Title: When Only Cupcakes Will Do
Author: Daisy James
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
The delightfully heartwarming romantic comedy from Daisy James!
When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cupcakes…
Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…
Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!
Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…
Source: ARC from Carina UK via NetGalley
This is a cute, easy read about how Lucie’s life falls to bits, and the way she puts it back together by the power of cupcakes and cake pops – with a little help from her sister, friends and former nemesis. It’s all a little too easy in places, lacking any kind of genuine real world troubles, but it’s still fun and fluffy and enjoyable.
Lucie is likeable. She’s creative and hardworking, if a little too eager to jump into things with both feet. I did feel for her after everything that happened with Alex, although she does start eying Ed up pretty quickly afterwards. Still, she’s a decent character to follow around.
Ed is interesting. Mysterious and perfect for Lucie – they have so much in common and he seems to bring out the best in her, even if it does occasionally come from dares and challenges. I loved the way he encouraged and pushed her to be the best she could be. He didn’t really feel particularly Italian, though. There is nothing about him that points to him being Sicilian, apart from him saying that’s where he’s from. Without that, I’d think he was a Londoner.
That same level (or lack) of detail extends to Lucie’s party business. She gets an idea, buys the ice cream van – for only a few hundred pounds, it seems – and instantly starts working. I’m pretty sure there would have been more to it than that – food certificates and hygiene standards at the very least – but no mention is made. She just buys a dingy van, scrubs it up and away she goes. Which considering that she’s got essentially no budget, is very impressive. She also seems to be serving alcohol at her adult parties without any trouble too.
Not that people are reading these things for the factual detail, I know, I know, but the sheer ease with which Lucie achieves everything irritated me. Like the small continuity slips that crept in again and again after halfway. Nothing major, but things like Lucie forgetting to take her phone with her, then phoning for help, then a few minutes later sighing over a missed photo opportunity because she doesn’t have her phone. Or lamenting about never seeing her friends, and two pages later talking about when she went out with them the week before. Or her complete lack of care for her business, when she considers running off to Spain for several weeks, first leaving her sister in charge, then inviting her to go along too, because why should she care about her livelihood or the hard work she’d put in or anything as silly as that? They’re fairly picky things, I know, but they bugged me.
Which all added to my frustration over how things turned towards the end, meaning I didn’t enjoy this as much as I’d hoped. It’s still sweet and enjoyable, and the actual end itself is adorable, but it’s a little too simple in places and irritating in others. Still, if you’re looking for a cute, easy summer read, with plenty of baking and nothing too serious, then give this a go. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s still a pleasant tale.
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