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Stud Muffin: A Friends to Lovers Small Town Romantic Comedy (Donner Bakery Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 322 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- File size : 2218 KB
- Print length : 322 pages
- Publication date : October 29, 2019
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07Z9N1KZC
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,666 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A strangers to friends to lovers story, Cage and Tempest are both dealing with life changing events and struggling to find their new normal. Tempest, ahh, I really feel for her. As someone who is typically calm, but can have an explosive temper once I reach the breaking point (and someone who’s been known to hold a grudge or two), I winced in familiarity as she gave into the urge to throw whatever was handy at her cheating husband, and couldn’t blame her when she couldn’t resist the opportunity to seek a little revenge. Cage says it best: “I love that she’s strong and fierce and sexy as hell.”
As for Cage himself, even before he knew her (and while he was still a little lost himself), he was so sweet with Tempest as he took care of her, I was practically in tears. It didn’t take long for their chemistry to kick in, though neither acted on it right away. “Not only is Tempest Cassidy going to be a temptation, so are her muffins.” I just loved how the two them were together. The only downside was I wanted muffins the entire time I was reading—you know, actual muffins ‘cuz I don’t swing that way, lol.
If my heart hurt for Tempest as she has to deal with the aftermath of her husband’s cheating and her own reactions to it, and for Cage as he tries to find a new path for himself, this story isn’t all sadness and angst, far from it. Tempest was a riot at the grocery store (“And when did the produce section get so erotic?”), and the baby shower and following scene practically had me in hysterics. Seriously, y’all (no, I’m not southern but I can’t help it), I had to stuff a pillow in my mouth to keep from waking up the house with screams of laughter.
In addition to the appearances by familiar faces I’ve already mentioned, there are quite a few new secondary characters added to the mix, including Cage’s four brothers. With his youngest brother coming to Green Valley, I’m hopeful we may get a story for him sooner rather than later. I also loved Tempest’s cousin Cole, and wife Anna (of the baby shower), plus a few love to hate characters, like the ex-husband and the woman he cheated on Tempest with.
Sweet and so, so funny, with a little angst to balance things out, this is a wonderful, life affirming story about not only surviving the storms life throws at us, but learning to grab the new opportunities that come along with both hands. Another addition to my “read more from, stat!” authors list, and another favorite new read that I wouldn’t be surprised to see on my best of 2019 list. 5+ stars
Enter Tempest, bad-a$$ muffin baker and wife to Asher. Unfortunately, Asher has other plans-sex with Mindy in Tempest’s bed. Tempest totally goes ballistic and a bit crazy until she realizes that she’s ruining her life and she’s just tired of being hurt and mad and crazy. Now she’s trying to get her anger and hurt under control and her life back. That’s where Cage, the former cage fighter, comes in. New to Green Valley but friends with Hank, owner of the Pink Pony, he starts working as a bouncer while he figures out what he wants to do with his life now that a shoulder injury has sidelined his fighting career. He’s immediately attracted to Tempest but she’s too confused about her life to realize it.
What I like about this book is that Tempest is the real focus of the story. How she learns to cope and adjust to her new life, how she slowly grows in her trust in herself and others, especially Cage. Though Cage is there to love and support her, Tempest has to learn to love herself and see her own self importance. It’s a wonderful self-discovery story on top of a love story.
Not that anyone in the book deserves kindness. Every woman character who isn't our protagonist is either an "evil slut", "evil slut lackey" or a God-is-Great-everything-happens-for-a-reason type with zero chill and no willingness to just listen to Em and be there while she's in pain.
And the romantic lead is so lame! He has no personality beyond single handedly filling the gaping void in Tempest's support system. He has no conflict that isn't effortlessly resolved. He has no obstacles to the relationship at all, and all of his dialogue and all the chapters written in his voice are just unbearably corny and bland.
Which brings me, finally, to the writing itself. I really think the author should have done another draft or two. There are several passages that just ramble without adding much, and as mentioned, a lot of dialogue and internal monologue that is just awkward and bad.
Two stars, because at the end of the day, I think all these problems are fixable. This book just reads like a draft that didn't get the revision and rewrites it needed to be great.