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The Theory of Second Best Audiobook

The Theory of Second Best: Cake Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world's most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show.

Small town girl Kenzie Williams has come on the show for one thing only: to win. But when a disastrous start forces her to rely on an eclectic band of misfits, she finds herself immediately smitten with a handsome and mysterious cast mate. Life on the island is just a game. Can Kyle and Kenzie's fragile spark survive the pressures of the real world?

Warning! No alpha males were harmed in the making of this novel. While the laid-back, self-deprecating Kyle may someday discover his inner bad boy, he's clearly still in the baby stages of self-discovery. This is the story of an ordinary young man stumbling his way through life and the everyday girl who shows him a better way.

©2017 J. Bengtsson (P)2017 J. Bengtsson

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    jodiod Bay area ca 05-01-17
    jodiod Bay area ca 05-01-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great series!!"

    Loved it. Different than Cake and still great. Made me immediately reread Cake to stay in their world. Can't wait for the next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Lipps Scottsdale, AZ United States 04-28-17
    Marsha Lipps Scottsdale, AZ United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Theory of Second Best..."

    I loved the way this book continued the saga and helped fill in some details from CAKE. In terms of modern romance...I find this series to be very enjoyable, especially in Audible! I was so happy to see the growth of some of the side characters and get to see some interaction with Jake and Casey. I loved to watch the love story of Kyle and Kenzie develop and flourish in the realm of reality tv.
    What I really enjoy about this saga is the way the main characters start moving on with their lives after suffering thru such horrible trauma. It really moves the bar up in terms of developing full characters instead of just romantic icons.
    Can't wait for Book 3!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-26-17
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-26-17 Member Since 2017

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "I LOVED IT!! EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Theory of Second Best the most enjoyable?

    All of it...the writing, the story, the narration it was great...really sweet. touching and sexy!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Theory of Second Best?

    When Kyle begs Jake to wake up...oh my heart!!!


    Which character – as performed by Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt – was your favorite?

    Kenzie then Kyle....both were perfect!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes...Kyle and Jake....there heart to heart when he wakes up....oh I cried a little!!


    Any additional comments?

    THIS WAS PERFECT!! I loved everything about this 2nd book...it was sweet, funny, sexy...and I could not stop listening!! If you loved book 1 you will totally love book 2...this is Kyle's story and Kenzie...they meet on a reality show, similar to survivor, become fast friends...and it is so much fun!! I RECOMMEND!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 04-28-17
    Kelly 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "REFRESHING"
    If you could sum up The Theory of Second Best in three words, what would they be?

    Fun - Heartwarming - Real


    Have you listened to any of Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love both of them. Andi is one of my favorites and she nails this one yet again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have, I would have listened all in one sitting. But since I have to have more than 4 hours of sleep, I had to shut it off.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so wonderful to read a HEA story with normal people. Kyle is a wonderful man. To be able to watch his self discovery and growth was just fun. Kenzie is a great girl with a heart of gold. This book was every bit a great as Cake. I think I have a new favorite author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Smith 04-26-17
    Kathy Smith 04-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up The Theory of Second Best in three words, what would they be?

    Very good story


    What other book might you compare The Theory of Second Best to and why?

    Cake


    What does Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andi Arndt is the best no matter what part she reads and I really liked Zachary Webber. Perfect for Kyle.


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    Holly Rackham 09-25-17

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    "fantastic"

    I enjoyed this story. I was nice to here the story from Kyle's point of view and to know that both boys could move beyond the kidnapping.

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    Sandra 09-11-17
    Sandra 09-11-17
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    "LOVED IT! So funny I couldn't stop laughing"

    So, these characters don't actually "get together" until toward the end but the funny banter and innuendo during the adventure on the "reality show" was BRILLIANT! I listened at night, when I couldn't sleep and nearly woke up the entire house laughing. I had to bury my face into a pillow lol.

    The story was fun but is not without the requisite drama/emotional issues. If you read Cake (which was also filled with great banter/dialogue and is a 5 start as well) - mini spoiler: This overlaps Cake in timeline then beyond. The important thing to Kyle was to resolve some issues with Jake regarding the kidnapping. It's emotional and perfect, left me with happy tears for them to get that all out in open.

    I LOVED this book and J. Bengtsson is an absolute marvel with intelligent, funny, flirty banter.. Some of the reviews didn't like it because it didn't get to the hot stuff until later but this was not a slow frustrating burn. This was laugh out loud fun leading to the love story.

    I haven't read book 3 yet, but so far both book 1 and 2 are 5 stars. The performances were amazing (I think Andi Arndt is my favorite female reader) - This was my first with Zach Webber, he was excellent was well.

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    Smitten with Reading Texas 09-01-17
    Smitten with Reading Texas 09-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    My Review:
    Overall: 4.5
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    Story: 4.5

    I don't watch much TV, but I do watch Survivor. As a result, I loved this book which takes place on the reality show Stranded.

    Kyle is the hero of this book. He's the younger brother to Jake, the hero of the first book in the Cake series. Kyle has spent his life playing second fiddle to his brother...for the most part, happily. He doesn't think that he ever deserves more than second best. This time on the island is the first time he's really been able to be his own person, rather than Jake McCallister's brother...because he doesn't confess who he is for the first few weeks on the island.

    Kenzie is a woman looking for more in her life. She's spent her young life caring for her triplet siblings after their mother died in childbirth. Now the triplets are 16 and fairly self-sufficient. Kenzie hopes to win the money and be able to leave and strike out on her own to explore living her own life.

    The meet-cute for Kenzie and Kyle is AWESOME! One word...seasickness. Poor Kenzie. Her utter mortification and embarrassment for that first twenty-four hours is just classic. I was both cringing and laughing in embarrassment for her. But that's what makes Kyle such a great hero in this book. He really is just a great guy. He lets things roll off his back and doesn't leave anyone feeling bad about anything that happens. But honestly Kenzie is like that, too.

    I loved both of them. They are great characters who have really drawn the short end of a lot in life. There were moments, especially toward the end of the book where my heart was completely broken. Kyle's speech with Jake...sob. OMG, the author rocked that whole scene.

    The story was so good. I really adored the first book, and liked this one almost as much. It's official....J. Bengtsson is easily an auto-buy author for me now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jvalles 08-30-17
    Jvalles 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "😡😠😡😠😡😠"

    This book has left me wanting my money back. I fell absolutely in love with book one. I have no idea what happened with book 2. A lot needed to be said and I feel the relationship had so many opportunities to truly develop throughout the book-but it just simply had not. Only through the final hour of the book did their relationship finally take place. This would've been perfectly fine as a novella. There was no need for much of the story. I felt like it was not a romance novel, instead it was more of a learning of his troubles with his brother and about the show in general. You barely got to see them as a couple. There was a void that needed to be filled, especially considering this book is categorized as a romance. It it touched bases on everything put the romance. I felt it was half assed, lacking, boring and a pointless novel. I'm actually quite upset with this book. If it wasn't for the narration and the fact that I didn't have atrocious writing that is the only reason it's not scored lower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 08-30-17
    Joyce 08-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing!"

    I absolutely LOVED the Cake series books 1 and 3 and was so delighted that I found this #2 in the series. I was never a fan of the tv show "Survivor", and this book was nothing more than that to me. I hope there will be a #4, but I was incredibly disappointed in this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Leanne
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    "Amazing"

    I got a free copy of this audio book but to be honest was going to buy it already after reading the book! Amazing couldn't recommend this audio book enough. Only disappointing thing about this author is she only has 2 books out I need more and I can't wait for more! I have both Kindle books and both audio books! One click this bad boy!!

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  • L Hayes
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    5/21/17
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    "One Great Writer!!"

    I cant believe that this is only the second novel from J. Bengtsson. The style of writing and story telling far exceeds this. True skill and long may it continue. Excellent performance from both Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber. I would definitely recommend both J. Bengtsson and the Cake series. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories and look forward to future novels from this Author.

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