24580984Title: Cupcakes and Crushes (Turtle Pine #1)
AuthorKeri Ford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 14th 2015
Pages191
Genre(s)Contemporary, Romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon

❝ Years ago, a broken heart sent Annie Cookie running from home, and she’s never looked back—until now. Her grandpa’s broken wrist means the family bakery is at risk of losing two big orders.Reluctantly, Annie returns to Turtle Pine to help out, only to discover it’s not just seven hundred cupcakes she has to bake, but also a wedding cake for the half-sister who stole her high-school sweetheart. Annie left town to get away from her sister. No way is she getting mixed up with her again. Once the cupcakes are done, she’s outta there.Back in high school, Cade Revlin hid his crush on his brother’s girl, but when his brother dumped Annie for another Cookie sister, Annie slipped through his fingers and out of town. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to give her a reason to stay. He’s got one week to change her mind. Or she’ll be gone in a cloud of powdered sugar. ❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a really sweet read, with the occasional drama mixed in. 

The entire story had a countryside, summer-vibe about it, which I really adored. Turtle Pine seemed spot on as representation of a small town. Moreover, thanks to the descriptions I could almost picture myself living there. I liked that the author added baking as a recurring theme in the story because it gave the story depth. It also helps that I personally like to bake. 

Protagonist Annie was funny and actually went through some major character development. What disappointed me was that she was basically the only well-developed character in the story. Though I got a little bit more information about Cade, his characterization did not go much beyond his crush on Annie. Most other characters were one-dimensional and flat. I would have liked to get to know more about them. 

Moreover, I did not really like that the author drew such a distinct line between good and evil. Tina, for example, was apparently the devil herself and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It made the story more unrealistic and this aspect kind of threw me off.

This was still a very cute read though with an enjoyable setting and sweet scenes. Perhaps the second book in the series will offer more insight on the characters.

Cupcakes and Crushes

6.3

Characterization

5.0/10

Plot

6.2/10

Writing Style

7.0/10

Pace

6.5/10

Setting

7.0/10

Pros

  • Small-town setting
  • Baking
  • Sweet scenes

Cons

  • One-dimensional characters
  • Good vs. evil trope