is just gorgeous and I can't help but think I would enjoy a good novel about cupcakes! :) Thank you for the giveaway!
    sylvesternator AT yahoo dot com

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    1. I know, what's not to love with all that sweetness? Good luck, Laura.

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  8. Great review! I love those bakery-competition shows on Food TV and think this book's similarities are cute and something I would rather enjoy reading about too. Thanks for the chance!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. You know, Freda, I don't watch those shows (can't bear to watch the real-life angst) but I loved this book anyway. Good luck!

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  9. My daughters and I love cupcakes and romance, what a great combo! :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Definitely a winning combination. Good luck, Merry.

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  10. I've been quite anxious to read this one!
    dlkamstraATgmailDOTcom

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    1. It's such a fun read. Hope you get to it soon. Good luck!

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  11. Sounds like a fun read--enjoy your reviews.:) Thanks for doing the giveaway. kjrochon40 (at)msn (dot)com

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  12. Looks Great! Sep 13th is my bday too!

    marika DOT tapolyai AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Happy Birthday a day early, Marika. Good luck!

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  13. Mmmmm Cupcakes! LOL! That cover looks delicious! :D

    Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. There's even a decadent recipe inside. Good luck, Amada.

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    2. :D EVEN BETTER! Thank you Kav! :)

      Hugs, A.

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  14. This cover makes me want to make some cupcakes, would love to win this yummy looking book

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    1. True confession -- when I was reading this book I stopped by the cupcake store and splurged. :-) Had to create the right mood, you know? Good luck, Karen.

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  15. The cupcake on the cover makes me hungry! Looks like a good book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  16. I have seen this one popping up on the blogosphere. Sounds and looks yummy. Please enter me.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. It's making the rounds right now -- just released. Good luck, Boos Mum.

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  17. Yummy book cover!!! It makes me want to run out and buy a cupcake. This will add to my pounds!!! LOL Looks like a great story. Please enter me. :D

    strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. But keep running out to buy cupcakes you'll burn off the cupcake calories, right? :-) Good luck!

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  18. This sound like such a fun book. I would probably be eating a cupcake while reading it!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot)com

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