Title: Cake: A Love Story
Author: J. Bengtsson
My Rating: A
Genre: New Adult Romance
Main Characters: Jake and Casey
Release Date: May 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Jake McKallister may have been a rockstar but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into the guarded, workaholic he was today. He 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.
When outspoken, vivacious college student, Casey Caldwell, was paired with the famously, reserved rockstar for a friend’s wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What would they possibly have in common? She was a bubbly talker. He was a reclusive loner. His life was filled with music. She couldn’t carry a tune. She lived a happy childhood. His was a well-publicized nightmare.
Yet, despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other and it was as if her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?
Wow, this book was really, really good. What's even more surprising about that is that this is this author's first book. Again, I say...WOW!
Jake McKallister is a rock star....one of the biggest in the world, but that's not all he's famous for. No, he's also famous for being a kidnapping victim of a serial killer when he was only 13 yo. He killed his kidnapper to escape...after 36 torture-filled, horrific days. The scars are still there...both physical and mental, but he's learned to bury them deep over the years.
Casey is a normal girl. She's about to go into her senior year studying accounting at Arizona State University. She's in a bridal party for her best friend, Kate...and Kate just happens to be marrying Jake's brother. So Casey gets paired up with Jake for the wedding party.
While every other girl involved is trying to seduce Jake, Casey knows he's WAY out of her league, so she simply gives him a hard time rather than trying to make him hard. He doesn't know what to do with her...no girl approaches him that way, so obviously, he's intrigued and that's enough for the two of them to realize that there's something real between them...including red-hot chemistry.
I liked this book just for the chemistry between Jake and Casey. She's a normal girl and is the first girl to make Jake feel like a normal guy...there's something amazing about that. There's a lot of baggage to Jake that could keep them from having a successful relationship. I love that the author didn't contrive issues between them though. Although I will tell you that I absolutely cried through the end of the book.
This book is like a twist on Cinderella. Casey is the normal girl who's suddenly swept up by the famous prince and completely swept off her feet...but there is still an awful evil queen out there in the form of the ghost of Ray...Jake's kidnapper...although he's dead, he's still very much a presence in Jake's life.
You may not have heard of this book, but that's simply because it's the author's first. It's tearing up the New Adult charts simply because it is such an excellent read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, or new adult romance, or rock star romance tropes...it hits them all and it's amazing for all of them.