Thursday, February 1

*** REVIEW BLITZ *** CAKE: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson

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-A reclusive rock star going through the motions- Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not. -A vivacious college student embracing life- When outspoken and fun-loving Casey Caldwell was paired with the famously reserved musician for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker; he was a media-shy loner. His life was filled with music; she couldn’t carry a tune. She’d enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare. -Their worlds are about to collide- Despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?
My Review
I am so deliriously excited that I stumbled upon this book. I read it it one sitting. And I feel so gooey and gushey and smiley after finishing. This debut was just wonderfully wonderful. 

Cake is a love story between one regular college girl and a not so regular rock star. Casey and Jake meet when they’re paired together for her best friends’ marriage to Jake’s brother. Partners, Casey is sure that they’ll have nothing in common. Jake is widely known as a quiet, brooding rock star with a horrible past and Casey is the nerdy, outspoken and extraverted college senior. After an awkward introduction though they find that they are opposites drawn to each other and Casey realizes that there is way more to Jake than he lets on. Spending two days during the wedding weekend together leads to a connection that neither can deny. But Jake has four months of an overseas tour left and Casey has to finish university. Yet neither can let go and after a bit apart, Jake invites Casey to finish the tour with him over the summer. As they get to know each other, they fall hard. But Jake is reluctant to give himself completely over and open his past to Casey because the hurt is buried so deep. Still he knows he’ll lose her if he can’t and that’s not something he can bare. 

This debut, though a bit wordy, was a delight. I was able to overlook some of the parts that maybe should have been slimmed down a bit, because the story was captivating. I laughed out loud, smiled at all the incredible sweetness, swooned at the seriously sexy bits and felt my heart break at the horrors Jakes faced. I loved also how realistic this book seemed. The disparity between Casey and Jake was realistic as was Jake’s reaction to fame and how celebrity was described. The push and pull kept me intrigued but I never lost sight of the fact that these two were meant to be. The ending had my heart in my throat and made me a super fan of this author. I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series that are already published (standalone) and anxiously awaiting the continuation of Jake and Casey’s story (though this is definately a standalone perfectly on its own merit).

Jake and Casey are BACK! CAKE: The Newlyweds by J. Bengtsson is coming soon on February 28th!
Cake Cover Front
You thought their story was over… but a love like theirs has no end. Fate doesn’t own Jake McKallister. At least that’s what he tells himself. Life is better than ever. He’s at the top of his game, performing to sold-out crowds the world over. He has his health and a solid, fun-loving family to keep him grounded. And he got the girl - the beautiful, quirky girl he’s just made his wife. Yes, life is good. If only fate would stop screaming in his ear. Lucky is the word to best describe Casey McKallister. Life is not just great… it’s amazing. She has an awesome, devoted support system, a nerd’s dream job at a prestigious accounting firm, and, best of all, she’s married to the hottest rock star to ever roam the earth. Yes, life is perfect… until it comes crashing down around her. They say love concurs all. That’s what Jake and Casey are counting on. CAKE2_TEASER1 About the Author: J. Bengtsson lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. Her favorite things to do are laugh, go for walks, and hang out with family. Connect with J.! Facebook: Twitter: Newsletter: Bookbub: Join her Reader Group:

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