Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlay

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Vanilla Beaned

Summary: In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas…
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I love Jenn McKinlay’s books. Her Cupcake series and Library Lover series keep me entertained 2 times a year.

Mel has been hesitant about expanding Fairy Tale Cupcakes into a franchise situation for some time. Tate thinks it is a great idea, though, and Mel agrees to try this out. So, Viva Las Vegas is where they are headed.

If Mel, Angie, and Tate thought Las Vegas was going to be a no trouble spot they thought wrong. The plan for the franchise starts going wrong from the start- but the problem is that Mel doesn’t know if they brought the trouble from Arizona or if Holly had trouble brewing for her in Vegas.

What I really liked:

*I like how Jenn McKinlay is taking the storyline. Angie and Tate are happy, and Mel’s pieces are beginning to fall in place nicely. Curious to see if future books will have a Las Vegas connection or not!

*The Cover. Cupcakes. Need I say more?


If you are a fan of Jenn McKinlay, I suggest reading Vanilla Beaned- it’s a great addition to the Cupcake series. If you have not read Jenn’s previous Cupcake books, while you can start with this one, I highly encourage you to begin with the first one. This one can be read on it’s own- but the extras of the series will make more sense if you read from the beginning.

Bottom line: Highly recommended!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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