For fans of Debbie Macomber comes Taste of Romance, the third installment in the Cupcake Diaries series. Kimberly Burke has avoided all types of risk since her mother’s deadly plane crash—including risky relationships. Seems like everyone is always leaving her behind: her ex-boyfriend, her mother, and now her sister Andi and best friend Rachel—who have each found the man of her dreams. Then she meets Nathaniel when she mistakes his backyard for the new community park. He loves her passion, and when he learns of her wistful desire to travel, he takes her up in a hot air balloon, hoping to overcome her fear of flying so that she can accompany him abroad. But before he leaves, they must catch the Cupcake Bandit and replace the money stolen from Creative Cupcakes before the shop is shut down. Will discovering the thief’s identity persuade Kim to take a risk on love … or will she stay behind and let Nathaniel fly off without her?
In the previous two books in the Cupcake Diaries we heard the stories of Andi and Rachel so now it is Kim’s turn for love. To give a little background info on Kim: her mother died in an airplane crash so now she has a fear of flying and although she loves her friends and helping to run the cupcake shop it is not her true passion. Kim has also given up on love.
As in each of the two previous books in the series, there is someone there is someone threatening their business and this time it is the Cupcake Bandit. Cupcakes are coming up missing from their shop and when they are out at marketing/promotional events. The ladies have no idea who it is so they ask their other friends to help them with an investigation.
One day, Kim is taking a walk and somehow ended up in Nathaniel’s background. A friendship develops between the two and begins to develop into more. But, Kim must decide if she will continue to live in fear or let go and let life happen.
Taste of Romance was a wonderful end to the Cupcake Diaries series. It was short, cute, sweet, full of fluff plus there was a little mystery involved. I have truly enjoyed all three books and look forward to reading more from 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.