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What does it take to make it Hot in Magnolia? One cup of sexy. Two tablespoons of sizzle. And a whole lot of heart.

Magnolia, Texas, might be booming with single men, but as far as Melvina Banks is concerned, it’s a bust. Between her volunteer work with the Magnolia Blossoms, tutoring at the local library, whipping up cupcakes for the local firefighters, and working at her dad’s diner, she has no time for blind dates let alone finding “the one”. Melvina would much rather spend her precious down time fine-tuning her plan to open a bakery.

When celebrity chef, Riley Nash comes to town for a Blossoms fundraiser, Melvina hopes for a chance to pick Riley’s business-savvy brain. With Riley’s nationally acclaimed talents and his successful new restaurant, Braised, he just might be the one who can help Melvina whip her blossoming idea into a recipe for success. Trouble is, she can’t seem to keep her mind on business when it comes to Riley’s devilish good looks and sizzling charm.

The heat is turned up when Magnolia’s handsome fire chief, Manny Owens, sparks an interest in Melvina. Torn between two of Magnolia’s hottest bachelors, she can’t help but feel the burn. Can Melvina separate her rising affections for both men, or will she end up with egg on her face?

Cupcakes and Kisses is the first book in the delicious new romantic comedy series, Hot in Magnolia, by award-winning author Minette Lauren. Set in the burgeoning town of Magnolia, Texas, this hot new series is brimming with laugh-out-loud moments and chock-full of endearing characters who will have you rooting for love and cheering for happy endings.

©2019 Minette Lauren (P)2020 Minette Lauren

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Exc writing & story, comfort book for the soul.

I have always prided myself on being one of those people with a very wide range of books that l like, everything from adventure to zombie horror! I like them all but l haven’t come across many pure romance books which l like, l just haven’t found them before, but this book is really good.
I was first recommended this by a friend although the title didn’t encourage me l mean (Cupcakes and Kisses) but l soon was drawn into the story of the suburb or area outside HOUSTON that is Magnolia and all of it’s quirky folk.
I certainly will be first in the queue waiting for book 2 in the series.

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  • Laurie Anne
  • 20-07-21

beautifully written small town love triangle

Melvina, is the town baker/ volunteer/philanthropist who finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between fire chief, Manny and chef and businessman, Riley.

Now, usually I loathe love triangles because someone I fall for in the book ends up getting hurt. NOT SO in this book. Bravo to Minette for proving that this trope can be done so well that the reader ends up ridiculously happy for the HEA for everyone!!

This is my first time reading a book by this author and by no means the last! I loved this small town romance that had just enough smexy times to keep this girl happy and hooked.

Riley & Manny were both swoony and I really didn't know until 75% into the book who I wanted to see Melvina end up with.
I promise you'll be happy how this one ends.
I cant wait for more books in this series!!

Samantha narrated the majority of this book and I just adore her voice, especially for this character. Jason is pure ear-bliss as the heroes!

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  • Jodi
  • 01-07-21

Hot little small town romance!

Cupcake and Kisses is book one in the Hot in Magnolia series by Minette Lauren. This was my first book by Minette and I really enjoyed everything about this small town romance. Melvina and Riley sure do have an interesting meet cute! This audio is narrated by Samantha Brentmoor and Jason Clarke.

The majority of the book is narrated by Samantha Brentmoor, and it is told in the third person. Samantha is quickly becoming one of my favorite female narrators. I love the southern drawl she adds to performance that really brings out Melvina's unique personality. Jason adds to the story with his few chapters of Riley's POV.

Overall I enjoyed this sweet little sexy romance with the perfect HEA. I'm looking forward to listening and reading more from the is author.

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  • Geo V
  • 16-07-20

Great story high quality narration

This was a very fun story with great character development and many moments to bring a smile to your face. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can’t wait for books two and three. Kudos to the narrators - excellent work. Ok

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  • Debra
  • 02-06-20

Highly recommend

Absolutely loved this story!
Looking forward to more from Minette Lauren!
This was exactly the type of story I was looking for
during a time when I just needed to shut off the noise from all of the nonsense in our new “normal”. This was such a surprise and was much needed! Thank you!