As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this outrageously funny romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of Meet Cute.
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.
|Title:||Kiss My Cupcake|
|Trope(s):||Enemies to Lovers|
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|Release Date:||11th August, 2020|
Perfection with a cherry on top
Having just finished Kiss My Cupcake – my first book by Helena Hunting – I now understand why people have been going wild for her books and her stories. And now I’m annoyed at myself for not jumping on the bandwagon earlier. Because this book was so damn good.
The story is about two business owners – Blaire, who has just started up her cupcake and cocktails shop, and Ronan, the bar owner next door, who’s decided to do some renovations to update his bar. Their first meeting is less than friendly and sets the tone of their whole relationship.
And this sets up a masterclass in the enemies to lovers trope. The pair are truly antagonistic towards each other and Blaire especially is irritated by the man next door – even more so because even she can begrudgingly admit that Ronan is a tall, dark, tattooed hottie. They irritate each other just by breathing, but also like to push each others buttons whenever they can. But under the surface there’s a sexual tension that you can all but touch. It gives you that giddy feeling and you just want to keep reading and keep reading so they can FINALLY give in and kiss! Oh such sweet torture!
Blaire is a magnificent heroine – all sassy and spirited. She’s 100% herself and even when she’s being grumpy, I delighted in her as I could see myself reacting in exactly the same way. She wears 50s inspired fashion and her personality shines in her cupcake shop – that I just want for my very own. Or at the very least visit there.
As far as heroes go, Ronan is my jam. He’s muscly, tall, tatted up and wears tartan shirts and glasses (when he’s not wearing his contacts). And he’s also a bit sassy – if men can be sassy. He just loves to poke at Blaire, but in his case it’s more obvious that it’s akin to pulling the pigtails of the girl you like in school. He’s a bit of a sweetheart, too, and as clueless at times as only men can be. He’s perfect for Blaire and she for him and together they are just adorable. Matching outfits? Nearly passing out from the cuteness overload.
There’s a lot of build up throughout the book in terms of our hero and heroine finally getting together. It’s worth the wait as when they do, they crank the temperature way, way up. We get more after that first time together but we also get things like ‘oh, remember when we had sex on the top of your bar!’ What? That’s sexy as hell. I want to see it, dammit! To put your mind at ease, there was copious sanitisation after the fact! LOL!
The writing in this book was to die for. So funny and so engaging. I’m sure it wasn’t for the author, but it’s so effortless that you forget you’re even reading. You’re just in the story. I would find myself thinking about the characters during the day when I wasn’t reading, and also found myself smiling and being happy as I did so. After only one book, I can easily say that Helena Hunting will likely soon become one of my favourite authors.
If you’ve been holding off on reading Helena Hunting, or just fancy this story, then I would highly recommend this book to you. It’s so endearing, cute, hot and sweet. It’s the perfect romcom and definitely gets 5 stars from me.
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.