- Expected Aug 11, 2020
As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this "deliciously sweet and savory new romantic comedy" (USA Today bestselling author Abby Jimenez).
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.
"Kiss My Cupcake is a laugh-out-loud romance full of charm, wit and magic. Ronan and Blaire will have you fall in love with their story from their very first encounter. A thoroughly delicious read." --LJ Shen, USA Today bestselling author
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Need a laugh? Of course you do. And that’s why you should pick up Helena Hunting’s romantic comedy, a wonderfully entertaining enemies-to-lovers story. The couple at the center of it all are Blaire Calloway, the owner of a cupcakes-and-cocktails shop, and Ronan Knight, the “GQ lumberjack” who owns the rowdy bar next to Blaire’s business, which hosts events like axe throwing. The two entrepreneurs go head to head, trying to win customers away from each other—and their competition is as hot as their attraction for each other. We particularly adored Hunting’s determined and quirky heroine, who reminded us a bit of the women in Jill Shalvis’ books.
It's cupcakes and cocktails vs. beer and pub grub in this delicious romantic comedy about feuding Seattle bar owners from Hunting (Meet Cute). Determined entrepreneur Blaire Calloway's new bakery/bar is off the ground running, until yummy-looking Ronan Knight moves his pub next door and steals away her customers. Blaire's desire to succeed without assistance from her wealthy but dysfunctional family makes her instant competitiveness with Ronan understandable and urgent, especially since they're both in the running to be named the best bar in the Pacific Northwest by a social media influencer who's holding a contest. As their rivalry ramps up amid increasingly brazen strategies to bring in business, their feud turns increasingly flirtatious and they eventually realize they'll have to work together in order for either to succeed. Their romance develops at a convincing pace, and their relationships with their families round out the plot, with Ronan's close relationship with his grandfather serving as a stark contrast to Blaire's outlandish family. Though the plot stays relatively breezy, Hunting knows when to crank the heat and when to tug at readers' heartstrings to keep the pages turning. Light and fluffy with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice, this is a winning confection.