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About the Book: 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: This was my first time reading a book by Betsy St. Amant. I wanted to read this book because the premise behind this book sounded like a cute one that works well Contemporary storylines. Sweets and best friends.
Both main characters were cute and likeable. I liked Kat but wished she had some more self esteem. The interactions with her family made me feel so bad for her (that means good writing because I was caught up in the interactions. The Lucas character seemed like such a nice self assured guy but around Kat he couldn't come clean.
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes starts a teeny bit slow but moves at a nice clip once Kat and Lucas head off for the competition. Kat is struggling to trust God for her future and Lucas has to trust that God will work it all out in the end.
This was a sweet read and perfect to take on vacation. The author did her research on cupcakes because I loved the creations Kat came up with.
About the Author: Betsy St. Amant has a heart for three things — chocolate, new shoes, and sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. She lives in Louisiana with her adorable story-telling young daughter, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. A fiction author and freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is multi-published in Contemporary Romance. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing and can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha.
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