Friday, August 22, 2014

Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

What they say....She mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste...
Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. Each Monday, she mixes up a premonition to share with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, and sets one lucky man on the path to true love.
When reporter Jason Levine finds himself mixed up in a Las Vegas bachelorette party, he hears the strangest rumour: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously sceptical, and sick of frauds, Jason journeys to the backwater town of Buttermilk Falls to expose the baker and release the townspeople from her evil clutches.
But when Jason meets Emma, tempers flare and sparks fly. Will Jason cling to his logic at the expense of a future, or will he let himself fall under Emma’s spell?

 What I say....This was a breezy summer read.  Emma was an easy character to root for, and I liked that she already had a pretty full, happy life before Jason came into it.
Her bakery is successful, complete with her Monday night magic...making a man's true love's name appear in the cake batter in sprinkles.  The secret is in her grandmother's wooden spoon.
I wish there had been a little more background on Emma's mom and grandmother, and how the spell came into being.  I'm a huge fan of magical realism, so I always like that part of the story.
I also felt like there should have been a little more to the story of Emma's ex-boyfriend coming back from New York.  That part of the story felt like it was missing something.
Cute little story.

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