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Cake

(Cake #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,619 ratings  ·  238 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
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Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Harlequin (first published September 1st 2013)
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Paula

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
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Sarah
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
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Nina
Sep 11, 2013 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
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

In short, he was a visual buffet. And she was really hungry.

His accent was jagged. Like he was. He spoke in staccato bursts, the sharp twists of his words sliding through the air between them.


Nicole
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Joint review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/09/10/...

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
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Angela
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.

Wren is a great heroine, one that's secure in herself, determined to go after what and who she wants, and not afraid to work hard to get it. I really admire her actually - a huge bonus afte
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Kari
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, kindle, for-review
Cake came out before the Whiskey Sharp series. However, I read it after I read the first three books in that series. Wren and Gregori are side characters that show up occasionally in the series, so it was nice to go back and see how they ended up together. The story was cute. I loved Wren and her determination not to give up on something that she knew was amazing between them. I really enjoyed this novella. It's a good stand alone, so give it a shot.
Lisa
Jul 31, 2013 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
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Christine
Aug 28, 2013 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
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Jill
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance
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
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MBR
ARC review: Cake by Lauren Dane

Rating = 4.25/5

Caliber SEAL: AWESOME READ!


Final Verdict: Sizzling chemistry and a Russian hero = Win!

Review goes live at 00:00 hours MVT on September 11, 2013!
Parajunkee
Aug 23, 2013 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.
Lisa
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shy of 3*
Short read but still felt it was a well developed storyline. Loved Wren. She was a no nonsense heroine who didn’t play any games. She laid it all out there and fought for her man. Gregori on the other hand, was wishy washy. He was willing to fight to stay in a toxic marriage, but couldn’t decide to commit to a woman who could truly offer him happiness.
Mireille Duval
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2018
This is a 98-page book that took me three months to read! I guess I am just not super into romance in general these days, nor particularly into this specific one.
Laura
I was expecting a full length novel, but this was just a novella.
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 22, 2013 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.

S
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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
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Anna
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Jessica
Aug 22, 2013 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
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Sandy S
Sep 12, 2013 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
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Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Sep 15, 2013 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
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Kaetrin
Aug 14, 2013 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
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Nika ♥Living Cre8tively ♥
Sep 08, 2013 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
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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 othe
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Alycia
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 want ...more
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
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Emily
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
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İlkim
Sep 09, 2013 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
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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
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
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
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