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Courtship of the Cake

(Much "I Do" About Nothing #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From the author of Dictatorship of the Dress comes a new novel about a woman who’s vowed to never walk down the aisle—and the two men who’ll do anything to get her to say “I do”…
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” has suited Danica James just fine…until the mysterious man who crashed her sister’s wedding steals her heart, leaves a slice of groom’s cake under her pillow,
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Berkley
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May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Review posted May 14, 2015

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Hoping to forget Mick with whom she had shared a hot evening in New Orleans when he crashed her sister's wedding, Dani (short for Danica) is accepting the job as a backstage masseuse for the Minstrels & Mayhem Festival tour. Nash Drama, rock star and lead singer of Go Get Her, is one of of those artists who benefit from Dani's magic hands.

Nash was at his truest state when he was at his most vulnerable.

As chances would have it, Nash is being honored with
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 Who to Pick Stars

Courtship of the Cake is a standalone and is part of the Much “I Do” About Nothing series. I’m reading this series out of order (something new I’m doing) and completely random.

This is Danica and Nash and **GASP** Mick story.

So it’s a love triangle (sort of) storyline and we all know where I stand on these. I have major issues with love triangles, so just note that’s my personal preference.

This book reads in different parts (to me). I felt like the first half of the book is abo
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
The follow up read from author Jessica Topper’s Much I Do about Nothing series has the same formula that I am beginning to appreciate, as good people with crazy lives injected with a bit of rock and roll that gives the series a nice bite.

Courtship of the Cake is a second chance romance on two different levels. It’s a one night stand that won’t fade away for neither Dani nor Mick. Also, a childhood romance that is years past its expiration date still hasn’t had its final curtain call for Nash an
So I didn't love this one but it had its moments. I read the first one a few years ago and I think I liked that one a little bit better. There just seemed to be something a little off with this one and the plot just a little forced.

Mick and Dani shared an intimate night after her sisters wedding. But when Dani woke up, Mick was gone. Fast forward in time and neither can seem to forget each other even though they are trying. When Dani shows up at Mick's bakery wearing his best friends engagement
Christy LoveOfBooks

I read Dictatorship of the Dress last year and found it to be adorable and funny, so I was looking forward to getting Dani’s story in Courtship of the Cake. I enjoyed this book too, but not quite to the degree of DotD. It’s still a pretty fun book, though.

Don’t be afraid of the blurb! It makes it sound like there is a love-triangle, but there isn’t. Actually, there’s a love-square. Okay, okay … but it isn’t real. Promise. Courtship of the Cake reminds me of a cute romantic-comedy
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

2 Sadly didn't do it for me stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group

After reading Dictatorship of the Dress, I thought I was going to love Dani but I gotta admit that this book didn't do it for me. Ugh! I so badly wanted to like it. I don't know if I wasn't in the mood to read this or what, but it just didn't float my boat.

Dani is always a bridesmaid but never a bride. She was also like this in relationships. Even though Dani doesn't like to commit there is some
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“You’ll never find yourself, if you haven’t yet lost yourself.”

Dictatorship of the Dress has a special place on my favorites shelf. It was adorable, funny and has stuck with me, even months after reading it. Danica was part of the fun in that story, along with being Laney's voice of reason, so I sort of went into this one expecting it to be light and kind of silly. It was much more than that though. Dani had a depth, I didn’t originally give her credit for.

"Listen to that little voice ins
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Very sad .. Penguin always turns down my ARC requests on NG. I don't have this issue with any other publisher. Sad. Guess my reviews for the previous books by this author didn't amount for SQUAT !! ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dnf :( just couldn't keep me interested. I really enjoyed book 1, and this one has the right recipe just not delivered in engaging way. ...more
I absolutely loved the first book in this series and the secondary character, Dani, so I was eager for this book with Dani as the lead. It was not long before the story had me rear back with surprise, ponder if I wanted to continue, and then cautiously proceed forward once again. Not what I was expecting and definitely feeling conflicted, but in the end I was pleased that I pushed through and gave it a chance.

This is not an easy story and it really isn't a typical romance. In fact, the romance d
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the first half of the story but I felt too many things happened in the second half and they were rushed through.

Note: This reads more like women's fiction, sort of family saga than romance. It does have a HEA but the focus was on the heroine's journey and not just on the romance.

Here is my full review which you can also read on Ellie Reads Fiction:
This is the second book in the I DO series and I can say these stories shape out more like women's fiction, family sagas, t
Cocktails and Books
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books.

Courtship of the Cake was not what I expected. It was a good, well written book, but the emotions were heavier than a book about cake should be.

We meet Dani, a travelling massage therapist; Nash, a famous musician; and Mick, a bakery owner.  Dani and Mick met in New Orleans when he crashed her sister’s wedding and formed an instant connection that circumstances didn’t allow to flourish. A year later, she is working the same music festival
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the first book in the series more than this one but it was still fun to read.
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

A free-spirited massage therapist, a sexy cake designer who knows his way around more than the kitchen, a rock star at a crossroads in his life… There is a lot to capture readers’ interest in Courtship of the Cake . Jessica Topper’s second Much “I Do” About Nothing novel can be fun and charming, and at times almost captures your heart.

Dani is the black sheep of her family, happier on the road treating festival mu
Joyfully Reviewed
Danica “Dani” James is a masseuse who is hoping to forget the one that got away. Taking on a job travelling with a rock group, she garners another position that brings her right back into the orbit of the mysterious man who left a slice of cake under her pillow and a fire burning that he didn’t bother to quench.

Mick Spencer, cake decorator extraordinaire, has now been retained to present a cake for the upcoming nuptials of his former BFF. However, imagine Mick’s surprise when the bride-to-be is
Diane Matlick
I really enjoyed this! I loved Nash's storyline, it really spoke to me being a physical therapist because I have watched many of my patients wrestle with the demons of their past at the same time as they come to terms with a life changing diagnosis. And in this case, the implications went beyond just how it affected him. I enjoyed the setting and all the characters and the journeys of self discovery each one went on, and how they all wove together. I didn't feel this love story as much as I have ...more
Teresa Mary Rose

This book just isn't working for me. I'm really bummed too because I enjoyed Dictatorship of the Dress. I just don't think the writing is a good fit for me. With Dictatorship, I really enjoyed the quirky and geeky aspect that I looked past it, but with this one there isn't anything else I'm grabbing on to that is keeping me invested. I can't connect to Dani the way I did with Laney. Because of that I'm going to put this one aside. It does have a cute premise though and I'm sure it will be a
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved Dictatorship of the Dress and really was looking forward to this one. However, I found myself a bit bored and forcing myself to finish. There were a lot of flashbacks which got a bit old to me. Then, the POV was constantly changing. I don't usually mind that but some of the chapters are really short and with the constant POV change, it got a bit confusing. This one sadly didn't work for me. Although, it did put me in the mood for some amazing desserts.

I received an ARC of this book
What a wonderful job Jessica Topper does with writing characters. I really adored every bit of this book. She is a fantastic storyteller and really wonderful at keeping the characters feeling real. They have flaws, they have goodness and they all deserve love.

Really great book with such a strong voice.
Oh what a shame. I loved book one of this series but I just cannot connect with this character or story. I may be giving up on this book, but will certainly try book 3 and this author again.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great job, Jess!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book started out with a lot of promise. Dani was a great character and I enjoyed the fake fiancee storyline. In fact, just about all of the characters were great. But that was it. Dani and Nash have such great chemistry that I was disappointed that she has so little with Mick. It's never explained/shown why they can't forget about one another. And I don't know why Dani holds a grudge against him at the beginning since you learn that (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Enjoyed this book. Had a little trouble following the story at first, but probably more because of my less than dependable memory. I really appreciated that range of characters, their vocations and their issues - quite an interesting collection. Ready to read more by the this author.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

May 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars is generous....the first book was great, so I hoped for a second good read in the series.

This one wandered, confused me at times, got snagged in get the picture.

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

Courtship of the Cake was an enjoyable albeit long read. As an introduction to this author, I was able to ascertain that I liked her writing style and she incorporates just the right amount of sizzle for my reading enjoyment.

One thing I must say, and it is more about the presentation of the book. It was one of the hardest books to read electronically in a long while as I found it very difficult to tell when the person sp
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
Two people who shared an amazing night, like passing ships in the sea, were never meant to see each other again. Dani and Mick had instant chemistry on that fateful night, but with the incident that happened afterward, it meant they were never meant to be. But neither can forget the other, and neither are expecting to see each other again.

Dani lives sort of a hippy lifestyle, minus the main hippy part of it. She loves to travel and seeing new things. It’s this craving, as well as trying to keep
When I picked up Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper I had no idea it was going to be a love triangle of sorts. This is Dani's story. This is Nash's story. This is Mick's story. It's about all of them almost equally. I don't mind love triangles. I think sometimes they work and sometimes they don't as far as telling a story goes. In this case it really isn't a triangle in the normal sense. Yet it is about all three characters.

I felt very disconnected at times while reading. The majority of th
Sheyla ✎
Danica James is usually the voice of reason for her friends. She is also a massage therapist. She loves her job but she needs a way out of her home. A year ago, at her sister's wedding in New Orleans she had an encounter with a sexy party crasher name Mick. Their time together was short but by all means relevant. In search of a distraction, Danica joins a rock music festival. She becomes the masseuse of the famous singer Nash Drama. Nash needs her help. He wants her to play the part of his fianc ...more
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This was the kind of book that you finish with a smile and an “awwwww”. It is definitely best described as cute. It had an original storyline, and spent the entire book flashing back and forth between past and present, weaving itself in and out of the characters lives before all becoming clear.

I loved all the little connections between the characters, and how they always seemed to come back to each other. The secondary characters in this book were just as important as the main characters; their
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Jessica Topper broke the rock romance mold with her 2013 debut novel LOUDER THAN LOVE. Her follow-up romantic comedy, DICTATORSHIP OF THE DRESS, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2015.

After working almost two decades in the music industry, Jessica hung up her touring boots in order to concentrate on her writing. She lives in Western New York with two cats who l

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Waiting to be found
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Lost in the fray
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