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Cake (Cake #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,330 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane comes the latest release from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

She won’t be satisfied with just one bite...

Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimat
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Harlequin (first published September 1st 2013)
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Cake is a delicious and sexy tale about Wren Davis, a young art student and bike messenger. One of her delivery stops is the wickedly hot, famous Russian artist Gregori Ivanov. Over the course of a year, they formed a close friendship. Wren has longingly watched from a distance as he creates magnificent pieces of art and women come and go out of his life, including his ex-wife. He cultivates a bad boy persona that people come to expect from him. But Wren sees right through the façade and has beg
3.5 stars

Buddy read with Ange

Just in case you need an incentive to read this story I thought I'd tell you that Lauren Dane based the character of Gregori on aerialist Brandon Pereyda (is anyone else drooling along with me?!):

Wren is an art student who works as a bike messenger part time to pay her way. In the months she has spent delivering parcels to artist Gregori she has fallen hard for the bad boy artist and is determined to make him see her as more than a friend. Gregori is hot property
Sep 16, 2013 Nina rated it really liked it
Cake by Lauren Dane is a delicious bite size read if you’re looking for a quick and sexy romance.

I thought that Wren and Gregori were both likeable characters who suited each other perfectly. Wren was a sassy, take charge, career-minded woman and Gregori was a talented Russian artist bad boy whom I took an instant liking to. I liked the gradual buildup of Wren and Gregori’s relationship which made it all the more genuine. I also enjoyed their interactions and the dialogue in the story. Plenty of
Sep 17, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Joint review originally posted here:

MinnChica: I adored Dane’s writing, so anytime she puts out anything, I’m all over it. Given the fact that Gregori is tatted, pierced, and has a mohawk, well… I couldn’t put this quick novella down. I adored the romance between these two, and thought that Dane did a fabulous job telling us a sexy and sweet story in only 80 short pages. I have to say though, I really hope that we get to see more from this group of friend
17 August 2014: $0.99 on Kindle

This is a story that's incredibly easy to read and get immersed in. Both main characters are likeable, and I was glad to watch them find their way together. However, something was missing. I can't even really lay a finger on it, but something kept this from being an amazing read.

Check out my full review at my blog or booklikes

3.5 stars

Review to come

Buddy read with Sarah
Nov 19, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: dane, fv
Gregori and Wren

Where can I find me a Gregori? Yum. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Coco at *My Reading Nook Blog*
Jul 20, 2015 Coco at *My Reading Nook Blog* rated it really liked it
Shelves: emo-hero, novella
Read my review at my reading nook
Sep 19, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: sept
I really enjoyed this novella. Lauren Dane has a way of creating strong heroines who are likeable and confident in their own skin without having to be a bitch (excuse my language).

I liked Wren immediately. She's is sassy, smart and is following her dreams of being an artist. She's not into drama and playing games.

Gregori is a famous artist who has tattoos, piercings and a bad boy rep. He's built walls around his emotions and makes a point of having no personal attachments with women. That is u
Aug 28, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Cake by Laura Dane

4 Stars
First I want to say I really liked this book. There was no drawn out scenes, the heroine wasn’t whiney about not getting what she wanted and there was no secret waiting to be revealed. It was refreshing. With that being said it was wayyyyyy too short!!!! I have had make out sessions that lasted longer than this read and it frustrated me!!!! I mean this in a good way…I wanted more!!! Wren is a bike messenger who works her ass off making deliveries while trying to become a
Feb 18, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc
Shamefully, I put off reading this book for quite some time. This was a netgalley arc.

Whats really frustrating about the whole this is that this book was actually excellent.
Engaging characters, that I enjoyed and connected with.

Gregori (Russian) is a successful artist and Wren is his delivery girl.
Wren is also an art student and quite talented herself. These two find that they have much in common and bond over their similarities while sipping on tea and munching down sweet treats.
(I loved that
Dec 08, 2013 Parajunkee rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I do believe I am Grigori.... Ok I'm not hot, Russian, a guy , or über rich successful artist... Ok I should probably rethink that statement.
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 08, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Strong female character who follows her heart and a hero that is to die for.

Opening Sentence: She heard the music as she ascended the stairs and knew he’d be working.

The Review:

There are not many novellas that I can truly say that I remember after an hour much less days after reading them. This is a stellar exception. The story was so well built and consuming that I tumbled into the world and remained there until the final words were read.

Joyfully Reviewed
Wren Davis is an art student who pays the bills with various jobs but one of those is being a bike messenger. One of the clients she looks forward to visiting the most is a famous artist who has grabbed the art world. Wren knows that Gregori is much more than the sneer and tattoos he shows the world and with each visit she discovers more of who the real Gregori really is.

Gregori Ivanov is attracted to Wren and he always makes sure that he has some of the sweets and tea she loves when she comes t
Sep 11, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B-

Wren, a messenger in downtown Seattle, has been delivering papers to Gregori for a while now and while they’ve become friends, she’s always had some deeper feelings for the brooding artist. Gregori, used to hangers on and people in his life being fake, including his toxic ex-wife, doesn’t let anyone get close. But there’s something about Wren and how she sees him that’s different and makes him take notice.

I really enjoyed Wren. She knows wh
Beverly Diehl
Who doesn't love cake? I can almost always find room for a slice when it's this tasty.

Although, the frequently nibbled sweets in this novella were more macaroons than cake.

Disclaimer #1 - I received a free ARC of this novella via NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

Disclaimer #2 - I'm (barely) acquainted with Lauren Dane; I hosted her during her Once and Again blogtour, and enjoyed drinks at the same table for a few hours last year.

What I loved about this novella: the roman
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
More like a 2.75/5 stars. Full review to come.

Full Review

Wren Davis has been working as a bike messenger just to make some extra cash while she's in art school. While on her rounds she meets and becomes friends with famous artist Gregori Ivanov, who has a bit of a reputation. Wren decides she wants nothing else more than Gregori, but first she needs to get him to leave behind all the women who burned him in the past - namely his crazy ex-wife who always comes crawling back again. Can Wren get Gr
Aug 26, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Reading about art student Wren and her aspiring career was quite entertaining. She is a woman that knows what she wants, and what she doesn’t want. And best of all- she knows how to get it. Gregori, the down-to-earth, bad boy artist is the object of lust in this books and it stands to reason why. He is sexy, smart, and deep. His intimacy issues can be rather annoying and predictable at times, but Wren, being the saucy little number she is, spices things up a bit.

Wren also has her cousin, Kelsey
Sep 12, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

CAKE by Lauren Dane is her latest contemporary romance storyline. CAKE is a stand alone novella and is a welcome addition to your reading library.

Wren Davis has been attracted to Gregori Ivanov for a very long time and knows that Gregori feels something for her in return. Their relationship is friendly, flirty and never crosses the line from friendship to sex. But Wren wants something more from Gregori and she refuses to be pushed aside.

Gregori’s failed marriage and subsequent relatio
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Sep 15, 2013 Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
I really enjoyed this story and although it was short, it definitely didn’t lack in romance, story, characters or sex!! ;)

Gregori was such an interesting character not only in appearance but in attitude. Tattooed, alpha, muscled, colored mohawk, pierced ;), Russian, sexy, charming, smart, confident, artistic and he loved his sweets. He was totally yummy and I could not get enough of him. *sigh*

Wren was a great character also and I loved these two together. She was so strong and smart and sassy a
Sep 13, 2013 Kaetrin rated it really liked it
Why I read it: I’d heard good things about this novella, which is part of the Cosmo Red Hot Reads line from Harlequin, launched this month so I requested a review copy via NetGalley. Cake releases on September 15 but is available for pre-order now.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): I must admit that this book had a lot more story than I was expecting. This probably says something about me more than anything, but I was kind of expecting to jump straight to the sex and for there to be not much
Nika ♥Living Cre8tively ♥
Sep 11, 2013 Nika ♥Living Cre8tively ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
My Review:

This is a selection from the Cosmo's Red Hot Reads and boy does this book scream RED HOT!! This is my first Lauren Dane book and it will not be my last. This was a treasure and my first novella that wasn't tied to another series. I enjoyed this steamy read. This novella captured a lot of emotion in a short book and also a lot of steamy sex.

I love strong female characters and Wren is exactly that. She knows what she wants and goes for it no questions asked. She's strong confident and f
Wren Davis, a talented art student and bike messenger wants one thing, to take her friendship with the famous artist and bad boy, Gregori Ivanov. Gregori oozes sex appeal, has the bad boy, devil may care artist facade down pat. But that is not who he really is. After having a hard childhood and having adult relationships where people just use him for their own gain, he has a hard time keeping Wren at bay. Wren is not like anyone Gregori knows. She'd beautiful, talented in her own right, and ...more
The BookChick
My Rating:
VERY GOOD: The characteristics of a 4 star book include: a great story; I loved the characters; and there was an interesting plot and unique story elements; there may have been a few odd things kept the story from being amazing. I would read it again and I would recommend it to a friend.
My Thoughts:
I actually enjoyed Cake very much and it ranks somewhere between a 3 and 4 for me but I'm going with 4's because I enjoyed the liked the characters and the pace of the story.

For other rea
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Harlequin through NetGalley gave me an ARC copy of this book for my honest review
4 1/2 stars

Gregori is a bad ass artist; he only shows people his public persona and doesn't get close to women. Wren is an art student working as a bike messenger; she has wanted Gregori for a while and is ready to make her move. One night isn't enough for either of them can Wren show Gregori that things can be different with her, will Gregori realize that he needs Wren or will they both end up broken? I really like
Wren Davis is an art student as well as a bike delivery messenger who has befriended notorious artist, Gregori Ivanov. Gregori has a reputation of being a hardened lover as well as temperamental, but Wren sees a whole different side to him. When she shows up, they talk and have tea and cookies or sometimes cake, which has Wren supporting a huge crush on the artist.

Gregori doesn't know how to classify his relationship with Wren, on one hand he tries to put her in the employee compartment, but she
Laura Carson
*Harlequin through NetGalley gave me an ARC copy of this book for my honest review*

Cake is a delicious treat from Lauren Dane! I spent the entire story lusting after Gregori Ivanov , he was everything I want in a hero, sexy, dominant, and caring. Wren Davis was strong, knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it. I love a girl who’s not afraid of who she is or what she wants. Naive, virginal heroines have become so poplar and I love that Ms. Dane stayed away from that! These two heated
Sep 09, 2013 İlkim rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC of this novella via NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

I like Lauren Dane's books, but this one wasn't for me. I couldn't get into the story and sometimes I got bored. The characters were average, Gregori could be more bad boy maybe. He was so coward to get into a relationship, I thought I might strangle him. It was short, but still everything happened slowly for me. Wren was better, but she was ultimately shy about to share her work with him.

And the
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books)
Mar 26, 2015 Rosa Sharon (iScream Books) rated it really liked it
He was a visual buffet, and she was really hungry...
Cake was my introduction to Lauren Dane, and we got along famously. Cake is a sexy, short novella that hit all my sweet spots. I have a weakness for cookies and cake, but having a hot brooding artist with tattoos, pierced nipples, and a Mohawk to share them with is another level of sugar that I enjoyed every minute of. The witty banter and sexual chemistry between Gregori and Wren had me glued to my Kindle from beginning to the final satisfied
Sep 15, 2013 P rated it did not like it
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