Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review: Cupcakes by Sean Michael

by Sean Michael
Published January 8th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Allen Jameson had it all—the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect life—until his partner, Gary, died suddenly, leaving him alone in the real world, where life isn't so pretty and people make mistakes. Now Allen is the owner of Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcake Shop, a cute boutique downtown, where he invents delicious flavors like strawberry and French meringue. Between working long hours and making special orders, Allen barely has time to think.

Then a hunky contractor walks into his shop looking for a treat. Allen and Byron Bannigan are total opposites, but they're perfect together—salty and sweet like Allen’s signature peanut butter and chocolate ganache cupcakes. But as Allen struggles to juggle his business and his boyfriend, he learns he can only handle so much. He may have to choose between the cupcakes in his store and the cupcake in his bed.

Cupcakes is a very, very light read of romance, sweetness, and some bit of angst. Just like the title, this story can go all so sweet and perfect, but the next batch may just go flat causing an anxiety to the cook - or reader.

This is really the story of Allen and how he wanted to live his life after his partner of ten years or more suddenly dies on him. Wanting to keep busy and make the money left him last, he opens a cupcake shop with two tables. It is a hobby, you see, and he just wanted the live a bit. When Byron Bannigan walks into the shop, lost on what cupcake to choose for a going away party, his life changed for the better. 

As the simple plot entertains us with the blooming romance between Byron and Allen, they never thought that they would meet some drama along the way. Whoever thought that Allen had friends who turned out to be judgemental? That his former partner's friends would be the very same to manage to destroy not only his dreams, but his self-esteem? 

Byron is one patient man and very much in love with Allen. In his own quiet way, he gives the shoulder to cry on, literally, and the much needed help. He also makes sure that Allen knows he is not a failure, nor lazy.

The story of Byron and Allen is sweet, endearing and just plain nice! Like the cupcakes we love baked to perfection and topped with just the right icing. It is not sappy, it is not overwhelming either. It makes the reader smiling feeling good at the end of the read and wanting for more.

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