Saturday, December 31, 2011

Toni's Review of Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman ***5 Stars***


Scheduled for release January 31, 2012

Double Fudge. . .Toasted Coconut. . .Key Lime. . .Strawberry Cream. . . 

Every bite is a mouthful of heaven. 

And the women of the Cupcake Club are bringing their appetites . . . 

Riley Brown never imagined she would find her bliss on Georgia's quiet Sugarberry Island after years of Chicago's city life. With a new career and fantastic new friends, she's got it all--except for eligible men. But a gig staging a renovated beach house delivers a delicious treat--six feet of blue-eyed, gorgeous writer as delectable and Southern as pecan pie. Quinn Brannigan has come to Sugarberry to finish his latest novel in peace, and suddenly Riley has a taste for the bad boy author that no amount of mocha latte buttercream or lemon mousse will satisfy . . .

Riley's friends are rooting for her to give in to her cravings and spice up her life, but it's Quinn who needs to learn that life's menu just might include love, in all its decadent, irresistible flavors . .

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One cupcake disaster later and the lives of two people are about to take a turn for the sweetly unexpected.

Riley Brown’s life in Chicago has been destroyed and she has to get away from the town and the people in it.  So she runs or rather floats away to the tiny island town of Sugarberry, a quiet little haven off the coast of Georgia.  She needed the time to reflect and get her life back in order.  What she found is a second chance at happiness, filled with true friends and a promising new career.  Too bad she just had one of her most humiliating moments in her life and it was witnessed by the handsome and successful author, Quinn Brannigan.

Quinn has returned to his second home.  It’s been years, but he can feel the calm and serenity of Sugarberry.  He is a man at a turning point in his career and he needs peace and quiet to make a very important decision.  With his new novel to complete he doesn’t have time for the luscious Riley.  The problem is she stirs something within him that he has only written about in his novels.

Separately they battle their demons of their pasts and presents until they can no longer deny what they have together.  With the help of their friends, they discover that they have the potential for a wonderful new life and learn that their troubles may have started with the cupcake disaster, but it sure made the icing on the cake all the sweeter.

Sweet Stuff is the tale of their blossoming relationship.  This is an amazing rendering of love and trust.  Ms. Kauffman does a fabulous job telling the ins and outs of a relationship; the feelings, desire, uncertainties and the heart and the mind behind it.  I was blown away just by the depth of feeling and thoughts that I encountered while reading Sweet Stuff.  The relationship build-up, is intensive and thorough, but still felt light and pleasurable.  This is a fun read and the support characters are just that, characters.  They helped make this story enchanting and delightful.

My only disappointment is that I have to wait so long for the next installment, when books #1 and #2 came out rather close together.

So if you want to treat yourself to a decadent treat, pick up Sweet Stuff.  This story is deep without being heavy, with just the right amount of humor.  At times you will wish you could be transported to Sugarberry.  A town filled with the unexpected.

Thanks for reading!!! - Toni

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