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When Honey D’Amourvell inherits property on tiny Sugarberry Island, she’s prepared to start a whole new life. Her plan is simple—make a home, open a shop, and maybe, finally, find a place to belong. But the building she now owns is leased to none other than the owner of Babycakes, which means her spot is already occupied. Honey isn’t sure how to put down roots when she has nowhere to plant them. But sexy, softhearted mechanic Dylan Ross seems determined to help. He’s everything she never imagined she would find in a man, and each kiss is more persuasive than the last…
Soon enough, Honey is another important ingredient in the spicy mix of the Cupcake Club. But will Dylan convince her that what she craves most is his love?
“An artist moving to a new town meets a man who encourages her to give love a chance.
Although her name makes her sound like a real sweetie, reclusive Honey D’Amourvell has never been a people person. She’s been blessed with the familial gift of being able to see into others’ pasts and futures, though she views this gift as a curse. In fact, it’s only the death of her favorite relative, Aunt Bea, that gets Honey out of her Oregon art studio. Bea’s bequest of an apartment and store in the quaint town of Sugarberry Island, Ga., encourages Honey to make the cross-country trek in the hope of starting a new life, but no sooner does she arrive in town than her ancient car goes kaput. That’s not the only thing that seems to be going wrong for Honey. Apparently, the store and apartment she’s been planning on have been leased to Leilani Dunne and her cupcake empire. Though Leilani’s sweet as frosting about the misunderstanding, Honey’s at a loss for what to do next. Meanwhile, the usually aloof mechanic Dylan Ross finds himself thinking about Honey so much that he hopes the special parts he ordered for her car never come in. Dylan hopes he can talk Honey into letting her guard down and embracing her gift, and him, as much as she feels that she’s starting to embrace Sugarberry.
Expanding her Sugarberry series to include a new character, Kauffman (Babycakes, 2012, etc.) dishes sweet desserts. Though she breaks no new ground, audiences will find the cast of regulars and newcomers easy to like.”
“Sugarberry Island, Georgia – Present Day
Honey D’Amourvell has extrasensory powers that happen when someone touches her, so she has spent most of her life isolated, living in a remote farm house in Oregon. Upon learning her beloved grandmother died and left her a building, Honey decides to travel across the country to Sugarberry Island to begin a new life by opening a shop for her handmade goods. However, upon her arrival, she learns the building is occupied, already leased prior to her grandmother’s death. Honey could turn around and return to Oregon, but her VW Beetle broke down and the sexy mechanic, Dylan Ross, informs her it will take several days to repair it. Can Honey, who has spent most of her life tucked away from human contact, bear to be around people she doesn’t know and who are friendly to her, a stranger? What about Dylan? He seems to be able to see past her quiet demeanor and get to the real Honey.
Dylan is intrigued by Honey. She doesn’t talk much about herself, yet he knows that she isn’t used to being around people. Her aunt Bea was infamous for being able to tell a lot about someone just by touching them, and it appears that Honey has an even greater ability to do so. Dylan realizes that she took a big step by showing up in Sugarberry where she’s welcomed with open arms, even as she tries to keep herself from touching people or getting too close. Heck, Dylan knows how she feels as he keeps his own deep dark secrets locked inside. Honey won’t let Dylan touch her, yet he can’t resist, especially when he wants to kiss her. Her quiet beauty attracts him like no other woman has before. Can two lonely people scarred by their past and afraid of the future find any happiness together?
It’s a deliciously fun return to Sugarberry Island and the Cupcake Club series in Donna Kauffman’s HONEY PIE. After isolating herself most of her life, Honey made the bold decision to move to Sugarberry Island but is stunned to learn when she arrives that the building she thought she could use for her carving business is already occupied by the expanding cupcake business. Honey wanted to turn and run away, but her VW Beetle had other ideas. Dylan Ross is the nearest (and only) mechanic on the island and she has to wait. Lucky for her that Dylan proves to be helpful—he not only repairs her car but helps her find a place to stay—so it means they’re in constant contact. Being around him stirs feelings for the man, yet Honey is scared of getting close to Dylan—literally and figuratively. In the past, whenever she has touched someone, her visions are dark and full of doom. She’s afraid the same will happen with Dylan, and for that matter, anyone else on the island.
Dylan has his own sad past which has kept him from pursuing relationships, and now he’s alone except for his devoted dog, Lolly, and he prefers things as they are—until Honey enters his life. When she has a vision, Dylan is there to witness it and helps her get through the zombie like state she gets into. It’s Dylan who wants to help her control her “powers” and learn how it feels to be touched in a happy way. Honey and Dylan’s connection help each other find a way to move on from the past and spread their wings for a future. With this connection, they truly belong together and readers will be rooting for them to find a happily-ever-after in HONEY PIE.
Readers of the Cupcake Club series will be glad to know that HONEY PIE provides glimpses of the characters from the prior books. While HONEY PIE can be read alone, it’s highly recommended that you read the previous books; you can find the complete list at www.donnakauffman.com .
A sprinkle of humor, a dash of magic, and a whole lot of pure enjoyable reading is in store for readers in HONEY PIE. Be sure and make HONEY PIE a part of your next reading adventure.”
~ Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today
“Honey D’Amourvell is looking for a fresh start. When her aunt dies, leaving Honey her shop on Sugarberry Island, Honey picks up and moves across the country in the hopes of opening her own shop, becoming a part of the island’s community, and maybe, just maybe, finding the sense of belonging she’s always wanted.
Unfortunately, Honey’s first day in Sugarberry is anything but sweet. Her car dies just as she gets onto the island and, what’s worse, she discovers that her aunt’s store has been leased to the owners of Babycakes and has been turned into a cupcake shop. Part of Honey wants to turn tail and run back to where she came from, but at the moment she’s trapped. Her luck begins to change when sexy mechanic Dylan Ross takes it upon himself to help her. As Honey begins to venture out of her self-induced isolation she finds that maybe she can have it all; a home, friends, a store, and even the love of one gorgeous, kindhearted mechanic.
Small town charm combined with endearing protagonists and a pitch-perfect romance makes Honey Pie an irresistible read. Donna Kauffman made me want to pick up and move to Sugarberry Island… But only if there’s a hero like Dylan waiting for me at the end of the journey 😉
Honey just about broke my heart. She’s a lovely person with a lot to offer, but she has a psychic gift which makes it nearly impossible for her to get close to people. She desperately wants to make friends and be a part of Sugarberry’s community and I wanted that for her. Though Dylan helps her with this in part, it’s Honey’s determination to emerge from her shell that gets her what she wants. And speaking of Dylan… Wow! He’s pretty much the perfect hero — generous, kind, and so sexy he’ll make you melt faster than chocolate on a hot summer’s day. There’s nothing not to love about Dylan. As a couple, he and Honey are fantastic and their love story makes me smile just thinking about it.
Honey Pie is the fourth book in the Cupcake Club series but it can easily be read as a standalone. The heroines from the first three books play at least a small role in Honey Pie, something that should please readers who’ve already enjoyed Sugar Rush, Sweet Stuff, and Babycakes. I started the Cupcake Club series with Honey Pie, but by the time I finished the book I was adding the rest of the series to my wish list. Honey Pie is an engaging, sweet story and I hope Ms. Kauffman has plans to write more Cupcake Club books.”
“Donna Kauffman has outdone herself with this one! I love these books so much and I cannot wait to devour every morsel of them. Honey Pie is no exception! I think after four delicious helpings from these books, I am ready to pack all my belongings and move to Sugarberry Island.
Honey is so sweet and naive and guarded. She spent so much time alone afraid of her “curse” that she really didn’t learn how to embrace life. This really a book about becoming the person she knew she wanted to be, but learning how to do it on her own.
Honey’s journey begins when her aunt Bea dies. But what she discovers along the way is how to love and trust and believe in what you have and the people around you. In the beginning I am not sure if anything else could go wrong for Honey. I was so sad that she was alone and fighting what was going to be a long battle…and how she was without home or car too. When she decides that she just needs to return to the farm and continue on with her life, her mechanic on the island gives her more bad news. Honey is a girl trying to break free from a life of self-inflicted seclusion and that is when everything begins to change.
That mechanic, Dylan, is a “cave-dweller” and has no plans of getting to know Honey and would really rather his life stay peaceful and the way it is. He has enough scars from his past and he doesn’t want to add any more. Dylan is a sexy man’s man and likes to help when he can for those in his community. But by helping out in the community, he finds so much more in Honey than he bargained for.
I could not put this book down. I loved the humor and the sarcasm and I felt like I belonged on that island with all of the characters. Now, I will say, I have been saying that since I first found the first book, Sugar Rush, but with each character and each book, I fall more and more in love with that island! This book is really telling of how far you will or won’t go for true love. It is about overcoming obstacles and learning to live, not just survive. Accepting all of yourself and accepting that others can accept you too. I loved Honey and Dylan just as much as I did all of the other characters in the Cupcake Club series and let’s face it, for a baker, those delicious little treats at the end of the book are seriously the icing on the cake!
This book was well written and I adored it so much. Very happy to add it to my Cupcake collection! It was a sweet treat that I was glad I got to read! ”
“Beavis Chantrell was beloved resident of Sugarberry Island, so her death affected everyone who knew her. Her niece, Honey D’Amourvell, has arrived to claim her inheritance, hoping to turn Bea’s tailoring shop into a place she can work on her art and run her mail order business. Honey is surprised and disappointed to learn the building she now owns has been leased to the famous bakery, Babycakes, including the upstairs apartment that Honey had planned to call home. With nowhere to work, nowhere to live and a car on its last leg, Honey’s hope of a new life and a fresh start doesn’t look promising.
Dylan Ross is the kind of man who keeps to himself. He’s the “son” in Ross and Sons Auto Repair and doesn’t have to worry about dealing with anyone except people whose cars need fixing. After living through an unhappy childhood, his life is now quiet and uncomplicated, and that’s just the way he likes it. Until, that is, he meets the lovely newcomer, Honey D’Armourvell. From their first touch Dylan knows he should run the other way, but it’s that very same touch–and what happens next–that won’t
With Honey Pie, the fourth book in her delightful “Cupcake Club” series, Donna Kauffman takes us back to Sugarberry Island, a place where small town living is embraced, where neighbors and friends are like family. This is a fun, romantic, passionate tale, sure to be a favorite of contemporary romance lovers.”
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