Cakewalk by Claire Hastings


Release Date: 05.24.2021


Love isn’t always a cakewalk . . .

Gigi Hawthorne is starting from scratch. She just didn’t realize until her crappy car broke down that she was going to be doing it in a small town in Vermont. With an eye for design and some serious decorating skills, she’s managed to land a job making delectable treats for the patrons of the Busy Bean. Now she’s up to her elbows in sugar and flour, but her thoughts are never far from her gorgeous, brooding landlord.

Holden St. James swears he isn’t a recluse. He goes to the local coffee shop three times a week, doesn’t he? Yeah, maybe he never actually talks to anyone, but with a backstory of loss, pain, and regret like his, he’s pretty sure he wouldn’t be very good company anyway. Yet something about his new tenant makes him wonder if maybe it’s time to let someone open the oven door and release a little heat into his closed-off world.

But both are hiding secrets as dark as an espresso mocha cupcake and they’re not sure if they can trust each other. Will the truth break their delicate relationship into sad, sweet crumbs--or will it turn out to be the key ingredient in the recipe for a new life?


Gigi ran away from his abusing husband and by fate she lands in Vermount. While she is waiting for her car flat tire to be changed at a Busy Bean table she gets a job as cake designer, there's only one little problem she has never made a cake in her life. Holden is a retired football player who hid himself in Colbury after he lost his wife. He is a bit of a recluse, his only guilty pleasure is going for a run and to take a coffee at the Busy Bean but everything will change when he reluctantly accepts to rent a place to Gigi. Will they be perfect for each other to be happy again? Or will their secrets shade their feelings?

I've adored Gigi and Holden, at the beginning they were scared to open up to others for different reasons but slowly they become friends and they start to show one another their nice, sweet and likeable personality. It was really a pleasure to see Gigi coming out of her shell and be the strong, capable woman that her husband tried to break.
Their love for the written words made me love them even more.

Claire Hastings gave us a great novel, her writing was easy to read even if it talks about some tough subjects but they still are powerful and some scenes made me cry.

Cakewalk was an incredibly beautiful story I highly recommend it.


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