Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Cupcake Diaries: A Spoonful of Christmas by Darlene Panzera

When an investor offers to buy their shop, Creative Cupcakes’ co-owners and best friends Andi, Rachel and Kim have been given a lot to think about this Christmas. Andi doesn’t want to sell, but both Rachel, who is soon to be married, and Kim, Andi’s sister, dream of what they can do with the money. 

Even with a potential sale looming, the girls get into the spirit by decorating the shop and collecting presents to distribute to foster kids in the area. Unfortunately, they learn that there is a real-life Grinch determined to put a stop to the festivities, and he even goes as far as destroying their holiday decorations, defacing Kim’s window painting and stealing all the gifts. Max, a foster kid with neglectful parents who could really benefit from those gifts, befriends Andi’s daughter Mia and covertly hangs around the shop. There is a possibility that Max could be their Grinch, but perhaps this Grinch will bring them together to give them one of the most memorable Christmases ever.

Panzera’s (Taste of Romance) Cupcake Diaries series seem to follow the same worn plot every time, which involves destruction of their business in some fashion, romance between characters who lack any real passion and cupcake recipes at the end for good measure. For readers looking for fluff, Cupcake Diaries will fit the bill, but anyone wanting any real substance should seek out Susan Wiggs or Cathie Linz as better alternatives.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 20, 2013

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