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For the Love of Cake

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Maya Vaughn, the hottest young pastry chef to emerge from the reality television machine, enjoys spending time with men and women alike. When she takes a turn as a judge on the very show that launched her career, she expects to find a nice change of scenery and a little diversion.

A late-bloomer at forty-two years old, Shannon Hayes is finally on the precipice of achieving
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books (first published February 16th 2015)
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Jan 19, 2016 Jem rated it really liked it
This is a romance between two women with more differences than similarities, set against the backdrop of a reality TV contest.

The two ladies are literally worlds apart: a significant age gap, different lifestyles, New Yorker vs Nashville-an, brash vs. conservative, etc, etc. Add to that the constant glare of cameras, the unwanted attention of paparazzis, and the player reputation of one of the women, and these two have got very tall odds stacked against them having anything more than a casual fl
Apr 18, 2015 Agirlcandream rated it really liked it
This is my first Erin Dutton novel. She has an easy fluid writing style I enjoyed reading.

The blurb for this novel sounded interesting and intriguing. A bisexual chef and notorious player meets a forty-something single mom on a reality cooking show. Sparks fly in spite of their difference in age, personalities and backgrounds. Their relationship builds slowly as they deal with trust issues and the confining rules of the reality show. Can these two women set aside their differences and make some
Mar 14, 2015 Vic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesfic
A somewhat okay read, the characters are fairly well written with distinct pasts and personalities, and the story flow is mostly fluid (apart from the odd foray into the lives of two characters from a previous book that I'm afraid I could have done without).

The reason I'm not giving it more stars has to do with my own personal tastes I suppose, as the book is certainly not bad. I think I was expecting a slightly different book given the promising setting/situation, and the history of both main
D. Leigh
Jan 23, 2015 D. Leigh rated it really liked it
Another great romance from Erin Dutton. It didn't make me hungry for cake, but wouldn't mind tasting a chef or two.
Feb 19, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
I nearly died when I saw this book. I'm a big fan of this type of reality show and For the Love of Cake pressed all the right buttons:

Younger woman/older woman
Good supporting characters
The hottest pastry chef ever

Speaking of which, I have a major crush on Maya and I’m not even sorry. With those tattoos and platinum blonde hair, all she needs to do to win your heart is to raise a pierced brow. ;) Seriously, imo, she’s the perfect combination of Ruby Rose and Anne-Marie! *swoon*

Ruby Rose

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Sep 02, 2015 ~ * K E L L I E * ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
An enjoyable sweet romance (pardon the pun) with an insight into a reality TV show.
Jan 20, 2015 Pippa rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian-romances
3.5 stars.

Dutton has written a lot of lesbian romances, and this is evident in the characterisation and the interplay between the two main characters.

Maya Vaughn is a hot, young pastry chef who started her career by winning a TV cooking competition. To spice up the flagging ratings, the producers bring her back as a judge and hope that her off-screen antics will make it into the press. One of the new competitors on the show is a forty-two year old soccer-mum type, Shannon Hayes, who works as a p
This is a solid romance novel with two very different main characters. Erin Dutton masters these type of stories.
Sep 14, 2015 MJS rated it liked it
I liked this but didn't love it. Maybe this was due to me not being a fan of reality TV because of how fake it is, and I felt that the book spent way too much time on the show aspect. I think it would have been more interesting if the show had been the first half and then concentrated on how Maya and Shannon made things work after that.

I also could not get past how unprofessional they both were. A mentor having a relationship with a contestant is a huge conflict of interest and I couldn't get b
Nolly  Sepulveda
May 12, 2015 Nolly Sepulveda rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it, I've watched my share of cooking and baking competitions and it was interesting reading about it,
Feb 20, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
It had cake, what more does it need?! Sweet romance with a pinch of humor. It's a fun book.
For a book with cake in the title, I really wanted more of it in the story! In the acknowledgments at the beginning of the book, Dutton thanked a pastry chef for allowing her into the kitchen for research, but I can't imagine this book needed a ton of culinary research to pull off. Maybe I'm just spoiled by more literary kitchen-set books like Crescent or even indie romances like The Second Mango where food is described in loving detail, making all our mouths water, but For the Love of Cake just ...more
Nov 09, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. This book has been provided by the author with no expectations and that in no way influences my review.
Kelley O'Brien
Apr 08, 2015 Kelley O'Brien rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog here.

Right off the bat, I should probably tell you that I am a huge fan of reality cooking competitions. I love Top Chef and Chopped and every cooking competition in between. So when I heard that there was a book about queer ladies set in a cooking competition, I was immediately sold. Erin Dutton’s For the Love of Cake filled a void in my life that hadn’t even been aware existed.

Shannon, a forty-something and soon-to-be grandma, struggled much of her life. But she’s finall
Sarah Riv
Jul 01, 2016 Sarah Riv rated it really liked it
So when I found this book I thought it was made for me. It was like the author took everything I liked (a cooking competition, romance, age difference, the works) and made it into a book. So naturally I devoured the book in four days time. It was worth it. The characters were believable, the romance spot on, and the competition exciting. What makes the book just short of five stars is I just wish I had more. The ending felt rushed and in the end the book focused more on the romance than the ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Got an advance copy form netgalley for an honest review.

This was a sweet story and I'm glad it included characters from A Place to Rest. Maya is such an interesting person, tattoos and all. To be a judge is hard but to be one on a reality TV show, I would guess is harder. She pulls it off splendidly besides the fact that she attracts feelings for on of the contestants. Shannon is so adorable and her reaction to seeing Maya up close and being around her is just awesome. She has been drooling over
Feb 28, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Maya is a hot young bisexual pastry chef dripping with sexy appeal. Shannon is a divorced single mother who is finally working toward her dreams. Both are drawn to each other on the set of a reality TV show, Shannon as the competitor and Maya as her mentor.
Good sexual tension.
Sex scenes: yes
Happy ending: yes
For the Love of Cake is a quick enjoyable read. The ending wraps up pretty quickly, and I wish something would have been drawn out a little more.
(received a copy from the publisher)
Sep 15, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
So I rated 2 stars because this book was only one that I "read"; there wasn't any emotional involvement for me. It didn't pull my heart strings so to speak, there was just enough angst to keep me reading, but not enough to make this a memorable book. It is one of those I read it things and don't ask me what happened as I no longer remember.
Nov 08, 2015 Becko rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt, romance
Sweet story well written. From the title I almost passed up on it thinking it sounded more like something my wife would read, glad I read it. Will be looking for more of Erin Dutton's books for a fun light read.
May 28, 2015 Alena rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, fiction
Lovely company for my commute. Likeable, relatable characters. Ending too sudden, and why Sawyer and Jori didn't get another scene towards the end I don't know since they got so much space throughout the book.
Jun 30, 2015 Peggy rated it it was ok
Picked this off the Choice Reads shelves at our local library. The title grabbed me but the book was so, so.
Elisa Rolle
Dec 14, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Apr 25, 2016 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian, romance
I really liked this book. We spent an enjoyable Sunday together. It's a sweet romance with a lot of build-up and a happy ending. Just the way I like em :).
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Born and raised in Upstate New York, Erin Dutton moved to Nashville, Tennessee several years ago. No longer a Yankee, and yet not a true Southerner, she remains somewhere between the two, and is happy to claim both places as home. Her days are spent earning a living, while her nights and weekends are divided between several of her favorite things: writing, reading, golf, and her friends. Erin is ...more
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