By Donna Kauffman
Copyright January 2012
Publisher: Brava Contemporary Romance
When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale leaves New York City for Georgia’s sleepy Sugarberry Island, She didn’t expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly her former boss, Baxter Dunne, AKA Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The Same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani’s mouth water and her cheeks blush the colour of raspberry filling… stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true.
Lani’s friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he’ll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal..
Leilani’s life in New York had been great, career wise anyway. She was chosen by Baxter Dunne as his assistant and she learned a hell of a lot from him, eventually moving her up to Executive Chef and manager of “Gateau” his restaurant. But while her professional career was going well, her personal life was the pits. She was secretly lusting after her boss, and the fact that the people who she worked with, who actually thought she’d slept her way to that job just made her feel worse.
After three years as Gateau’s manager and many kudos for her award winning cakes she called it quits and went home to open a place of her own on Sugarberry Island off the coast of Georgia. There she contentedly sold cakes by the cup. Yes, she owned a cupcake bakery, and she was extremely proud of it.
Lani is putting the final touches on a batch of cupcakes for the Kiwanis Fund Raiser when her friend Charlotte calls from NY. Her world is about to be turned upside down again as Charlotte tells her that her old boss, Chef Hot Cakes plans to take his show on the road and have Sugarberry Island and her shop as his opening show. She is even less happy when the Chef shows up at her back door unannounced and sticks his foot in his mouth, angering Lani in the process.
This is a story about love denied, and finding happiness in your life’s work. I found it funny, delightful, filled with cupcakes, crazy octogenarians, Hot Chefs,and romance. I recommend it highly and am looking forward to the author’s next book in this series.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers who only requested a fair and impartial review.