Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant



Welcome to my tour stop for All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant! This was a very fun read (when I didn't want to strangle the characters). ;) Check out the book info, my review, author info, and giveaway below...

All's FairAll's Fair in Love and Cupcakes
by Betsy St. Amant
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback320 Pages
September 2nd 2014 by Zondervan

Summary

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

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

I loved the beginning of this story and the very sweet ending! I immediately connected with its characters, Kat and Lucas. I also tend to really like stories where best friends become something more, so that part of the story pulled me in. Then there was the aspect of baking cupcakes and the competition, which I also loved. I love baking and have a sweet tooth, so I was really curious to see what Kat would come up with.

Kat feels stuck. Stuck baking the same thing over and over again when she wants to bake cupcakes off all kinds. She also feels like she has been looked over, that her family doesn't support her or really even like her, that she's never going to get out of her hometown, and that Lucas will never love her. Lucas has a job he loves, in a town he loves, and spends a lot of time with his best friend, Kat. He's charming, attractive, and just your usual golden boy, except with a tough past and with some unfulfilled desires concerning Kat. They work really great together, love each other, but are both scared of what might happen if they cross the friendship line. Then things change when they both go to the cupcake competition in LA. Their friendship is in trouble, there is some serious sexual tension, and they end up hurting each other.

This story was so much fun, except when I wanted to yell at and/or strangle Kat and Lucas. They both want so much more than friendship, but neither one would say or really do anything to show it. They were too afraid. It got me pretty frustrated! That was seriously the only thing that got to be too much for me and it did take up a good portion of the story. Otherwise, I loved the spontaneous moments, the humor (Lucas in a baby blue apron), the friendship, and the inspirational moments that didn't take over the story or even disrupt it, but just felt natural. I also loved the ending. It was perfect.

If you're looking for a fun, inspirational romance with characters you'll love and want to cheer on, then I'd give All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes a chance. I'm looking forward to seeing what this author writes next.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Litfuse and Zondervoan for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Betsy St. AmantBetsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 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.


Tour Giveaway

Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.
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Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party! One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle
  • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!

So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

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