The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless
Publication Date: November 24th, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Read: January 15th, 2016
They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.
Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.
Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.
Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.
Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.
Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.
The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.
This was cute and I've got to say the little baker in me was drooling over the pages! Everything Julie baked sounded so good, that I was craving to go into the kitchen to bake the goodies myself! I absolutely love stories that have bakers in them, it calls to my sweet tooth and it brings a joy to my heart! That aspect pulled me in and then add onto the fact she can cast spells with her baked goods, you won this girl over!
Though somethings were a little too fast for my liking, which was the romance. You guys have only known each other for like two days and you're already acting on the brink of love (cue eye rolling). Though I did think it was sweet sometimes, like how Julie (without even knowing it) helped Horatio finally stand up to his father.
Ignoring him, I added, "And Billy just explained that the mold needed to be recast. That takes time. What should I do, go blow on the mold to make it dry faster?"
That quote had me cracking up, laughing out loud to where I literally had to take a breath before being able to continue to read. I was able to connect to both of the characters, understanding the struggle of trying to appease a parent that no matter what you did you just ended up disappointing them. So, it was awesome to see Horatio stand up for himself to his father!
I enjoyed watching the characters develop more than anything else in this book. Well, not more than the baking aspect and the beautiful pictures of the world Mrs. Lawless created in my head. But watching them grow was definitely stronger than my like of how fast the romance was and the witchy part of the book. I was a bit disappointed that the witch element of the story wasn't stronger. The little tidbits we got were great but I was expecting more. Honestly, I feel like this story could be expanded and turned into a novel, I think that's what the story needs. That way the other aspects can grow and develop too, plus I'm greedy and just want more of the story! I feel like there's still so much that needs to be told!
Overall, I truly enjoyed this and I was sad when it ended! I can't wait to fall back into this world in the next book which will be behind their friend, Rayne's, point of view. So excited to see what's up his sleeves and the reasoning behind why his eyes sparkle so much! I also have the first Chancellor Fairy Tales book on my kindle and I'm thrilled to dive into the deep end with Mrs. Lawless's mermaid tale. So grateful they're all standalone novellas!
*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*
Sweet Readings Everybody!