Title: Fool for Love
Author: Beth Ciotta
Series: Cupcake Lovers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SHE’S CRAVING A SWEET NEW LIFE…
Call her a fool, but chef-in-training Chloe Madison wants to have her cake and eat it too. So when her boyfriend dumps her for some French tart, she decides to start over from scratch—with a new life and job in Sugar Creek, Vermont. What could be sweeter than cooking for an eccentric lady who’s crazy for desserts? What could be more tempting than joining a club called the Cupcake Lovers? Just one thing: local business-hunk Devlin Monroe…
AND HE’S THE ICING ON THE CUPCAKE
Although he’s the grandson of Chloe’s fun-loving boss, Devlin Monroe is all work and no play. Micro-managing the family business, he doesn’t have time to indulge in life’s sweetest pleasures—until he meets Chloe. How can he resist such a vibrant, beautiful woman who brings so much passion to the table? But when old grudges and secrets threaten to destroy the Cupcake Lovers, Devlin must decide if his feelings for Chloe are a recipe for disaster—or a sinfully delicious ever-after…
Source: Review copy from Headline Eternal via Amazon Vine
This book was a great comfort read, mixing a little fish-out-of-water feeling with small town antics, a big, crazy family and unexpected friendships, not to mention an opposites attract romance that might just be love at first sight and a secondary romance that isn’t quite ready for second chances. On top of all of this, Chloe is finally finding out just who she is and wants from life. It’s easy and enjoyable and even has cupcakes to top it all off.
Chloe is the main focus in this book. Not just because of her romance with Devlin, but because of her friendship with Daisy and the way she grows and changes throughout. She’s a woman who has never really had to take care of herself before, or really needed to work out who she is, but after the fallout of her last relationship, she arrives in Sugar Creek in the midst of an identity crisis.
I liked Chloe. She’s fun and loyal, protective of those she cares for, and unafraid of taking chances. She might have forgotten a lot of her fun-loving ways, but Daisy soon helps her remember. I loved her friendship with Daisy, I think it might be my favourite part of this novel. The way the two of them instinctively understand each other without having to go into details is wonderful. They make a formidable team.
Kind of like Chloe and Dev would, if only Dev would relax a little. He’s highly protective of his family, which results in some questionable decisions and behaviour at times. I wasn’t all that fond of him at first, but I loved that his family don’t hesitate to call him out on his bad behaviour. When he calms down a little, though, I really liked how his relationship with Chloe relaxed and deepened. They’re pretty sweet together, even if they are completely different.
Away from these two, there’s also plenty of drama surrounding Dev’s extended family – particularly his sister, Rocky, who is in quite a mess, both financially and romantically. Which definitely left me wanting to read the next book. So if you’re looking for a sweet romantic read, with a bit of heat, a lot of family interactions, a hint of small town support and some delicious sounding cupcakes, then give this a try. I’m glad I did, and I definitely intend to catch up on the rest of the series sometime soon.
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