BABYCAKES
November 2012
Kensington Brava
ISBN 9780758280503
Kensington MM Reissue
ISBN 9780758280510

Molten Chocolate…Cinnamon Spice…Blueberry Lemon…Old-Fashioned Vanilla…
You can’t stop at just one.
And the women of the Cupcake Club love to indulge…

Kit Bellamy was raised on pie. Mamie Sue’s Peanut Pies, to be exact, the family company her scheming brother-in-law sold out from under her. Now Kit needs a new recipe for her life””and sleepy Sugarberry Island is the first ingredient. Running mail-order cupcake business Babycakes is a chance to get her baking on again””until she meets tall, dark, and adorable lawyer Morgan Westlake. New to the island to raise his goddaughter, he’s as mouthwatering as any of Kit’s creations. It’s just her luck that he’s the spawn of the very law firm that helped crush her dreams…

Fortunately, Kit’s new friends can assure her that Morgan is no typical Westlake””and that even lawyers, not to mention single dads, need romance. If Kit can just be persuaded to follow her appetite””and set another place at her table””her sweetest dreams just might come true…

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“Two words to best sum up Donna Kauffman’s BABYCAKES? Sweet delight! Combine the warmth of a wonderful small town with one strong, smart and savvy heroine, add a hero who is only perfect, toss in humor, heart, and characters you wish lived next door, and you have the recipe for one incredibly sweet read!”
~ Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of HOME FOR THE SUMMER

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“Warm friendships and deep conversations form the backbone of Kaufmann’s (sic) third Cupcake Club romance. Kit Bellamy, who relocates to tiny Sugarberry Island to head up mail-order cupcakery Babycakes after her brother-in-law sells her family’s peanut pie business, becomes the newest member of the gossipy club. Morgan Westlake has arrived in town with his five-year-old niece, Lilly, to help her get to know her grandmother. Young Lilly also connects with others in the tiny Sugarberry community, most charmingly including the tattooed clerk at Cakes by the Cup, Babycakes’s parent company. Kit finds Morgan attractive, but his family link to the lawyers who helped destroy the business she loved makes her wary. The Cupcake Club members, inclined to romantic optimism after the events of Sugar Rush and Sweet Stuff…push Kit into pursuing Morgan…”
~ Publishers Weekly

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“Kauffman revisits the cupcake gang in this third book of the series. Although fine as a stand-alone read, you will want to read the other books to enjoy the lovable characters. This is and emotional tale of two people who have suffered losses and are estranged from their families, but who come together around and adorable little girl who has just lost her parents. And, if that’s not enough “aww factor,” there is group bonding over sea turtle hatchlings.”
~ Joyce Morgan, RT Book Reviews4 stars

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“Kauffman has penned a sweet story that combines a number of engaging elements that give texture and emotional density”¦touching and satisfying in a gentle, heartwarming way”¦a sweet, romantic confection that will have readers rooting for Sugarberry Island and all of its inhabitants but especially for the star-crossed Kit and Morgan, little Lilly and her turtle friends.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series since book one. Each book stands quite well on its own and this one is no exception. Yes, previous characters make appearances and have minor roles, but needing to have read their stories is not necessary and Ms Kauffman recaps enough to fill in any gaps and if you haven’t read those previous books”¦ perhaps intrigue you enough to go pick them up.

But on to this story. Kit’s full of major issues. She’s just lost her family business and is pretty much mad at the world. In the first chapter, it’s revealed that her sister and brother-in-law pretty much screw her over and when she takes them to court, she’s crushed by the lawyers from the Westlake family. She goes to Sugarberry Island to start over. I actually liked Kit”¦ most of the time. In the beginning, I tired of her constant internal moaning about her situation. But once she came to terms and her romance with Morgan started, she blossomed and I enjoyed watching it happen.

Morgan”¦ he’s from the infamous (at least in Kit’s eyes) Westlake family and therefore is no good. Morgan has just gained custody of his young niece, Lilly, after the death of his brother and sister-in-law. He has moved to Sugarberry to get away from his family and to allow Lilly the chance to get to know her maternal grandmother. Almost from the moment Morgan was introduced, I was a fan. I loved how he interacted with Lilly and wormed his way past all of Kit’s defenses. He is the kind of male lead I enjoy reading about, strong and alpha, but also in touch with his feelings and not afraid to go after what and who he wants.

But the scene stealer and the highlight of the book for me was Lilly. I adored nearly every scene she was in. She tugged at my heart throughout the book. Not that I didn’t enough Kit and Morgan’s romance, but I always seemed to perk up when Lilly showed up (which was quite often). And her fascination with the sea turtles was an awesome sub-plot that added another layer of depth and interest for me.

Ms Kauffman has written another winner and I can only hope that there will be another visit to Sugarberry Island in the future. If you’re a fan of small-town stories, check this one out. And to entice you further, there are a couple dessert recipes included in the book.”
~ Jen, Romancing the Book

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“Morgan Westlake knelt down before his young five-year old niece and showed her the new baby turtle. Morgan was her uncle and godfather and had been named Lily’s guardian after she lost both her parents due to a tragic accident. His mother, Olivia Westlake of the Westlakes of Atlanta, had been caring for Lily until Morgan took her away and moved to Sugarberry, the tiny island off the coast of Georgia. His mother had had a fit, it was unthinkable that he would take her only granddaughter out of the family compound, but Morgan knew Lily was way too serious for a little girl her age. His mother’s style of upbringing was not what he wanted for his darling Lily, and Morgan really didn’t know anything about raising children, but he figured they could learn together in a relaxed happy environment.

Kit Bellamy had suffered a loss of everything she knew and loved. Her whole life had been about her great-grandmother’s peanut pie. Her grandmother and mother had started a business selling the prized handmade peanut pies, and it had grown into a multi-million dollar business. Every pie was made by hand with lots of love, and Kit and her sister had grown up in the kitchen learning how to make the pies. Her sister didn’t take to it like Kit had. When both her grandmother and mother passed, Kit took over the running of the business then lost it in a court battle when her sister and her husband talked her into letting them “modernize” the operation. With the help of the high-priced Westlake lawyers, she sold the business to a vending machine company, putting generations of families out of work. Kit was devastated and felt like a total failure. Needing to start over, she took a job on Sugarberry running a cupcake catering business called Babycakes.

This is a continuation of the Ms. Kauffman’s heartwarming and hilarious “Cupcake” series. The romantic aspect of the storyline is fairly obvious–he has to prove he’s different from the rest of his family that she hates with a passion. But the tenderhearted gentleness shown to Lily by Morgan, Kit and the ladies of the Cupcake Club makes the romance between Morgan and Kit something extra special. This book reads well alone, and readers won’t want to put it down until the tasty end.”
~ Lani Roberts, Affaire de Coeur magazine5 stars

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“BABYCAKES will grab your attention and keep you entranced from beginning to end. Lilly’s charm will make you smile; Morgan’s strength and determination will make your heart race while Kit’s vulnerability will capture your heart. Three cheers to author Donna Kauffman for a surprising front-runner of this year’s best romantic reads.”
~ Fresh Fiction

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“Kit Bellamy has devoted her life to Mamie Sue’s Peanut Butter Pie. Kit had been in the kitchen baking her Great Grandma Mamie Sue’s Peanut Butter Pie with Grandma Renni and her mother since she was able to walk. The three generations of Bellamy women home baked the famous treats until tragedy struck. Kit lost her Grandma to Alzheimer’s then both her parents in an auto accident. This left Kit just twenty-four and her younger sister to run her family’s legacy. Mamie Sue’s was Kit’s life but her sister was more interested in getting married to a wealthy man who would spoil her with the finer things it life.

Kit didn’t mind her sister wasn’t interested in the family business and didn’t mind too awful much that her sister wanted her husband to take her place in the business. That was until Kit’s overzealous brother-in-law weaseled his way in and sold off Mamie Sue’s to Tas-T-Snaks, to the Westlakes. After fighting the Westlakes in court with all the money she had, the final decision came in favor of the Westlakes and Tas-T-Snaks. Kit had lost it all and she had no intention of sticking around to see her great grandma’s peanut butter pies mass produced and placed in vending machines. Kit was taking the offer to run Babycakes a cupcakery in small town Sugarberry.

BABYCAKES is a charming, heartwarming romance novel. Once Kit arrives in Sugarberry she begins to let go of the pain and build friendships. Kit even has her breath taken away with the sight of a handsome stranger named Morgan who is raising his orphaned niece, Lilly. Kit starts to think Morgan and Lilly may be worth the risk of her heart but what will happen when she learns his name is Morgan Westlake?

BABYCAKES will grab your attention and keep you entranced from beginning to end. Lilly’s charm will make you smile; Morgan’s strength and determination will make your heart race while Kit’s vulnerability will capture your heart. Three cheers to author Donna Kauffman for a surprising front-runner of this year’s best romantic reads.”
~ Jessica Dunn

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“Needing a fresh start after losing the family business to her brother-in-law and sister, Kit Bellamy heads to Sugarberry Island in hopes of finding piece of mind and creating a new life and business. This time around she is determined to have a personal life something she did not have while running Mamie Sue’s. Not long after arriving to Sugarberry she is shaken by hearing the Westlake name. Not wanting to ever hear the name Westlake again, Kit is more than surprised to find herself in close quarters with Morgan Westlake. Morgan “Moggy” Westlake has relocated to Sugarberry Island so that his niece, Lilly, can form a relationship with her maternal grandmother. Lilly’s parents were killed in an accident and Morgan is determined to ensure that she has a normal childhood unlike his own.

BABYCAKES is an endearing story of love, friendship and new beginnings. Kit will battle her past and risk losing out on a future with a man who is just what she needs. Morgan will have to fight his family name to make a home for him and Lilly and possibly Kit. I totally loved Lilly and her shyness and exuberance that only a child could possess. Her love of the turtles in the sanctuary made the story even more heartfelt. If you have not read this series you have definitely missed a treat! What is better than a great story and recipes to boot? Now is the time to add this series to your holiday wish list and catch up before the next story, HONEY PIE, arrives May 2013.”
~ Monica Solomon, The Romance Readers Connection4 stars

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“Now that her brother-in-law has sold her pie company out from under her, and the family home has been sold; Kit Bellamy is trying to build a new career — and a new life — on Sugar berry Island.
The career is with a mail-order cupcake business known as Babycakes, and the new life includes a while new set of friends and associates, not to mention a hunky man and his adorable little niece/goddaughter, Lily.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t problems, of course. The hunky man is named Westlake, and just happens to be related to the Westlakes, whose law firm managed to snatch away her multi-generational family pie business.
Naturally, she can’t give him the tone of day, let alone her heart. But he is hunky and her seems ever so nice, and Lily is too wonderful to ignore.
This has considerable more depth than is usually associated with similar romance novels. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
~ Marie Beth Jones, The Facts BOOK BEAT

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