Author: Sean Michael
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 4 Hours, 52 Minutes
At a Glance: Both the story and the narration of Cupcakes were disappointing.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: Allen Jameson had it all—the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect life—until his partner, Gary, died suddenly, leaving him alone in the real world, where life isn’t so pretty and people make mistakes. Now Allen is the owner of Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcake Shop, a cute boutique downtown, where he invents delicious flavors like strawberry and French meringue. Between working long hours and making special orders, Allen barely has time to think.
Then a hunky contractor walks into his shop looking for a treat. Allen and Byron Bannigan are total opposites, but they’re perfect together—salty and sweet like Allen’s signature peanut butter and chocolate ganache cupcakes. But as Allen struggles to juggle his business and his boyfriend, he learns he can only handle so much. He may have to choose between the cupcakes in his store and the cupcake in his bed.
Review: Where to begin… I have a very special place in my heart for Sean Michael’s books. One of the very first books I read in this genre was Jarheads. The author has an amazing way of putting mass amounts of sex in a book and absolutely showing the depth of emotion through that sex. Taking all of that into consideration, I picked this book, and had extremely high expectations. What I found, though, was that it was overly sweet, with a ton of endearments and no growth in the characters throughout the story. I really did want to like Alan, the main character, and, for the most part, I did care what happened to him. Unfortunately, by the end of the story I felt that if anything, his progression as a character went backwards. His insecurities got repetitive and drawn out. The weird way the story went towards the end was strange as well. I feel that if this book had been a bit shorter, I might have liked it more. On a positive note, I am normally not a fan of insta-love, but this love between Allen and Byron worked for me. Overall, while I was disappointed in this story, I won’t stop insta-buying Sean Michael’s work, as I am a huge fan.
Narration: Jeff Gelder was the narrator of Cupcakes. Unfortunately, he was subpar as well. I felt like he was actually reading the story to himself versus narrating it for me. There were awkward pauses and sometimes, with the character POV changes, I had to stop a few times because I couldn’t tell who was talking.
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