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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Little Bit Of Magic & A Whole Lot Of Romance: Don't Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets

DON'T CALL ME CUPCAKE

by Tara Sheets
Series: The Holloway Girls #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal, Adult
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
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Well wasn't that the most charming book I've read in a long time! I've been in a bit of a slump lately in that I have no motivation to read, but Don't Call Me Cupcake entirely enamored me from start to finish. You're going to want to add this one to your TBRs, friends!

The entire concept of Don't Call Me Cupcake was so unique. It was refreshing to read something different in the romance genre and Tara Sheets certainly knew how to deliver. The Holloway girls are known on Pine Cove Island for their gifts. The heroine, Emma Holloway, can bake charmed cupcakes. Her bakery has a cupcake for everything ranging from a luck-bringer to a hangover-cure! I love how important Emma's gift was to her. It was a tie to her grandmother and she was proud of her abilities. Emma was a great heroine. She was the kind of heroine I actually want so badly to be real so I can befriend her. She has got a heart of gold and she was always willing to help the people around her. She was also incredibly devoted and hardworking. Even when life wasn't entirely rosy for her, she made the best of what she can. At the start of Don't Call Me Cupcake, she was battling with financial issues as her jerk of a fiance had run away with all of her savings. Despite her shabby situation, she was willing to do everything she could to save her family's home and legacy.

Enter Hunter Kane. He was a big city fellow in town opening up a fancy restaurant, which had the potential to steal Emma's business and leave her in even more despair. Gahh! I just love heroes like Hunter. He started off in the book being this stoic, stubborn and very goal-oriented man, but as he got to know Pine Cove and its residents, a different side of him emerged. He grew a soft spot for Emma and found himself being completely enchanted by Emma and her fieriness around him, which forced him to be a better version of himself. There were times when I wanted to shake Hunter by the shoulders because he would make some dumb mistake, but this was a guy with honest and pure intentions. Plus, he was someone who learned from his mistakes, which made him even more attractive in my eyes. Besides Emma and Hunter, I also loved each and every one of the secondary characters in Don't Call Me Cupcake. Juliette, Emma's cousin who happened to have an affinity for plants, was the best. I loved the close-knit bond between these two women. Then there was Buddy, the cute little puppy who wreaks havoc in Emma's life, but the good kind. And I was also a big fan of Emma's sentient house - yes, you read that right! All of the secondary characters and elements in the book only served to amplify my delight.

The romance between Emma and Hunter in Don't Call Me Cupcake was a rivals-to-more romance. As you can imagine, there was a hint of animosity between the two, understandably so! However, fate has something else in store for them. As they keep running across each other, their attraction continued to grow. I loved loved loved the two of them together. Anytime they were in a scene together I was just grinning like a fool. They were just so adorable. I loved how even though the sex scenes in Don't Call Me Cupcake happened behind the scenes, the chemistry between Emma and Hunter was always prevalent. I was telling Nereyda this, but I actually appreciated the lack of steamy scenes because I was starting to get bored with the abundance of them in some of the books I was reading. Anyways, I digress. The romance was just really really good and it's one reason I devoured this story.

Don't Call Me Cupcake was an instant 2018 favorite for me. I will certainly be going back and re-reading this one in the future. While I wait for Juliette's book, which also promises to be amazing from that snippet at the end of this book, I hope you guys will check out Don't Call Me Cupcake. I promise you'll fall in love with Pine Cove Island in all its charming package.

Have you read any contemporary romance book with magical elements?
Let me know in the comments below!



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