Batter Up by Robyn Neeley
Publisher: Escape Publishing / Harlequin, Australia
Publication Date: August 1, 2014
Format: eBook - 151 pages
Kindle - 492 KB
Nook - 631 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book review event hosted by Reading Addition Blog Tours.
Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. EachMonday, she mixes up a premonition to share with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, and sets one lucky man on the path to true love.
When reporter Jason Levine finds himself mixed up in a Las Vegas bachelorette party, he hears the strangest rumor: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously skeptical, and sick of frauds, Jason journeys to the backwater town of Buttermilk Falls to expose the baker and release the townspeople from her evil clutches.
But when Jason meets Emma, tempers flare and sparks fly. Will Jason cling to his logic at the expense of a future, or will he let himself fall under Emma’s spell?
My Book Review:
Batter Up is a lighthearted romance novel that transports the reader to the small town of Buttermilk Falls, NY, where a local bakeshop owner makes a magical cake batter that helps the local bachelors on their path to finding true love. Author Robyn Neeley weaves an entertaining tale that easily draws the reader into this feel good, fun romance novel that will leave a smile on your face.
Twenty-eight year old Emma Stevens is a third generation owner of the Sugar Spun Bakeshop in Buttermilk Falls, NY. Emma carries on her grandmother's legacy and tradition of hosting a weekly Monday night Batter Up event where she helps one lucky bachelor find his true love. Using pink sprinkles and her grandmother's enchanted sugar mixing spoon, Emma mixes the magic cake batter with a love spell that will spell out the bachelor's soul mate's first name. The love spell doesn't work for women, but Emma has a perfect three year track record where her magical matchmaking premonitions have brought all marriages and no divorces. If only Emma's magical cake batter could tell her who her true love is ... especially after her five year relationship ends when her boyfriend Michael suddenly dumps her and moves to NYC on a whim to "find" himself.
Miami Herald reporter Jason Levine is in Las Vegas for a guy's weekend with best friend Brandon Swift, a fellow reporter for the LA Times. Jason and Brandon get caught up in a bachelorette party and find themselves invited to the impromptu wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. While at the wedding, bachelor Tom Reed tells Jason about Emma's matchmaking services and the magical cake batter that brought him and fiancee Bridget Dobson together, Intrigued but skeptical, Jason decides to journey to Buttermilk Falls to expose and debunk the baker as a fraud.
Can the enchanting baker cast a spell on the skeptical reporter? Will Jason expose Emma's matchmaking skills and ruin her business? Or can a little bit of pink sprinkles and a magical cake batter help Emma and Jason find their own true love?
Batter Up is a delightfully lighthearted and entertaining romance novel with a magical twist. Author Robyn Neeley easily transports the reader to the small town of Buttermilk Falls, NY, where a little bit of matchmaking magic by Sugar Spun Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens helps the local bachelors on the path to finding true love. But when skeptical Miami Herald reporter Jason Levine hears about the cake batter matchmaking magic, he is determined to expose the enchanting baker for who she is, a fraud!
This is such a fun story that has a great mixture of drama, romance, and humor, the reader will easily find themselves captivated by the story. I loved the sassy banter and drama between Emma and Jason, I couldn't help but snicker and smile as I followed their relationship develop from comedic and adversarial to a blossoming passionate romance. And if that isn't enough to hook you in, there are some quirky supporting characters whose antics will tickle your funny bone, haunting secrets and flashbacks to Emma and Jason's pasts that will keep you engaged, yummy bakeshop magic and other foodie scenes that will leave your mouth drooling, and even a little bit of drama from a skanky childhood nemesis who provides some very entertaining laugh-out-loud moments.
Batter Up is a fast-paced easy romance novel that has everything a reader could want: a thoroughly entertaining story full of romance, magic, drama, and humor. It is a truly fun story that will leave a smile on your face.
RATING: 4 STARS
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