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The Cake King

(Sugar & Spice #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 133 pages
Published January 10th 2020 by Under Hill Press
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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
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 m
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it did not like it

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 mor
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
I Have Mixed Feelings

Ok so this wasn't good but it wasn't bad either. It's in one of those middle stages where it could have gone either way. I liked the romance between the main characters but the self deprecating was a little unbearable and I hated how she assumed that because he had money he couldnt be a real person with real feelings. Michael was genuine from the beginning and I think she took that for granted. She insulted him in a of of ways and I'm glad he had enough patience not to take
Ana Ramos
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly I only finished it by how short the story is but I had lots of struggles trying to keep my interest afloat and it felt more like I was forcing myself rather than enjoying it.
I believe this is a book for a very specific taste and shamely it wasn't for me.
I couldn't connect with any of the characters and I felt no interest to whether the story could lead us. I don't support Sam's attitude towards other women and I dream about a future where we don't have the need of drawn each others do
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOOOOOOWWWWY. I have been trying to avoid a serious slump lately and nothing knocks the reading blues away like a good old fashioned romance! This one was especially great because it felt like an episode of Cupcake Wars as well! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!!
Paula  Phillips
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I don't normally rave about sweet romances, but after I finished The Cake King by Rosie Chase, I went and shared the link on a few bookish pages as a must-read. There was just something extra sweet about this read and it wasn't just all the sweet bakery treats in-between the pages. The Cake King starts with Sam being part of a baking competition - sort of a reality TV "Top Baker" show. Michael aka The Cake King's sister Megan is having her Wedding at the end of the book and he is trying to get t
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute fluffy romance with plenty of dirty bits, which I was expecting. Besides being a quick read, it was steamy, intriguing and all around adorable if that’s your sort of thing. I’ll definitely be reading the next installment.
2.5 to 3 Stars

This story reminded me of a more grown up Sweet Dreams book. I liked the foodie parts a lot — the baking contest — and all the descriptions/scenes about baking. But it’s insta-love, which I’m not a big fan of.

Lastly, this was a nice introduction to other characters, who will likely get their own stories.
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
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Cake King is the first book in a series of five novellas which all take place in the two weeks of a baking competition. All five novellas can be read on their own and in any order.

I really, really liked the Cake King. The story was wholesome and sweet and it tackled a lot of themes that are very dear to me.

The main character Sam lives with her insecurities, grown from her past in which she had to live o
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
a digital review copy was kindly sent to me by the publisher. this doesn't affect my thoughts in any way.

i really don't know where to start.

this short novella seemed more like a chance to throw in all possible clichés in one (short) story. i didn't have high expectations for it, and yet. i was disappointed. because the premise isn't bad in itself, i just found that it was done very poorly.

let's start from the beginning, shall we? sam is a twenty-something years-old woman living in a small city i
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 peo ...more
Natalie Unread
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
*eARC provided from publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sam is a small town girl and amateur baker who is invited to participate in a baking contest by her celebrity crush, Michael, "The Cake King". She doesn't know why he'd invite her, a nobody, to bake for him. But of course, we know. It's because he *likes* her. Cue more sex (and seriously cringe-worthy dirty talk) than a 150 page novel needs.

This book put me in an unusual dilemma. I felt it was too short for meaning
Kayla Brunson
Eh, this was okay. I liked the aspect of the baking competition. That’s what got my attention, well that and the cover. The characters that we met were all so different, but I liked the friendships that were formed. My favorite out of the bunch was Rei! Was anyone else getting Sailor Mars vibes? Just me?

My issue was that I just wasn’t sold on our main characters, Sam and Michael. I never felt the chemistry between them. Their moments together felt forced and I didn’t understand what made them fa
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 mystery
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
#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 tha
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cake King

All I can saw is WOW! This is the author and the book that has broken my slump! Rosie Chase is a brand new author for me. I am about to binge the rest of this series.

A completely safe story no cheating, no others after meeting, no abuse, NO VIRGINS but also no mention of previous partners/relationships either. A very Happily Ever After!
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 3-stars

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.

Maddie butler
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
While this was a short cute read, it wasn’t my taste. Everything happened so fast. You started out reading about the cake off then bam three pages later she going out with the “producer” of the show.

Nothing felt right to me about this book. Things didn’t really add up or meet what really would happen in the world. Such as one of the other contenders saw the producer at her door but didn’t do anything didn’t rat her out, hold it over her head you know something interesting.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-ereader

It's not that this isn't well writing or good, it just wasn't keeping my attention and I found myself not caring for it at all.
I requested this because I'd read a backing romance before that I really enjoyed and I guess I thought this one sounded similar enough that I would probably enjoy it too, but sadly I didn't.
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
I wasn't a massive fan of this book, The writing was not my favorite and I didn't really like the main characters. The story just seemed to moved way too fast and felt very unrealistic. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make it something that it wasn't. ...more
Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
[ 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.

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 b
Lauren loves llamas
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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
Babes in Romanceland
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ratings (out of of 5):
Sweet: 🧁🧁🧁🧁🧁
Spicy: 🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧
Funny: 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰

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 l
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 fangirlin
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