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

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Book Review: To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts

Have you ever read a book and wished you were the female protagonist? Or, have you ever read a story and so desperately wanted to live in the world created by the author?

I have. It happens to me all the time!

I´ll watch the X Men and wish I was a mutant. I´ll watch Game of Thrones and imagine I´m Sexy Jesus ( Jaqen H´ghar ) just because he´s cool AF ( and because he wears a loose robe all day. I love loose clothes and flipflops )

I had the same experience while reading `To Kill A Kingdom` by Alexandra Christo. to kill

I desperately wanted to be a siren and desperately wanted to live in the world the author created.

But wait – The author didn´t completely offer an original story.  `To Kill A Kingdom` is actually a warped retelling of The Little Mermaid. A darkish, morbid version that´s been tweaked and bent to fit the author´s ideas.

I absolutely LOVED IT!

Get that picture of  Disney´s Ariel with her perfect hair and shell bra out of your mind because the mermaids portrayed in this book are less attractive and appealing. Even the sirens, with all their incredible beauty, have a glowing neon sign above their heads that screams “RUN, bitch! RUN!”

The synopsis spoils enough so I won´t reveal an awful lot about this story.

Just know that it has mermaids, sirens, magical portrayed human lands, a siren hunter crew and a prince who´s ready to end the evil that occupies the ocean. Things get messy on quite a few levels. Messy and exciting.

I LOVE PIRATES AND SIRENS! Mermaids… not so much anymore. Not after this book. But that´s okay. I´ve got some major siren love going on now.

Besides the fact that I was in sea heaven I couldn´t ignore the great writing. I had absolutely no troubles with anything. The descriptions were pretty good. The details were perfect ( not too little and not too much ). I was able to see, feel and taste the story.

The romance ( yes, there was a hint of a romantic flair in this book ) was subtle. Perfect for a young adult fantasy novel. Usually, I´m someone who wants the feels and adventure in equal proportions but that wouldn´t have worked with this story. The adventure was the spotlight and I´m glad it stayed that way until the end of the book.

There´s even a moral to the story! Why I´m so happy about that? Well, these days, stories often don´t have a message for readers anymore. There´s hardly anything to take away after finishing a book. With this read, though… a reader is allowed to walk away with a moral.

All in all, I have nothing to complain about.

 

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Although it´s a YA read the story still has a strong dark side to it. And some parts are graphic, which I fully enjoy. So, yes. I´d recommend this read.

Would I re- read this book? Absolutely.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s a little too dark for my taste but I do love the title. How eye catchy!)

The Story – 5 stars ( The author didn´t re- invent the wheel with the story but I did enjoy how the story was told. The magic is always in the writing.)

The Characters – 5 stars ( A vicious siren princess and a prince with a purpose. I want to be best friends with both )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I want to be a siren just like princess Lira and show off my vicious, badass side. AWESOME!

5 stars

Purchase Link : Amazon.comto kill

Book Review: The Divorce ( The Relationship Quo #1 ) – Nicole Strycharz

Synopsis

Jenzy: I love my husband, but he doesn’t see me anymore. We were collage sweethearts and for seven years I’ve been his wife. Five of those years were bliss; the last two have been a long fall from grace.

He’s the love of my life, the sexy and smart man I saw my future with, but now I don’t think he sees it too. I’m tired of not being seen, I’m tired of not being heard, and I’m tired of being in love alone.
I was his optimistic hippie girl that he couldn’t get enough of. Now I’m just his annoyance.

So I told him, I finally found the backbone and this is our story….

Chris: My wife just told me she wants a divorce. What the hell do I say to that? I thought we were fine-, well fine is a bad word, I thought we were okay. Doesn’t matter what I think because she’s moving out and I can’t really let this happen.

Yeah, she annoys me, we’re total opposites, but I knew that when I met her, she hasn’t changed…maybe I have? I was her anchor, her safety, her home. Now I’m that guy that’s wreaked her and there are plenty of men willing to repair the damage I did.

So I have a plan. Find out what happened to change my affection for her within the last two years, and win her back before someone else does, because I still love her, and she still loves me….I guess….

 

My Thoughts

This is definitely one of those “It´s not the book. It´s me.” cases, as I can see why so many would absolutely fall in love with this book. Everyone except for me.

After I read the synopsis I was ready to dive head first into a story about grown-ups who struggled with married life and a divorce. I mean – The Synopsis revealed that much.

I got exactly what the synopsis promised but in a way I wasn´t prepared for.

I might be completely alone with my opinion but`The Divorce` ( The Relationship Quo #1 ) by Nicole Strycharz wasn´t my cup of tea. The Divorce

The idea of the story was great. The execution wasn´t. In fact – there were a whole list of things I didn´t enjoy about this romance.

  1. Married couple are too opposite and stayed that way.

Yeah yeah. I know. Opposites attract. Hell, I even married a guy who´s my complete opposite. But when you´re a couple you rub off on each other after being together for years. You grow with each other ALL WHILE staying true to yourselves. You have a common ground. The characters in `The Divorce`had nothing of the sort. I expect a little more than just a ” He´s the clean and neat business guy and she´s the chaotic hippy.” I need growth. Couple development. I need to see characters compromise and find a common ground.

2) Hero´s a glorified prick. Oh, how I disliked Chris ( Hero ). But this might be because I have no sympathy for characters who are hurtful and refuse the “see the light”. The message I got from him was, “I´m just an oversized boy wearing a suit who´s lost his favorite toy.”  To this moment, I´m still convinced he didn´t see the light.

3) Jenzy ( Heroine) the hippy was unhappy. I understood that. I also understood why she wanted a divorce. Her character wasn´t exactly grounded, though. She filed for the divorce but kept giving in to her still husband. She dated a guy who suited her more yet she still went back to the prick when he magically popped up.

4) The flashbacks weren´t helpful. Not for the story and definitely not for the characters. In fact – they solified my opinion of the Hero. And they made me think the Heroine was strongly naive. I see how being naiive can be cute but Jenzy being THAT dewy – eyed? There´s nothing remotely cute about that.

5) The divorce. Let´s not kid ourselves. Divorces can be ugly. No matter how settled a couple approaches a divorce, one half always suffers more or both suffer terribly. The approach was a bit flat and ended up in a chaotic mess I hardly understood. I couldn´t feel either side. The divorce didn´t feel like one. The divorce felt like a code word for taking a break.

6) The dialogue. Okay. This is definitely something to argue over. In my opinion the dialogue wasn´t emotional, either. If a couple separates, and one half says he´ll do anything to get the marriage working again, I want to feel it. I wan´t to see it. If the other half says she´s hurt and tired of fighting then maybe, MAYBE a reader deserves to feel that exhaustion or pain in the characters words? Am I asking for too much?

 

Let´s do a quick recap:

The marriage the couple had was a mess. The characters weren´t really into whatever they set out to do. The way they approached their relationship / divorce was chaotic.

I`M unhappy.

Would I recommend this book? This is tricky. I would but only if a reader doesn´t care about emotions in a story. For everyone else who wants all the feels? I´d say skip this read.

Would I re- read this book? No.

 

The Cover – 3 stars ( I like the simplicity of the cover but it´s nothing to go nuts over )

The Characters – 1-2 stars ( *sigh* I´m not going there again )

The Story – 2-3 stars ( I love myself a good relationship story. If it´s good. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Unhappy.

2 stars

This book is available on Amazon.com

 

 

Cover Reveal: Hold On by Mia Miller

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Title: Love, On Hold

Author: Mia Miller

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: April 26, 2018

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We both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us?


Three-forty-five in the morning: unknown number calling.
Send the stranger on their way and go back to sleep, right? Except – his gruff voice made me think twice.

I was a small girl with big dreams. I juggled college, charity, and a job while dodging an annoying ex. Getting to know a guy? That was way down on my list. So I had every intention of ignoring sexy Joel Thomas when he woke me up.

But he wouldn’t let me. When did texting and calling turn into feelings? We kept our identities a secret and didn’t see each other. Yet, we fell in love.

Will our chemistry stand the test of reality?

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Mia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp. A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.

Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.

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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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