ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES is about what? Love and cupcakes, of course. The story finds twenty-six year old Kat Varland fretting over her future. She is in love with Lucas Brannen, but Lucas has not expressed interest in her beyond eating her cupcakes and being her best friend. She works in her aunt’s bakery making the same old vanilla-chocolate-strawberry cupcakes, but yearns to show off her real talent in making novelty cupcakes. She is at odds with her family, feeling that she is not appreciated for what she chose to be her livelihood.
Lucas Brannen coaches the local high school football team. He loves Kat but doesn’t know how to tell her. Every chance he gets, he freezes up. When he secretly signs her up for the reality TV bakeoff on Cupcake Combat, he does so as an expression of love and to give Kat a shot at seeing her life’s dream become an actuality.
When Kat choses Lucas to be her assistant on the show, things start heating up between them; and I don’t mean romantically. Constantly at odds, but both in love with the other, though unable to express his/her love, and trouble on the set with each other and other contestants, the stress keeps building.
Will Kat and Lucas resolve their friendship/love life? Will Kat win the competition and realize her dream come true? What are they each willing to sacrifice for the other?
The story was cute, but I only gave ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES a three star rating, because the story dragged on without purpose for too long. For me, it took too long to get to the conclusion with little added value. A novella length would have been more to my liking.
The characters were well developed and could have been someone you know or someone you’d meet on the street. They each had flaws true to real life.
Betsy St. Amant is a Christian writer but doesn’t put so much into her book to turn off someone who is not a fan of Christian novels.
I received a copy of ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND CUPCAKES by Betsy St. Amant from Net GALLEY in exchange for an honest review.