Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
If you have found yourself dedicated to Erin Nicholas’s Hot Cakes series, then you’re probably excited about Oh, Fudge, the next book in the Hot Cakes series. This book tells the story of Paige, Josie’s younger sister, the yoga-teaching, cat-adopting, vegetarian. What you should know before entering this book is that 1) it’s a novella at 100-some odd pages, 2) it’s a prequel for the sixth book of Nicholas’s Boys of the Bayou series, and 3) it’s pure set up for some big changes for Paige.
Oh, Fudge reads like a novella of background information. While I haven’t read Nicholas’s Boys of the Bayou series, it was helpful in understanding Mitch, whom I imagine has played small parts in that series’ books. Oh, Fudge also provides more backstory on Paige. While we know her as an ancillary character in the earlier Hot Cakes books, we find out quickly that she is the antithesis to her sister Josie, who is in love with love. As such, Paige is interested in momentary hook-ups. The problem becomes her interest in Mitch and his interest in Paige. This novella illustrates the complicated feelings in the characters of their upcoming book, Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour.
The only real connection in this book to the earlier books of Hot Cakes series is the hot and heavy way that Nicholas weaves in food and the bedroom. Much as we see in those books, Nicholas loves to incorporate this fetish into her Hot Cakes book, and fudge is the central food for this book. Where Oh, Fudge deviates from the other stories of this series is it has a clear distinction away from the other characters. Yes, they are all mentioned at one moment in the story, but it’s unlike the other books where the heroes and heroines of those books are intertwined with the other characters. By the end of Oh, Fudge, Nicholas has Paige and Mitch squarely set for the Boys of the Bayou series. And this reader loves cross-over stories, so I’m excited to read that forthcoming book.
Are Mitch and Paige steamy? Indeed. Does their story provide some basic titillation? Absolutely! Do you get another perspective of Appleby? Yes, yes, and yes! After reading the Hot Cakes series to date, it’s fun to gain another perspective that isn’t grounded in the overwhelming sense of happily-ever-afters with the stories almost being as sweet as the baked goods within their stories. Instead, Oh, Fudge is a nibble at that possibility, yet I imagine there will be more salt in Paige’s story than sweet, and I’m ready for it.
In love and romance,