Monday, October 15, 2012

Sugar Rush

 Devil's Food. . .Angel Cake. . .Red Velvet. . .Praline Crunch. . .Lemon Chiffon. . . How's a woman to choose?
Luckily, the members of the Cupcake Club are about to taste it all. . .
When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale left the bustle of New York City for Georgia's sleepy Sugarberry Island, she didn't expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly, her former boss, Baxter Dunne, aka Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani's mouth water and her cheeks blush the color of raspberry filling--stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true. . .
Lani's friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he'll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal. . .

When I downloaded Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman, I thought I'd get a quick Chick Lit romance book and be done with it. I was so hooked on this book, I stayed up until 3a.m. on a work night just to see what would happen next. Reading the teaser, I thought I would hate the male lead, but the author alternated the point of view, letting the reader know Baxter's true intentions. I found myself rooting for them to get together and find a way to stay together. I read the whole book in two sittings~because I HAD to go to bed for work in the morning. It was a delectable treat, and I've already downloaded the second book!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

House of Mercy

When Beth’s world falls apart, can she ever be whole again?

Beth has a gift of healing—which is why she wants to become a vet and help her family run their fifth-generation cattle ranch. Her father’s dream of helping men in trouble and giving them a second chance is her dream too. But it only takes one foolish decision for Beth to destroy it all.

Beth scrambles to redeem her mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a mystery complicates her life. But the repercussions grow more unbearable—a lawsuit, a death, a divided family, and the looming loss of everything she cares about. Beth’s only hope is to find the grandfather she never knew and beg for his help. Confused, grieving, but determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the mountains, guided by a wild, unpredictable wolf who may or may not be real.

Set in the stunningly rugged terrain of Southern Colorado, House of Mercy follows Beth through the valley of the shadow of death into the unfathomable miracles of God’s goodness and mercy.

It took me a really long time to get into this book. Perhaps it is because it begins with the main character committing a crime and I was having difficulty liking her. After about 100 ePages, the plot started to thicken and I started to wonder how it would all play out. I finally found myself wondering about the book at times that I couldn't read. The story got a bit crazy and unbelievable at a point, and then abruptly ended. At the end, I felt unfulfilled and still wondering about how many things-a few of which were question proposed at the beginning of the book-would have happened.  Definatly a very disappointing "ending."