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Publisher's Summary

As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this "deliciously sweet and savory new romantic comedy" (Abby Jimenez, USA Today best-selling author).

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn't plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn't spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there's also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they're forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it's possible to have her cupcake and eat it too.

"Kiss My Cupcake is a laugh-out-loud romance full of charm, wit and magic. Ronan and Blaire will have you fall in love with their story from their very first encounter. A thoroughly delicious read." (LJ Shen, USA Today best-selling author)

"With a sweet, sassy heroine and a deliciously sexy hero, Kiss My Cupcake is romantic comedy perfection!" (Melanie Harlow, USA Today best-selling author)

©2020 Helena Hunting (P)2020 Forever
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Critic Reviews

"An absolute delight from start to finish, this delicious enemies-to-lovers romance sees an independent and driven heroine and an equally ambitious hero take a journey to love that is unpredictable and filled with hilarity, a dash of sweetness, and a touch of steam."
Library Journal, starred review

"A feel-good, humorous, easy, and will-make-you-swoon rom-com...an absolute fantastic ride of a story."—The Nerd Daily

"Helena Hunting's Kiss My Cupcake is another delicious romance from a writer who is a master of the genre."—Popsugar

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This cupcake was too vanilla

This author’s books are all over the place for me. Her hockey romances are more explicit, mouthier and can be funnier (hello, A Favor for a Favor or Pucked Off) but also feature a lot of casual sex, drinking, and contrived social media angst with hockey pros that can really drag the book down (hello, Pucked and A Lie for a Lie). So, with this book dropping all the twenty something foolishness and giving us two thirty something, responsible business owners, I was hoping the author dropped the bad and kept the good ingredients and cooked up a fun enemies to lovers rom-com. Unfortunately, this book ended up being a rather generic, vanilla story. Not bad, but just okay.

My biggest gripe was the cuteness factor:
Blaire is cuteness overdone: a blond Betty with a love of cupcakes, Harry Potter, and 60’s era poodle skirts. She speaks in baby talk, like when she says “I worked my tooshie off to get here” or realizes she’s stepped in “doggy-doo.” The book opens revealing her “struggle” is choosing to decline her uber rich family wealth to pursue her small business dream. Ronan is a sexy hipster lumberjack, with plaid shirts and his own syrupy backstory of dead parents and a Scottish grandpa looking to him to save the family pub. Thankfully, Ronan throws (occasional) F bombs instead of baby bombs. But, he also contributes to the cuteness, complicit in karaoke duets and Harry Potter fandom.

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It’s not a good sign when the most interesting folks are the side characters, from grandpa to Blaire’s bonkers family. The conflicts are mild and rather juvenile. The humor quirked my lips, but never got me to laugh. I think part of the vanilla was the female narrator, who could have used more snark (ala Erin Mallon or Lorelei King) to sell the banter. Hamilton’s narration brought the heat, but he only narrated every fifth chapter or so. There’s only one detailed nooky scene at 6.5hrs (which I did enjoy, since both Blaire and Ronan gave mouthy, sexy good times); the rest are vaguely referenced or stop at kisses, making this story a too sweet, too slow burn.

For livelier rom-com, I recommend:
💥Take a Hint by Hibbert, for a mouthy, yet sweet, and effortlessly woke, contemporary British rom-com
💥Man Hands by author duo Eby/Bowen for salt, tequila, lime hilarity if you can handle tons of F bombs
💥Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn, for a piss-N-vinegar hockey rom-com done right
💥Good Time by Jana Astin, for an exuberant, funny, but extremely naughty rom-com

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Needed more Teddy Hamilton

Female narrator comprised 70% of the book and she was not very expressive or good IMO. Her Scottish accent was not good. The Ronan character was soooo adorable and the book would have been much better if he had narrated more.

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Cute and Flirty

This one was entertaining and sweet, not as funny as some of other books I have read of Helena's but still a very enjoyable story. Kind of an enemy to lovers story. Narration is great, I love every book narrated by Teddy Hamilton.

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Good Listen

I enjoyed this book, it dragged a bit in the middle and end, but overall I think this is worth a listen, maybe not a credit. I also expected more of Teddy Hamilton's narration and not as steamy as some of Teddy's other work. But I can appreciate the characters for how their written.

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Ugh

So much of this I did not like. Since graduating from middle school, I haven’t found ridiculous sexual innuendo funny. Subtlety is so much sexier.
Also, the man who voiced Ronan was not my favorite. I live in the Pacific Northwest and have never heard an accent like that, it was almost like Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka...super annoying. The leads lacked chemistry, I didn’t even care if they got together.

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Great story! So happy I found this author.

Great story and so easy to fall in love with the characters. This is my second book by this author and I'm looking forward to another.

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Sweet story!

What a sweet story (pun intended!)! I loved Teddy and Holly bringing Ronan and Blaire to life! Their chemistry and hijinks come to life and I absolutely love it! I love following along with these two and bringing their shops to life. This story was sweet, steamy and sexy and I loved it! Full of laughs and heart like all of Helena’s work! Would recommend this to anyone! Now I want to have a cupcake and throw some axes!

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Nice, sweet story

In this time of stress and difficulty, it was so nice to listen to a story that was lovely.

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Sweet story but needed more Teddy

The story was nice and sweet but the narration definitely was not even. Teddy Hamilton's narration is only about 30 to 40% of the story. The sexual tension would have definately been more intense if more of the male part was spoken by Hamilton especially in the beginning.

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4 stars!!!!!!!

I wasn't sure about this one, even through the first handful of chapters. I did start to warm up to it as it continued. By the end, I was all in story-wise. It was a pretty cute, sweet and heartwarming story. There were definitely some oddball characters that helped add to the story as well. All in all, I was happy with this one.

One complaint though. I guess when romances are dual narrated, I have a certain expectation that the book will more or less make this an even thing. Meaning that the narration will switch on & off between characters. That wasn't the case here. I supposed I should also admit that I'm a little biased since when it's a book that involves Teddy narrating, then I want to hear more of him narrating! He only narrated maybe 20% of this book.

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