Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cake - Book Beginnings & Friday 56

I've just barely started reading CAKE, but since I've enjoyed other books by Elise Marion and since I like her sense of humor, I know this will be a good one too. So far, I like it a lot, especially the main character who says: "After years of battling my own self-consciousness, I'd settled on a curvaceous size fourteen and decided I looked just fine."

Book Beginning:
     I have always been afraid of the dark.
     There are two things I could never grow used to: the dark and the cold. Lying there on a lumpy mattress, wrapped in a blanket that smelled like cigarette smoke, with a creaky metal frame to top it all off, I shivered. Even though my mother rarely paid the light or gas bills, forcing me endure frigid temperatures and terrifying darkness frequently, I always shivered and I was always afraid.

Friday 56 (at 56% on my Kindle):
     "What's a Geisha Cocktail?" 
     He leaned in to be heard above the dull buzzing of other conversations. His lips grazed my ear as his arm rested on the back of my chair." A blend of white rum with orange and pineapple juice," he said, his breath tickling the side of my neck. At this rate I wasn't going to need a Geisha Cocktail; I would be drunk on him in no time.

NOTE: This book is R-rated.
Genre: Contemporary Romance / African American
Number of Pages: 116 Pages
Amazon Link: CAKE
Elise Marion's Website: HERE

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
     Wedding planner Taylor Vaughn specializes in magical moments. So when her best friend asks her to plan his wedding, the task should have come as simply to her as all the others. There’s only one problem……she is desperately in love with the groom. 
     Caleb has always been Taylor’s best friend as well as her deepest and most secret desire. Her hopes that he will someday come to love her back are dashed on the day he brings his new fianc√© into their lives. While the misery of losing the man she loves to another woman looms over her, she doesn’t expect to find her head turned by the most unlikely of strangers.
     Ethan Young, cake decorator, is everything a woman could want in a man: handsome, charismatic, and has a way with icing! When she finds herself feeling more than simple attraction for the sexy baker, her heart is torn in two between the man she’s always loved and the man who’s slowly stealing her heart.

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  1. This sounds like a good book. I love a good love story. Throw in some humor and you've got a book that you can't go wrong with. Thanks for sharing. Here is Book Beginnings if you are interested in checking it out:

  2. Sounds like a fun read! My Friday post:

  3. Thanks for featuring my little book on your blog today. I really enjoyed writing this book. It's a departure from my usual angst-ridden drama to get to do something light and fun. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elise. I'm enjoying this story.

  4. OMG!!! I love the sound of this book.
    I can't wait to read it

    Ruty@THE FRIDAY 56

  5. I like the attitude of that character, too! Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing. Here's MY FRIDAY POST

  6. This sounds like a really fun read! I'd probably spontaneously fall in love with a man who could bake! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good weekend!
    my Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  7. Sounds like a good book. I enjoy a good adult romance to leaven all the YA I read. I'll have to add this one to my list. Happy reading!

  8. Oh now I want a drink! Sounds like a good book, comedy is always nice sometimes.

  9. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily.

  10. I would like to read it, too! thanks for giving a review that leaves you wanting more! Happy reading!

  11. Sounds like some good old romantic fun about to happen :-D

  12. LOVE the Friday 56! This sounds like a really cute romance.

  13. Interesting start. Thanks for visiting

  14. I really like the cover.
    I can empathize with her feelings in the beginning. I don't like the dark or cold either.
    Hot 56! I need a Geisha cocktail after that... guess I have to settle with my Bloody Mary though.

    Happy weekend!

    1. Bloody Marys are healthy. Tomato juice is good for you! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  15. ... but where the CAKE???!!! ;) Happy weekend, Sandy!

  16. Sounds like a fun read...but really sounds good is that Geisha cocktail! I need one of those...or maybe two :)

    1. It does sound good, doesn't it? And with the fruit juice, we could tell ourselves it was healthy.

  17. Sounds good. Cute cover. THANKS for sharing.

    I am including an entire review and giveaway for my book beginning since I haven't read anything new for the past two weeks. :)

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  18. Wow, great opening. I myself is at a page in my life where I have very few ressources, so I can totally relate with that girl!
    Thank for sharing <3

  19. Both the book and the cocktail sound good.

  20. Unrequited love is always sad, but potential love is thrilling! It sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing! =)


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