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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 wAllen 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....

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Cupcakes Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-04-13 05:10

    2.5 starsWow. Um…I’m speechless. Well, I mean, I have NO idea how to review this book. It was…um…erm…well, let me try starting with a story of my own:When I was young, I saved up my allowance and went to the store with my mom. I had wanted, for the longest time, to buy this bag of bubble gum called “Big League Chew”. BLC was this huge bag of shredded sugary gum that you ate in pinch-fuls at a time (I just now realized it’s supposed to mimic…tobacco?…that baseball players chew…yuck!) In any case, it’s meant to be consumed in bits and the bag to last for awhile. And when the flavor ran out, you just threw out the old and put a fresh wad into your mouth. I, however, wanted IT ALL. So, I kept stuffing and stuffing and stuffing the gum into my mouth until the entire bag was consumed. My cheeks were as big as chipmunks (the inside of my cheeks were raw from the sugar) and within minutes, I was spitting it up and had the worst stomach ache ever. Too much sugar, as Mom warned, gave me a belly ache.This story comes to mind as I read this book. The concept was kinda adorable: Allen loses his much older partner, the partner who took care of him throughout life. In an attempt to prove that he could make it on his own, he takes his passion for cooking and his love for making cupcakes and opens up his own tiny adorable shop.In walks a constructor company owner, Byron…BAM!…instalove…and so the story goes. It’s actually a cute-enough starting point and…yay…cupcakes.As if cupcakes, instalove, and lots and lots of sex weren’t enough, the author then, decides to pour in pounds and pounds and pounds of sappy, cheesy dialogue with 5,000,000 endearments (including calling each other “lover”…god, this word in a contemporary romance does not work for me). I wanted so much to LIKE these characters and it felt like the author was trying to do everything to make sure I couldn’t. The dialogue was SO unbelievable and SO over-the-top, I actually was confused…not sure WHY it had to be taken to such an extreme.And then, just at the point where this book possibly could have been saved, it went on for another 30 or so pages of: “I’m so stupid”, “I need you”, “You’re not stupid”, “I love you”, frottage, repeat. I’m not quite sure WHAT I was supposed to be feeling by the end.The alternating points of view were confusing…there was no rhyme or reason…no warning, no notice…as to when it would change. And I was unwilling by this point to try and figure it out.Honestly, I’m a bit sad. Like I mentioned, the story concept is there. The characters have potential (at least to fill the typical fluff contemporary roles that I tend to like’ish). It’s just ruined by TOO much sugar. Just a pinch-ful goes a long way…no need to try and stuff the entire bag’s contents into your mouth at one time.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-04-17 23:25

    I was excited for this book, and I didn't expect angst or drama (not with a title like Cupcakes). Sometimes sappy sweetness is perfect. But there's sweet and then there's SUGAR CRACK COMA.Allen, who just started his own cupcake bakery, meets B when B comes in to place an order for two dozen cupcakes. It's lust at first sight. The two begin dating immediately, and a lot of "babys" and "lovers" are batted around. Allen lost his partner of ten years (a man who was significantly older than him) nearly two years before and is amazed at the passion B brings out in him. B is PERFECT. He's never angry, always supportive, super hot, owns his own construction business, loves to give blow jobs, and on and on. The only real conflict is some issues that Allen has with his cupcake bakery. He'd always taken care of his older partner, and this is his first real venture just for himself, which is all fine and good, but hardly a plot makes. I was bored to tears throughout most of this book. The sex was plentiful but vanilla and repetitive. There's a lot of telling: Things are said, and then explained via internal dialogue for good measure. Both B and Allen feel like caricatures. B runs a business, but it's all very vague; Allen says he has no family, but we never find out why. Allen starts to throw himself a poor-me, I'm-so-dumb party, and B is just TOO GOOD. The secondary characters are wooden: the plucky, funny BFF and the villain you trusted who screws you over. B's friends or his past romantic history are never even mentioned (he's clearly Jesus, risen again; why soil him with a past?). The switching POVs shift wildly (it's particularly confusing because B refers to himself by a different name than the one Allen refers to him by). I didn't really feel the connection between the guys. There's never any tension or conflict in the relationship at all; they just skip through a rose garden tasting cupcakes and getting takeout (there was a lot of random food talk). It's like fucking Cinderella - with frottage but minus the glass slipper drama.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-04-15 03:22

    This story reminded me in lots of ways to the author's When Harry Met Jason.The way it's written, both POVs, lots oflover andlove andbaby. Lots of sentences and thoughts started but not quite finished, lots of understanding and love and no conflict between the couple.Allen is starting his life over after losing his longterm parter ( who was about 30 yrs older). He has a little bakery and is happy with it, but things change and there is a little drama and conflict with a business partner.B is a contractor and has his own small business and one look at Allen and that's all she wrote. It's light and fluffy, and except for the business partner angle there is no conflict or angst. Instead lots of sex and love and day to day stuff. I did find B having three ways of being referred to a bit annoying and I did want to see Allen more self assured and confident at the end, alas it's truly a cupcake read, light, sweet, sugary and quickly digested. I really did want (view spoiler)[ to find out of there were any repercussions for Trey? I know he got the business, but I wanted to hear it failed b/c no one liked the new cupcakes or that some of Gary's other friends cut Trey for the way he treated Allen. I neededsomethingof a resolution to that whole issue. (hide spoiler)]

  • Ann
    2019-04-13 06:26

    Almost 3 stars for the story and 1.5 for the narration. The stuff that really bugged me about the dialog was probably how it was read. Because it did sound like it was being read so there was no real flow to the story.

  • Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
    2019-04-20 05:17

    4.5 stars for the audiobook version of this book.The Title:Cupcakes are small, sweet and delicious. The title made me think this book might be similar and I was in the mood for that.The Cover:I like the cover. The cupcakes reinforce the sweetness promised by the title and the cover models look very much in love. I really think it was this cover that sold me ;)The Story:It amazes me again and again how differently readers can experience the same book. I needed an audiobook and a happy story and ‘Cupcakes’ looked like a sweet, short read and seemed to be just what I needed.Before starting it, I actually looked on GR and was a bit shocked to see the rating was rather low. Reading through my friend reviews, a lot of people seemed to think it was sugar-shock sweet, too perfect and devoid of conflict.Though some of my other friends gave it a perfect score, I almost didn’t start it. I was afraid that I would be disappointed in the book, but I had it all ready to go, it wasalready purchased and I needed to work and just went with it. And I’m glad I did.First thing to know before reading this is that this is not one of Sean Michael’S kinky, BDSM type reads. He has a few very sweet and romantic books and this does fall into the group, though there is still a lot of sex. Just more sweet than dangerous and kinky. Still hot, though.BUT – and this felt very ironic to me, I actually thought this book was filled with conflict and angst. It was just written in a very subtle way and the conflict was not about the relationship that develops between the two main characters, but it is still there.The main protagonist of this story is Allen, a very sweet and likable guy who lost his significantly older partner and just opened a cupcake bakery.Allen met his deceased partner when he was 21 and he fell in love with the much older guy. One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it doesn’t judge this relationship. I am a gay man myself and had just come out, when I fell in love with a guy who isn’t much into sex and our relationship is more that of an old married couple. But I am lucky to have found a guy who I am so in love with and who is so in love with me and to spend every night in his arms. I can see that Allen and his former partner had a loving relationship and he was left well taken care of with money and a house, after the partner had a heart-attack.Now, when he meet B, a guy who buys some cupcakes in the store, there is an instant connection. Sizzling chemistry. It has been almost two years since Gary, Allen’s partner of ten years died and he never dated another guy. But B is charming, flirty and very sexual. He is very different from Allen’s former partner, but they still really click and start dating.Gary was very cultured, had friends everywhere and took care of and sheltered Allen. Allen in turn spend all his energy on being a great homemaker and was happy, made Gary happy and they had a wonderful life.Allen is very open to explore things with B, though. He might be different than Gary, but B awakes a sensual side in himself that has been dormant. I think that the erotic scenes in this book are really important for the plot, thus. Allen is learning more about his body and this passionate romance he shares with B is very different, but not more or less important than what he shared with Gary.Allen kind of inherited a lot of Gary’s friends – well connected men in high positions who shelter him and seem to protect him from the world, now that Gary can’t do that anymore. They seem to be disapproving of B, because he is gruff and rustic and not as cultured as Gary was.However, B is a successful small business owner (construction) and he is one of the few people who really take Allen’s new cupcake venture serious. Here’s the thing – to like this book, you will need to take his venture serious as well. He has a lot of money, but the cupcake business is something he has built on his own and is proud of. It is also at the heart of the conflict in this book.Allen lives in Gary’s house – but he has put his own stamp on it. He ‘inherited’ Gary’s friends, but they seem to take care of him. Still, nothing in his life is just his own, except this business. He might be using the money he inherited, but it is now his money and he starts up this business all on his own. When B steps into the store, he doesn’t just appreciate the delicious cupcakes; without knowing about Allen’s money and his history, he takes the store serious and sees Allen as another, equal small business owner. He is exactly what Allen needs. Someone who respects him and takes him serious.I admit – the two seem very perfect, but this book doesn’t show their entire life. I don’t think that it is impossible for the two men to be so sweet and loving in their honeymoon stage of dating and to create a united front against the external problems that arise. I think a sequel to this story would be wonderful and there is much left to explore like B’s family and friends and business and their new live together as they adjust to each other and living together.However, even while Allen acts naively and stupidly by blindly trusting the wrong people (and not involving B, who would have helped him), being angry about it would have been out of place and without any benefit. And I loved that the mistakes actually have consequences and everything doesn’t resolve in rainbows.So, this is a low-angst story if you only look at the relationship, but I thought there was a lot of tension and conflict where Allen’s new life is concerned. He has to fight for it, has to figure out who to trust and what he wants. I really loved how the author dealt with Allen loving two very different men in very different ways, but showing that both were valid and the subtle, complicated ways that prevent him from moving on. There is a lot of character growth and a lot of things going on between the lines.Personally, and a bit unexpectedly after reading a few very negative reviews, I really loved it. And I quite enjoyed the narrator, too. So, I can really recommend it, but it seems to be a book readers either love or hate.https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress....

  • Vivian
    2019-04-21 04:33

    Another box of Crackerjack!Sweet, nutty and just enough to chew on that you don't get sick. Take one adorbs cupcake who's running his own little bakery, add a big-size, gentle construction company owner and mix with wants and needs (and cupcake wants and needs--Psst! This means sex) and voila! Presto book!Toss in a dash of evil and a pinch of cynicism from cupcake's previous life and you've got the conflict. Total beach/deck/pool while sipping an adult beverage read. Favorite quote:He chuckled. “You’ve got me all come addled.”

  • Janna
    2019-04-08 03:16

    This was too sweet for my taste, with too many sex scenes and not enough conflict. The writing is repetitive as well and I found the plot and the characters quite boring. I guess it's an okay read if you're in the mood for a sugary sweet, dramaless, sexfilled story.

  • Brooklyn
    2019-04-06 06:10

    I was about 1/2 way through this book and realized that the characters were just chicks with dicks. Seriously. Their personalities were all female. One guy was a trophy wife trying to find his way after his partner died. But he wasn't a strong character. His friends were no better. Then there is the big, strong guy coming to the rescue. Ugh! This is what I started reading MM to avoid. It was not enjoyable.

  • V
    2019-04-16 23:31

    This was a very sweet story about Allen, a 30 year old men who lost his 62 year old partner, 18 months ago due to a heart attack. Honestly, this is one of the few times that I'm not upset about the loss of a previews lover.32 years difference between him and his first partner? what was Allen thinking?? In my opinion, and I know many people won't agree with me, I'm glad Allen met Byron, because Gary offered him a life extremely sheltered and Allen wasn't living at all.He was practically a handbag husband who made Gary life pretty, Allen was surrendered by Gary's old friends, who were a bunch of old bags like Gary, and Allen was behaving like one of those old men when he was only 30 years of age.Byron came to the picture and Allen finally started living his life as he should.Plenty sex scenes as you expect from this author, still very enjoyable.

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2019-04-08 06:12

    Huh, that was different.With Sean Michael, I expect either a Great story, OR a so so story with lots of hot smexy scenes.This was neither.Oh, the story isn't horrible or anything, hence 3 stars instead of 2. Just sort of hohum. Same with the sex scenes. Allen calling Byron Lover all the time bugged the hell out of me, I don't know why, it just made him sound like he was 70. Otherwise Allen was pretty innocent and sheltered, so he seemed young. Honestly, I was bored, and that is just unusual when it comes to this author.

  • Kristie
    2019-04-01 06:17

    Gosh, I don't know. I really liked this a lot... right up until the point where Allen goes from sweet and a little insecure, but very capable, into a this other person who was crying and loosing his mind. Allen was so adorable at first. Well, he still was at the end, but for a while there, I just wanted to smack him. I really liked B, as he's just the most understanding and supportive man that Allen could ever ask for. I think the story was going along great until it all of a sudden started to fall apart, much like Allen's bakery.

  • Anke
    2019-04-03 22:34

    3.5 starsNice story, in the beginning I found it to be more story, then it moved on to more sex and the drama near the end was somewhat unsolved. It started nice and interesting enough, only to drizzle away in the end. The epilogue was nice enough, wrapped it up pretty well. My only problem was with the overall storyline, first Allen wanted to expand his business, but then he was perfectly happy with (view spoiler)[his food truck (hide spoiler)]

  • Serena Yates
    2019-04-19 02:18

    A book called ‘Cupcakes’ is one I had to read. After all, cupcakes are one of my favorite foods that really ought to have their own food group, know what I mean? Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to reading this story, and I wasn’t disappointed. A mixture between sweet and spicy, it is about two men who seem to be opposites in many ways, but deep down, they are much better together than they are apart. It takes them a while to realize it, and they have to overcome a few obstacles, like Allen’s past and their time-consuming jobs, but on the whole this is a sweet, tender love story with lots of tender moments as they get to know each other and some hot bedroom activity. Allen is still recovering from the death of his lover who was not only a lot older than Allen, but also in charge of the financials. Allen is an excellent organizer and ran Gary’s life, but now that he is dead, Allen has to figure out a lot of the things he never had to learn before. Like how to run his bakery business, which he really got into because he likes to invent cupcake flavors. The sudden success is a bit overwhelming, but if it brings hunky men like Byron into his shop, Allen isn’t exactly going to complain!Byron owns and runs a construction company. He is physically strong, knowledgeable about running a business, and totally enchanted by Allen. He is also extremely supportive, and lets Allen make his own (not always very clever) decisions about the bakery. He falls for the sophisticated man almost immediately, and sets out to properly court him. Very romantic! I loved how sweet and gentle he was when needed, and how passionate things got once they both open up to each other.If you like sweet, romantic love stories about two men who are very different on the outside, but, deep down, both want a loving partner, if you enjoy reading abut business owners struggling with life, expansions, and business strategies, and if you’re looking for a hot read with lots of tender moments, the you will probably like this novel. Of course, if you love cupcakes as much as I do, reading this book is a must!NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Candice
    2019-04-21 06:18

    3.5 StarsNeed some sugar? Well this is that and more. LOTS of pet names and sap. Allen, a former house husband? of 10 years for his deceased lover, Gary who was 31 years his senior. I wanted to know about how they got together? What did Gary's friends say when he took in a "kid", I mean, because he was really a kid compared to Gary. Did his friends say anything? Didn't Allen ever feel taken advantage of? Kind of skeeved me out knowing that Gary was 5 years older than Allen's dad. What did they really have in common? Okay, enough about Gary, but is it really? I felt like Allen was still trying to make Gary proud throughout this entire story. Always bringing him up, even during sex. How does that make your new man feel? While I liked Allen I thought he was a little too whiny for me.As far as Isaac, well, what made him change his tune? One minute he was telling Allen he needed another Gary and the next he was BFF's with B. Also, the little drama with the bakery, so what happened? (view spoiler)[ Did Allen/Gary's friends ever find out about what the dickhead, Trey, did? Are they still friends with Allen and B? Did they feel the same way as Trey?(hide spoiler)]I liked the story and it was what I needed at the time, but I can see A LOT of people having a problem with the sugar coma it might put you in.

  • Sue bowdley
    2019-04-16 23:08

    Ok so this was a really sweet read.....Bit and Allen were really sweet together....Allen lost his partner who was 32 years older than him and wasn't sure he was doing right with B.....but Byron fell for him pretty quick.....Cupcakes at a bakery that Allen opened and worked himself till it got too much then he brought in a supposed friend Trey to help him and he completely conned him....I hated Trey...called himself a friend when really he was a shark....but in the end it all worked out well....Another sweet story to add to my collection x

  • Fernanda Parente
    2019-04-19 02:22

    I really live this kind of book: romance, romance and romance

  • Arthur
    2019-04-10 01:16

    4.5 starsI like this book, especially for its dose of realism at the end. (view spoiler)[The ending reminded me a bit of the ending of Gone with the Wind. No, this is not of that literature quality, but as Mitchell's epic, the ending showed that in life sometimes we lose something that we hold dearly; but that's not the end of the world.(hide spoiler)]Sean Michael has the ability to induce negative situation in his story without we realizing it until it's too late. What I like from his writing is the characters in general don't do anything so stupid to create angst. They feel depressed, fail, and make mistakes, but do not dwell on them like characters in many m/m angsty stories do.Now, if only there are less sex scenes...

  • Lauren
    2019-03-30 00:16

    I bought this on sale as part of Dreamspinner's Christmas in July event, and although I've enjoyed books by this author in the past, I actually couldn't finish this one. Well, I did finish it, but that was because I ended up skimming a lot of it. It was absolutely no reflection on the author's skill as a writer, but purely because this was way too sickly sweet for me. It was just too much. And that's ridiculous, I know, because usually I love sickly sweet. But seriously? This is probably the sweetest story ever written. I guess I should have expected as much from a story titled Cupcakes. But I still really like this author, and I will be checking out their other titles. And if you like incredibly sugary sweet stories, this might just be for you.

  • Tj
    2019-03-30 23:17

    This book was a short "sweet" read. All the references to cupcakes made me hungry. Sean should have included a few recipes.Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate GanacheHot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling and Whipped Cream FrostingRed Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingBacon Maple CupcakesYou get the picture........

  • Dennie
    2019-04-08 00:06

    This book seemed to drag on and on. I had to put it down and finish reading it about 1 week later and I am a fast reader. I can read several books in a day. This one just couldn't hold my attention. Allen kept mentioning his dead lover all the time. If I was Byron I would of been annoyed. I do have sympathy for the loss of a loved one but to keep talking about him is just...ANNOYING!!!

  • Candice
    2019-03-29 02:25

    DNF @ 57%I hate to do it, but I just can't handle the over the top sweetness of this one anymore.

  • Susan
    2019-04-03 01:15

    Not my favourite Sean Michael story but very sweet and heart-warming.

  • Teresa
    2019-04-19 23:20

    Sugar sweet with minimal conflict, lots of "baby"s and premature "I love you"s typical of Sean Michael. Great to cleanse your palate after a dark book.

  • JNL
    2019-03-29 00:27

    Sugary sweet.

  • Wax
    2019-04-21 23:27

    Sugary sweet, just like frosting on a cupcake. Anyone who starts reading this without that on their mind will probably be disappointed. Since I knew going in this was likely to be low-angst, I wasn't too disappointed. There was a bit of insta-love and endearments getting thrown around too quickly for my taste, but overall there wasn't too much objectionable in the story.

  • Jenny Wood
    2019-04-16 02:07

    *First; let me say I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Okay, now, here we have Allen, who is the one man bakery owner. He makes cupcakes and quite well if his regular's have anything to say about it. He was just looking for something to do after losing his partner of 10 years a couple years prior. Gary, was 30 years his senior and Allen took joy in taking care of him. We don't see any of their relationship because the story takes off when hunky construction man Byron or "B" as he's called; comes in and is instantly taken with Allen. Because we didn't see Gary or how his relationship worked with Allen; we only see it from how Allen describes it; and I didn't like it. I didn't like the way Gary's friends treated him or the way he thought of himself when something didn't go right. He was constantly putting himself down and thinking the worst of himself and really the bad things that happened were due to the people he trusted; one in particular that I really wish would have gotten a karmatic kick in the teeth... He didn't and I didn't think it was fair; although I will say it worked out for the better for Allen; I didn't like seeing him get away with being such a nasty person. Now, let's talk about "B", or "Bit" as he was sometimes referred to, a.k.a. "Byron. He was the epitome of patient and understanding; he was thoughtful and selfless, he just wanted to spend time with Allen and once he did and started seeing how run down and exhausted Allen was for trying to take on too much himself, he really tried hard to help out as best as he could. He was incredibly understanding and I can't imagine it would be easy being the follow up of a long term partner that passed away. Gary was everywhere and for a new relationship he was brought up A LOT..... It didn't bother him though, he understood. He also was subjected to ALL Gary's friends; most of them not worth getting to know, they were critical and condescending towards Allen and I didn't like that either. I wasn't even sure how to like Issac but he eventual redeemed himself, I felt like. I just felt like he was up in Allen's business and the things he sometimes said were hurtful and he was completely off... he didn't know what he was talking about and I can't stand when friends give horrible advice when they don't know what they're talking about. I'm glad Allen didn't listen and he stood up for his relationship with Byron. Byron deserved that because he was pretty close to perfect; especially when it came to all things Allen. He really cared for him and let it show in his actions. For once, Allen was the one being taken care of instead of the one taking care of someone else. I really enjoyed this sweet little story; sometimes I felt the dialogue was a bit cheesy; I don't like the whole "lover" pet name, it sounds like bad porn.. It makes my skin crawl, ick... but some feel that way about "honey" or "baby" so maybe it's just me..... It definitely put a damper on the steamier scenes for me and I literally winced every time it was said. Other than that, I really enjoyed it and wouldn't mind a follow up about these two :)

  • GayListBookReviews
    2019-04-04 06:25

    C+I am a Sean Michael fan. I do have to admit that I got into his books reading the more hardcore and BDSM themed books. I auto buy a lot of authors and he is always one of them. That said this book is completely different from those. If you are going into this thinking this is one of the edgier BDSM books the author is known for, it’s not. It is a sweet simple romance.Allen is a baker and small business owner. He has really used his bakery as a way to heal and cope with the loss of his partner. We meet him and he is open, honest, sweet and a killer cook.B, is also a small business owner but not of sweets, construction and after meeting Allen is enchanted by this man. B is very self assured and successful. He prides himself on his home, his business, hard work and being an honest man.They come together very quickly. And as you read you see yourself predicting each step, each conflict.This is where I had issues with the book. It was incredibly predictable. I couldn’t get lost in the story because I was never emotionally connected with these men. There is quite a bit of backstory, but even with that Allen didn’t seem real. And B was almost the perfect person. It’s unrealistic for them both to be so emotionally well adjusted and comfortable in their own skin. It bothered me. They felt like caricatures. Not like real men.Were there really beautiful moments in this book? Yes. Did I love that no one seemed to mind either one of them being gay? Yep. Where the sexy times smoking on the paper? Absolutely. But it felt false in places.Because of my adoration for Mr. Michael it bothered me that I didn’t care for the depth level of this story. But it fell flat.  Some of that is because of the great enjoyment and connection to the characters and storyline that I have come to expect with this author.  I think that you will do better if you go into this story expecting a sweet and sugary cupcake rather than a spicy and layered meal, served by a beautiful twink who is wrapped in chains and covered in honey.Reviewed by BeansTo see more of this review and others like it please visit us at Gay List Book Reviews at

  • Victoria Rainey
    2019-03-30 06:21

    Hearts on Fire ReviewOriginal Review Published here: Jameson’s longtime partner of ten years died leaving Allen at a loss as to what to do. Allen opened a business called Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcakes Shop. As the business takes off, he has no time to himself with the long hours it takes. Byron walks in wanting a special order and falls for Allen at first sight. As they get to know each other, Allen struggles with his business.Allen is the poster boy for sheltered. At times, he is childlike with such innocence it’s charming. He takes people at their word and expects them to keep it. I am amazed that he has held that innocence as long as he has. I think Allen’s longtime partner Gary help keep Allen that way. He protected him. Bryon is a hot and sexy contractor who stumbles upon Allen’s shop. Bryon is a smart and interesting man. He comes across as super intelligent and honest. What I liked most about Bryon is he did not seem to be out to impress anyone other than Allen.The chemistry between Bryon and Allen is explosive. I loved how the book lets you see Allen’s insecurities about getting into a relationship at all. The sex was scorching hot between them. I also liked how considerate Bryon was with Allen as he dealt with his grief about getting into a new relationship and analyzing the differences between the two relationships. What I enjoyed the most was that Gary’s name was not an evil word that should not spoke about.Over the years, I have read several of Sean Michael’s books and this is the best one yet. I found this book to be well written. The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic. I loved that not everything was perfect in Byron and Allen’s life. Overall, this was a great book and I hope that we get to see Bryan and Allen again. I also hope that a book about Allen’s best friend Isaac is written, as I am sure that would be entertaining.

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-04-10 00:10

    Original Blog Post: is a very, very light read of romance, sweetness, and some bit of angst. Just like the title, this story can go all so sweet and perfect, but the next batch may just go flat causing an anxiety to the cook - or reader.This is really the story of Allen and how he wanted to live his life after his partner of ten years or more suddenly dies on him. Wanting to keep busy and make the money left him last, he opens a cupcake shop with two tables. It is a hobby, you see, and he just wanted the live a bit. When Byron Bannigan walks into the shop, lost on what cupcake to choose for a going away party, his life changed for the better. As the simple plot entertains us with the blooming romance between Byron and Allen, they never thought that they would meet some drama along the way. Whoever thought that Allen had friends who turned out to be judgemental? That his former partner's friends would be the very same to manage to destroy not only his dreams, but his self-esteem? Byron is one patient man and very much in love with Allen. In his own quiet way, he gives the shoulder to cry on, literally, and the much needed help. He also makes sure that Allen knows he is not a failure, nor lazy.The story of Byron and Allen is sweet, endearing and just plain nice! Like the cupcakes we love baked to perfection and topped with just the right icing. It is not sappy, it is not overwhelming either. It makes the reader smiling feeling good at the end of the read and wanting for more.

  • Pat
    2019-04-19 01:23

    More than anything else in the world, Allen Jameson likes to create cupcakes, so after his older partner dies, Allen takes some of the money he is left and opens a cupcake shop. So begins Cupcakes by Sean Michael, the sweet, funny, and often poignant tale of starting over again.Two years after Gary's death, Allen finally realizes his dream and opens his shop. One day contractor Byron Bannigan hurries into the shop, frantic to get cupcakes for his office manager's going away party. Even though they are very different--Allen is used to the staid, cultured life Gary provided for him--they are the same, both workaholics who love their jobs.As they see more of each other in between their work responsibilities, Allen realizes that not only life but love can reappear suddenly and blossom. But there's a snake ready to strike in their Eden, someone who doesn't want Allen's happiness. Can he and Byron beat the snake at his own game?What makes this novella compelling are the main characters who at first glance don't seem to be the types to look outside their milieu when seeking dates. Both are good guys, the type of guys who work hard to make their dreams come to fruition. They are the kinds of characters readers immediately bond with and wish well.Read the rest of my review at Pat Booked: