Pages: 432 pages
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit
Series: Meet Me at The Cupcake Café
Challenges- 2013 150+ Challenge , 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge ,Romance Reading Challenge 2013, The 2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge, 2013 Outdo Yourself Challenge
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Intro Babble: I was initially attracted to this book because it seemed like a nice lighthearted read about one of my favorite things to do—baking. And I was right. I liked it. It may not go on my favorites list but it was a nice distraction on a hot day when I was, oddly enough, baking cupcakes.
Heroine: Issy-This girl walked the line between frustrating me and being extremely likable. She seemed a bit dippy at times but it was also the same dippiness that becomes quite endearing after a while. I also didn't like what a pushover she was for her boyfried Graeme. I wanted her to kick him to the curb so badly most of the time but it took her so long to get to that point.
Hero: Austin-Loved him. He was the smooshiest of the sweetest heroes ever. I felt more attached to him than I did Issy which added to me wanting to kick Issy. He's genuinely a good guy which sometimes can be a bit of a rarity.
Chemistry: I really did ship Issy and Austin very hard. Which presented a sort of problem. Issy was kind of blind. I wanted to shake the girl because Graeme was clearly bad news. But Austin and Issy did have a very sweet connection but I don't think I enjoyed this book as much as I did for the romance, oddly enough. I was much more engrossed in Issy's story not necessarily the romance.
Ending Babbly: I liked Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe very much. The humor was the exact sort that appeals to me. Very light and good for a chuckle here and there. I also loved that the focus was more on Issy's story as a whole and not so much laser-focused on romance. The secondary characters were also a great part of the story. They were lively and interesting on their own. I did find the recipes to be a nice touch—especially Grandpa Joe's commentary. I am a baker so I may try a couple...not anytime soon because it's over 100 degrees out there but someday. I am almost jealous of Issy. She had all of those recipes handed down to her. I had to figure out all of mine because my family doesn't write anything down.