Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review of 'Batter Up' by Robyn Neeley

She mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste...

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. Each Monday, 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 rumour: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously sceptical, 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 thoughts**

I loved this book! I love the concept of a simple spell revealing the name of one's future wife in a bowl of batter. I love a dash of paranormal in a romance, without it overpowering. I love books about people who work in bakeries or as chefs. Toss in a dash of comedic relief, and you have the recipe for a sweet romance designed for savoring on a summer afternoon.

I also loved that it took place in a small town in Upstate NY, named after one of my favorite hiking spots!

Emma is strong with just enough stubbornness and plenty of self-reliance. She is guarded with her heart and with her secret craft. Jason has been looking for a change in his life and aches to right some wrongs from his past. Both of them are harboring secrets that are keeping them from looking for their own happily ever after, not realizing that the answer to their hopes is right in front of them. As in any good romance, they have their ups and downs. Some moments may be predictable, but who cares? A well-written tale is worth it. And this one, my friends, is a fun one. I want more!

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