Hey everyone! I have a stop on the The Cupcake Diaries :Sweet On You Tour. There is info on the book and my review of it.
The Cupcake Diaries
Sweet On You, Recipe for Love, Taste of Romance
By: Darlene Panzera
The Cupcake Diaries Book One: SWEET ON YOU
(Avon Impulse; on-sale May 7th, 2013; e-book ISBN: 9780062242662)
Fans of Debbie Macomber will love THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Sweet on You, the first in the new and exciting three-book romantic comedy, by Darlene Panzera. Set in the small seaport town of Astoria, Oregon, Sweet on You begins the delicious and charming mini-series with Andi Burke’s adventure through love and cupcakes.
Sisters Andi and Kim, along with best friend Rachel, haven’t had the best luck in recent months: unemployment, divorce, and heartbreak. After so many disappointments, what can the trio do to change things around? Open up a much needed gourmet cupcake shop of course!
Andi has always had a dream—a kitchen big enough to bake and dance in, while still being able to support her dear daughter Mia, and hopefully find true love (one day). Could opening up a cupcake shop make it all a reality?
Together, the best friends are determined to open up Creative Cupcakes. But, with no business experience or money to finance the project it seems their dream won’t come true. Until, Jake Hartman, the hunky Astoria Sun reporter, offers to partner up with them.
Trying to hold it together as a single mom hasn’t been easy, and the thought of dating hasn’t crossed Andi’s mind since her divorce. But, the way Jake keeps looking at her might change her mind. After all, what could go wrong?
Plenty! There's a shady tattoo parlor behind their shop and a crowd of crazy Zumba dancers out front—ready to ruin them. The trio is forced to think quick to counter the attacks from Zumba fanatic Pat, while still finding a way to bring in business. It seems the only thing that’s going right is Andi's blooming romance with Jake. As if things weren’t hard enough, Jake’s media crew captures a story that could shut them both down forever.
Three close friends have been having a hard time lately. They each are struggling to make ends meets and do something with their lives. During an annual birthday tradition they get the idea to open up a cupcake shop. First they have to get the money to open the shop and then keep it going. For Andi this is her dream. Raising a daughter alone with no help she just knows the shop is the answer to her prayers. Andi has to deal with attacks from a health nut, her father not believing in her, making enough to pay her rent and also deal with her feelings for Jake who helped her get the business going.
Andi is a character some of us can relate to. She is struggling to do it on her own with help from her best friend Rachel and sister Kim. They are not in to good a shape their selves but they try. Andi is a sweet woman who is afraid to open up her feelings again. She was treated badly by her ex husband and her father never gives her a chance. She is a hard worker and wants to have success so bad. Her best friends are amazing woman as well and I can't wait to read their stories. Jake is smart, good looking and interested in Andi. He does all he can to help all three achieve their dream. He has had a tragic past as well but is trying to move on.
This is a quick wonderful read. I love these girls and got attached to them very quickly. They are very easy to relate to. At times they are sad and at times they can be funny but they are always their for each other. The story has a cute plot even with a villain to not like. You hope for the best for Andi the whole time you read and hope she opens her eyes to what she could have with Jake. Anyone wanting a great, quick read with amazing characters should read this. I love it and can't wait to see what the other girls get into and what will happen to Andi and the shoppe.
4 out of 5 Stars
About the Author
Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.