Book Review: Cake – Carmen Jenner

Synopsis

A hilarious new rom-com from USA Today best-selling author 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 archnemesis.
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?

My Thoughts

Fun fact- I don´t like watching rom – coms. I don´t like reading rom – coms, either.

The reason for that is:  I find them far too cheesy and full of clichés. And most of them take place in Manhattan…because that´s the place for rom – coms.

You´d have a better chance catching me reading a Sci-Fi than a rom-com. If I want to be dragged out of my comfort – zone then I will most definitely not start reading romantic comedy´s.

Believe it or not… There´s a huge difference when it comes to romances. There are so many sub categories to the genre.

It´s the „I can´t live without you“ and „You had me at hello.“ that has me constantly doing the face of all faces.

I cannot, by all that´s pink and fluffy, remember what drove me to buy `Cake` by author Carmen Jenner.Cake

I remember seeing the cover on all social media platforms and reading a handful of reviews. The next thing I remember is scrolling through my TBR list on my Kindle and POOF, there was `Cake´. So, my guess is that I made a mistake.

I was in for a surprise.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit Cake!

I actually enjoyed `Cake`. Like…really really enjoyed it.

The story? It was nothing new, or nothing I haven´t heard of a million times before. The story was the exact thing that usually bothers me with rom – coms.

Wedding planner gets a triple slap in the face when her ex wants to marry her best friend and has to co – plan their wedding PLUS be the maid of honor.

Things become interesting when Poppy, the wedding planner, has to deal with the groom´s best man – Leo, who´s also a childhood enemy of Poppy. They bump into each other more often than not.

The story takes place in New York and the Maldives ( of course! ) and cash is being tossed around as if someone had it growing on trees in their backyard.

So, why did I like this book so much?

Besides the humor ( which I fully appreciated ) it was the writing style and the way the characters were portrayed that made this read great. Poppy and Leo definitely helped me enjoy this book more than I was willing to.

Plus, there was cake. A lot of cake involved in this story. Who doesn´t love cake? Cake rules.

I couldn´t help myself. Falling for Leo and Poppy was not what I had planned but it happened anyways. Their overall chemistry was lovable.

What I also enjoyed was how movie – like this read felt. I kid you not… Reading `Cake ` felt like watching a Kate Hudson rom – com. ( I like watching Kate Hudson… not the romantic comedy´s she plays in )

The end was great. I liked how things played out for the MCs and the sub – characters.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. `Cake` is quite funny and entertaining. I don´t necessarily think that this book cured me of my dislike for rom – coms… but it did put a smile on my face more than once. That alone is reason enough to recommend this book. Maybe I´d be more open to rom – coms if they took place in Iceland or…. some other place that´s not in / near / around Manhattan.

Would I re – read this book? Not sure. Maybe. Maybe not. I have a strong feeling that this is a once – is – enough type of book. But who knows… I´m open for surprises.

The Cover – 3 stars ( The cover is nothing I´d go nuts over. And it´s definitely not the worst I´ve seen.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Uuhm… Not really unique but due to the writing style definitely highly entertaining. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Loved them. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Really happy.

4 stars

Purchase Links   Cake

Amazon.com 

Amazon.co.uk

Book Review: The Internet Is A Playground – David Thorne

Synopsis

The complete collection of articles and emails from 27bslash6 such as Overdue Account, Party in Apartment 3 and Strata Agreement plus articles too litigious to be on the website.

 

My Thoughts

There are only 4 things in life that have the ability to make me cry from laughing so hard ( 4 things I can think of ).

  • The movie – Men In Tights ( Mel Brooks is just ❤ )

  • My 38-year-old husband trying to impress 12-year-old boys with his non existent skateboarding skills.

  • The Breathalyzer Fail video ( this particular one )

 

  • David Thorne´s emails.

 

 

Now, I´m all for laughing and having a great time. You could actually be my best friend for life if you have a sense of humor ( or if your humor matches mine ). I also love brilliant minds. People who can think quick and give answers that´ll literally knock the wind from your sails. There´s nothing like a good comeback that sits / stings / burns others.

Have you heard of David Thorne?

If you haven´t then I highly recommend you read some of his emails  here or buy his book, `The Internet Is A Playground`.  the internet is a playground

I swear on all that pink and fluffy… this guy is a genius. A genius jerk who has the ability to make me laugh uncontrollably.

`The Internet Is A Playground` is only one of many books that have a collection of his wild and bizzare email exchanges with victims  people.

Whether it´s an email exchange with his neighbor, Justin, or an email exchange with Shannon about her missing cat, Missy…. All emails had me in a laughing fit.

 

It´s obvious that David Thorne ( the true victim ) feels harassed and harasses the people who contact him. It´s extremely painful to read some of the poor soul´s replies as they struggle to keep up with David Thorne´s responses or give decent replies at all. But hey…. everyone get´s what they deserve… Either Karma kicks in or David Thorne shoots back.

I´d rather have David Thorne send me an email than have to deal with Karma.

My favorite email exchange would be from David and Justin, the neighbor with the blinding floodlight.

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Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

 

With his bedside lamp off, the shades drawn and the covers over his head… he read a book with sunglasses on! DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? 

And then there´s this. This is what made me fall off my chair from laughing so damn hard.

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Snippet taken from David Thorne´s Site

I can´t even.

I´ve seen some people rant against David Thorne and feeling offended by the things he has published or feel pity for the “victims” when it´s clear that most of them are just idiots asking for it.

Of course, David Thorne crosses a few lines and pokes at the bee’s nest. He´s provocative. But it´s all in the name of humor. It´s about having fun when there´s no reason to have fun. Lightening the mood.

I love it and can only recommend his work.

Would I recommend this book? I would. Over and over and over again.

Would I re- read this book? ( see answer above )

The Cover – ( I don´t really care for rating this cover because it´s not significant.)

The Story – ( What story? The book is filled with email exchanges.)

The Characters – ( Each victim deserves a medal for surviving  David Thorne. And David Thorne deserves a medal for trying…  )

My emotional state after finishing this book – I´m in heaven.

5 stars

 

Purchase Links  

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.de

Book Review: With This Man ( This Man #4) – Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times Bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

My Thoughts

Jesse Ward. The Lord of the Manor. The passionate nutcase of all romantic nutcases. My man. The only crazed book boyfriend I will ever accept.

He´s back and he´s on a damn mission. To help his Ava remember…..

I´m a huge `This Man´ fan. I don´t have the Hoodie ( or the oversized sleep shirt. I´m tempted, though ) but I still consider myself a huge fan. Huge. Really.

Anyway…

You can imagine how I reacted when I found out about a book #4, `With This Man`? With this manGood golly! I was doing my infamous book rain dance around the house. I even pre-ordered the book on Amazon ( something I never do ).

It came. I read. I…..

Let´s put it this way: You should be a fan to appreciate `With This Man` by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I can´t see any other way accepting this read would work.

The books in the `This Man`trilogy tell a pretty over fluffed, intense, totally far-fetched story about a guy who´s overly obsessed with a woman but in a questionable way.

A natural-born, modern Neanderthal.

It´s been a long while since I last held the This Man trilogy in my hands. I remember thinking of ways I would have put him down ( the good old Frying Pan – Over – The – Head method is still my absolute favorite ). That´s how absurd the male protagonist was…is.

Still. Despite not actually liking caveman behaviorism in romances I did love Jesse Ward. I loved his love story. I can´t explain why.

Reading `With This Man` pulled me back to my private Jesse cloud. But was I as mesmerized as I was years ago?

Yes and no.
Let´s break this down.

Yes, I loved revisiting old characters. I loved seeing where their story continued. Jesse Ward is hard to ignore or forget. I loved how passionate he was. I loved how he treated life ( his life being his children and wife ). I enjoyed his POV. Because the story was mainly told from his perspective. The wonderful walk down memory lane was great. With great patience Jesse fought to help Ava remember everything. The pain of losing memories and still making new ones – Not a shabby idea.

With all the love I felt for this book, there can´t possibly be anything negative, right?

Weeeeell * sigh *, there were 2 things that bugged me. Two tiny details I didn´t care for much.

  1. Jesse has gone a tad soft. I get it. A person changes with age. I guess it´s only natural for fictional characters to go through the same change as us mortal folk do. The intensity wasn´t as strong, though.

The threat of the story. It would have been completely enough for the Heroine to get her memory back. That, alone, is something to celebrate huge. But to recycle characters is not on my “Holy f*****g cow! You got me there!” list.

I´m a “Threat dealt with? Let´s move on. New threat? Wonderful.” type of person. I would have prefered to have seen a new threat instead of something I´ve seen before.

With that being said –  I still enjoyed `With This Man`. It´s not as over – the – moon spectacular but still okay. The writing was, as always, a pleasure. The dialogue was great. I´m still a fan of Jodi Ellen Malpas.

That´s why I´m going to go ahead and rate this with 4 out of 5 stars.

Without my Jesse love I´d flat out rate this with 3 stars because… well, the recycling wasn´t a great move.

 

Would I re-read this book? Probably. If I´m in the mood. Certainly bits and pieces. A chapter here. A chapter there. I may skip the ending.  I´d rather read the first 3 books, though.

Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. For any Jodi Ellen Malpas fan, I´d say YES! It´s a must have. But if you´re not into overbearing, possessive, obsessive Heroes then I´d say this isn´t the book for you.

 

The Cover – 5 stars ( I like the white. I like the rings and the flower. Very simple, easy on the eyes and still eye-catchy )

The Story – 3-4 stars ( The idea of Ava losing her memory was great. But to add the threat from the other 3 books? I think I´ll pass.)

The Characters 4-5 stars ( It´s been great having the Manor gang back and seeing how Jesse and Ava had progressed but Jesse… My man, what happened? )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy. Not overly satisfied but still happy.

4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Links  This Man ( #1 ) , Beneath This Man ( #2 )This Man Confessed ( #3 )

With This Man ( #4 )  With this man

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Book Review: Forgetting You, Forgetting Me – Monica James

Synopsis

My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect. 

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally. 

I had everything a girl could ever want. 

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be. 

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.

My Thoughts

Once again, Monica James has done it again!

`Forgetting You, Forgetting Me` is an alluring and unforgettable romance that will send your heart flying sky-high!

What I appreciate most about this author is that none of her stories are ever the same. Some authors concentrate on Heroines who bring Heroes to their knees. Some authors focus on the typical romantic cat and mouse games. But Monica James delivers unique romances that just go deep.forgetting you forgetting me

I´m in love.

`Forgetting You, Forgetting Me` is kind of / sort of / maybe a little like an indirect love triangle but with a greater, more emotional reason. The story is everything I could ever ask for but nothing what I expected in the beginning. It´s just NOT what you would expect. Trust me on that.

The romance is devastating and a slow burn. It´s a level 9 on the angst chart. It´s a heartbreak only Monica James can create.

I´m 100% positive the author lives off of the anxiety her readers have when they read her stories or else she wouldn´t put her readers through such emotional messes with her writing. THAT is how fab her stories are. THAT is how fab `Forgetting You, Forgetting Me` is.

A page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to the very last page.

Would I recommend this book? Of course! This isn´t just a must – have for Monica James fans…It´s a MUST – HAVE for anyone who loves a beautiful, heartbreaking romance.

Would I re-read this book? You can bet your sugar bum on it!

The Cover – 5 stars ( An absolute winner for me. No faces. Just a hint of what´s inside the book.)

The Story 5 stars ( It´s hard to mention anything without spoiling so I´ll just say that it´s worth every minute / hour / day spent reading.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( Oh, how my heart broke for the Heroine. Oh, how my heart beat wildly for Sam and Saxon. All well established characters. Can I just say that I love them?!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Exhausted, but in a good way. This is a guarantee book hanger type of book. Be prepared.

Also, be double prepared because book #2, Forgetting You, Remembering Me, is out NOW!

5 stars

Purchase Links:   Amazon.de   Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.com

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🍀HELLO MARCH! 🍀 Alas! I finally have @authormonicajames 'Forgetting You, Forgetting Me'! 💜💙💜💙 And it even looks like I'm right on time for the release of book #2 because that's just happened! ⭐HAPPY BOOK RELEASE⭐for 'Forgetting You, Remembering Me' I couldn't be more happy with this book and cover. It matches my livingroom😂🙈And the story… * dramatic faint * 💜 This author is a special one for me because I've known this Chica ever since she released her first book (which I still don't have a paperback copy of because SOMEONE in Arizona has been hiding my signed copy for years. 😒). Have a wonderful day and don't forget to share the 📖💜! . . . . #bookrelease #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #igreads #monicajames #forgettingyouforgettingme #authors #bookblogger #bookfeature #bookphotography #bibliophile #ilovebooks #paperback #books

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Book Review: Let Her Go – Briana Pacheco

Synopsis

Zoë Whitmore is in love with her best friend, but haunting memories and a guilty conscious have been holding her back from letting her be with him. 

Owen Stevenson is unknowingly paying for the sins of his father. He doesn’t understand why Zoë can’t look at him for more than a few seconds or why his touch is unsettling at times. All he’s ever wanted was to love her, to protect her, and to be hers, but it’s not so easy. 

She pushes, he pulls. 
She hurts, he loves. 

Both are holding onto ghosts of their pasts and in order for them to peruse a relationship they’ll have to let them go.

WARNING: This is a darkish New Adult friends-to-lovers romance kind of book. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggers of child sexual abuse, and some sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 18+

My Thoughts

`Let Her Go` is a keeper! It´s an unforgettable story that will make a reader ugly cry but also guarantees happy tears.

It´s been a while since I´ve held an emotional book in my hands. If I had known just how emotional this book was going to be I´d have bought a box of tissues. Instead, I had to use the arm of my longsleeve while reading Briana Pacheco´s standalone, `Let Her Go`.let her go

`Let Her Go` is a romance that tackles a highly sensitive topic- Child Abuse – and the author tackled that subject with grace and bravery.

Told in a first person narrative with dual POV´s ( his & hers) this book will tear you to bits because you get to see both sides from the main characters. The „Why I´m doing this.“ and the „Why is she acting like this.“ Which is great because you have the pleasure of suffering twice instead of once. As if suffering once wasn´t enough * snorts *.

Briana Pacheco goes out of her way and makes her reader´s heart break and then she forces the broken pieces together again.

That´s basically what happened to me. I was shocked, stunned and in pain for the characters. I suffered for Zoe and suffered with Owen. And as I got further into the story my feelings intensified for everyone.

Zoe, despite her past, is a wonderful Heroine. Very loveable, down to earth and strong. She´s one of those female leads I´d be best friends with in real life.

Owen, on the other hand…. He´s the definition of perfection. The Hero every romance lover craves for. Smart, good looking, considerate, understanding and determined to keep the one person who means everything to him in his life- Zoe.

“I make her fly while she makes me feel like I´m free falling.”

Both love fiercely. Both want each other deeply. But will the truth, a truth that has already paved a different road for the couple, end everything or will it bring Zoe and Owen closer together?

If you think you have the answer to that question- Think again. The end is not entirely what you would think it is. There´s a nice twist- A show of self-action. I thought it was great!

All in all I can thank the author for giving me a mighty fine book hangover because I haven´t had one in ages. From now on, I will buy a box of Kleenex before purchasing future books from Briana Pacheco.

Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Briana Pacheco´s words are captivating. Her characters feel real. Her stories are… so touching.

Would I re-read this book? Yes. I would.

The Cover – 5 stars ( Love.)

The Story – 4 stars ( Although I thought the story itself was worth 5 stars I still feel slightly uneasy about the child abuse topic. Maybe it´s because I have children myself and therefore fear more. It´s a topic that makes my stomach turn. Still, the author did a wonderful job in balancing the details on the event. )

The Characters 5 stars ( I´ve got a whole lot of love for these fictional figures. Including Echo and Freddie!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Spent. Very satisfied. In love.

I´m giving ` Let Her Go` by author Briana Pacheco 4 out of 5 stars.

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Purchase Links

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

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Happy Monday! 🍂🍁 And Happy belated New Release for @brianapacheco1 new novel 'Let Her Go' . 😍 The wait was long and so worth it. 💚💚 . Tagged by the lovely Sabrina and Ashley from @5171milesbooks… here's my #winteriscoming by @maddisonwonderland *getting into my GoT mindset* *mentally preparing for my apocalyptic repsonses* . 🌨Jamie Lannister ( a character you used to hate but now love): I always liked Jamie and I do tend to enjoy characters similar to his. e.g. Tony Rawlings from Consequences. . 🌨Tyrion Lannister ( a character you'd get drunk with ): None. Most characters aren't stable enough to drink.😂 And I'm not a psychiatrist when I drink…so… . 🌨Cersei Lannister ( the baddest bitch in town): There is NO character than can reach her bad bitch level. She evil. . 🌨Theon Greyjoy (a character who always suffers): You kidding me? Someone name me a character that has ever suffered worse than Theon has because I cant. Poor bastard. . 🌨Ned Stark ( a character who died too soon): Sean from Carnage . 🌨Sansa Stark ( an annoying character): Sansa isn't annoying. Not everyone can be Arya *eye roll* But I have a long list of annoying characters. Let me roll it out and start a new post just for that😂 . 🌨Jon Snow ( a character you'd spend the night with): does this mean just a dinner and sleepover or actually ending up having sex? Because both lists are a mile long too.😂😂😂😂 And no. I wouldn't want to sleep with Jon Snow. Not my type. I prefer my men to KNOW something instead of NOTHING. *falls off chair, cracking up* Have a great day! 😍😍😍😍

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