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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Things are about to get sticky...

I might as well permanently add the label "Ex" to my name. I'm an Ex-Mr. Universe. Ex-Mr. Olympus. An Ex-Hollywood Stuntman. But no one from my small hometown cares anything about that. They only care that I'm the ex-boyfriend to the beloved Mayor's daughter, Elaina Dyker.

And now, ten years later, I'm back, helping my siblings run my mother
Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published March 24th 2020
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Beefcakes by Katana Collins is a stand alone rom-com which is part of the Maple Grove series. I was pretty sure going in from reading the blurb that I was going to really enjoy this book. But, I don’t think I was prepared to love it as much as I did. Because I did love it!

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Ten years ago when they were seniors in high school, Elaina (Lainey) Dyker and Neil Evans were in love. They had plans, futures all laid out as much as an eighteen year old could. But then Neil left. He just packed a bag and le
Lori R.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this one so much!!
I never wanted to put it down.

Neil, former Hollywood stunt man, former Mr. Universe, current Beefcake...has stolen my heart. And I don’t want it back.

Lainey, recently burned by her ex of 9 years, current town manager of Maple Grove, the Mayor’s daughter, has high, concrete walls up around her heart. With good reason.

Back in high school, Neil and Lainey had THEE BEST senior year as best friends and lovers with plans for the future. They hit it off in every way possible
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Social Butterfly for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

By: Katana Collins

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
What do you get if you mix a hot guy with a bakery and delicious cupcakes? A delicious guy, obviously-just joking, but you do get Beefcakes. Neil is a former Mr. Universe, Stunt Man, etc. returning home to Maple Grove. Why? His mother has chemo, and help is needed at her bakery, thus Neil becomes a bakery employee. The worst part, how
Kate ✨ is a dreamer
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Check out my full review here!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but it does not influence my opinion of the book nor this review in any way.

Ladies and gentlemen… this one was a real surprise to me. I loved it! I’d totally forgotten how much fun rom-coms are 🥰 I’ve been deep in the paranormal-shifter / urban fantasy world, which are great places to be, but it felt very refreshing to step back into my love of cozy romantic comedi
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Neil is coming back home to help care for his mother after her surgery, and to help his siblings with the family bakery. Upon delivery of an order, a sort of catastrophe-laden event, he runs into his ex best friend with benefits, Elaina, and she looks less than thrilled to see him. Can the charming ex Mr. Universe and former stunt man charm her into agreeing to be on a reality show about exes and baking? Or will he fall flat on his gorgeous face when her ice queen routine freezes him out?

Sofia Lazaridou
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beefcakes is listed as the fourth book in the Maple Grove series by Katana Collins and I had no clue about that info until after I finished the book. That's how stand-alone this book is. The only connection I saw is the brief mention of Kandi from Bewitching You who is one of Lainey's friends. Also, there is a connection with two other stand-alone books, one of them being Roleplay. If you haven't read the other books, you won't even realize that some of the characters have their own books and th ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
-Sara, 4 stars

A beefcake and baked goods, sign me up!

Beefcake, aka Neil, is a man of all trades including a stuntman.

Check - Mr Universe.

Double check - he has hung up his stunt shoes and put on an apron.

After all this time he finds himself back in his home town helping his family with his mom's business. All should be good, shouldn’t it?

Lainey is smart, sexy and funny but she is struggling to get over her recent breakup with her long term ex. She is the mayor's daughter so her life doesn’t go
Cute premise. I usually don't like reality/show biz centered books. This one started off with just regular people. Lainey is a little uptight and wound up most of the time. She She's been ticked off at Neil since he left town 10 years ago.
There's a slow up in the middle.
I do love how the guys run their bakery and their relationship with their mom. They're sweet sons.
See what I did there? Baked goods? Sweet? Yes please.
I liked that Lainey softened up over time. Neil grew into quite the hero.
Ga Books LoverX
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amid everything that is going on right now with COVID-19, a good laugh is definitely needed and this book delivers it. I thought this was funny and fun and a good story, it took me a little time to relate to the characters, but it was an entertaining and heartwarming romance that had a realness to it that is very relatable.

All in all if you are looking for a second chance romance that is a must read for anyone that likes hunky guys (though they are more than just that) and cupcakes, you should r
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This book was a refreshing change; the storyline was unique and kept me reading to see how it ended. The challenges were all too real and had me hoping for more.

Neil is such a sweetheart, he really does wear his heart on his sleeve where Elaina is concerned and that made me swoon. I loved his personality and the relationship he has with his family.

Elaina is such a stiff, stickler for control in her job and life that it’s hard to see her softening up but, once I got to know her, I loved her. She’
The Book Fairy Reviews
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coming back home is hard, coming back when you have to face your family, the town and the girl you left behind. The girl that held his heart. We all have insecurities, even the beautiful. For Neil being in the spotlight was not the life he wanted, but it was the life that gave him a comfortable loving. Now going back means he can be with out being in the spotlight. Until he messes up a cupcake delivery and call for drastic measures.
Lainey changed when her first love left. The first time she sees
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Beefcakes is the perfect fix for your sweet tooth! If you love The Bachelor and practically ANY baking competition, then you won't be able to get enough of this book. My cheeks were still sore the next day from laughing so much, and I honestly just want to watch a cake show and read the book all over again. A second chance romance with a clever twist, this is a book I promise you don't want to miss. I stayed up until nearly 4am to finish Beefcakes and don't regret my wake up call only three hour ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Katana Collins' latest is Beefcakes, a second chance rom-com that I couldn't put down.  KC is a new to me author with a backlist I'll be picking up after reading Beefcakes.  How have I missed her books?  I absolutely loved Neil and Lainey.  I loved the chemistry, the banter, and the cupcakes.  I'm very much looking forward to catching up on the author's Maple Grove series. ...more
Cali Jewel
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adored this fun, sexy and action packed journey filled with engaging charters, witty banter, heart racing twists, exciting passion and a heartwarming and hard won second chance at everything! Was a great read from beginning to end.
Well, that was cute! It took me a little while to warm up to these MC’s but I grew to like them. I loved the fact that he’s the baker, not her.
April Symes
Beefcakes by Katana Collins is book 4 of the Maple Grove series by Katana Collins. It's a standalone romcom read about 2nd chance romance between Neil Evans and Elaina (Lainey) Dyker who used to be high school sweethearts (first loves) 10 years ago until everything went wrong between them. Fast forward to now and we get Neil back in town, not expecting to see his ex Lainey.
Their love story is what makes this story feel realistic and relatable. The plot is funny, heartwarming , sizzling and swee
Amy Dickinson
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

What do you get when you pair a former Mr. Universe/stuntman/baker and a current uptight, “colors within the lines” town manager together with a baking reality show about exes? You get Katana Collins’s romance, Beefcakes. While I am not the most prolific romance reader, I can tell you that this story read like a fresh take on second chance romance. From its first page to its last, you find yourself rooting for this couple to move beyond their past to find an exciting fu
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
“𝐓𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬, 𝐈’𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐰, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭, 𝐄𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞. 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠.”

second chance romances in small towns are superior.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant, delightfully unique premise for a book, and every maid of honor needs a Beefcakes to tap into for the bachelorette party! I fully expect they’ll be popping up across the country as a result of this book. Collins effortlessly reeled me in – hook, line, and sinker – with this phenomenal romantic comedy, and now I *have* to read all the books in the Maple Grove series! Also, I now have another fabulous author to follow.

Neil Evans left town a week before his high school graduati
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beefcakes was my first book by Katana Collins, and it was such a sweet story! Second chance romances are the best, especially when hey are as well written as Beefcakes!

Neil is a former Mr. Universe and retired stuntman who returns home to the town he grew up in to help out with his mum’s bakery, whilst she is going through chemo. He left suddenly just before high school graduation, leaving behind his family, friends and best friends with benefits, Lainey, who he hasn’t spoken to since.

A couple o
Laura  Jones
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beefcakes is a standalone second-chance romance that readers will gobble up in one sitting (much like Neil's signature cupcakes). It's got a little bit of everything - family drama, romance, humor, sibling relationships, reality TV baking shows, and small town charm.

Elaina Dyker, also known as Lainey, is the town manager of Maple Grove, a small town in which her Daddy is the Mayor. She is a hard worker, determined and predictable. Her long-time boyfriend of 9 years cheated on her and left her, l
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

Beefcakes is a second chance romantic comedy stand-alone novel.

Neil returns home to help his family with the family bakery while his mother is battling cancer. When a cupcake delivery for a bachelorette party turns chaotic, Neil and his brother Liam decide to fly by the seat of their pants saying that they are testing a new option called Beefcakes. Things couldn't get worse except for when Neil sees his ex-girlfriend, Elaina, who is the maid of honor. When a photo from the party gets turned int
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like second-chance romances you need to read this. This was sweet (no pun intended) without being over the top. The characters felt like real people with real relationship problems. They lived real lives with real problems. This was the perfect mixture of romance, comedy, and serious.

I love it when a couple works through their issues and they actually talk about their problems instead of hiding behind lust and ignoring the bad stuff. In this book, there is a lot of baggage between main c
Sassy Southern
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Neil Evans has come back to town in order help his brother, Liam, run the bakery their mom started while she deals with trying to battle cancer. Neil is a former Mr. Universe and stuntman who still has a knack for baking cupcakes and desperately wants to get the bakery out of debt.
When Liam and Neil’s delivery of cupcakes to a bridal party ends up in a bunch of ruined cupcakes the boys attempt to salvage the cupcakes and it ends up turning their bakery around. Yet it is also at the expense of Ne
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"Beefcakes" by Katana Collins was a funny, sweet, and charming story featuring relatable, well-developed characters that I absolutely adored. The central relationship between main characters Neil Evans and Elaina "Laney" Dyker was a beautifully developed combination of enemies-to-lovers and second chance romance that gave me all the feels. Neil and Laney were previously involved in high school but had a falling out when Neil left town shortly before their graduation without saying goodbye to Lan ...more
Anna Reads Here
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 20-march
Thanks to Katana Collins and Social Butterfly PR for the ARC copy!

As my first Katana Collins book, I’d like to take a minute to talk about how fantastic it is! Her writing style, her humour, her character building and her mind, honestly, I was blown away by this book. It was funny and witty and smart and it was also incredibly sexy and drool-worthy - not just because of the beefcake, but because of all those damn cupcakes!

This book is all kinds of amazing. It’s got family dynamics, it’s got sec
Carey S.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Neil Evans and Elaina (Lainey) Dyker were high school sweethearts. After a disturbing confrontation with a teacher, Neil skips out on life in Maple Grove and a future with Lainey, by leaving in the early morning hours to start fresh. It isn’t the smartest decision, because it leaves Lainey with a boatload of uncertainty about why she isn’t ‘enough.’ Fast forward ten years later, and her boyfriend has just left her because once again, she isn’t ‘enough,’ leaving Lainey with some deep-sea
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had some sass, romance, comedy, and a whole lot of steam. These two characters had so much emotional baggage from their past I wasn’t sure they would get through it. They also had a ton of baggage from past jobs/relationships that each other didn’t know about.

I really did like Neil as a character, he played off being the hunk of the town well. It showed a different side to being just a pretty face from a male’s perspective. You could tell it really bothered him that everyone thought he
JoAnna G
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book four in the Maple Grove series. I have not ever read this author before so I haven't read this series but this can be read as a standalone. I loved this book. I read it in one go. I lost a tiny bit of sleep over it and it was so worth it. The blurb captured me and I just had to read. I had real laugh out loud moments and there were some serious moments as well.

Neil comes home after an injury doing his stunt work. He is popular and used to being in the spotlight. He is funny, has mus
Just Love books
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The last thing former stuntman Neil expected was to be back in his hometown of Maple Grove, covered in cupcake frosting at the bachelorette 3that his high school girlfriend Elaina was hosting for her baby sister.


"He was sex on a stick … no , not a stick… he was much too muscular to be compared to anything like a stick."

When a meme of shirtless Neil balancing a cupcake on his bicep goes viral, not only does it bring an influx of new customers to his mothers small bakery but it also brings in an
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