Feature book: Batter Up
Emma is the owner of a bakery called the Sugar Spoon in a lakeside town called Buttermilk Falls. She and her cousin Abby bake cupcakes, and on Monday nights they have what is called ‘Batter Up Night’. This involves bachelors, a cupcake batter, distraction in the form of pink sprinkles, a spell and a magical mixing spoon. Emma concentrates on the bachelor and the spell, and the name of the bachelor’s intended appears in the batter; she has an unblemished record in matchmaking.
Jason is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He covers the crime beat, and while on a boys’ weekend with his best friend, Brandon, he gets dragged into the Vegas wedding of a couple from Buttermilk Falls. He hears how the couple came together from a spell and cake batter, and he decides exposing this chicanery would make a great article for the paper. He follows his friend Brandon, who has hooked up with Caitlin (the town’s sexy, mean girl), to Buttermilk Falls. He finds he likes the quieter pace of the lakeside town, and he definitely likes the proprietor of the Sugar Spoon.
As a couple, Emma and Jason appear to be at odds. He’s a hard-headed crime beat reporter, and she’s a one-spell witch who makes cupcakes for a living. She has also let the town mean girl ruin some of her dreams. But their relationship falls into an opposites-attract storyline. He’s in town to expose her preying on lovelorn bachelors, and she just wants to bring happiness to people and stay away from the spotlight. They crash into one another as a result of Emma trying to, uncharacteristically, be nasty to her nemesis, Caitlin, at a bachelor auction. But Jason and Emma find they enjoy each other’s company, even though they both have baggage from previous relationships.
This one-hundred-page story, without being pun-y, is a sweet tale. The heat level is sweet. The romance is sweet and the cupcakes are sweet, if you can bridge the cultural divide on the idea of pumpkin as a sweet instead of a roasted vegetable (kidding, love pumpkin pie). There are a few sad moments and a couple of what-did-I-just-do moments for the heroine (bachelor auction, phone chuck), but the book leaves a pleasant aftertaste and is a quick, easy, light and enjoyable read for when you want a low-stress story.
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.