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Forking Around

(Hot Cakes #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  966 ratings  ·  229 reviews
A Cinderella story with a hot boss so charming even a fairy godmother couldn't do better.

Everyone thinks Dax Marshall is a prince of a guy. And he’s definitely charming.

But Jane has enough going on without adding a torrid fling with the boss to her life. Between her father’s illness, her wicked-ish stepmother, her little sister’s teenage drama, and the co-workers who dep
Published May 12th 2020
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Erin Nicholas
Apr 14, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Forking Around is coming soon!
I'm so ready to take you all back to Appleby, Iowa to this group of friends!

Do you love hot boss stories? They are one of my favorites!
How about Cinderella stories? Yes, please! (especially when our "Cinderella" isn't really looking for a prince charming ;) )
I also love when the hero falls head over heels, crazy-for-the-heroine super fast.
AND, I LOVE writing fun-loving, too-charming-for-their-own-good, playboys.

So... I threw all of that together in Forking Aroun
Shannon Ferguson
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swoon. That is a word that I don’t use. Ever. Yet, when I read this book, I couldn’t help but swoon over Dax. He has such a big heart, and is just amazing to read about. He’s a bit opposite of Jane, with his free spirit, yet they are truly the perfect couple. He brings so much joy and happiness to her life, when she hasn’t had much. Jane is such a strong, fun heroine, who has a heart of gold.

We get to know some of the secondary characters better in this book, and omg, I can’t wait for their sto
J Williams
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! The Hot Cakes series continues to amaze me with Dax's story, Forking Around.

Dax is one of the new owners of Hot Cakes, a snack cake factory. He falls hard and fast for Jane, one of his new employees. Dax, an incurable flirt and all around charmer, pulls out ALL the stops to woo the responsible, level headed Jane (seriously, this guy is majorly swoon-worthy!). Jane is so not impressed with the dashing millionaire and has no interest or time for a relationship.

I love Dax. He is funny an
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin Nicholas Fans, Romance
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When I read Erin Nicholas, I know I am going to get Everything I Want...and More. She is going to give me strong complex women who have their sh%t together against all odds. She will have an equally strong and compelling man who sees this woman, what she is going through and want to make things better. The journey these two will go through will cover many different circumstances depending on the different s
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forking Around is a feel good story from beginning to end. Dax is a fun loving guy who sets his sights on beautiful Jane who works in his newly acquired factory. Jane is responsible, a care taker, a reliable friend...with an addiction to sugar! Jane doesn't have time for someone like Dax, but he is exactly what she needs in her life. Someone to help lighten the load. Dax shows Jane that she can still take care of everyone and have some fun in her life as well. And what better way to do that then ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swoon. That's the first reaction I had picking up Forking Around. And that impulse kept recurring as I read. That's because the characters? Totally swoon-worthy!

FORKING AROUND is the second in Erin Nicholas's Hot Cakes series, set in Appleby, Iowa.

Dax Marshall, one of the new owners of Hot Cakes bakery, has met his match. Jane Kemper is way too busy for his usual suave charm and debonair sweeping women off their feet. And strangely, that is perfectly okay with him--he finds himself willingly pu
Kim Ruiz
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this fun sexy read. Dax is well Dax . Jane has had a rough go but is such a strong sassy, quirky, fun, and serious. They both have hearts of gold and although opposites for the most part they make a perfect pair. Don't forget the strawberries. I received a free copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving a review ...more
Tammy Moldovan
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has the perfect blend of fairytale sweet and fan your face sexy. Jane and Dax’s love story has all the feels. They appear to be opposites on the surface. Dax is the fun-loving, impulsive, never serious guy and Jane has so much serious responsibility in her life that she cannot juggle one more thing. There are Cinderella elements to this story too - a wicked stepmother and step sister with Jane and her sister doing all the chores while her sick father is relegated to a nursing home plus ...more
Victoria Weston
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read books by this author before and I always like her style of writing and always look forward to her new releases. This book is a fun, quick and romantic read and I enjoyed reading it. This is book #2 in the Hot Cakes Series and its an awesome romantic read and you defiantly have to read this book.

Book #1- Sugarcoated
Book #2- Forking Around

Dax is a very hot, sexy rich guy and he is a very confident and successful man who is also one of the new bosses of the factory after just buying it wi
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Forking Around is one of those books that make you smile like a total dork from start to finish…making you feel like Dax Marshall…one of the new owners of Hot Cakes, the company where Jane is currently employed. I laughed out loud, snickered, and giggled so many times at the humor and innuendos in this book! This book also has some "heat". Erin Nicholas certainly knows how to write a fun, banter filled rom-com!

People should never apologize for loving what they loved. Especially if they were
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book!
Another adorable story in the series.
It's fun, flirty, sexy & romantic.
Dax, is a fun loving millionaire.
And one of the owners at Hot Cakes.
Jane, is a daughter, a sister & has a
job at Hot Cakes. She has a lot
to deal with daily in her life.
But things slowly change when Dax
comes into Jane's life.
I loved every word on every page.
It has the small town charm & the comfort
of friends & family. 
Everything you want in a true romance!!
(P.S. I'm craving 🍓pie)
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Nicholas book is like your favorite fuzzy slippers and your most comfy stay-at-home clothes. You know the anticipation of finally getting out of those “real" clothes and the sigh of relief and relaxation you feel? That's exactly how it is when I dive into one of Erin's books. The rest of the world falls away and I know I’m headed into a blissful, entertaining world full delectable characters and an abundance of heart that I’ll never want to leave.

If you’re new to this series, the home town boy
Brandy Barber
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love how this author writes. It is hot and steamy but not enough that I feel I have seen to much. The words flow and you don't even realize how much you have read in one sitting till you look and your half way done. Everyone fits into the story just right. There isn't a part that I didn't like.

This was a popping good story. I loved everything about it. I am so glad Jane is getting some enjoyment out of life. I think she and Dax are a perfect match. We get to see a new side to both of them as
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
The sweetest, strawberriest, make you feel good addition to the Hot Cakes series! I loved this book from the berry beginning to the berry end!

Jane is addicted to everything sweet, especially strawberry's. It is her one vice in a world that is filled with responsibility. Jane goes to work, takes care of her ailing father, looks after her younger sister, cleans the house her stepmother lives in, and barely has time for herself. She needs a fairy godmother and a night out with a good looking Prince
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Dax and Jane. The way they meet is so cute. Dax is Jane's boss at Hot Cakes. She doesn't want to date her boss so Dax does something to remedy that which is so unexpected and over the top. Jane is so overwhelmed with her responsibilities that she doesn't have time for fun or love. Dax is perceived as the happy go-lucky guy who doesn't take anything seriously. It's so nice to see their relationship evolve. Dax is taking this new love very serious and just has to convince Jane that ...more
Heather andrews
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once Dax's mind is made up there's no changing it, “you,” Dax said. “You are the reason. The only one. And I’m not thinking about it. I did it.” Jane knows her man well, "she lifted a brow. “A seven. But I matched my bra and panties to it because I knew you’d ask.” I liked this book, I loved Dax. ...more
Whispers From
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jane works at the cake factory and has a million things going on, she doesn’t have time for a sexy millionaire. With Jane’s dad being in a nursing home, her step mother making her sisters life hell, and the workers at work, she just doesn’t have a lot of time. Dax is one of the new owners of Hot Cakes and lives to make other people happy. He is spontaneous and is totally attracted to Jane. But he’s her boss so he’s off limits. Can Dax convince Jane to let her hair down and be spontaneous with hi ...more
Donna Smith
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jane is a reluctant Cinderella. She has been taking care of her own forever, an ailing father, a semi rebelious teenage sister, a stepmother Cinderella worthy and lets add in a stepsister. She doesn't have room for anything else in her life, until Dax. Dax is one of the new owners of the company Jane works for. She knows she shouldnt get involved since he's her boss. He knows how to make people happy and hes determined to make Jane happy. Not matter what it takes.
So i must say i have been antic
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hot, sexy playboy ....check. Sweet, pie eating, independent woman...check!! These two seems so opposite but in reality they both compliment each other so much!! Erin Nicholas has created this fabulous world that you just want to live in and have these people as your friends!! It was a joy to read about this pie eating woman with loads of responsibility who learned that a little fun and a hot playboy is absolutely the right way to go!! This book kept me glued from page 1 to the end!! Don't hesita ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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FORKING AROUND (Hot Cakes Book #2) by Erin Nicholas is a heartfelt contemporary Cinderella romance and the second book in this scrumptious series. I will never be able to look at a strawberry pie again without thinking of Jane and Dax.

Jane survives her life day by day. She has a terminally ill father in a nursing home and a wicked stepmother who continually pits her daughter against Jane’s younger sister. As she struggles to keep t
Reading  Red Room
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Erin constantly hits it out of the park. The Hot cake series is funny, hot, steamy and Addicting. The back and forth rapport with the business partners is always highly entertaining. Dax and Jane’s story was everything I wanted it to be and more. The chemistry was instantly burning up the pages. The connection was immediate, but I loved that Jane never Hesitated to give him a hard time. This was definitely a stay up all night to see what happens next book! I’m already excited to read Making Whoo ...more
Lynne Seaver
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jane and Dax. I laughed out loud and I even cried. When Dax and his buddies by the factory Jane works in, she is instantly attracted to him but makes up her mind that she can’t have him because he’s her boss. The outrageous things he does to get her attention or beyond yummy. But in the end her lip-sync was what closed the deal. Can’t wait for the next book!!!
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part of her review team.

I’m an avid reader of anything by Erin Nicholas. She writes some of the best series of books full of humor, angst, attraction life and of course there’s steam!!! This new Hot Cakes series was awesome with Book 1 - Sugarcoated
But Book 2 - Forking Around, is like having a second helping of of an award winning dessert!

This is definitely a book (series) that you will want to purchase for yourself and read more than
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
This series is amazing and I just love Dax. He will definitely make you swoon from the very beginning and Jane with her serious self will make you root for all the more. These two are totally opposite in a lot of ways, but they both love to have fun, when Jane lets her guard down. The story is funny, romantic and everything else that falls into this series.
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. In fact I liked it better than the first one because Dax had to actively work to even get Jane to talk to him and then when he did he had to figure out how to make his life fit into her world. I do think that he did a lot of crazy things but they worked with the storyline and got Jane in the right place for an HEA. It also didn’t feel as much of a slow burn as the first one did which was awesome because I can only handle so much of that. Don’t miss this one. But be war ...more
Princess Thuy
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've got a new book boyfriend and it is Dax Marshall. Dax was just absolutely adorable and so much fun and cute. When he sets his sights on Jane the sparks fly and the cuteness is on overload when these two are together. Such a cute sigh worthy story. Absolutely loved every moment in Dax and Jane's romance. I can't wait to read the next story in this totally sweet and sexy Hot Cakes series.

*I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book*
Jen (jensdreamylittlereads)
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forking Around was an engaging, charming, sexy, feel love good story from start to finish. I always know I’m going to get a fun, banter filled rom-com from Erin Nicholas!

I loved Jane and Dax. Their chemistry was undeniable and their relationship as it developed was a joy. As expected from Erin, Forking Around was well written with main characters as well as side characters that you cannot help but love and become invested in. This book was full of humour sigh inducing moments and this just enhan
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a deliciously fun, sweet and super sexy story complete with amazing characters both main and supporting and lots of strawberry and other yummy goodness. There is emotion too, because what amazing love story doesn’t have that? But man oh man, Dax is just the swooniest!!! I don’t think Jane stood even the smallest chance of not falling for him. It would have been simply impossible since he is that irresistible! I really love Jane too! She is a giving, strong, sweet and lovable woman who’ll ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read an Erin Nicholas book I haven’t loved. I love all the delicious sizzle between the leads. I love the comedy. I love the banter and I love the relationships with other characters...the bromances and the strong female friendships.
Dax and Jane are two of my favorite characters ever. At the beginning, Dax is portrayed as a wonderkin...this goofy, slightly nerdy guy in a suit who made lots of money by accident...a Fluke, as it were! But we learn quickly that there’s more going on in th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Forking Around by Erin Nicholas is book Two in the Hot Cakes Series. This is the story of Dax and Jane. Dax is a very wealthy man who knows what he wants...which is Jane. Jane is the modern Cinderella when he dad married a younger women who when he became ill didn't stand by him as she should. So Jane has to look after her dad who is in a home, then there is her younger sister who she has to oversea along while working. So Jane has no time for for any thing else...her plate is full. So she not g ...more
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Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes i ...more

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“He kissed her hungrily but also slow and deep as if he was savoring. Much the way she ate strawberry pie, come to think of it. She didn't rush through that. She appreciated every bite. She kept it on her tongue as long as possible. She licked the tines of the fork to be sure she didn't miss a bit.

Dax was definitely kissing her like that. Like he didn't want to miss even the slightest bit. Like he wanted to drag it out.”
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