Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In a word, I thought this story was adorable. Micah is a raw vegan food evangelist who owns a vegan cafe, making up for a childhood of poisoning (alcohol) that finally killed his mother. He is rabid about all things healthy and wants his customers to take it as seriously as he does. He gets upset when they “mostly” follow healthy guidelines. To top it all off, he goes home early and finds the cheating, pathetic loser he calls his boyfriend having sex in their bed with someone else. Very classy guy, who is then shocked that Micah is kicking him out. Dharmaram is such a user it is ridiculous. But poor Micah. “And here he sat. Alone. Dharmaram didn’t want him. His customers didn’t want him.”
When he begins to realize even his most loyal customers may be following some of his advice but certainly not all of it (as evidenced by the giant cupcakes he keeps catching them eating), its demoralizing for him. He decides to attend his friend Yancy’s anti-Valentine’s Day party (orgy) to get laid and forget the cheater. Here, he meets Queen, who is so pretty in a fire engine red dress that Micah first thinks he is a woman, and hot sex ensues. Queen is very reticent about meeting up again but Micah can’t forget him. When he calls Queen, they go out again and sparks again fly.
It is when Micah realizes who Queen really is, i.e. Quentin the evil cupcake baker, that the problem starts. Despite the obvious attraction, “So masculine and ladylike at the same time. So brazenly sexy and so innocent. You turn me on like a Ferrari ignition”, Micah can’t get past the “poison” that Quentin is selling to his customers. As a vegetarian, even I was thinking “Micah, calm down!” but poor baby, he had a rough week.
There is more drama with Dharmaram, who really just is a piece of work. There is Queen’s lovely Southern grandmother, Mary Beth, who is gentile and the typical Southern lady. Or is she? The love she has for Quentin and he for her is so wonderful.
There is quite a bit of sex for the length of the book and the rest really is fluffy and cute. I did want to get to read Micah having an orgy of cupcakes (SUGAR cupcakes) but that will have to wait. I am positive he will succumb to Charismatic Cupcakes sooner or later. Recommended for a light, quirky read.
Interestingly enough, there are two narrators, Ry Forest and Stephen Kurpis, but I would have sworn it was all the same person. I was a little worried at first because the voice seemed melodramatic but as the book progressed the voices fit. Quentin is given that South Carolina drawl, sexy as hell.
Cover art by Amanda Kelsey shows Micah holding a fluffy pink cupcake and I felt that was a great fit to the book.
Published June 19th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published January 30th 2013)
Original TitleHearts and Flour
Edition LanguageEnglishsettingCalifornia (United States)
Laguna Beach, California (United States)