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The Cake King

(Sugar & Spice #1)

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I've always been told I can't have my cake and eat it too. But when celebrity baker Michael Godwin wants a piece of me... how can I deny him?

Sam Davis has been fan-girling over Michael “The Cake King” Godwin for years. So, when she receives a letter from Godwin asking her to compete in a private baking competition where the prize could pull her (and her adoptive family)
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Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published January 10th 2020 by Under Hill Press
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Emma
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 Stars

Even though it is a short novel, I still expected a little more from it. I was drawn to this book because of the baking contest and I must say that it was well explained and shown during the whole story.
Sam and Michael's relationship developed in a fast way, but that was to be expected. I just didn't like how they kind of hinted at marriage at the end, that was just a bit too much for
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Laura ☾
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *


The Cake King centers on Michael Godwin, the Cake King, who invites bakers to compete to help with his celebrity sister's wedding. This was absolutely ridiculous and over the top. While mildly entertaining, I felt it lacked depth. The language was far too descriptive and seemed to be trying far too hard to sound cool/quirky. It just ended up making me cringe a lot of the time!

I wish there had been
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Oldřiška
Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.5*

I wanted more of the baking contest and less of the sex. The description of the book sounds like the main character will find her true self etc. etc. This doesn't describe the book at all, there are sex scenes almost every other chapter and the baking contest is just a background to the whole romance. The pacing was just all over the place, and transitions from 'normal' scenes to sex scenes were quite inconsistent.

I liked the descriptions of food and baking; I would gladly spend reading
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Morgan Renee♥︎
2 Star's

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So, I DNF at 50%... which is kind of lame considering this is like a 150 page book. But the 50% I did read was a STRUGGLE to get through. The way the Cake King and Sam talked to each other, using the words 'nah' or 'my dude' was CRINGY. However, I was still willing to look past it. The story and relationship development, honestly, sucked BIG TIME. I wasn't drawn to any of the characters, or
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Manya
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jodee
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually would give this book 4 1/2 stars. Not 5 because it was just too short

I didn't want this book to end. It grabbed me and I didn't want to stop reading it.

This is the story of "Pink Hair", Sam, who has had a really hard life. She has entered into a contest to make the wedding cake for the sister of the "Cake King", Michael. Why isn't he making his own sister's wedding cake? Simple she doesn't want him to.

Sam is from a small town wher she works at a restaurant called Apple Butter. She's
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Brit Andrews
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Sam is a baker from nowhere who finds herself in a baking competition hosted by her baking idol. Though it feels like a reality show it’s far stranger than that. The competition has the potential to change her life and her family’s small town struggling business. If she wins she could be baking a cake for a famous actress’s wedding, it could be just the thing to change things for her. She’s had a hard life and lost a lot and has pretty clear abandonment issues and doesn’t really get close to ...more
Michelle Ham
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was only going to download a sample. I was only going to put this in my TBR queue, but then... I read the sample and was hooked! Had to have it! This book is like a delicious, indulgent feast in itself. The romance and raunch is delectable (proving that express consent and safe sex can be sexy), the food descriptions make me drool and even the settings are created by the use of yummy treat metaphors.

A quick, easy, scrumptious read that manages to pack in fab new friendships, a touch of
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Moony MeowPoff
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a delightful funny and adorable book to read i ended up buying the two other books halfway into the book, and that is saying something! :D
ItaPixie
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, netgalley

The Cake King is a short novella, easy to read perfect if you want to spend some hours relaxing with a nice and delightful story.

Rosie Chase did a good job writing this story about Sam and Michael journey. They are two likeable characters and I wanted the best for them, I cheered for them to reach their happiness throughout the book.

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Michael Godwin, the Cake King, has summoned several bakers from across the country to Lexington in order to hold his own private bake-off to determine who’ll bake the cake for his celebrity sister’s wedding. Sam’s not quite sure what she’s doing in a room full of big name bakers, considering she
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Janet
hen it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Sam Davis has been fangirling
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Babes in Romanceland
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sam Davis hails from a tiny Appalachian town where she works in a tiny, local diner. Money is anything but abundant. When she receives an invitation to participate in a competition hosted by the Cake King himself, Michael Godwin, Sam jumps at the chance to repay the kindness of the people who took her in and gave her a home, a job, a family. But Sam has far more to lose than a competition - especially when a certain King starts looking like he’d rather
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Jennifer
This was adorable, a perfect, shorter read for an afternoon break, nothing too deep, with lots of yummy desserts, although I wish it had been longer and there had been more actual baking scenes. The restaurant that Sam works at which is run by her foster parents is in financial difficulty due to medical bills. Sam has been invited to a private “bake-off” competition, organized by Michael, a famous and wealthy master baker who is looking for the perfect person to make his sister’s wedding cake. ...more
Alondra
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5

Soo this book was something else. This book was something I kind of half expected but not quite. I think this is a story that has so much potential of it hadn't been so short and if the majority hadn't been sexy times and sex talk (which were hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud at the library, having to explain that one was a true trip)

The story is about a girl who enters a banking competition to win a job with the most famous, and of course, hot baker, the Cake Kings. A change of
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Rachel
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
An adorable, sexy little novella about a down-on-her-luck baker and the billionaire bad boy baking star she falls for in the midst of an unconventional competition. When Michael Godwin AKA "The Cake King" sets up a competition to find the best baker for his sister's wedding, Sam sees a chance to rescue her adoptive family's restaurant from the brink. But the Cake King seems to be interested in more than just her baking. Is it worth risking her spot--and her heart--for a rich guy whose motorcycle ...more
Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
[ I was provided an ARC on Netgalley in return for an honest review. ]

'The Cake King' follows Sam Davis and a group of star bakers who are invited to compete in an unusual baking competition hosted by the Cake king himself.
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I really enjoyed reading about the various different dishes and following along with the competition as the story progressed. I'm glad that this is going to be the start of a new series (Sugar Spice), because I would love to find out more about the other characters in the
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Crystal Oliver
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked the book. However, I couldn’t quite grasp if it was a book about smut with a story thrown in, or a story with some smut thrown in.
I felt like the only scenes that were well written were the scenes involving the food and the sex. I would’ve loved to hear more about their romance and how they fell in love. I felt like it was a purely physical relationship, which is fine, but it ends so quickly with a ring. Cockring?
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Lisa Konet
This is the best rom-com, chick-lit, erotic novel I have read in a long time. In some parts, this was steamier thank 50 shades of grey and a heck of a lot more believable and plausible. Sam Davis, the struggling baker and Michael Goodwin aka the Cake King have similar childhoods and found comfort in baking/cooking with their families. Totally loveable characters and great plot. Will they end up together? Or will they be forced to go separate ways after the Cake King's competition to find a ...more
Nastasia
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review for The Cake King
I was given a copy of The Cake King from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
Sam Davis is a baker from a tiny town that not everyone has heard of. She gets an invitation to compete against other pastry chefs from her baking idol Michael Godwin aka The Cake King.
Sam enters determined to win to help her loved ones but baking isn't the only thing she'd be competing for.
I loved the baking aspects of it. Descriptions of cinnamon, honey, caramel, hummingbird cakes and cheesecakes
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Claire
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew this book was short when I started reading it but at the end I still wanted more added to the story.

In order to get promotion for her adoptive family's restaurant, Sam enters a competition to bake a wedding cake for Michael's sister's wedding. During the competition, she ends falling in love with Michael.

The fact that it's a competition and the prize is baking a wedding cake and all the media attention makes the fact that she's romancing the judge not a horrible power balance. So I could
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**Elle**Bee**Double U**
For Sam Davis receiving a letter from Michael Godwin to compete for the job of making his sisters desserts for her wedding is the opportunity of a lifetime! Not only because she's going to get to see and meet The Cake King himself, but this job could get her name out there and allow her to help out the family that took her in when she was at her lowest.
Sam expected to be baking for her life everyday until a "winner" was chosen. But what Sam didn't expect was making friends with her fellow
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Jenn
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. The reason I requested this book was mainly for the cover and the synopsis. It sounded like a fun rom com (my favourite genre to read) Unfortunately this book was a disappointment.

First of all, it was too short. I couldn't connect with the characters. At all.
Secondly, it should've been noted that there were many (yes many) raunchy sex scenes. The dirty talk was just too much. I don't want to read that in a rom com. If I would want that, I would read erotica. You can
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Debbie Orazi
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick sweet story (no pun intended).
Sam Davis is a small town baker from Appalachia. She gets a letter inviting her to compete to make celebrity baker Michael Godwin's actress sister's wedding cake. The competition lasts for roughly 2 weeks and pits 9 bakers against each other. Sam has had a crush on Michael for a while. When he seems to be attracted to her she is confused as to why. Michael is a small town boy who was fortunate enough to make a lot of money and travel the world. They
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Sarah Carper
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-books
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my honest thoughts!** This was not at all what I expected. I knew it was a shorter romance, and from what I had seen, I thought it would be a cute romcom between the two main characters. What I didn't expect was the steaminess and graphic language throughout the entire book. It was a short read, which I'm thankful for, as the content was much more than I had wanted to experience. The transitions of the book ...more
Patricia
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Cake King is the first in a series of novellas by Rosie Chase that take place during a baking competition. This story is of Samantha Davis and Michael Godwin. Michael is hosting the competition, and Sam is competing against big name bakers from famous bakeries around the country. This sweet story is the (steamy!) romance between Sam and Michael, but also the beginning of great friendships between Sam and the other bakers. The dialogue is super fun and witty, and I was cheering for these ...more
Avigail
#Netgalley #TheCakeKing
As I was browsing through the Netgalley, I requested the ARC of The Cake King that it came out in January 2020. If you like the show Bake-Off and rom-com movies, that is the book for you, if not the series.
It is a short story of Sam & Michael; it is a pallet cleanser but without the conflict and the angst.
Even though Michael is a rich known chef/baker, he doesn't forget where he comes from and his roots. The Bake-off contest is Sam's opportunity to salvaging the people
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Joanna
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. The shorter format of this book had both pluses and minuses. On the upside, it cut out a lot of the filler you typically find in books in this genre. On the downside, it didn't leave enough time for character development, making many of the characters, Michael in particular, seem very one-note and made Sam & Michael's romance feel very rushed. I had also hoped for more of the actual competition. All this unfortunately makes it unlikely that I'll ...more
Yels
Feb 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: romance, 2020, novella, arc
I am not sure how I feel about this story. I knew that it was a short story when I first got into it but I felt nothing for the characters but the story was cute. It was far fetched and I wanted to overthink the logistics but it was over before I could start overthinking. I wish there had been more about Sam in the workplace but it's a short story soooo I get it.
Would I read the story if I knew before hand what I now know? No. Will I read more by the author? Yeah!

Tessa Noble
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the baking portions of it and that it was ventured around a baking competition. I used to watch too much of the food network! I felt that Micheals and Sams relationship did move pretty fast in my taste as you don’t really learn about any connection between them until it is thrown in your face. Though at the same time it was a short book so they didn’t have enough pages to develop it properly! I also really liked the side characters especially Rei! She was hilarious!
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