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Hunker Down with the McKallisters

(Cake #5.5)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  66 reviews
For fans of the Cake series by J. Bengtsson comes a funny, heartwarming companion novella featuring the Cake characters in lockdown.

Just like the rest of the world, the McKallisters find themselves struggling to conform to a new way of life after the virus confines them to their homes. These connected short stories give fans a chance to catch up on all of their favorite Ca
Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published October 14th 2020 by JBengtssonBooks
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Gina *loves sunshine*
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, ebook, novella
Another in the Cake series - This is a short novella that you read after Keith's book. The idea is good. An actual book with current characters that went through quarantine and Covid. But, ugh.....reading about people in quarantine and all the thoughts and fears that were going on back then was not that fun to relive!!!!!!! I wanted to give this 2 stars there is really no info addition to the series it's just for fun - but the ending epilogue or the end interview questions was HILARIOUS. I laugh ...more
Viviana Izzo
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-audiobooks
Oh it was so nice to catch up with this wonderful family!! Everyone has grown up and into their own happiness!! Both Connor & Stella ROCKED their performance as this insane but loving family!!
Jodi - JodiReadsnListens
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved catching up with the McKallisters! It was a tough topic to cover, but J. Bengtsson did a fabulous job connecting with several fears that many of us have faced in dealing with Covid. The story keeps up to date with all of the McKallister clan and tells us how they handled the lockdown. Connor Crais and Stella Hunter narrate the audio! They are absolutely fantastic and did a super job taking on the various characters. There are some bonus interviews at the end with the characters. My favor ...more
Heidi (MinxyD14)
Great novella and even better in the Audible format. This is pure entertainment for fans of the series with so many laugh-out-loud moments!
Feb 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
I had it set in my mind that I would never read any books that included the pandemic. Because let’s face it, we’ve all had enough of it. But this is the MCKALLISTERS! I put this off until it was available in KU and I’m happy about that. I can’t say that I would have enjoyed this when it was released in October 2020. Things were still too tense.

I was happy that no part of this went near the political drama that has pervaded this pandemic. That would have made me shut the book and walk away no mat
Apr 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. Ended too quickly though. There’s angst but learned more about the whole family. Yay. Definitely recommend the whole Cake series! 💜💜💜
Christy Almeida
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of the McKallisters since I first read CAKE and fell in love. Since then I've enjoyed all of J. Bengtsson. She makes me feel and laugh like no other author can. She writes hilarious, yet real situations, not forced silly, with characters that seem very real to me. So while, I'm not a fan of novellas, I couldn't wait to read HunKer Down - and I'm so glad I got to enjoy.

Hunker Down with the McKallisters is a great reunion of the characters from her various McKallister books. We get
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun novella from the Cake series. FYI If you haven’t read the cake series or at least a few of those books, this read will not make any sense to you. In this one each of the family members has some time on the page. They are going thru quarantine during Covid and a few actually get the virus. In addition, we get interviews with a lot of the family done by a journalist. That was fun too. Recommended to Cake fans!
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was GREAT and hilarious!! This family is smart, funny and they would do anything for each other. 'Hunker Down' is a wonderful addition to the CAKE series. ...more
Deborah Irvin
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Corona No

I absolutely loved the Cake Series but I could not finish this short book on the Pandemic. Has nothing to do with the author’s writing just could not stomach the content.
LA Loves RomComs
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this catch-up with all of the McKallisters from the Cake series by J. Bengtsson.

It's been a while since I read/listened to the Cake series, and it's still a standout series in my opinion. The books are emotional, with some levity so you don't feel like your heart is constantly being pummeled. I enjoyed the series, and how each book was so different and unique. So I jumped at the change to find out how the McKallisters have handled the isolation of the pandemic. I'll be honest, I
B. C. Booklover
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
McKallister's bring me joy! 😂

There I was today, sitting in a doctor's office, getting allergy testing done...lots of waiting involved and plenty of time to read! The door was open and I wondered? Did they think I was losing my mind for absolutely laughing my butt off while sitting in that examining room... alone?

Well, this book and those crazy, loveable McKallisters, in Covid lock down, stuck in various places with questionable familial combos, was the reason for my LOL'ing myself silly today!
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Jill Bengtsson announced that she planned to write a series of vignettes about the McKallister family from her best-selling Cake series, her Banana Binder fan group was ecstatic. Who better to get readers through the vicissitudes of the pandemic than Jake and Casey, Kyle and Kenzie, Emma and Finn, and the rest of the family and in-laws.

Optimism was rewarded and expectations were exceeded. The stories were funny and touching updates, connecting with our greatest fears while we identify with
shanelle n. bridgeforth
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s fantastic when you get to revisit characters that you love. It’s even better when—Surprise!!!— you find out they’re just like you. Doing their best to navigate in a COVID-19 world while trying to keep there lives, their families and in some cases their sanity (We see you, Finn!) intact.

In Hunker Down we get to revisit the McKallister crew and see how they are coping. Each vignette picks a family member and gives you a little insight into their world. Of course, when you have the brilliant,
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much fun with these weird and wonderful characters.

This is a must read for fans of the Cake series. It is the expected finely tuned mix of laughs and pathos. In very short bursts, there are familiar profiles of characters and little glimpses of the continuing development of their personalities and lives.
However, more than just a rewarding amuse bouche of her series for her loyal fans, Bengtsson gives us a time capsule of the experience of this pandemic from the viewpoint of her characters.
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
This companion novella to the Cake series was such a little gem. At only 124 pages (just over 2 hours on audio) it went by in a flash, but I loved the glimpse into how the (growing!) McKallister clan was handling lockdown. Bengtsson did an amazing job of capturing the fears and uncertainties of life during a pandemic, but also injected it with her signature humor and heart. There were some laugh out loud moments – like Casey trying to wrangle three small children at home, with the youngest endin ...more
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, own, audio
* 3.5 Stars *
I liked getting glimpses into all the couple’s current situation, but I don’t think I was in the right mood for COVID quarantine stories. The highlight of this novella was the interview questions at the very end with all the characters, it was pure McKallister hilariousness! I think what had me struggling the most with this novella was the narration, after just listening to all the previous stories I was expecting the same voices for the characters. I was not a fan of the change of
Cali Gals
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read something from this author I always think, she must have sons cause she has their evil mindset down. SOOO FUNNY! This boy mom feels like a kindred spirit. Wink!

She also has the gift of one minute making me laugh so hard I might tinkle and the next I am welling up. Most of the time it blindsides me too. Ugh it is so wrong to do that to me. LOL

“Bunker Down with the McKallisters” provides these amazing interactions between one of my all time favorite book families. Sigh. Closing my
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audio book review

This story is with the author that wrote Cake . J. Bengtsson Wrote more then one character in this short Novella . She also wrote a realistic story for this day and age. What happens to a family when they need to be quarantine with today’s virus that is going around. How do the family members take it. When their everyday life stops. Grab it and see

Connor Crais, Stella Hunter Performance is good. They do all the characters tone great you can tell who each character is . Their
Favey List
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novella!  It was so nice to visit the McKallisters again, to remember the interesting characters, and to learn of their lives and children.  In these strange times, going through quarantine with them made it seem more relatable.  Like many others, I connected with this novella on an emotional level.  

Stella and Conner are great together in duet, and delivered excellent performances of all these characters we know and love from the series.  I can't wait to hear more from the
Mary Dean
Jul 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that Cake fans needed. Especially during a scary time in the world. All our favorite characters were hunkered down together during the pandemic and drama, sweet moments, and hilarious moments happened. When some of the family were covid-19 positive I was scared right along with them. This book really showed how we all felt and all our worries. I am so glad the author had this book for readers during this time. I bet it helped others know they weren't alone. And the narrators knoc ...more
Lisa Zimmerman (Dirty Blonde Books)
I loved catching up with the McKallisters.

Listening to how my book boyfriends are now husbands and Dads, it was fun to discover their kid's personalities, how their toilet paper was rationed, and how even living in this new world of uncertainity, family was still the priority.

The Cake series remains one of my favorites.
I've re-listened to Cake 4 times since it's release.

LOVE these characters. ❤️
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the audio of the Hunker Down novella and am in awe of how this collection of stories about the McKallister family made me feel, again. I read the stories as they were published in the author group a few months ago, but the audio and putting them all together makes it so special.
1. I cried listening on my way to work about the connection between Jake and Kyle.
2. I laughed at the fun times.
3. I swooned and then some at the shower scene.
Jill Bengtsson you created a special fami
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As Amazing as the rest of the Cake series!

The McKallisters are my favorite book family. They are talented, so funny, and yet just so real in their own loveable idiosyncrasies. Oh yeah, each book has a heart-warming love story as well. Hunker Down with the McKallisters gave me more time with this incredible family. If you haven't read each of the books, start there, and then Hunker down for this novella. I loved it!
I reacted to this novella much more emotionally than I expected I would. It was a wonderful story about how the family gets through the situation. Lots of laughs and lots of tears too. I loved the interviews at the end with each of the characters.

I really enjoyed the narration in this novella. Stella and Connor did an amazing job taking on all of the McKallisters and even the Perrys.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If your a fan of the Cake Series then you are going to be in McKallister heaven!!
So ever wonder what that crazy MxKallister clan would do during the Covid lockdown? Well here’s your chance to experience all of your favorite characters from the Cale series. From Jake and Kyle in quarantine to Emma fighting on the front line. Your going to love every crazy, heartfelt moment from this amazing family.
Joan Saladino
Nothing better than more of the McAllisters! I loved catching up with the family! And of course, it did not disappoint. The family was up to their usual antics, The Perry's, Scott, Keith and the rest. The banter was excellent as usual from Jill. You really feel like these characters are real and you can feel everything they feel due to Jill's great writing. ...more
FS Meurinne
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, arc
I just love the McKallisters, and getting these stories was a fantastic way to pass the quarantine with them. I love revisiting each character, you will enjoy all of them in spades. I was laughing and crying along while having a blast with my favorite characters. Definitely a new way to see them all and I will be recommending the audiobook as well, the narrators did a fantastic job.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

2020 is a year we won't soon forget! This was a small way to catch up with the McKallisters in this strange time. The author has covered all the crazy stuff too like shortage of toilet paper and home schooling. The fear of our loved ones getting sick and dying is very real as well.

Short and sweet!
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2020-books
An enjoyable novella that revisits the McKallisters in the midst of the pandemic. This story is sure to please those who loved the Cake series. We visit all our old favorites, get glimpses of their kids, and get an outline of storyline for Quinn and Grace. All in all a quick and satisfying read for this Cake fan.
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J. (Jill) Bengtsson is the bestselling author of the Cake Series. She writes contemporary novels focused on love, humor, passion, and family. Her heroines are strong, nurturing, and quirky while her heroes are what dreams are made of - gorgeous, committed, and in need of a little saving. A native Californian, Jill’s novels are set under the glittering lights o

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