Rating 4/5 stars
Pub. Date June 4 2013
She has a sweet tooth and a dream.
Meet Daniella Delaney. She’s all ready to open her shop, Heavenly Cupcakes, in one of Chicago’s sleepier districts. But she’s having a hard time convincing the local business association—namely Nick St. George—that she’s a good addition to the neighborhood. Daniella hopes that her famous red velvet cupcakes will be enough to melt any man’s heart. But Nick is no ordinary man. He’s got fangs.
He has a constant craving...
As leader of the Vamptown clan, Nick has no intention of letting Daniella breathe new life into his old haunts. But something about her leaves Nick hungry…for more. He can’t control her mind like other humans, a trait that makes Daniella irresistible. Could it be that, for the first time in centuries, Nick has met his match? Love is always a force to be reckoned with. But can this vampire have his cake and eat it too?
Many reasons contributed to the 4 star rating. One of them is the taste Daniella has. She has watched True Blood and Twilight and listened to Muse (the two songs are posted below) while she was baking. I love Muse, True Blood and Twilight so I was a little more warmed into the book after that. It had one or two Twilight jokes (not against the movie, just to tease a character). I could see the similarities between the book and the vampire stories above but it had originality too. The author used her imagination. though I think she has seen many vampire movies/ TV series. In this world exist vampires, druids, witches, zombies and werewolves.
I liked Daniella's reaction when she found out what Nick really is. It is not normal to learn that someone is a vampire and say "Ok, why didn't you said anything sooner? Are still on for tonight?". I wanted to see someone freak out even a little and Daniella did that. I read some reviews for this one and some were complaining about Dani and pink. It's her favorite colour and she has a pink vespa and a pink fridge but not all her world is pink. Everyone has some stuff that have their favorite colour, some more than others but if you hated orange would you want to paint a room in your house orange? I don't think so.
While you might not get a 6-pack from laughing you will not get blues either. It's not overly funny but it's not funeral appropriate. There is a tiny of humour and it worked well. It had a plot and it was almost like a plain romance book. (by plain I mean non paranormal). Nick and Daniella had a conflict of interest first. She wanted to open her cupcake store and he wanted to keep the vampire existence a secret from the human world. Pat and Bruce were great secondary characters and I would love to see more of their story. I still have my doubts for Xava (or is it Xandra, you will have to forgive me I cannot recall the name exactly). I think there is story behind her that is untold.
It might not be a book that you will read again but you should give it a try.