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Monday, November 1, 2010

The Icing on the Cake by Alison Kent

The Icing on the Cake (True Vows)
Publisher: HCI
ISBN: 0757315356
Pages: 264 pgs
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

 Summary from Publisher:
 Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . . dot com! An online dating service is not Michelle Snow's idea of how to find love, but when the Big 3-0 hits, Michelle decides she has nothing to lose since she hasn't brought a date home in ten years, she's professionally burned out, and her climb up the corporate ladder has come at the expense of abandoning her sweet dream: to own a boutique cupcakery.

Todd Bracken, early thirties and a successful technology consultant, isn't exactly a player after being off the market for ten years, and pours himself into his dual passions of martial arts and home-sweet-home renovations. Only there's no one to come home to so he decides to give a try. Todd isn't so sure the Internet dating scene is his thing—until a message pops up in the wee hours on a weekend night: 'I like your smile.' Todd likes—a lot—the whole package that glides into a French bistro in Washington, D.C.

It's serious mojo-at-first-sight but there's a glitch: Todd and Michelle live in different cities. Will love find its way in the digital age with a 'You've Got Mail' courtship when video cam kisses just aren't enough? And when Todd challenges Michelle to not only go for her dream but let him share it, will they be able to make it happen together despite obstacles more plentiful than a shower of rainbow sprinkles?

My Review:
There is only one thing that can tempt me more than a romance novel and that is a romance novel with baking (especially the baking of cupcakes) as a central theme.

You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies and I love books that remind me of it. This one definitely does only it's instead if a chatroom. I loved Michelle but to tell you the truth, I love anyone who bakes a good cupcake. I identified with her. Especially her dream to own a cupcakery. It's been my secret dream for a while now. If I thought that I could meet a man as kind, sane and well-adjusted as Todd, I just might join but I would probably end up meeting the looney tunes on the site.

I loved this one more than I liked any of the others. Not to take anything away from the other ones because they were great but there was just something about this one.  The writing was excellent, the couple was adorable, there were cupcakes...all good things. I just wish there were a couple of recipes. I am dying for the Skinnimint recipe.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

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