When I saw that this was a story about a baker and a cooking contest, I knew my sister would want to read it. (She loves cooking, and I love eating her creations. Her latest was a dark chocolate cake with a raspberry compote on top of it, and it was the perfect marrying of flavors.)
So consider this a two-perspective review from both of us.
Kat is a baker, and she loves the craft with a passion. It is her one and only interest, and at times she wonders if that makes her weird. Can you build your whole life around baking?
Kat wants to believe she can. Especially because she works hard to be extraordinary. She balances "order and creativity," and the results make you glad to have tastebuds.
But personally, Kat feels stuck. She needs something more... she needs a specific platform for her work, beyond her Aunt's bakeshop. She needs new people and new challenges and a horizon to aim for.
And what's a best friend for except to launch you toward your dreams? Enter Lucas, Kat's best friend. And his plan to help Kat involves Cupcake Combat.
Picture one baker with big dreams leaving her smallish town and heading for an LA Tv studio. See her coming out of her shell and surprising her whole family. "Kat, Miss Predictable, about to participate in a Food Network show?!" And as her assistant, picture Lucas. A man who takes himself far too serious. A man who has a good heart.... but no kitchen intuition.
Combat indeed. Did somebody mention Love and War? This book is one comedy/fiasco after another, all with a layer of bantering-friendship-turning-into-something-more on top.
Lucas and Kat may be dear friends, but that doesn't mean they know how to navigate romance!
This is a Rom-Com with all the tension of friends falling in love, cooking triumphs and disasters, and a woman trying to chase her dreams. Sometimes it's dramatic, sometimes it's tender... but it's always a delight to read.
Thank you Litfuse for our copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes!