REVIEW & EXCERPT: Cake by Carmen Jenner
Poppy Porter's ex is getting married ... to her ex-best friend.
To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing,
Poppy doesn't see Leo coming. Literally.
One ruined cake.
One hour to save the wedding.
Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla's head from exploding?
Piece of cake, right?
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Cake was definitely a step away from the heart wrenching angst that Carmen Jenner is so well known for but I think she’s about to become well known for something completely different!
Cake was deliciously (pun intended) fun. It was flirty, a whole bit cray cray and full of so much snark and sexy banter. It had me up all night sniggering and waking up my house with laugh out loud hilarity. I could not put this book down! I picked it up late at night to read a couple of chapters and a couple of hours later I was reading the two dreaded words no one wants to see at the end of a great book. THE END.
Cake was a little shorter than I thought it was going to be and more often than not I avoid short books and novella’s because I’m always worried that the relationship building between the characters will be rushed and unrealistic. That was not the case with Cake. The plot developed at a really good pace and the character development was perfectly suited to the plot and the characters themselves.
And how can you not fall in love with just the cover alone! It’s perfect for the story! It’s unique and different and something I’d love to see released a lot more!
Poppy is a great character, a little neurotic with some serious OCD tendencies and no tolerance for Leo Nass' issues but I think we all have a little bit of Poppy inside is. (Leo would’ve loved that one! 😂)
“You will not be taking care of anything. You are not permitted to come anywhere near my princess parts.” He laughs. “Did you just refer to your pussy as your princess parts?” “Shut up. I’m flustered, and I don’t do well with conflict.” “Could have fooled me.”
Leo is your typical women loving man whore! He knows he has the goods and he loves to share it all around! And he knows how to push Poppy’s buttons better than anybody. They have the most intense Love/Hate relationship full of the best banter and one liners!
“He’s Chris-Hemsworth-in-Thor kind of glorious, only without all that ridiculous hair. Yes, to look at Leo Nass is to look at a god, but any god-like impression is ruined the second he opens his mouth.”
I really enjoyed reading Cake! I needed it. It was exactly the type of book I needed to spend a lazy Sunday night reading. It was definitely an adventure! I highly recommend reading Cake if you’re looking for something a little outside the box or something that will keep you up at night through tears of laughter!
I sneak closer to the bed, my heart pounding as I throw the pillow at him. The guy shifts in his sleep, and his breathing slows, but a beat later the snoring starts again and I have to resist the urge to scream. Instead, I raise my poker and jab the sheet covered body. It’s not hard, just a quick jab or two, but he still doesn’t stir.
“Hey, asshole!” I shout, and whack him hard in the butt with my poker.
The giant freak jumps up and seizes my hand. His grip forces me to drop my weapon. He yanks me toward him—on top of him—and this is how I find myself eye to eye with the beast. He breathes his heavy, stinking breath on my face, and I wince and wrinkle my nose.
Leo’s eyes crinkle in the corners as he laughs. “Morning, Pop Tart.”
“Get the hell out of my bed. And brush your goddamn teeth. What are you doing in my house, Nass?”
“Ah, still feisty, huh? Is this like an all-day thing with you, or do you eventually turn from an angry sea witch into a person? Would coffee help?”
“Fuck you, Leo.”
“Darlin’, you wish.”
“You’re disgusting. I wouldn’t touch you if—”
“Yeah, yeah, if I were the last man on Earth. I’ve heard it all before, sweet cheeks, and I don’t buy it for a second.” He flips us so suddenly my head spins. I’m beneath him, my wrists pinioned to the bed above my head by just one of his strong hands. The other glides up my side. My sheets have twisted up around us, but from this angle it looks as if Leo Nass is very much naked in my bed.
“Goddamn it,” I complain once I find my voice. “I’m going to need to burn these sheets after you leave.”
His eyebrow quirks, and the grin he gives me is all-out salacious. He shifts his weight between my legs, then he drops his hips and grinds his erection against me. I’m stunned, speechless. I have no words. They’ve all left me because my brain has turned to mush and my vagina is the only one thinking, and I’m really not okay leaving her in charge. “Why burn them when we’re not done messing them up?”
Meet The Author: Carmen Jenner
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015. A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child. A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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