Title: Batter Up
Author: Robyn Neeley
Opening line: ‘…The selected bachelor of Buttermilk Falls stood frozen, waiting for Emma Stevens to deliver the life-changing news …’
Blurb: – 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?
My thoughts: BATTER UP is a fun light read with just the right mix of humour, magic, drama and romance that kept me enthralled for the whole book, I often found myself laughing-out-loud. You just know Jason and Emma are going to lock horns, and you just know after a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles they are going to live happily ever after. What you don’t know is how it is going to happen, and what those obstacles are going to be; and that is what kept me flipping the pages. The small township of Buttermilk Falls is so typical and well described I could ‘see’ the scenery, the lake the shops, the parks. I was impressed with the twist that it was the single men of the town who came crowding around to see if they will be the one picked to have the name of their true love appear in the batter and that author Robyn Neely didn’t go for the usual plot of the women of the town doing the girly thing. I loved that the men were open to searching for love, I mean normally they are looking, but it is not manly to admit it – no doubt at all these bachelors were manly men!!! The two main characters are Emma and Jason, Emma runs the local bakery with her cousin, and Jason is a cynical big city reporter who doesn’t believe in magic and immediately thinks scam! Both of them have an event in their past that is effecting their present, she had been dumped by an ex-fiancé and he had lost the woman he loved in tragic circumstances. They are both likable and believable characters and play their roles very well, as do the support cast and the not so likable characters! In fact back stories are just as captivating as the main focus. BATTER UP is an ingenious story with magic, love, humour, drama and the chance to raise fund for a charity by bidding for a the man of your dreams (or whoever is left) to be your summer ‘fling.’ A lovely way to spend a cold afternoon in front of a fire with a glass of wine.
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B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
With thanks to Escape Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.