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Sugar Rush

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: The Cupcake Club, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (307 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Devil's Food...Angel Cake...Red Velvet...Praline Crunch...Lemon Chiffon... How's a woman to choose?Luckily, the members of the Cupcake Club are about to taste it all....

When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale left the bustle of New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, she didn't expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly, her former boss, Baxter Dunne, aka Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate-brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani's mouth water and her cheeks blush the color of raspberry filling - stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true....

Lani's friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he'll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal....

©2012 Donna Kauffman (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Predictable formula romance.

It's nicely written and gorgeously read by Amanda Ronconi. In fact, I only downloaded the audio because of Ms. Ronconi. She must have been having a dry spell at the time. Normally, she chooses better.
If you've ever read any modern paperbacks, then you already know this story. It's set in a small town on a small island in Georgia and that was fun - or would have been if there had been any references to island living at all. There were also cupcakes and that was fun too. Who doesn't like cupcakes? (other than that cake guy on TV)
As for the rest - I found myself thinking: come on! how much more can we talk about this relationship? This is not junior high! And I kept hoping for a dead body to enliven the plot.

So - decide for yourselves. It's an excellent example of what it is.
Oh, another thing. I like series listening. On second look though, the island town is all that really seems to string this series of books together.

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Just as Sweet as the Cupcakes Made by Lani

If you could sum up Sugar Rush in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Humorous and Charming

What did you like best about this story?

I actually loved Baxter! I loved that he was so unsure of himself when it came to Lani. Their kisses were toe curling cause they gave me the best first-kiss squee feeling!

Which scene was your favorite?

Definitely the first kiss between Lani and Baxter...I simply adored Baxter's ramblings and the shock from Lani...finally getting something she had wanted for so long, and it was just wrong timing!

Any additional comments?

This was my first book from Donna Kauffman, and I really enjoyed it! I though the narrator did a phenomenal job with the voice of Baxter (English accent), and the story was just read so well!

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Blah blah

The narrator is amazing but even she could liven the book up. Very very boring. I do like the author’s other books so I was disappointed

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Make me want to move to Sugar Berry Island

If you could sum up Sugar Rush in three words, what would they be?

Fun, uplifting, ramantic.

What did you like best about this story?

The character building in the Ms. Kaufmann's books are rich and personal. I think the characters could quite possibly have been the "icing" (punn intended) that held the storyline together.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Amanda Ronconi is one of my two favorite performers/readers - along with Davina Porter (who reads the Outlander Series for Diana Gabaldon). Her voice performance is so snarky that I find myself laughing out loud. Any book she reads is 100 times better because of what she adds to the characters, the writing, the life of the books. She can make a simple word like, "what?" just sing with the perfect intonation.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sugar rush made me laugh out loud. The characters, as their flawed selves, are ever so endearing. And the way they stumble through life is so funny.

Any additional comments?

I am so looking forward to more books in the Cupcake Club series because I've just finished the fourth book, and I think they got better with each book!

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Sweet

I held off on the series due to other reviews. Mistake! I really enjoyed the book. Lani was strong, modern and fun. Chef Hot Cakes was complex and real. I could see Sugarberry in my mind and all the characters in it. Now I have purchased the whole series.

Amanda was a superb narrator, as always. I wish she narrated more!

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Ugh

I hate a wish washy doormat “heroine”. Baxter was a narcissistic jerk, and Lani fluttered at it because he had liquid chocolate eyes and a lopsided smirk. It was a dnf.

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left wanting more...

The book was way too short for me! I need more lani/bax story! Please tell me there's another book?!

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Bring on the sugar rush!!

No great surprises here, but a thoroughly adorable listen. Lovely narration. Two people fumbling around in their personal lives who finally grow up and start talking to each other. Though everyone is a bit manipulative in ways to get what they want, it all wraps up nicely. I would love some of the recipes though as some of the cupcakes sounded amazingly decadently delicious. Downloading book 2 of the series now.

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So slooow...

I like a cute, cozy book but in this one nothing happens. They only talk at great length about their feelings. Over and over and over again. I puchased it because of Amanda Ronconi, she is an amazing narrator!!

Everyone keeps praising Donna Kauffman and according to several reviews this story does not seem to be up to her normal standard so I might try another one from her.

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Love Donna Kauffman's writing usually, but . . .

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I was bored through most of the book.

What could Donna Kauffman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A little more action throughout. There doesn't even seem to be much chemistry to the romance until the very end and that wasn't very convincing.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love her narrating, but even Amanda couldn't save this one. To be fair, this is a book I've passed on before; until I saw that the audible version had Amanda narrating.

Any additional comments?

Hate to do it, but I'll be asking for a refund on this one. When it comes to audiobooks, I have to like them enough to want to listen to them more than once. This one just didn't make the cut.

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  • Ms. M. S. O'neill
  • 06-04-16

slow and boring.

I love to bake but this story is dull and very slow. Mills and boon but with very little boon!!

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  • Fiona
  • 05-25-16

Enjoyable quite explicit towards the end

I enjoyed the story but was a bit surprised by how explicit it became towards the end. I nearly listened to it in the car on a long journey with my mother but glad i didn't .