Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now 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 rock star for a friend's wedding, she was prepared for the worst. What could 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'd enjoyed a happy childhood; his was a well-publicized nightmare.
Yet despite their obvious differences, Jake and Casey found each other, and her light balanced out his darkness. Would their love be strong enough to survive the weight of his tragic past?
©2016 J. Bengtsson (P)2016 J. Bengtsson
I don't write many reviews and I'm primarily a mystery reader, but I enjoyed this book so much I felt compelled to write a review to tell everyone how satisfying a read it was. It has everything - charming characters, witty dialog, interesting plot. I hope this is the first of many books from Ms. Bengtsson.
The narrators were excellent. Joe Arden is new to me, but I've always enjoyed Andi Arndt. Her work in the Stage Dive series is a must listen.
where do I start? trust me, I've listened to about 40 books and this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. The story line was well thought out! There's humor, romance, action, adventure, and heartbreak. This is a great one. Do yoursrlf a favor. It's totally worth the credit.
I really loved this entire book! Parts were LOL funny and others were sweet and sad. All emotions here and you will not be disappointed!
I would compare this to several great stories and there is so much room to write other books off of the characters presented in Cake.
I am a huge Andi Arndt fan! If she is reading the book, chances are it is a great story! I am also an enormous Sebastian York fan, so I kept wanting to hear him instead of Joe Arden, but something happened in this story for me and I think I am slowly becoming a Joe Arden fan.
I listened to this book in a day! Sleep is way overrated!
I hope J. Bengtsson continues to write more in this series!
Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted while listening to a really good book!
I enjoyed this story way more than I anticated. From all the reviews, I was expecting great, but got AWESOME! The positive reviews are spot on!
May have some spoilers:
First, Cake's well written, descriptive, has a natural flow, and great dialogue. The dialogue between the characters had more of a YA feel, but it was clever, witty, flirty, entertaining, and added to the overall appeal of the story.
Secondly, the author does an amazing job keeping the listener in suspense. It is revealed early there's a horrific past, and throughout the story, the author gives subtle hints towards the details. The dark past doesn't distract or overpower the sweet love story, but was enough to keep me in suspense, glued to my headphones and didn't leave me emotionally drained.
Lastly, while the character had an instant connect, the author did a fantastic job developing their chemistry, feelings and relationship. I love this wasn't just another "instalove" story, and you get to feel their relationship blossom.
Cake was a beautiful, captivating, and perfectly narrated. Well worth the time and credit!
I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that a fiction book was not realistic...come on now 'really'
I thought this was going to be another YA cookie-cutter romance. I'm happy to say I WAS WRONG.
You can FEEL Jake and Casey's connection. I loved the way they kidded with each other and were truthful with each other. It's not at all a forced relationship. There's not a lot of angst and repetitive dialogue. The story flows smooth and at a good pace.
I know I'm not giving any detail. This is a book you just need to buy.
J. Bengtsson has created a gem of a story and a keeper for my library. I'm looking for more from this author.
Andi Arndt and Joe Arden are top performers and to have these two perform a debut book you know it's going to be a keeper.
Worth the credit/$ Absolutely
Great story. Best of all, that it was not bogged down with huge amounts of sex, expletives. It soared mainly because of the the writer and narrators did a excellent job!
The characters beat the odds. Narrators as always were fantastic. I love HEA storries. The author did a great job keeping my attention
***** I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book, but when I saw that Andi Arndt and Joe Arden were the narrator's, I thought I'd try it. They are among some of my favorites.
I was BLOWN AWAY with this book!!! I LOVED every chapter, from the beginning. It ended up a roller coaster of emotions for me. I was laughing & smiling one minute, then before I knew it I was a heartbroken and crying. "CAKE" has now become my #1 of 2016!! I just can't put into enough words how wonderful this book was!! KUDDOS to the author!! I will definitely be looking out for more!
I may be addicted to audiobooks. I love my husband and my kids but I get a chance to escape with the books and be someone else for a while
This book had everything from gut busting pranks, medical drama and rock star fame to deep love, devotion and super hot sex. There is a dark element to this book however in the form of flashbacks to a truly horrific childhood incident but, the author also portrays the struggles the adult version the child still still has ten years later. This book was beautifully written and although this is the first book, I'm sure there will be more to come..... This is hardly the last we've seen.
As always, Andi Arndt and Joe Arden are phenomenal and there couldn't have been any two more perfectly suited narrators. You know it's perfection when you're moved to tears!!!
I took a chance and tried this author and book and loved it, I couldn't put it down and I'm looking forward to hearing the next book from this author .
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