CAKE, an all-new romantic and hilarious standalone from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available NOW!
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?
Cake is a light enemies-to-lovers book that’ll make you laugh your arse off and make you feel like you are watching a romantic comedy in your head.
This book follows Poppy and Leo, two people who can barely stand each other but have enough sexual tension to start a fire.
Poppy’s life suddenly turned into that Bambi on ice GIF we’ve all seen around the internet. Just when she thinks things are about to get better, they get even worse and she keeps losing her footing. For starters, she’s broke and she has three cats to take care of. Then she gets the news that her ex-boyfriend is getting married to her ex-best friend and she is going to be a maid of honor. Then she discovers her promotion—more like livelihood—depends on how well the wedding from hell goes. And as a cherry on top, Leo Nash is out to ruin her life, her vibrator and her razor-sharp focus with his smug grins, dirty comments and smoking-hot body.
I love rom-coms. They are my favorite kind of romance stories. If I were rating this book based on that alone I’d give it a 5 out of 5 since it is unbelievably hilarious and butterfly-inducing romantic. But I can’t do that because I’m giving y’all my thoughts on the entire thing and unfortunately there are a couple of things holding me back from loving this book.
I wasn’t a fan of Leo for most of the book. I loved Poppy and her outspoken personality which made it very hard for me to love Leo since in most of his chapters he appeared to be a jerk and man whore who only thought about Poppy in a sexual way. She deserved better than Leo in my opinion but then towards the very end he suddenly got very charming and lovely and… I totally fell for his charm. Darn it! At least I have a little bit of love towards him now.
I skim read most of the chapters written from Leo’s point of view since I hated reading his thoughts. I literally couldn’t stand them and that made the whole experience of reading this book less enjoyable for me.
Overall, this is a good book. It is a bit slow-paced but you almost don’t feel it between all the bickering and hilarious events that happen through the entire book. If you love laughing and swooning then give this book a try.
3.5 / 5 flowers
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?”
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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?