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Product Details

  • Series: Cupcake Club Romance
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266347
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Kauffman (Let Me In, 2009) begins the first Cupcake Club contemporary romance by introducing James Beard nominee Leilani Trusdale, who quits her hectic life as the top chef in a prestigious New York restaurant to open her own cupcake bakery on small Sugarberry Island, Georgia. Mostly, she’s running away from nasty gossip generated about her when her former boss Baxter Dunne turned over his restaurant to her to begin a successful television show. Baxter, however, just won’t disappear, bringing his show to Sugarberry and asking to use her kitchen for an episode on cupcakes. He wants to cook side-by-side, just like they did before she fell in love with him. When he shows up declaring his love for her, she doesn’t believe him, since he left her high-and-dry to weather the nasty rumors about how she slept her way into her job. Kauffman’s delightful characters, from the insecure Lani and over-confident Baxter to Lani’s Indian best friend and others, infuse this charming novel with enough sweetness to entice even readers on a diet. --Pat Henshaw

Review

"The opening novel of Kauffmann's Cupcake Club series is as sweet and adorable as it's namesake treat. The ladies of Sugarberry will be delightful companions to look forward to in future stories, and readers can bake along with the included cupcake recipes." - Publishers Weekly, starred review, Pick of the Week.

"Sugar Rush is a playful, sensual, laugh-inducing read.  ... it's a good thing Sugar Rush is only the first in a series, because the residents of Sugarberry -- especially the delightfully oddball members of the Cupcake Club -- will lure you back to their island again and again." - Kathy Altman, USA Today/Happily Ever After

"Fans of cupcakes and TV chefs will like this first installment of the Cupcake Club back-to-back romance series that comes with recipes. For those looking for more, not to worry, this isn't a light, spun-sugar tale. It has more substance, like a rich chocolate ganache." -- 4 Stars, Joyce Morgan, RT Book Reviews


"Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" (Janet Evanovich)"

More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Club Romance series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has seen her books reviewed in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives just outside of DC in the lovely Virginia countryside, where she is presently trying to makeover her newly empty nest into something that doesn't have to accommodate piles of sports equipment falling out of her coat closet (okay, out of every closet...and under every bed....), size 13 cleats and sweaty uniforms cluttering her foyer (and stairwell, and laundry room, and...), and a kitchen that should have come with a traffic light. And a pantry monitor. (Anyone with a clever idea on how to repurpose lacrosse sticks into matching reading lamps, she's all ears!) When she's not stripping paint, varnishing an old auction house find, or trying to avoid bodily injury with her latest power tool purchase, she loves to hear from readers! You can contact her through her website at www.donnakauffman.com

Quotes & Comments for her Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Series:

"Witty dialogue, sexy heroes, Donna Kauffman's a must-read!"  --New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis

"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town--you're going to love Donna Kauffman!" -- New York Times bestselling author, Lori Foster

 "A touching romance that offers healing and redemption to two lonely hearts who fall into a love they don't even realize they're looking for. The first of a series, the book introduces a quirky community and secondary characters with enough personality to make readers want to come back. A light romance with a touch of heat, a pinch of intensity and a dash of mysterious small-town magic." - Kirkus Reviews on PELICAN POINT (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #1)

"Kauffman's second Bachelors of Blueberry Cove contemporary (after Pelican Point) explores themes of home, family, and belonging in a warm, positive story filled with deep-hearted, articulate characters who learn to trust as they open themselves to love. Charming Irish shipbuilder Brodie Monaghan spurns the adulterous advances of Cami Weathersby. She takes her revenge by selling off a portion of his family's shipyard property for the price of the back taxes. Despite his anger at Cami, Brodie is quickly charmed by the buyer, Grace Maddox, who intends to respect the history of the boathouse even as she turns it into a inn. The romantic arc hits a perfect mix of lust, affection, and playful humor. Even more notable are the sincere, insightful, and low-tension friendships between Grace and architect Langston DeVry, and between diner owner Delia O'Reilly and Grace's estranged brother, Ford. Strong character ties between past and future books make the series unusually cohesive and give the tiny Maine town an emotional sense of place despite little attention to the scenic locale." Publisher's Weekly (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #2/HALF MOON HARBOR)

"Kauffman's third visit to endearing Blueberry Cove, Maine (after Half Moon Harbor) solidifies the idea of the whole town as a quirky family. Blueberry Cove's inhabitants love one another even while they're process their own insecurities, and they prepare to fight the caricatured evil rich developers and those who want to sell out the town's charm. Military veteran Ford Maddox thinks he's content, quietly living in an isolated island tree-house at the seabird research station. When his baby sister, Grace, asks him to reach out to Delia O'Reilly, whose family's beloved diner is about to be turned into a yacht club, he realizes that to help Delia, he'll have to face the enduring emotions from their intense tryst 20 years earlier. An emergency rescue of adorable baby puffins gives Ford and Delia the time to develop mutual trust, bridge the gap between platonic comforting and hot sex on a ladder, and realize that they've been yearning to call each other family. Kauffman's stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy; she excels at expressing the struggles and joys of giving in to love." Publisher's Weekly (Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book #3/SANDPIPER ISLAND)

"Humor, heart, and characters you wish lived next door." -- New York Times bestselling author, Mariah Stewart

"Donna Kauffman's sexy, fun, and moving Pelican Point is a five star winner!" Emsy Van Wyck, Fab Fantasy Fiction


Quotes & Comments for her Cupcake Club series:

STARRED REVIEW! Publishers Weekly PICK OF THE WEEK! (Cupcake Club Book #1: SUGAR RUSH)
"Leilani Trusdale spends 10 years training with charming but tough chef Baxter "Hot Cakes" Dunne, taking over his New York City pastry shop when he leaves to host a cooking show. When she finally escapes the city to open a cupcake shop in her father's tiny hometown of Sugarberry Island, Ga., Baxter turns up, natch, to start his show's traveling season, with a secondary agenda of romancing Leilani. The tension leads Leilani to revive her old bake therapy sessions with her best friend, Charlotte, adding Leilani's quiet new assistant and a lovable town gossip to lend support, share opinions, and add sugar as members of the Cupcake Club. The ladies of Sugarberry will be delightful companions to look forward to in future stories, and readers can bake along with the included cupcake recipes."
~ Publishers Weekly

"Sugar Rush is a playful, sensual, laugh-inducing read. But there's so much more to the story. Kauffman's book chronicles profound character growth and offers layer upon layer of authentic, life-changing conflict. ... it's a good thing Sugar Rush is only the first in a series, because the residents of Sugarberry -- especially the delightfully oddball members of the Cupcake Club -- will lure you back to their island again and again." -
-- Kathy Altman, USA Today/Happily Ever After

"Fans of cupcakes and TV chefs will like this first installment of the Cupcake Club back-to-back romance series that comes with recipes. For those looking for more, not to worry -- this isn't a light, spun-sugar tale. It has more substance, like a rich chocolate ganaches. The suprorting characters are delightful and one hopes they will appear in future books."
-- 4 Stars, Joyce Morgan, RT Book Reviews

"I can't get enough of this new town, characters and the romances that have bloomed and will continue to bloom in this new series."
-- Lush Book Reviews

"It's like blending the Food Network together with CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC..."
-- (4 Hearts!) Megan, Book Brat Reviews

"A fun romantic read for the serious baker, the not-so-serious baker, and the buy-your-cupcakes type of reader (like me)!. Kudos to the first Cupcake Club Romance with recipes included at the end!" ~ Valerie Burleigh, Romancing the Book Reviews

"This is a delicious story about true love and cupcakes that is just as sweet as any treat but won't ruin your New Year's resolutions! The characters are great and there's even a few recipes of delicious cupcakes to try (those might ruin a few resolutions, though.)" ~ Amy Phelps, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

"Kauffman writes crisp, emotionally charged dialogue... Sugar Rush is a sweet, delicious romance fortified with mouth-watering cupcake recipes." ~ Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines, Shelf-Awareness.com

"SUGAR RUSH is a quirky, fun tale with Leilani and Baxter learning to really get to know each other while surrounded with several eclectic characters that provide for some humorous interaction. The chemistry between Leilani and Baxter is slow to grow at first, but once they kiss, their attraction for each other begins to smolder out of control. Will they make it work? Find out for yourself in the delightful SUGAR RUSH."
~ Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today

"Donna Kauffman has brought a sugary sweet romance in her latest, Sugar Rush. Set on a small, rural Georgia island with lovable quirky townsfolk, this novel delves into the age-old question, "What the heck are men thinking?" It's a fun read with lots of yummy goodness thrown in and a sexy romance to drool over while eating that forbidden cupcake."
~ Lani Roberts, Affaire de Couer magazine

STARRED REVIEW! (Cupcake Club Book #2: SWEET STUFF)
"Romantic fun, lovable leads, and surprising emotional complexity in both the main relationship and the supporting deep friendships make this quick return to the tiny Georgia island of Sugarberry (after Sugar Rush) a deliciously warm and feel-good read... Kauffman describes her characters' internal monologues and thoughtful conversations with an eloquence that makes them feel like the reader's best friends. Contests and cupcake recipes will keep fans eager for Kauffman's next sweet treat."
~ Publishers Weekly

"This is only the second book in the series but I can tell this is going to be a promising one. Kauffman touches on trust, desire, friendships, and a promising new love that just needs a little tlc to grow into something amazing. The emotions behind the characters were a big part of the story that kept me intrigued and wanting to find out more. Every single character made this story more than enjoyable but also delightful. I can't wait until book 3 comes out. I am excited to see who will be next to fall in love in the town of Sugarberry."
-- Lush Book Reviews

Sweet Stuff is the second edition of the Cupcake Club novels and is hilarious from start to finish. Riley has the body of Marilyn Monroe, wild, curly blonde hair, the girl-next-door face and the klutziness of the Three Stooges. She's absolutely adorable and gorgeous author Quinn Brannigan thinks so, too. Throw in a small pony-sized dog with a tendency to drool and drop logs on your toes, and you have a romance made in heaven-as long as you carry lots of Band-aids."
~ Lani Roberts, Affaire de Couer magazine


Customer Reviews

Very enjoyable read with good strong characters, interesting storyline and fun fun romance.
Bette Hansen
I feel like the story is so bogged down in each of the characters giving their reasons and back story that the book is just not progressing.
Kristie
Chef Hot Cakes arrives at the barrier island announcing on the air that he will do a show in her new shop.
Harriet Klausner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased Donna Kauffman's Sugar Rush (Cupcake Club) because of it was an Amazon recommendation. I read the reviews and thought it might actually be a funny, enjoyable read.
It was too much about longing gazes, clinging embraces, and soft core sex to be what I wanted. I would write it down as a "dime store romance." That is not to say it wasn't well written. It was simply in a genre that the reviews didn't exactly represent. So I am writing a review to hopefully let other customers get a better idea of the type of book to expect.
Considering it was a book about baked goods and cupcakes, I will say that it wasn't to my taste.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on a whim; this isn't the kind of title I normally pick up. I'm a big fan of romances, but I've abandoned too many books in the middle to commit to purchasing a title by an unfamiliar author on a topic that can quickly go sideways if poorly handled. In this particular case, however, I'm glad I took the risk, and I've now acquired a new go-to author for a romance novel fix. There are other reviews that provide a summary of the story so I'll just jump in with my impressions.

This novel was a fun read: Master pastry chef Leilani Trusdale falls in love with her boss Baxter Dunne and, after a combination of life events, decides to hide her feelings and relocate to Sugarberry Island off the coast of Georgia to open a cupcake shop. This decision is seen as controversial by friends and family because, after all, how complicated can it be to make cupcakes? Clearly, Leilani is wasting her talents. Even the object of Leilani's heartache feels like she's meant for better, and he can't understand her determination to stay where she is. I found that, as I read, Leilani's explanation for her career change could be Donna Kauffman's explanation for why she writes romances: Both cupcakes and romance novels can be perceived as lacking complexity, but they bring joy and happiness to the consumer which, in turn, brings joy and happiness to their creator. This seems to be the core message of the story: Success begins from within and, without this internal satisfaction, any external success is unsatisfying. This is what makes Baxter's restlessness and lack of fulfillment plausible, and explains why he feels driven to seek Leilani.

Another element of the book I found rewarding is the sense of community Kauffman creates.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears Leilani Trusdale leaves New York City and chef Baxter "Hot Cakes" Dunne pastry shop to open a cupcake shop in her father's hometown of Sugarberry Island, Georgia. Baxter, who gave the running of his pastry shop to Lei while he became a popular TV chef, announces he will do a show on Sugarberry Island. Her BFF Charlotte warns her that his arrival on her turf will be The News.

Chef Hot Cakes arrives at the barrier island announcing on the air that he will do a show in her new shop. He conceals his secret recipe of winning the heart of his former student and assistant. Lei feels the tension of her former boss who she loves, but turns to advice from Charlotte and the sugar members of the Cupcake Club as the heat is in the kitchen.

The first Cupcake Club romance is much more complicated than a Sweet Stuff pastry as the cast is strong especially in the kitchen. The lead chefs are a nice pairing of a bantering couple in love with each other and with their vocation as their relationship matches types of pastry. With a nod to the movies Mostly Martha and No Reservations, fans will enjoy this engaging much more than a Sugar Rush contemporary culinary romance.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristie on August 17, 2013
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Ok. There is so much personal reflection in this book I want to SCREAM! I feel like the story is so bogged down in each of the characters giving their reasons and back story that the book is just not progressing. We get it already! she doesn't trust him and he doesn't get it. Move on.

I'm pulling the plug. I can't even finish the book. I am so frustrated i am am actually moved to write this review. AND this is the first review I have ever written.

It had a lot of potential but my time is precious and I have just lost interest. If I were reading this in paperback form I would have flung it across the room already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah S. Smith on February 7, 2012
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So...this was more than I wanted to spend on a book by an author that I don't know very well. I've read Kauffman's short stories in a couple anthologies but never a full-length novel. However, I've been struggling with finding new authors that really hold my interest. Since I love cupcakes and baking in general I thought I'd give this a try regardless of the price and it was SO worth it!

Kauffman is hilarious! For reals! I laughed out loud through the whole book! I give it 4 stars for two reasons:

1. I still don't love the price for a contemporary romance but you get what you pay for.
2. A few times the book seemed to drag out a bit much or repeat one too many times a characters "feelings". Not that I have anything against feelings people! I just think there is a limit to the amount of times an author needs to explain that she loves him and he loves her and they've secretly loved each other forever but it'll just never work out!

All-in-all, it was a wonderful book and I was so happy that I gave it a chance and loved Kauffman's style so much that I went ahead and got the next Cupcake Club novel! Hope there are more in the future!
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