Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Sprinkled With Kisses blog tour today. There is a review of the book and a giveaway for you all.
The Cupcake Diaries:
Sprinkled With Kisses
Sprinkled With Kisses
By: Darlene Panzera
Releasing March 18th, 2014
Stacey McIntyre thinks she’ll pay off her debt in no time when Andi, Rachel, and Kim ask her to manage Creative Cupcakes’ stand on the beach. But selling cupcakes isn’t as easy as it seems. Especially when Dave Wright, the handsome owner of an ice cream truck proves he’s as determined as the dive-bombing seagulls to take away her sales.
Dave’s done with dating and done with beautiful, headstrong women like Stacey. Then the refrigeration on his truck breaks and instead of gloating, Stacey helps him out of a tight spot…and is rewarded with a kiss.
Now Stacey isn’t sure where they stand. Will Dave push her back into the role of rival? Or can she convince Mr. Wright that working together will lead to sweeter rewards?
Stacey has some debt she needs to get paid off quickly and she is saving up for her own place. The women of Creative Cupcakes give her the chance to manage a stand on beach she thinks she is finally going to get ahead. At the beach however she has to deal with an ice cream seller who she has a crush on but he treats her not to good. They are working beside each other and when Dave has trouble Stacey is right there to lend them a hand. They may not have started out on the right foot but now they begin to fall for each other.
I love The Cupcake Diaries series and couldn't wait to read this book. Stacey doesn't have a lot of self confidence and she has doesn't really think she fits in. She really wants to belong to the group woman who run the cupcake shoppe's click of friends. She will do anything to help out those she likes and others as well. She is a very giving person. Dave has been burned before and doesn't plan on being so again. He thinks Stacey is bad for business and he never plans to get close to her. He learns as they get used to working together. She won't give up and she is a survivor.
I really enjoyed getting to know Stacey and how she fits in in the group. She may seem like a scared person but she really shows her strength at the end and how she will stop at nothing to help the store and her friends. She has a few moments when she doubts why anyone would want her around and I liked seeing her become something so much greater. She and Dave are a great match and they work great together to save each other a few times. Someone is jealous of the shoppe and will do anything to see it come in last in a contest. Stacey has to be sure that doesn't happen and she really steps up and shows the girls she can be a help. She and Dave have to learn to really trust each other to have something special. I loved seeing the old faces of Creative Cupcakes and reading about them and their families. They all feel like a family after all their journeys reading about them. I recommend this series to anyone who love a sweet charming story with characters you fall in love with and can't get enough of.
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.
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