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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  10,136 ratings  ·  1,330 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B01FPJ0DFC.

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn’t been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career succ
Kindle Edition, 611 pages
Published May 14th 2016
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J. Bengtsson In response to all the amazing reader feedback, I have created a 'Cake Series'. The second and third books will focus on supporting characters while t…moreIn response to all the amazing reader feedback, I have created a 'Cake Series'. The second and third books will focus on supporting characters while the fourth will revisit Jake and Casey a couple years in the future. (less)
J. Bengtsson I am hoping to have the second one released by the end of the year. :)

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Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
*Audiobook generously provided by the author for an honest review*
Full review posted 12/22/2016

I decided not to go in blind and read a few reviews before requesting a copy of this book. Man…they were all over the place, so I felt the need to go for it and formulate my own opinion.

Jake McAllister and Casey Caldwell are twenty somethings who meet at his brother’s wedding. As fate would have it, they’re paired up as bridesmaid and groomsman.
Jake is a wildly successful rock star, but struggles
This book is annoying. I think part of the problem is that I'm too old for the MCs or maybe they're too young for me. The other issue I have with it is that it's mostly inner monologue or very immature, non-witty joking back and forth. The downfall of having a lot of inner monologue is the fact that opinions and general thoughts are bound to be repeated. We know the h thinks the H is hot, interesting, funny, hot, interesting, funny, hot interesting funny, hotinterestingfunny. It really started t ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Scrumptious Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I devoured this book just as I would a piece of cake....
Casey was such a fabulous character, she reminded me a little bit of a younger me... always having a little too much to say.... Jake was just a good guy... with a very tragic past, a lot to overcome....

Even though a few things didn't quite ring true with me( I just can't imagine a huge rockstar not having more security) this was a very real love story.... I also really appreciated that both characters had a very st
4 Surprising Stars

Was it really possible to meet someone and just know they are the one for you?

I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading Cake but I can say with certainty it wasn't to get sucked into the cuteness vortex that was Casey and Jake.

From the moment college girl Casey meets famous rock star Jake, I absolutely adored these two together. The dialogue was so good, I couldn't help myself. It did slow down a little in the middle and I could've used a wee bit more heat but I enjo
Pam Nelson
3.5 Cake Stars

New author to me, one I will be on the lookout for more.
I enjoyed this book a lot actually.

Jake and Casey are fabulous together. I loved getting to know each of them and how they fell in love.
Jake is a rock star and Casey is a senior accounting student. Two very unlikely of people you would think would meet and hit it off. But that’s what happened.

Jake has a pretty upsetting past that isn't hidden per say but it’s not all hanging out there either and we learn about why he is s
Jacob Proffitt
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My initial draw to this was definitely Casey. She was just nine kinds of awesome wrapped in no-nonsense goodness. I loved her sense of humor and her steady good sense. And I particularly liked that she was studying to be an accountant and made no apologies or excuses for it.

It took longer for me to accept Jake, though most of that was fear that Bengtsson would go one of the dozen or so stereotypical routes that were possible to divert into as this story progressed. His setup is fairly standard f
Shannon Moore
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. This was one crazy ride! Nothing like your average rockstar romance but I loved it just the same.

The first half(ish?) that takes place over one weekend I was in love with. I was practically gushing! Then things slowed down and dragged a bit - I think part of it is this is just super long. A scene or two less might have kept the pace going a bit better.

But then that ending. HOLY CRAP! This author is definitely one to play tricks on and mess with her readers. But the end of that epilogue is
This book is almost good. If the parts that are summary and telling were rewritten to be action and dialogue there would be a fine love story.

The hero and heroine are both good people. The romance has a fantasy quality of running off with the band and they do feel very young.

The dynamics of both families are well explored.

It just needs more storytelling work.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this is a romance it also deals with some tough stuff. Our hero is an actual rock star. Fans hounding him, girls attacking, etc. But his scars cover a horrific abuse that occurred when he was kidnapped and tortured as a young teen. Now he’s the broody loner. Flashbacks prevent him from opening his heart. Meanwhile our heroine is vivacious. She’s honest and loving. Nothing fake. Her honesty and bright light starts to shine through his dark places.
Good romance that foregoes the usual he
Anne OK
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
New author with a fabulous debut book. It had a few rough spots -- nothing outlandish and certainly didn't distract me from the intriguing and unique storyline. I absolutely loved both characters. This one had lots of feels, great chemistry, great dialogue, and a slow and captivating journey to a love that was so believable. Two such different people - just perfectly matched. Of course, the fact that the male lead is a drop dead gorgeous rock star didn't hurt any either. But his female lead can ...more
Dilek VT
May 08, 2018 marked it as not-appealing
More telling than showing, too much inner monologue...

Read my friend Nadine's review here:
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This was an awesome discovery for me when I was looking for a new audio book to listen to. I love a good rock star story and this was great because it wasn't too focused on the band.

Casey meets Jake McAllister when she is paired up with him as a bridesmaid and he a groomsman at her best friend's wedding. She was initially nervous to meet him and he was not easy to talk to but eventually her wit and humor broke through his brooding mood. Jake is usually quite intolerant of meeting strangers, espe
Robin Hill
“I really like you, Jake… and it’s not because you’re a rock star.”

“Well, I really like you, Casey,” he replied. “And it’s not because you’re an accountant.”

Cake is one big rock star romance swoonfest. I'm a sucker for the broken man trope, and sweet baby Jesus, that poor Jake is broken in every way. His tragic backstory ripped my heart out and had me completely consumed. Maybe that's why I devoured Cake so quickly (pun intended). A friend told me it was over 600 pages and I thought, there’s
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm so sorry, but this book was boooooooring. It had so much potential with some potent underlying darkness, but issues were solved in a page with way too much filler in between. And the same events were rehashed/recounted several times. Some cute conversations and banter but an editor with a big red pen could have made this a better/more engaging read.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
With all of that fanfare for this book, I am really looking forward to another great read. This is my first book by J Bengtsson. And I am listening to the audio book. 12 hours long

On the beginning I sense some similarity of this book to other author such as Kylie Scott, Mariana Zapata, Giger Scott. All of my favorite authors. The fun banter between Jake and Casey is so cute and refreshing. With a hint of promise a dark broken and heart wrenching past from Jake. However the more and more I dwell

I really don't know how this book came to my library, some Audible sale? Sleep deprived shopping spree? Confusion? Not sure. In any case ... my 15 y.o. self would've liked this, but even she would agree that this needed to be pared down by half. At least. It's 12:40hrs. and about 600+ pages. I got through maybe half in audio, listening to it piecemeal, and only because Andi Arndt is a rock star narrator. Joe Arden does the male POV, and though I didn't hate I didn't love it. Andi could
I tried to read this book two times...once a while back as an ebook and now as audio...
I just don't care about these characters...
Oh. My. God. This book was... let’s just say, now I know why tons and tons of people loved it and have been raving about it tremendously. It kinda blew me away... Okay, it totally blew me away.

Cake was the perfect blend of sexy, romantic, emotional and gritty. It wasn’t at all what I expected diving into this book—especially with how much the story took hold of my emotions and just gripped me right from the get go—but it’s the absolute whole package you can hope for in a crazy good and epic rock
Tracy  C
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story so much as an eBook. I loved it even more as an audio book. This narration was awesome!
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, music
4.5 Stars

I’ve been wanting to read Cake forever because of all of the good reviews. I 100% think if you had to do any version of this book, you will have to do the audio version.

I love Andi’s voice and Joe is okay. I did have to speed up the narration to 1.25x to have more of a normal pace for myself.

I think what I enjoyed so much about Cake is that it had the right balance of tension, storyline and slight angst (I’m not a big fan of angst). It’s a highly descriptive book and usually that would
Nadine Wilmschen
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, tattoos, n-a
3 Stars!

I really liked the story and Jake McKallister was a surprisingly great character. He was not the typical man whore you're reading about in most of these kind of novels.
Due to a violent crime that has happened to him ten years ago, he was a haunted, broken and somehow destroyed man who only survived with the help of his music. I really really liked him and his way to crawl out of his hole for the girl he loved was a great journey.

Casey, on the other hand, was just okay. Jake loved her h
I listened to this one on audio and the readers; Andi Amdt and Joe Arden read well, as usual.

It's a nice easy read, especially for a rock star trope. The only angst is about his tortured past.
They meet at his half brother's wedding to one of her BFF's. After an awkward start they totally hit it off and one thing leads to another. Next thing you know they are an item, then they are an item to the press. It's really just a 'getting to know each other as they fall in love', type story.

I enjoyed i
DNF @ 30%

I was debating whether to rate this book or just leave a review without a rating, since I gave up on it so soon. But I'm quite disappointed with it, given that I bought the book based on good reviews/ratings in order to support a new author.

The writing is really bad, honestly. Very short, superficial sentences, full of grammar mistakes. I didn't get invested in the characters or the story despite my best efforts, so even though it pains me not to finish a book I actually paid for (inste
Sherwood Smith
May 23, 2017 added it
Shelves: romance
Ordinary girl meets rock star with a horrific past, and romance and heat blossom into not just hot sex but healing. Bengtsson makes those elements work in a terrific story, full of banter, emotional complexity, and moments of gut-churning tension. Ordinarily when I start a book with a similar lack of copyediting--grammatical mistakes, POV bobbles, and especially grating said-bookisms--I get tossed out of the story. I did get blipped out but the rest was so compelling I dove right back in.

What a
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Cake is on the longish side, but I still enjoyed it very much. This is one of those rock star romances where you have enough time to get a true sense of what daily life is like for one of the world’s most famous musicians—from glamorous things such as dealing with super fans and headlining a European tour, to ordinary things like going to family barbeques and shopping at Target.

This has an old school romance feel, with much of the story devoted to Jake’s wooing of Casey and the nurturing of thei
This is my first "6 star book" of 2017. Of the 58 books I've read so far this year, this is probably my favorite. It blows my mind that this is the author's debut book. It is fantastic.
I found myself reading with a huge smile on my face more than once. cheeks hurt from my big kool-aid grin. I swooned hardcore at several moments throughout this book. I got butterflies as Casey and Jake were first getting together. I had tears during the emotional parts. This book brought out the be
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overall, this book was a solid 2/5 stars. Wasn't terrible, wasn't mind-blowing. I liked Jake's character- damaged boy becomes rock star with still down to earth attitude, but he was almost to perfect. He was kidnapped as a 13 year old boy and for 36 days was sexually assaulted and physically abused by an older male serial killer then 3 years later is on tour for being a one-hit wonder... WTF?!? How does that even happen... Where the heck did the author come up with that S**T and w
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
5 strong stars for the first half of the book down to *3 stars* considering the whole book

I'm so disappointed with this book I could cry.
The beginning was SO good and by that I mean that I loved everything : the H, a rock star "blasé", the h, a witty funny girl, their first awkward encounter, the chemistry that quickly sparked between them... I LOVED how they met, how they felt for each other and how they acted around each other. The writing was ok, mainly because the audiobook is narrated by t
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: third-time-read
Amazing debut book!! Just so many layers to the story and characters. Jake had extremes to his life...larger than life rockstar and extremely talented/musician and having survived captivity from a serial killer. Yes, extreme!

Casey is a normal college student who gets paired with Jake as both were attendants at a wedding. A very fun meeting drew Jake to Casey. Casey is so damn funny and to Jake it is quite refreshing.....

I laughed like a lunatic at some of Casey's antics or the banter between Jak
Gigi Parker
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was original... liked it very much!
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J. (Jill) Bengtsson is the bestselling author of the Cake Series. She writes contemporary novels focused on love, humor, passion, and family. Her heroines are strong, nurturing, and quirky while her heroes are what dreams are made of - gorgeous, committed, and in need of a little saving. A native Californian, Jill’s novels are set under the glittering lights of the West Coast entertainment industr ...more

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