Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #4) by Jenn McKinlay


“It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero–and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they’re determined to rope in a pretty payday. But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim–including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy’s short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it’s a whole different rodeo. With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves–and that’s no bull.”

-Synopsis from Goodreads


Cover image from StoryGraph

Red Velvet Revenge is book four in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series. I listened to this one on audio and absolutely loved it.

Mel and Angie find themselves heading to the Juniper Pass rodeo by pure happenstance when their new cupcake van breaks down on the side of the road and Slim Hazard comes to their rescue. Selling cupcakes at the rodeo up north gives them a chance to get out of the summer heat, which is very realistic as most places in Scottsdale do close down during the summer months.

I loved the rodeo at Juniper Pass and all the goings-on that Mel, Angie and Tate get pulled into after they check into their hotel that is located over a saloon. Most notably, Mel and Angie strike up a rivalry with another food stand that is located next to theirs which continues throughout the book as they compete to see who can outsell the other.

Both Angie and Tate’s and Mel and Joe’s relationships progress in this book. Angie has to make a decision about her current relationship, knowing it will greatly impact one of her closest friendships. Mel and Joe also have a big development at the very end, but it’s left quite open-ended to keep the reader guessing. I wish I could have said I knew what Mel’s move would be but I really had no idea what to expect.

This series continues to be fun and lighthearted and I can’t wait to read the next book soon.

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