by Donna Kauffman

Publisher: Brava (Kensington)

Published: January 31, 2012

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

ISBN: 9780758266361

Series: Cupcake Club

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

“Klutz Extraordinaire” Riley Brown ran away from her former life and left her career as a food stylist in Chicago.  The career wasn’t the problem.  Riley left to escape her cheating bridegroom, Jeremy.

Now, she lives in a houseboat on Georgia’s Sugarberry Island.  She hasn’t exactly gotten the total independent woman thing nailed down yet, as she lives a houseboat loaned to her, but she moors the boat in a fishing village to live within her means.  For just little more than a year, she enjoyed the island and her cupcake club friendships, but Riley Brown has sworn off men.  Yep.  For sure.  Riley has a lot of work to do on Riley.

Tripping into decent employment, she’s a stagehand, of sorts.

Riley’s staging properties.  Using her former career as a step stone, she took a leap into showcasing properties, and her pay is decent, even if she was working for Scary Lois Grinkmeyer-Hington-Smythe.

Meanwhile, Quinn Brannigan is on this island to come to grips with a not so easy to plan issue, but he’d have to go it alone. Without the advice of buddies or his professional community, he needs to contemplate some hefty career decisions.

He’s come here to concentrate on work, without distraction.

At this point in his career, Quinn should be on top of his game.  He is not, and Quinn knows it’s only a matter of time before his agent, editor, and publisher realize this. The books people have read made him famous, and this is what his writing and publishing communities are happy with.  However, Quinn wishes for writer’s block.

His problem is lack of want for the expected, and with a head full of steam and desire for a story that is different, his mind is occupied.

Consequently, when Riley and Quinn meet, it is a disaster.  Literally.

His early arrival meets Riley on the treadmill ride from hell and his sneaking up provides them both a head full of surprises.  But when her hands leave the side grips long enough to launch her past him into the garden, Quinn’s concern launches him into a state of confusion over the kind of woman he’s never met before.

Nevertheless, Riley and Quinn keep seem to finding each other in one disastrous way or another.

My Take:

SWEET STUFF is a book I recommend, completely!  

Donna Kauffman creates a loveable character in Riley who believes herself a misfit, but Riley will have all your attention with her take on things.  In addition, the way these two meet sets the tone for this great read.  

From the beginning, Quinn Brannigan’s introduction is the funniest romance entrance that I’ve read, so far.   

Although humor plays a big part in SWEET STUFF, the romance is complete, and a few other themes are part of the whole.  From dealing with change to overcoming fears and from learning to trust and learning to love, Donna Kauffman brings it all into this romance.


For readers of this blog, throughout the United States and Canada, you can enter a random drawing for a free physical book of  SUGAR RUSH (Brava December 2011) just by leaving a comment!  

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I will announce the winner on a future blog post.

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  1. Any book with cupcakes on the cover must be good! (mill1@sympatico.ca)

  2. I haven’t read very many Contemp Romance 😦 I need too!! Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂


  3. Looks interesting=) I really love the cover art=)

  4. The cover looks delicious. I like foodie romances which are always sweet. THanks for the chance to read it, Eleanor.

  5. Oh sounds good. I can’t wait to read it – it would be even sweeter if I won it!

  6. I’ve resolved to read some good romance books this year. This looks like a goodie!

  7. New to me author. I would love a chance to get this book. Thanks

  8. Martha Lawson

    I would love to be entered to win this one. The cover is great!

  9. The cover looks great and the book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I love romance books that also have a healthy dose of humor:) Please enter me in the giveaway!


  11. I love Romance and I love Cupcakes…I think I would LOVE this book!!