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Cake at Midnight

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Giovanna, Zoë and Declan have always been a trio - their fierce friendship has seen them through every heartbreak and hardship and helped pave the way to brighter futures. Gio is a passionate baker of cakes, pastries and all things delicious, Zoë a take-no-prisoners beauty, and Declan an ambitious businessman on the way up.

Best friends forever, Gio thinks - until Gio's lif
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 15th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Australia
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
It’s an interesting dynamic to have two best friends, especially when one is male and you have a serious crush on him. In this book the author takes on this delicate balance as we explore the life of a group of friends in Australia.

Dealing with heartache and heartbreak can be tough. But at least there’s always cake to help commiserate over.

The author leads us through old friendships and crushes in this well told story. With plenty of well-developed characters and interest, it’s hard not to get o
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked the writing and characterisation a lot, and I would have rated Cake at Midnight higher... if not the heroine. At times, she made me roll my eyes so hard they almost rolled out of their sockets. However, it wasn't because she was a badly written character. She just rubbed me the wrong way. Other than that, this is a really good contemporary romance. I really liked that it's set in Australia, too.
Sam (AMNReader)
I honestly don't know how to characterize this decent book that was almost good. Almost really good. I almost kind of sort of like it?

It was on the longer side, it seemed, with heavy set-up on a trio of best friends making their way in the world in their mid-20s. One of the friends is in love with another, which leads to all kinds of things. Things that almost made me stop reading. The heroine (Gio) felt weak, the love interest/friend (Dec) abusive, the other friend (Zoe) continually telling her
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Jessie L. Star's Cake at Midnight gave me all the feels!

Going into this I was expecting to like it. I mean, it's a foodie romance, and seriously, what's not to like about that? However I ended up LOVING it. The romance, the characters, the writing, the CAKE....everything was top notch. Honestly, if Sarah Dessen wrote contemporary romance instead of YA I think it would look a lot like Cake at Midnight.

Cake at Midnight introduces Gio, a young pastry chef with a bad case of unrequited love, and T
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
An engaging novel of contemporary romance, Cake at Midnight is a story of friendship and love from Australian author, Jessie L. Star.

Giovanna, Zoë and Declan - the baker, the beauty, and the brains- have been best friends since childhood. Now in their early twenties, they have celebrated one another’s successes, and commiserated with one another during times of heartbreak. For years Gio has nursed a crush on Declan who doesn’t mind taking advantage of her slavish devotion when it suits him, much
It's been a while since I sat down and read a romance novel. I open with that thought because you need to understand why it took me a while to settle in to Cake At Midnight. Expecting a fun and food filled romance, I was instantly smitten with Gio and her glowing personality. However as soon as Declan entered the picture, well, let's just kindly say that I didn't get their connection. This book has a lot more drama than I expected and, while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I felt like it too ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so good! It felt like a slow build for all that it wasn't, and I liked the decency of the characters. Add in a messy friendship situation, and it was my own brand of catnip. Really hope there are follow up books for Zoe and Declan, if only because I want to see how you make Dec an attractive hero.

I like Aussie romances. I wish there was an easy way to find more of them.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Dear Author. 4.5 stars.
Sandy S
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

About the book: Release Date January 15, 2018

Giovanna, Zoë and Declan have always been a trio - their fierce friendship has seen them through every heartbreak and hardship and helped pave the way to brighter futures. Gio is a passionate baker of cakes, pastries and all things delicious, Zoë a take-no-prisoners beauty, and Declan an ambitious businessman on the way up.

Best friends forever, Gio thinks - until Gio's lifelong crush on Declan is exposed, leaving her humiliated, and Gio real
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ARC received from S & S Australia for an honest review

Not going to lie, I sat down and ate a muffin at midday as I read Cake At Midnight.

This is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and moving on.

Gio, Declan and Zoe - Baker, Brains and Beauty - have that kind of friendship that can get through anything. Well, almost.

I adore Gio, all her quirks just make her all the more adorable. I hurt along with her as she tries to move on from her lifelong crush, Dec.

Ugh, Dec. I am not sure if I am supp
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was really sweet. I liked Gio and Theo a lot, how they developed a friendship/bond first before getting together. I liked that times when I was worried about miscommunication causing drama between them, they acted like adults. (view spoiler) ...more
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Not only did this story leave me craving a big helping of chocolate rum cake, but I need more from Jessie L. Star, like yesterday! Set in Australia, Cake at Midnight is a foodie romance that centers around a trio of childhood friends and a sweet, budding romance.

Since Gio initiated a kiss with her best friend Dec, their trio has been strained. Zoe doesn't speak to Dec since he started taking advantage of Gio's unrequited crush, and Gio can't help but put his needs f
Bree T
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!

Gio, Zoë and Dec are childhood friends who refer to themselves as Baker, Beauty and Brains. They have a long standing friendship although it was complicated when Gio kissed Dec, who doesn’t return her romantic feelings. In the time since, Dec has been taking advantage of Gio’s feelings for him, resulting in Zoë distancing herself from him. When Dec invites Gio last minute to a work function at his fancy firm, she’s surprised to find someone she kind of knows there.

Gio refers to Theo
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
#280CharacterReview "A shining example of contemporary #romance that shows the intricacies of friendships, romance, & heartbreak. Jessie L Star writes beautifully & perceptively presenting strong characterisation & great story development" #AusRomToday
Wit & Wonder Books
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Completely impressed with Cake at Midnight by Jessie L. Star! A sweet, charming love triangle sort of relationship revolving around a childhood friendship of Gio, Zoe and Declan, that turns into something more for Gio.

Gio has had a crush on Declan for quite sometime. When the truth comes out her feelings are not reciprocated and she is beyond crushed. Even though her heart is shattered that Declan doesn't feel the same, he continuo
Christi Snow
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Review:

Be prepared...this is a long story, and there were times that it was slow reading because of that. But that didn't stop me from falling in love with Gio and Theo. I loved watching their journey to finding the "something" that is missing in each of their lives, but they never even knew it.

Gio has been in love with her best friend for years. But when she overhears him slagging on her at a company party that he invited her to, she's through worshipping him. She gives herself 30 days to g
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the book Cake at Midnight by Jessie. L Star, from Pocket Star publishing. As soon as I started reading it, I was obsessed with the storyline. I really enjoyed how Star has written the book.

The storyline follows Gio, a woman in her early 20’s, who has had a crush on a childhood friend Dec for years and years but a spanner is put into the works when she befriends her neighbour Theo. It was refreshing to read both sides of the story, from Gio and Theo, in each chapter.

I found tha
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was set in Australia which was a nice change from other books I have previously read. There was also a lot more going on than just your typical romance. Gio, Zoe, Dec and Theo have family issues which impact their lives differently.
It helped that I am a art fiend and enjoyed that added element of family dynamics, sculpture and notoriety being included from the art world. The sculptures sound amazing and would be fantastic if real.

Ari was the welcomed assistant come best
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what I want more after reading Cake at Midnight, cake or to read more from Jessie Star. I absolutely adored this book, and I’m definitely a fan now. I’m already a sucker for a good romance story and this love triangle Giovanna id involved in was the perfect fix. The saying “opposites attract” couldn’t be more true when it comes to Giovanna and Theo. Those two are so very different, yet they complete each other. I also think a lot of people can relate to Giovanna when it comes to cru ...more
Denise Griffin
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhc-2019
This book was #9 in the Read Harder Challenge of 2019; which means that at the time it was published, prior to 2019, it had less than 100 Goodreads reviews. I really enjoyed this book!

The characters were vividly portrayed and really likable - all in their own way. It was really a romance story between Gio (Giovanna), Dec, and Theo. Who would win the hand of Gio? Dec (Declan) a long-time friend who Gio had known all her life, or Theo, a very successful businessman, who Gio had just met as a neig
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Cake at Midnight, which I was delighted to receive from Beauty and Lace. It was as delightful as anything I've read recently with a wonderfully rounded theme of friendship and love in the many facets. The way the story evolved was delightful, the characters were real and believable and the ending was beautiful. Nothing was forced, nothing artificial. The bonds binding Gio, Zoe and Declan whose friendship began when they started school were strong enough to hold the friendship together th ...more
Samantha Kukuljan
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 140 pages.

Sorry, the blurb was super appealing but I just could not seem to get into this book.

I felt like the pace just dragged, 140 pages in Gio is still dancing around the idea she might hook up with Theo. I think Ana had banged Mr Grey (who I pictured Theo to be) three times by page 140.

Yeah, Theo was like a really boring Christian Grey.

The story also got very caught up with minor characters that distracted from the big picture too.

This book felt like a chore to read and it was due ba
Sonia Bellhouse
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is something so likeable about Giovanna, who is known as Gio to her friends Declan and Zoe. The trio has a strong friendship forged in childhood, and Gio thinks that her crush on Declan is a secret. When she does him a favour and he humiliated her, she knows that she must move on. She wants a month with no contact from him. To ease her heartache during the sleepless nights she bakes delicious cakes and soon she is sharing them with her fellow insomniac and sexy neighbour, Theo.
Can heartbr
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cake at Midnight was one of those books I picked up without any expectations. I've never read anything by Jessie L. Star before, but I like cake and literally all romance novels so I figured it couldn't hurt. I was underestimated this one. Cake at Midnight starts with an unrequited love story but it ends up being about friendship and self-discovery. Plus it's about a taciturn hot neighbor and nothing gets me like quiet hero who has all these feelings boiling just under the surface. Let them out, ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While Gio has been friends with Declan for a long time, they have the kind of relationship where Gio gives and gives and gives without receiving much in return. When she meets her next door neighbor at a party, they embark on a comfortable friendship where they meet up in the middle of the night when they can't sleep. Eventually, it starts to grow into more and Gio has a difficult time letting go of Declan and accepting what could be the love of her life. I loved this book and would recommend it ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable, fun story of opposites attract that had me rooting for Gia until the very end. If you love slow burn romances do not pass this book up! (That was one of the best slow burn romances I have read recently!)
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the ARC!
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) This was super cute and exactly what I expected. That slow burn romance always hits me in a weird way.
Also, where can I find a best friend like Zoë? Accepting applications.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!!!!! Loved it!!!!!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jessie L . Star is an instant must-buy author for me. Her books are heartfelt romantic comedy's with the perfect mix of humour, misadventure, romance and underlying serious issues that are all balanced expertly making them the perfect kind of books. They are the kind of books that make my heart sing with happiness, laugh out loud in public, and on occasion cry like the fictional characters were real friends of mine... Cake At Midnight is no exception to the above, and it may just be my favourite ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, swoony
Really loved this - it was such a sweet book (and no, I'm not just talking cake.) Knocked down a star due to the rushed ending, but otherwise a very lovely read.
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Whilst digging through her childhood scribblings, Jessie L. Star discovered a thrilling saga by her six year old self entitled 'Jessie has Lost her Sock'. This sweeping epic spanned all four corners of her childhood house in outback South Australia as the sock was hunted down (spoiler, it was in Jessie's bed all along). Many years later and the urge to write is still going strong, although lost so ...more