A week after Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies, she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made. In an instant, Blair’s life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter. As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George—Larry’s best friend and the man she truly resents—seems to always be around. When Blair is overwhelmed by all the challenges she faces, she seeks comfort in baking rich, filled, three-layered cupcakes that her grandmother once taught her, and soon Blair’s life is changed forever.
This is a sweet romance. There were two sex scenes that seemed unnecessarily explicit. If these were removed or toned down, this would make a great clean romance.
I found the characters quite well developed. Blair was very naive and gullible when it came to Larry, and she unfortunately paid for it. Speaking of Larry, for a character who wasn’t really present in the story, he sure can generate an emotional response from me. And not in a good way; what a jerk! He seemed like he should be a nice guy, but the glimpses seen in Blair’s memories reveal him to be a manipulative jerk.
This book did contain one of my romance story pet peeves: when a character is told a story from someone with suspicious motives and believes it to be the whole destructive truth without giving their loved one any benefit of the doubt. Really? How can people do that? Where is the trust for your loved one? And where is your suspicion about the motives behind this story “you just needed to be told”?
Overall, this was an enjoyable romance story that left me craving a chocolate cupcake. Yummy.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – book 4
2012 Ebook Challenge – book 3