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Fiercely Emma

(Cake #3)

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Emma, older sister of renowned rock star Jake McKallister, has crafted a quiet existence for herself. Fiercely independent, scorned at work, and indifferent to relationships, she’s spent the past decade trying to move on from the crime that shook her family to the core. Living by a promise she made to herself as a distraught sixteen-year-old, Emma has sworn off marriage an ...more
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published July 11th 2017
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Whitney
J. Bengtsson keeps killing it! Her storytelling just keeps improving with each book, and she is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She has a knack for making her characters relatable - and I love her for it! The McKallister clan are just a sarcastic, loving family that have worked so hard to overcome tragedy. Bengtsson was able to flip between past and present to show the reader how beautifully this family has risen from ashes and how this affected our protagonist, Emma. The writing seemed ...more
boogenhagen
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Monique
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am hooked on this series and this author. I love the way she can unwind a story and keep me captivated. If you haven't started this series, and you love contemporary romances, then you need to jump on board and get started. I would recommend you start from book 1 to get the full experience of this families history.

Emma is the older sister to Jake and Kyle. Both these boys experienced something no kid should, more so Jake. And when the chips where down, the unlikely one to step up was the 16 ye
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Melinda
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fiercely Emma (Cake Series Book Three) by J. Bengtsson

Hmmm where to begin with this? First of all, this is technically a standalone in the Cake series however, I would highly suggest reading books one and two in order to really appreciate Emma and her story.

What this family has gone through makes my heart ache. I can't even fathom what it must be like to grow up with the nasty shadows hanging over you. While Emma was safe at home, she still bore the brunt of her brothers kidnapping when her mot
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Melanie (mells_view)
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good but predictable love at first sight...

Emma is a bit of a self proclaimed ice queen, because of her past. She knows what's truly important in life, and she likes to keep things non-risky. Her job, her home, her sex life. She's going to a music festival where her rockstar brother is performing with her entire family to celebrate her dad's birthday. What she doesn't expect is the dirty hobo she picks up on the side of the road.

Indy... I mean Finn is a stuntman and kind of actor. Things in hi
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Cc
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, ebook, favorites
Emma and Finn

Emma never really recovered from her brothers kidnapping, it had overshadowed her entire life.

Finn overcame all the adversities life put in his way and still kept his optimistic view of life.

These two with such opposing life views should never have worked together but they did much to Emma's surprise. (Finn was always sure they would go well together.)

This Cake Series is one of my favorite! The depth of emotions in these characters is amazing.
There are three more McKallister sibli
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Jacqueline
solid read
Taylor
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
OH MY STARS!! FIVE stars to be exact! I absolutely adore this series but was BLOWN away by Fiercely Emma! Top read of 2017, hands down.

I have no words for how amazing Emma and Finn are - just pleeeease do yourself a favor and read this series!!!!! You will NOT be disappointed! <3
Robyn
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Indian-Jones Stars

I have to say, this has been my favorite story in the series! I loved how the chapter flipped from past to present for Emma, to include Finn’s POV. I wouldn’t change a thing about this book—it definitely surpassed my expectations. I absolutely loved Finn and Emma individually, and together! Looking forward to the other siblings books.
Oriares
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. Seriously, I'm impressed how much the author changed from book 1 to 3. I can't wait for more. There are so many questions left. Keep them coming.
Brandy
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sigh. Wonderful book. Absolutely loved it. Emma was a bit annoying, and when she fell in love with him it took me by surprise because she was pretty cold for so long. Finn was scrumptious.
Karen
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Book of the year!! I didn't love the main characters like I did Jake and Casey BUT the story was so real and told the "Cake" story from another angle. I suppose this could be a standalone but the previous two books in the series we're just excellent as well. I read Book one three times and loved it better each time.

I thought I truly could identify the main characters. I've been a tall girl with prickly personality and oldest daughter....I did not have the tragedy in my life like Emma's family s
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One-Click
Audiobook - Narration Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt - kick ass!

Holy cow I loved this series from beginning to end!
The narration was stellar - they’re both great with voicing both sexes, but more importantly, they’re terrific story tellers which really brought this all to life.

Loved the fact that an event impacting an entire family was strategically doled out across the three books of the series. The entire story was told through the experiences of three different people and yet it all seamles
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FS Meurinne
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, reviews
I just love every book J Bengtsson writes, they are full of emotions, they always keep me captivated and this is just the same. Emma is the older sister to Jake and Kyle (previous books), she always tries to help the family so much that she might not want one of her own. That’s until Finn comes into the picture. The past story and present one combined gives this book a special effect, heart wrenching feelings and hope that will keep you reading. Must read all of the books they are that good.
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
How sweet. The poor family. And again, more layers of what Jake endured have come out from Emma's POV as well as how it affected her. Her relationship with Finn comes out of nowhere for her and bowls her over.

I can't wait for more from this author. I'm hoping it's Keith next.
Melissa
I was pleasantly surprised that Cake, the first book in this Cake series, did not have a ton of angst within its story, despite the fact that all of the parts and characters of the story seemed to demand that angst be present. It was nice to read a fairly sweet story without all the drama. Well, this series was holding all of that angst inside until Fiercely Emma. Man, does this story have angst! Emma is a mess in lots of ways ... prickly and standoffish with everyone around her. But she has a p ...more
Angie McGuire
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read

Absolutely perfect. I listened to this book before I read it, and the narrators were sublime.

Emma was always so stuffy and such a woman who has a HUMONGOUS chip on her shoulder. You find out why on this book. It is just perfect. Finn is the funniest person, and I cracked up too many times. When there are two people getting to know each other, when one of them have walls as Bing as the great Wall in China, it makes it rather difficult. This book is more than just Emma and Finn... It
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Julie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Emma!!
Tracie Payne
Emma was annoying and bitchy and hard to like. Lots of this was tell not show and there was barely any of their actual relationship. Don’t know why I finished it. Long commute I guess.
Yvonne Wood
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
So like this family all coping with different aspects of Jake's childhood kidnapping. 4.5 from me. Especially liked the gift tent scenario classic smile on my face all through!
Shannon
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never a dull moment

As with the other books I loved reading it. I usually tire of series, but Cake has had me intercedes the whole way through. A lot of highlighting in this one, as I feel there was a lot of life lessons. Can’t wait to read the newlyweds. ;)
Sowmya Dnavis
A very nice book, I enjoyed reading it. It has the answers to Emma's uptight behaviour in the previous 2 books.
Finn is such a sweetheart and a softie, it's difficult not to love him like the other 2 heroes Jake & Kyle.
It's so heart breaking about what all the 6 kids and especially Jake went through in their younger years.
A perfect end for the book.
A complete package book , you have certain answers you are looking for in the next book
Christi Snow
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.5

It's no secret I've loved this series. The series started with Cake, which is the story of Jake McAllister and how he finds his way to Casey and healing. Jake was kidnapped in a horrific event that has molded him into the man he is today. For five weeks, he was held by a monster. But that event didn't just affect Jake. He had five brothers and sister and two parents at home dealing with the worry, the fallout, the mental wear and tear that ensued
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Beth C.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, gut-wrenching, heart-melting love story. Worth 10 stars!!

I cannot even begin to explain how wonderful this series is! For a fairly new author, Jill Bengtsson is simply amazing!! This is the third book in the Cake series and with every one I am blown away.
Jill brings out the true emotions in her characters and you become invested in them almost immediately. I laughed and cried and was heartbroken and mad and ultimately, very happy.

Out of all the McKallisters, Emma was probably the
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Louise
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I love a slow-burn romance. Tiny little moments in friendship that build to.... more. Yeh this isn't that, although nothing happens at all until 23%. The H and h don't even meet until 23%. That's a loooooong build up. I stopped and picked up another book at 25% because it was just making me miserable.

I also kinda feel like I have read enough of Jake's experience - even from Emma's POV - I really didn't need all of those flashbacks. And the self-analysis killed me with the same questions over an
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Liz
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Need more on this family!!!

These books just get significantly deeper as they go on. My god. This family.

This story takes place after Jake meets Casey and Kyle meets Kenzie. All about Emma and Finn, the man she literally meets in a parking lot on the way to a Coachella type festival to meet up with Jake and the fam. [I will say that if we did not have Finn's POV, I would have been totally with Emma on the stranger danger thing.]

It's clear that Emma has loads of issues. There's discussion of thera
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Cali Gals
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Emma, our heroine, has has a strong voice. Her determination even when paired with her fear, made her an interesting and exciting character. She was raised in the same home as her brothers (first two books in Cake Series) but she had a very different perspective and reaction to the trauma that occurred to their family.

Finn is our hero and I love him. His story is unique with a touch of sadness for me as the reader though in the telling of his story I do not think he felt t
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Sabine
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: special-books
This book was not what I expected but in a good way. Emma wasn't my favorite character so far as she was distant and cool and mostly kept to herself. You have to read the whole series to get what this family was put through with the kidnapping. We learn bit by bit what happened ten years ago when one afternoon Jake went out with Kyle and only one of them came back home. It's the worst nightmare of every parents out there but only in the third book do we get the full scope of how much it not only ...more
Eva
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I had liked Cake, when I first read it. Enough that I thought I'd enjoy the second book, The Theory of Second Best. And I was right. In fact, I actually liked The Theory of Second Best more than I liked Cake. Mainly because I liked Kyle a lot. And the best parts of Kyle's story were the ones that had nothing to do with Jake. So I wanted to read Fiercely Emma, because she's been so prickly and secretive in the earlier books in the series. And I thought, it will be great to finally understand her. ...more
Mudpie
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5* upgraded to 4*

It took me a while to warm up to both Emma and Finn.

In the first two books I found Emma the big sis likeable...so I was all ready to sympathise with her the heroine. Then I was surprised she was not well-liked by her peers in school and at work. Naybe it's because initially people would take advantage knowing her bro was the famous rock star, so she had to be standoff-ish...but for everyone else to talk behind her back...takes a lot to be credible. I hated that only when Finn
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A professional stay-at-home-mom for twenty-one years, Jill started her writing career in 2016 after reading a really bad rockstar romance. Although she had no previous writing experience and no desire to become an author, Jill was convinced she could write a better story. And so began Cake: A Love Story. She wrote the novel for fun and added every single thing she’d ever wanted to read in a romanc ...more

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Cake (4 books)
  • Cake (Cake, #1)
  • The Theory of Second Best (Cake, #2)
  • The Newlyweds (Cake #4)