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Batter Up (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls Book 1)

by Robyn Neeley

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This book is super fluffy. Like cloudy fluffy. Or kittens fluffy. Or even... cupcakes fluffy.

Batter Up was a light and super heart-warming read for me. It's one of those book that would make you curl your toes and forget all your problems. With little sprinkle of magic and a spoonful of just pure cuteness? Batter Up can definitely conjure up some spells of happiness for you!

For those who are looking for a light-hearted and "sugar" sweet romance reads, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

Also, this book has real magic! The kind of magic that can make you crave cupcakes, so beware. ;D

(Yep, that's me being lazy writing long reviews :P) ( )
  mariananhi | Mar 25, 2016 |
Batter Up is a lighthearted romance novel that transports the reader to the small town of Buttermilk Falls, NY, where a local bakeshop owner makes a magical cake batter that helps the local bachelors on their path to finding true love. Author Robyn Neeley weaves an entertaining tale that easily draws the reader into this feel good, fun romance novel that will leave a smile on your face.

Twenty-eight year old Emma Stevens is a third generation owner of the Sugar Spun Bakeshop in Buttermilk Falls, NY. Emma carries on her grandmother's legacy and tradition of hosting a weekly Monday night Batter Up event where she helps one lucky bachelor find his true love. Using pink sprinkles and her grandmother's enchanted sugar mixing spoon, Emma mixes the magic cake batter with a love spell that will spell out the bachelor's soul mate's first name. The love spell doesn't work for women, but Emma has a perfect three year track record where her magical matchmaking premonitions have brought all marriages and no divorces. If only Emma's magical cake batter could tell her who her true love is ... especially after her five year relationship ends when her boyfriend Michael suddenly dumps her and moves to NYC on a whim to "find" himself.

Miami Herald reporter Jason Levine is in Las Vegas for a guy's weekend with best friend Brandon Swift, a fellow reporter for the LA Times. Jason and Brandon get caught up in a bachelorette party and find themselves invited to the impromptu wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. While at the wedding, bachelor Tom Reed tells Jason about Emma's matchmaking services and the magical cake batter that brought him and fiancee Bridget Dobson together, Intrigued but skeptical, Jason decides to journey to Buttermilk Falls to expose and debunk the baker as a fraud.

Can the enchanting baker cast a spell on the skeptical reporter? Will Jason expose Emma's matchmaking skills and ruin her business? Or can a little bit of pink sprinkles and a magical cake batter help Emma and Jason find their own true love?

Batter Up is a delightfully lighthearted and entertaining romance novel with a magical twist. Author Robyn Neeley easily transports the reader to the small town of Buttermilk Falls, NY, where a little bit of matchmaking magic by Sugar Spun Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens helps the local bachelors on the path to finding true love. But when skeptical Miami Herald reporter Jason Levine hears about the cake batter matchmaking magic, he is determined to expose the enchanting baker for who she is, a fraud!

This is such a fun story that has a great mixture of drama, romance, and humor, the reader will easily find themselves captivated by the story. I loved the sassy banter and drama between Emma and Jason, I couldn't help but snicker and smile as I followed their relationship develop from comedic and adversarial to a blossoming passionate romance. And if that isn't enough to hook you in, there are some quirky supporting characters whose antics will tickle your funny bone, haunting secrets and flashbacks to Emma and Jason's pasts that will keep you engaged, yummy bakeshop magic and other foodie scenes that will leave your mouth drooling, and even a little bit of drama from a skanky childhood nemesis who provides some very entertaining laugh-out-loud moments.

Batter Up is a fast-paced easy romance novel that has everything a reader could want: a thoroughly entertaining story full of romance, magic, drama, and humor. It is a truly fun story that will leave a smile on your face.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book review event hosted by Reading Addition Blog Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/batter-up-by-robyn-neeley-book... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Sep 3, 2014 |
Super, super cute story. I loved just about everything about this book. Jason and his friend were very attractive and had personality. Emma was sensitive and sweet, and her cousin was a pretty funny girl! The setting of this story was picturesque, complete with a lake, cottages, docks, etc. I could easily picture myself right there. The descriptions of food in the story was excellent. Not just the sweets from the bakery, but other food and drinks throughout the story were described in delicious detail. The romance(s) in the story seemed very authentic, and I especially liked that the author did not go into a detailed play by play of the intimate scenes. I definitely enjoyed reading this story!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  booksniff | Aug 18, 2014 |
If ever you’re in need of a cheering-up, sweet and funny romance, look no further than Batter Up. This romance story combines magic cake batter, delicious cupcakes and oodles of eligible, eager bachelors to whip up a story that will leave you more than satisfied! It combines elements of sweet romance, enemies to friends and a bit of ro-magic to make a page-turner that will make you smile.

It’s an odd concept, but bachelors of Buttermilk Falls eagerly crowd Emma Stevens’ bakery every Monday night. Why? For that’s the night one lucky bachelor will be picked to find out his future wife’s name – spelled in cake batter. It’s something the women of Emma’s family have been doing for three generations, but Emma only has the batter spell mastered. For everything else, she’s unlucky in love – but more than happy with her 100% success rate of happy unions. Right?

Jason is on a bachelor trip to Las Vegas with his friend when they meet up with a bachelorette party and are invited to a Vegas wedding. The happy couple happen to be one of Emma’s batter pairings. Always on duty, the journalist in Jason thinks there’s a story in this smacking of fraud. Once he arrives in Buttermilk Falls though, he starts to change his mind after meeting Emma. Add in an auction for a summer fling and a lot of time spent together and Jason might be the one for Emma. But does the cake batter agree?

This book is wonderfully fun. If you’re not ro-magically inclined, please still try it because the magic batter is only one part of the story. It’s a story of enemies to friends (and then lovers) and recovering from loss. The secondary characters are also wonderfully funny (especially Abby, Emma’s cousin and Brandon, Jason’s friend with their ‘boy/girl germs’ attraction towards each other). I hope there’s more to come from Buttermilk Falls and Robyn Neeley, as it’s a wonderful setting for many more romances, even those ones that didn’t need batter help!

Sweet and funny, Batter Up will appeal to fans of small town romances, Rebecca Raisin and Sheila Roberts. Plus, you’ll have many inspirational ideas for cupcakes!

Thank you to Robyn Neeley for the copy of this eBook via Net Galley.

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  birdsam0610 | Aug 2, 2014 |
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