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  • Hotstuff!

    I have read all of Erin’ books and am so stoked to read this new series. I just finished “ Sugarcoated “ and it is steaming ‘Hot’ ! Zoe and Aiden’s brothers best friend to lovers story is so captivating and their chemistry is off the chart. I will never be able to look at pink frosting the same way again. They know each other so well but still manage to find new things to discover about each other. Erin once again doesn’t disappoint hot guys and strong independent women with lots off sass. Everything you want in a romance novel. We’ve now met all Aiden’s partners and Zoe’s friends. I’m sure this quirky little town is about to heat up! Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Aiden is the whole package!

    This is book one in the Hot Cakes series and it features Zoe and Aiden. He’s been her brother’s best friend since childhood but she didn’t realize she had a crush on him until five months ago. It was seduction gone wrong and she thought he didn’t want her. He did but he wanted more than one night. Also, how does he tell her that he and his partners bought the company that she thinks is her competitor but really isn’t? She’s carrying on the family tradition of the feud between her family bakery and the owners of the packaged snack cake factory in town. Zoe is EXTREMELY stubborn and close-minded to change...ANY change. Aidan is drool worthy, dressed in a well fitting suit and tie. He’s the whole package. The story line is great but I wish Zoe wasn’t quite as stubborn as she was. I didn’t hate her but she wasn’t my favorite character either. There was some fantastic character growth happening with the McCaffrey women towards the end. It really surprised me! I’ll never look at cupcake cream filling the same again. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Sugarcoated is STELLAR!

    Sugarcoated is the first book in Erin Nicholas's Hot Cakes series. It is absolutely fantastic. Zoe McCaffery and Aiden Anderson have known each other for what feels like forever. Aiden and Zoe's older brother Cam have been best friends since they were kids, and their families have always been close, to the point where Aiden's practically a member of the family. Except that he isn't. Which is why when Zoe decides she needs to be rid of that V-card, he seems like the perfect candidate. Except he refuses. Hurt and embarrassed, Zoe throws herself firmly into "forget about it" mode and puts her head down back to work at her family's bakery. But Aiden had refused because he'd been surprised by Zoe's request, not because he meant never. His work is cut out for him when he determines that not only does he want to say yes to being Zoe's first, he wants her to agree that he'll also be her last. Throw in some additional complications from a longstanding business rivalry with another bakery in town, and the hole Aiden's needing to dig out from seems deeper and deeper! Erin Nicholas does a stellar job as always with creating warm, likable, three-dimensional characters whose strong family ties and friendships really shine. Appleby is a lovely small town in Iowa, home to Buttered Up, Zoe's family's bakery, and now hers. Founded by her grandmother Letty and nurtured by her mom, Maggie, Buttered Up is a living legacy, mainly unchanged since its beginning, since any change is witnessed by the town, and success or failure is played out in full view of friends and neighbors. Hot Cakes is also a fixture in Appleby. A commercial bakery founded by the Lancaster family when its matriarch Didi had disagreed with Letty decades ago, the two families have maintained a chilly disdain for the other since. With Sugarcoated, not only do we enjoy Erin Nicholas's trademark gentle humor, small-town hijinks, the loving and tell-it-like-it-is relationships, and amazing chemistry, we also have the chance to see some of the ups and downs of the intricacies of small-town life. Some of the community benefits are also responsibilities. The Hot Cakes series addresses some of these real-life issues on a deeper level without making it too heavy or losing what readers already love about Ms Nicholas's writing. There is even more to unpack here, for the characters' lives and for us readers. And as always, Erin Nicholas writes relationships that model relationships as they can be. They're real life without being grim, and hot and sweet and sexy to boot. Neither Zoe nor Aiden are perfect, but they are just about perfect for each other, not just because of their scorching attraction, but especially in how they are willing to communicate and forgive and see that familiarity? Rather than breeding contempt, it offers both a tremendous comfort and the room to fully be oneself and love and be loved. And sometimes that being known really also gives you the room to change. Sugarcoated is a stellar romance, and it's an incredible start to a series I am very eagerly anticipating. In the meantime, I'll have to find myself some baked goods and settle in for a re-read!

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  • Review: Hot Cakes 1: Sugarcoated

    Sugarcoated by Erin Nicholas is the first book in a brand new series entitled Hot Cakes and is a great introduction to the small town world of Appleby, the Hot Cakes factory and the Buttered Up bakery. Told in dual POV between Aidan and Zoe, the story is filled with best friends skirting the line towards lovers, secrets, rivalry and more. There was passion, some interesting scenes with cream filling and some really sweet (pun intended) moments between Aidan and Zoe. Enjoy!

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  • Off to a flying start

    5 star review Sugarcoated (Hot Cakes #1) by Erin Nicholas Having read previous books by Erin Nicholas I was excited when I learnt that she had a new series releasing and I couldn’t wait to read and review. This is a friends to lovers story with complications, not least of which is that Zoe is the younger sister of Aiden’s best friend, Cam. Oh and did I mention he just brought the company that is Zoe’s bakery’s biggest competitor and he refused to take Zoe’s virginity? The chemistry between Aiden and Zoe was intense and hot. It wouldn’t be an Erin Nicholas novel without humour and laughter and this just added to my overall enjoyment of the book with numerous laugh out loud moments.   Sugarcoated ticked all the boxes for me and is a great example of RomCom at it’s finest. Erin Nicholas has a way with words that quickly draws you in and keeps you captivated from the first to the last page.   There was nothing I didn’t like about Sugarcoated, I loved everything about the characters and the story and I am excited to read the next book in the series.

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