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'm a Romance Junkie! Love Whispersycn Deals! Tips I use: Sort reviews Most Recent; play with narration speed, some narrators sound better.
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 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.
***** 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!
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!
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!
I have written quite a few reviews but I have never been eager to write one. I have well over a thousand books on my kindle and have read them all. I would rate this in my top 5. To be honest I didn't have much faith in this book when I bought it. I had a credit to use and needed something to listen to when I'm in the car. I've read many rock star meets girl stories. This was so much more than that. Jake is a really emotionally and physically screwed up rich rock star and Casey is this down to earth pretty girl who meet at a wedding. He doesn't date but feels something for Casey because she treats him normally. Name is so much more than people assume because he really is a somewhat broken man. As a teen he was kidnapped by serial killer. What he endured has made him afraid of relationships. Casey is everything he wants but something he knows he can't have. The story is so well written I couldn't stop listening. I heard the entire book in two days. This book made me cry and laugh. Please get this book. You won't be disappointed.
The characters beat the odds. Narrators as always were fantastic. I love HEA storries. The author did a great job keeping my attention
"Fabulous writing and narration"
A hard to listen to and painful story at times but all the more powerful because of it!! There were laughs and love too. ..a sexy, brave and tortured rocker and a quirky, funny sweet girl a match made in heaven😀 highly recommended 🌟
"What a surprise!"
I expected the usual chicklit offering but this book had a lot more depth with lots of drama. I would prefer not to have the explicit sex description and not so much swearing but I'm probably in the minority there. I even had tears in my eyes at times and I'm usually not touched by emotion when reading fiction. An excellent book. Thanks very much.
Fantastic Story. I didn't want it to end! Jake you have through the mill. I recommend this everyone to read and listen to as well!
"Cake was real good."
Could not put this down had to listen to it all in one go . Great story and performance was excellent. Wish there was a part two to it.
kept re-reading it! loved the story line. love how Richard changed & kathy unfold & blossomed.
"i really loved this book and great narrators."
great book and excellent narration from both narrators. i look forward to reading the next book. A true love story.
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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