Cake, an all-new romantic and hilarious standalone from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available NOW!
Poppy Porter’s ex is getting married … to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn’t see Leo coming. Literally.
One ruined cake.
One hour to save the wedding.
Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla’s head from exploding?
Piece of cake, right?
I sneak closer to the bed, my heart pounding as I throw the pillow at him. The guy shifts in his sleep, and his breathing slows, but a beat later the snoring starts again and I have to resist the urge to scream. Instead, I raise my poker and jab the sheet covered body. It’s not hard, just a quick jab or two, but he still doesn’t stir.
“Hey, asshole!” I shout, and whack him hard in the butt with my poker.
The giant freak jumps up and seizes my hand. His grip forces me to drop my weapon. He yanks me toward him—on top of him—and this is how I find myself eye to eye with the beast. He breathes his heavy, stinking breath on my face, and I wince and wrinkle my nose.
Leo’s eyes crinkle in the corners as he laughs. “Morning, Pop Tart.”
“Get the hell out of my bed. And brush your goddamn teeth. What are you doing in my house, Nass?”
“Ah, still feisty, huh? Is this like an all-day thing with you, or do you eventually turn from an angry sea witch into a person? Would coffee help?”
“Fuck you, Leo.”
“Darlin’, you wish.”
“You’re disgusting. I wouldn’t touch you if—”
“Yeah, yeah, if I were the last man on Earth. I’ve heard it all before, sweet cheeks, and I don’t buy it for a second.” He flips us so suddenly my head spins. I’m beneath him, my wrists pinioned to the bed above my head by just one of his strong hands. The other glides up my side. My sheets have twisted up around us, but from this angle it looks as if Leo Nass is very much naked in my bed.
“Goddamn it,” I complain once I find my voice. “I’m going to need to burn these sheets after you leave.”
His eyebrow quirks, and the grin he gives me is all-out salacious. He shifts his weight between my legs, then he drops his hips and grinds his erection against me. I’m stunned, speechless. I have no words. They’ve all left me because my brain has turned to mush and my vagina is the only one thinking, and I’m really not okay leaving her in charge. “Why burn them when we’re not done messing them up?”
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3.75 out of 5 ‘Could have been better’ Stars
I’m a little disappointed with this read – 1) because I’m a huge fan of Carmen Jenner and am totally supportive of the peeps I enjoy reading and 2) because I feel like this had so much potential and just fell flat (for me).
First off I have to say that Poppy Porter is one of the most brave and morally proper people I have ever read about. She gets dumped by her fiancee, who then decides to date her best friend. But that’s not bad. Nooooo. What’s bad is receiving an invitation to their wedding only two months after her ex-fiancee and ex-best friend have been dating. Like what in the actual fuck?!?! But Poppy is unlike any other person on the planet who would tell their ex-best friend and ex-fiancee to go take a long walk off a short pier. No, she buckles down and accepts the job of being the maid of honor. Hold the phone!! I would not, repeat, NOT be able to handle that kind of blow to my mind or my heart. Add to this mess? Sure. Poppy is also working for a premier wedding planning company that her ex-best friend hired to assist with her wedding. Could this picture get any more awkward??
Enter Leo Nass. Or Nass the Ass, as Poppy so eloquently puts it throughout the story. Leo is Poppy’s ex-fiancee’s best friend. So they have history. And apparently Poppy hates Leo. But there was never any real back story that helped you understand why Poppy hated Leo so much. Like did he continuously put gum in her hair when they were little? Did he sabotage some science fair or something? So while I got that she hated him, I never really had a super connection over the why. Then a little more than halfway through the book Leo has this epiphany and realizes that he loves Poppy. Wait, what? There just wasn’t any chemistry going on between them and then BAM! he’s in love with her. And Poppy hates Leo for a majority of the story and then…..what? She suddenly starts looking at Leo differently? Is it because he’s the best man and they have to be close during the preparation for the wedding? Like if there wasn’t a wedding would they have even seen each other ever? They lived in the same city and yet they didn’t seem like they ever really saw each other. IDK. It really lacked connection for me.
And just one teensy weensy spoiler (but not really)….near the end when Leo and Poppy decide to “seal the deal,” at the wedding…..when everyone from the wedding walks out on the patio while they are mid-stroke….um, what’s that about? I couldn’t even fathom something like that happening. I mean it’s fiction so it’s all good but I just felt like it was a little out of place. But then again Poppy did have a lot of really outrageous things happen to her throughout the book but that was just….weird.
But how did the book get 3.75 stars if I thought it wasn’t that great? I’ll tell you. I thought the story line was creative even though there were parts that were just meh. And the dialogue between characters was great and the banter awesome. And sometimes that’s enough. For me it was. But I had high hopes for Carmen Jenner’s latest but it just didn’t do it for me.
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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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