Monday, March 5, 2018

Blog Tour Review: Cake by Carmen Jenner


Cake, an all-new romantic and hilarious standalone from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available NOW!

Book info:
Author:  Carmen Jenner
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 24th, 2018
Source:  E-galley from Social Butterfly PR
My rating:  5 stars


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?
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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Hmm, where to start, I'm just not sure.  All I know is that I ADORED this book!  I finished this book in less than 24 hours.  I stayed up late to finish it.  I could barely put it down to go to work, and unfortunately the snow days did not continue while I was reading it, so I had to go to work.  I was first amused that when I downloaded it to start reading during the commercials while I was watching some of my DVR episodes of Supernatural, and realized that the main character's cats were named Sam, Dean, and Castiel. As the story went on and we learned just how much Poppy loved the same show I was watching and love, I knew she was a girl after my own heart.  The heartache in this story is just so intense, I mean it is her best friend marrying her ex-boyfriend, and what's worse, it is where Poppy works as a wedding planner that is taking care of the wedding.  AND, her best friend still expects her to be a part of the wedding.  

But, even as you are feeling the heartsick and unfairness that comes with this situation, there is the hilariousness of Poppy and her lust-hate relationship with Leo.  Part of the story is from Leo's point of view as well, which makes for even funnier moments to see the whole thing from his side as well. So many hilarious bits.  The box of vibrators that Leo sends Poppy.  All the things he does are funny.  And the way Poppy reacts to him, so much like I would probably react as well.  Then, that moment when it seems maybe things will turn around for Poppy, but of course something must happen to ruin it, to confuse it all.  I was bereft at that, even though I knew, in the end, we would get our HEA.  This is my first book by this author, and I can't wait to read more!  Also, I will definitely have to buy a physical copy of this one, I mean, I can see reading it again and again, and that cover is so awesome!


About Carmen:

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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