Monday, August 24, 2015

Love Takes the Cake

Love Takes the CakeA September Wedding Story

By Betsy St. Amant
Published by Zondervan

Genre: Contemporary romance novella 
available in ebook and MP3 audio

Book Description

Meet the people who make it all happen—the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples—as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
She’s known for her delicious cakes, but there’s no recipe for dealing with the new man in her life. 
Charlotte owns the best bakery in Louisiana, and clients come from near and far for her renowned wedding cakes. And while the wedding scene is Charlotte’s place to shine, her own love life is more dull than ever. After a string of failed relationships—and men who actually were too good to be true—she has decided to throw herself into her craft and leave love and marriage to her clients. 
Will is a successful entrepreneur but devotes much of his spare time to caring for his ill mother. He knows he doesn't have much time left with her, so he has done everything he can to guard his heart from relationships. And what girl would understand that he needs to spend all his time with his mother? But when his best friend calls in his help for his September wedding, Will can’t refuse. He's always been there for those closest to him. And when he finds out they don’t have a wedding cake yet, he knows exactly where to go—the bakery owned by the beautiful, mysterious young woman he buys treats from. 
Charlotte assumes Will is just another party boy who flirts with all the bridesmaids. But is Will hiding something that explains his behavior? And despite their reservations, will they be able to deny the chemistry between them?
My thoughts:  I loved this story. Betsy St. Armant has made a name for herself with sweet contemporary romance and is quickly rising to the top of my favorite contemporary authors list.  I enjoyed getting to know Will and Charlotte and their histories, and their love story as they get to know each other. I totally understand Charlotte's reservations -- and Will's nice guy personality which doesn't make saying "no" easy.  I almost wish I was there for the wedding cake tasting decision, some of the flavors sounded yummy!  I just had a plain old vanilla cake. 
I love these novella collection Zondervan has started putting out - and hope they continue them into a new year. I have  my favorites and this one heads to the top ten listing of favorites for the two years they've been out. 
If you love contemporary romance, don't miss LOVE TAKES THE CAKE.

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