The Cupcake Diaries: Sweet On You by Darlene Panzera

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The Cupcake Diaries Book One: SWEET ON YOU

(Avon Impulse; on-sale May 7th, 2013; e-book ISBN: 9780062242662)


Fans of Debbie Macomber will love THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Sweet on You, the first in the new and exciting three-book romantic comedy, by Darlene Panzera. Set in the small seaport town of Astoria, Oregon, Sweet on You begins the delicious and charming mini-series with Andi Burke’s adventure through love and cupcakes.

Sisters Andi and Kim, along with best friend Rachel, haven’t had the best luck in recent months: unemployment, divorce, and heartbreak. After so many disappointments, what can the trio do to change things around? Open up a much needed gourmet cupcake shop of course!

Andi has always had a dream—a kitchen big enough to bake and dance in, while still being able to support her dear daughter Mia, and hopefully find true love (one day). Could opening up a cupcake shop make it all a reality?

Together, the best friends are determined to open up Creative Cupcakes. But, with no business experience or money to finance the project it seems their dream won’t come true. Until, Jake Hartman, the hunky Astoria Sun reporter, offers to partner up with them.

Trying to hold it together as a single mom hasn’t been easy, and the thought of dating hasn’t crossed Andi’s mind since her divorce. But, the way Jake keeps looking at her might change her mind. After all, what could go wrong?

Plenty! There’s a shady tattoo parlor behind their shop and a crowd of crazy Zumba dancers out front—ready to ruin them. The trio is forced to think quick to counter the attacks from Zumba fanatic Pat, while still finding a way to bring in business. It seems the only thing that’s going right is Andi’s blooming romance with Jake. As if things weren’t hard enough, Jake’s media crew captures a story that could shut them both down forever.

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My Review

Sweet On You is sweet, feel good, light read. The not-so-good: It is your typical romance novel in that there is an instant love connection (but there isn’t much romance in this book and the attraction lacked details), of course there are a strong set of girlfriends, and there is one person that only wants to create havoc. But, on the positive side, Sweet On You simply made me feel good. The reasons why the three ladies are in their current situations are realistic. And, Sweet On You is a quick, afternoon read as it is only around 100 pages. I’m currently reading book #2 in the series, Recipe for Love, and its review will be posted on June 19th!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Sweet On You from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

MY REVIEW: 3.5 Stars

About the Author

Darlene Panzera

Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.


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