Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cupcakes and Crushes

Author: Keri Ford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-679-1
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 04-14-2015

Teenage heartache is hard to overcome. It drove Annie Cookie away from her family and hometown and she swore never to return.  She made a life for herself doing a job she loves, but when an injury prevents her grandfather from operating the family bakery, Annie agrees to return temporary. She knows about the seven hundred cupcakes but the wedding cake for her hateful half-sister has been kept secret. That’s one bake job Annie refuses to do, no matter what.

Cade Revlin’s had a crush on his brother’s ex- girlfriend for years.  Now that Annie’s returned, he intends to spend as much time with her as possible.  He wants her to stay, but with all the bad history and harsh feelings between the sisters that might not be possible. Cade has until the cupcakes are delivered to convince Annie to stay—with him and her family.

Cupcakes and Crushes is the first release in the new contemporary series, Turtle Pine, by Keri Ford. I admit to being intrigued on reading the blurb for this small town romance. I wasn’t disappointed, and found it a fun and entertaining read. It had just about everything needed to keep my attention. Past betrayal and heartache, family animosities and pain, but healthy doses of love, loyalty and affection too.

Aside from the things I’ve already mentioned there’s a great many other reason that I enjoyed this book. The world building and its vivid details is well done. I believe the town Ms. Ford created could exist. The details of Turtle Pine and the townspeople make the plot seem realistic and add depth to what’s going on in Annie’s life. The pace is steady; the tone of the story is serious with moments of playfulness, and it has fun, snappy dialogue that makes this family drama sing. I can’t forget to mention the romance between Annie and Cade. Moving quickly on the surface in the present but grounded firmly in their mutual history. It’s all wrapped around the pain and angst of the past. The author creatively tackles what caused the rift between the sisters and at least partly heals the wounds by the end. I thought it was well done and I really don’t have any complaints. It will be interesting to see what happens in this town next. I’ll be waiting. I hope you will too.

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