Monday, January 15, 2018

Cake At Midnight by Jessie L. Star

Title: Cake at Midnight
Author: Jessie L. Star
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Gio and Theo
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Giovanna, Zoë and Declan have always been a trio - their fierce friendship has seen them through every heartbreak and hardship and helped pave the way to brighter futures. Gio is a passionate baker of cakes, pastries and all things delicious, Zoë a take-no-prisoners beauty, and Declan an ambitious businessman on the way up.

Best friends forever, Gio thinks - until Gio's lifelong crush on Declan is exposed, leaving her humiliated, and Gio realises she needs to cut him loose to get over him once and for all.

Enter Theo, Gio's neighbour ... She's never met anyone like him before. He doesn't talk much, but he's kind, he's sexy, he's generous and he's often awake in the middle of the night, like Gio. Theo has a sweet tooth and a mysterious history and Gio can't seem to stay away.

Thanks to the power of sleepless nights and chocolate cake, Gio thinks she's finally over Declan, but then his whole world turns upside down. Gio knows she can't desert Declan in his time of need, but how can she explain a lifetime of love to Theo?

Letting go of the past isn't so easy when your heart is breaking.

My Review:

Be prepared...this is a long story, and there were times that it was slow reading because of that. But that didn't stop me from falling in love with Gio and Theo. I loved watching their journey to finding the "something" that is missing in each of their lives, but they never even knew it. 

Gio has been in love with her best friend for years. But when she overhears him slagging on her at a company party that he invited her to, she's through worshipping him. She gives herself 30 days to get over him. 

At that same party, she officially meets Theo...her neighbor who's renowned for just nodding at her instead of speaking to her, but at the party he comes to her rescue to get her out of an uncomfortable situation with Dec. From there they form an unusual that forms at midnight when Gio can't sleep. She'll show up at Theo's apartment and reads one of his boring books as he works. This goes on for a while and they begin to form a that truly neither one of them ever saw coming. 

And as that friendship deepens, they each discover that the other is one of the most underestimated people they know. I loved that!

Gio and Theo are so different, they really work as a couple. He's controlled and restrained. She's messy and refreshingly honest. He's been hurt by pretty much everyone in his life and trusts no one. She is a nurturer and gives her heart to whomever needs it, usually to the detriment of her own well-being. 

But within each other, they find the person that completes them. For both of them, they find someone who appreciates their qualities rather taking advantage of them. 

There's a lot of story lines going on here...Dec's screwed up life and how that intersects with Gio's inability to stay away from him. Theo's screwed up family and work life where everyone has trampled over him...even though he's darn good at what he does. Gio's friends who are her family, but like family...they don't always treat her the way she should be treated. Then there's the whole complexity of them developing emotions for one another when they agreed that wouldn't happen. 

Overall, it was a fantastic read. A tiny bit of lagging in the pacing in the beginning and middle, but the ending made the journey of reading this book well worth it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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