The Cake King
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) out of poverty, how can she say no?There’s just one problem: Sam is an amateur baker from a no-name restaurant in a tiny town nobody’s ever heard of. How is she supposed to hold her own against some of the country’s best up-and-coming pastry chefs?She’ll have to dig deep and discover what she’s really made of if she wants to win because the prize here isn’t just first place. It’s The Cake King’s heart.This RomCom is a silly but very sexy take on baking competitions, billionaire romance, and sugary sweet happy endings. Full of bawdy jokes and brilliant besties baking their way to a happily ever after, each of the Sugar and Spice novellas are meant to be devoured in a couple of hours and--taking place over the same two weeks--they can be read in any order.

The Cake King Details

TitleThe Cake King
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 10th, 2020
PublisherUnder Hill Press
Rating
GenreRomance, Novella, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

The Cake King Review

  • Morgan Renee♥︎
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the overall story itself. It was all surface level stuff that didn't grab my attention in the slightest.
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  • Oldřiška
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 more pages about that rather than about sex that consisted of (for me) quite honestly very gross dirty talk. Actual quote:(view spoiler)["Fuck yes, Sam. I'm gonna fuck this pussy so fucking hard."/I wanna come in that sweet, hot pussy even more." (hide spoiler)] etc. etc. Sorry, for me, it's just gross. Plus note on the side, don't open condoms with your teeth, thanks. I wouldn't mind reading other books in the series if the division between the story and the sex is more balanced and less f-words all over the place. I swear a lot and say lots of f-words too, but if it's half of the dialogue it's a bit too much. As I said, I enjoyed the baking contest, there was a potential in the premise. I also liked the positive portrayal of female friendship and the queer characters on the side. The friendship and support of Rei throughout the story was a nice surprise because reading the first chapter I was afraid that she is going to be just the bitchy rival. I wouldn't say to stay away from this book, but just keep in mind that even though the cover is cutesy and seems like a romance, it should be probably (and more accurately) categorized as erotica.An arc was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jodee
    January 1, 1970
    I actually would give this book 4 1/2 stars. Not 5 because it was just too shortI 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 I actually would give this book 4 1/2 stars. Not 5 because it was just too shortI 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 had a hard life and one that makes it so that letting her self trust that she is worthy of anything is very hard for her. As her relationship with Michael grows without pushing her he earns her trust and this helps her to realize that just because people in the past may not have wanted her doesn't mean that nobody ever will. This is a cute, short, story of learning to trust and to love. I really enjoyed it. As I said I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to put it down once I started it. The author does a great job grabbing your attention and keeping it throughout the book. I will definately be recommending this to friends.
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  • Brit Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 people. Which makes things difficult when the other bakers try to befriend her. Especially Rei who she wasn’t sure what to make of in the beginning. Focusing on the competition gets a little more challenging when Michael the so-called Cake King who is hosting this competition takes a special personal interest in her. The problem is that Sam doesn’t feel like she belongs here everybody else appears to be accomplished than her and why would this rich guy even really be interested in her? Is it possible for her to win and bring some attention to the little restaurant that she calls home? And what is it that the Cake King wants from her? And is there is reason he collected this specific group of attractive bakers?I liked this felt like Sam needed a hug and a little more confidence but I get why she felt out of place and why she has trouble trusting things. All she had in the world were two people who took her in when her own flesh and blood failed her so of course she has trust issues. It’s my first book by the author is short and sweet and I’ll probably go ahead and read the others in the series to see what the other hot bakers get up to.
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  • Michelle Ham
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, gorgeous locations and a sweet, down to earth hero who just happens to be a billionaire. The humour was perfect (particularly from Rei) and overall, I couldn't help but gobble it all up in a couple of sittings.Thank you @rosiechaseromance! (Whom I give credit to for this pic). The sequel is already on pre-order! 🍰🍦🍩 #book3of2020 #thecakeking #bookstagram #romancereader #romancetagram
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  • Moony MeowPoff
    January 1, 1970
    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
  • Lauren loves llamas
    January 1, 1970
    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[minor character gets injured in a car accident (off-page), references to homelessness, parental abandonment, death of MC’s grandmother when she was a teen (hide spoiler)]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 Content warnings: (view spoiler)[minor character gets injured in a car accident (off-page), references to homelessness, parental abandonment, death of MC’s grandmother when she was a teen (hide spoiler)]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 just does desserts at a tourist restaurant in Appalachia, but she’s determined to win the prize in order to help save her family’s restaurant. Nellie and Eric took her in after her grandmother died, and while the restaurant is successful, they’re drowning in medical debt. Problem is, she can’t keep her eyes off Michael, and it seems like he can’t keep away from her, either. Is he just a distraction that’ll lose her the competition, or could a bake-off fling turn into something more?“This was all just magic.And Michael might be the Cake King but I wasn’t a princess.”Sam has a lot of self-confidence issues. She feels like she doesn’t fit in with the bakers around her, and she definitely doesn’t fit in to what she imagines the Cake King’s life to be. Michael’s sweet and kind, and turns out he’s as great a kisser as she imagined, but his glitzy Cake King world isn’t where she belongs. Michael came off a bit flat as a character for me – I’ve never been a big fan of the “why yes I’m rich but aw shucks I’m just a country boy”-style guys – but he and Sam have definite chemistry. The insta-love? Also not a fan of that, but what really bothered me was that they started their relationship while she was still competing in the bake-off…. and none of the other competitors seemed to care. At that point, I basically just disengaged the rational part of my brain and went along for the ride.“Hi,” I said. “I’m Sam. I’m a baker.”Why I said my profession in addition to my name, why I said I’m a baker and not a friend, why I said anything other than my name was a mystery to me. It’s just what came out. Apparently, it was how I self-identified.”So now that I’ve basically thrown the whole plot out the window, what’s left? Well, the sex scenes are steamy and pretty varied for a novella. There’s very little conflict between Michael and Sam – pretty much all of the angst is from Sam’s worries that she doesn’t fit into Michael’s life and that it’s only a matter of time before he throws her to the curb. The baking competition itself doesn’t play as much of a role as I’d have liked, but it’s very GBBO-style. Sam becomes pretty good friends with some of the other competitors, and talkative, raunchy Rei serves as a good foil for her throughout the book. Also, do not read this novella hungry! Besides the delicious baked goods, there’s also lots of delicious southern food (mmm, chicken and dumplings and collard greens) and lots of restaurants (shawarma, sashimi, yum).Overall, the book is pretty ridiculous, but it’s also so sweet and fluffy (and steamy) that I have a hard time holding that against it – so 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3. The rest of the series seems to be in Kindle Unlimited, so I’ll probably give them a try as well!I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    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. LOLI 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 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. LOLI 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 over celebrity baker, Michael “The Cake King” Godwin for years. When she receives an invitation to participate in a competition hosted by the Cake King himself, Sam jumps at the lucrative opportunity. But Sam has far more to lose than a competition—especially when a certain King starts looking like he’d rather devour her. With her family’s heirloom restaurant teetering on the brink of closing, Sam can’t afford to get distracted. Not even by the Cake King.Can Sam really hold her own against some of the country’s best up-and-coming pastry chefs? She’ll find out what she’s really made of when everything comes down to one choice: Win the contest to save her family or take a chance on love.But maybe Sam can have her cake and eat it too.The Cake King is a laugh-out-loud, high-heat take on baking competitions, billionaire romance, and sugary sweet happy endings. Full of bawdy jokes and besties baking their way to a happily ever after, the Sugar & Spice novellas are stand-alone. They’re meant to be devoured in a couple of hours and can be read in any order.I always find it fun to come across a book that I had already started reading on my Kindle - this gave me the push to finish it! I always like novellas that are sweet and have no death and destruction in them. I am so sick of billionaire romances and 50 shades of any colour, but this book will delight even the most vanilla of readers! (ooooh ... vanilla cake!!!) The plot is well written and the characters engaging and enjoyable - read this and the other novellas for a sweet treat on your bookshelf. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🎂🎂🎂🎂
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  • Babes in Romanceland
    January 1, 1970
    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 like he’d rather 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 like he’d rather devour her than anything she can bake.⠀In many ways, TCK feels like Chase’s ode to friendship and how transformative it can be.After all, this book is two love stories in one. The first, most obvious, love story is that of Sam and Michael - a whirlwind, take-you-completely-by-surprise love that is so achingly sweet. The other love story, however, just as meaningful and powerful, is that of Sam and her friends, both new and old.⠀This has always been a strength of Chase’s writing. She weaves so much rich texture into her books by giving her characters wonderful, loving, deep friendships.⠀There is a lot going on in this book and Sam is anything but a one-dimensional heroine. She wrestles with her feelings of inadequacy as well as a defensiveness about her roots, especially when she finds herself in Michael’s sphere, with all his wealth and access. But Chase plays a clever card here and shows us that we never really know a person until we give them a chance and learn not just who they are now but also who and what made them.⠀It’s laugh out loud hilarious, populated with so many brilliant, bright characters (who you will see more of throughout the series) and I can honestly say it’s the best rom-com I’ve read in a very, very long time. If you like contemporary romance that is funny, sexy, but also swoon worthy, you won’t want to miss Cake King. The series itself is a triumph and you’ll hardly be able to wait to see who else loses their heart in The Bakery.⠀Kiss and Tell: If you’ve ever read a Chase novel, you know she writes some sexy-as-hell books. This one lives up the reputation. Her scenes and writing are so vivid that they fly off the page. Incredible kissing, hand play, toys, mutual masturbation, oral, and p&v penetration all feature and you will be panting AND hungry by the end.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. Because he’s famous, Sam wants to win for the publicity it would bring her parents’ restaurant, but she feels intimidated since she’s from a tiny mountain town in NC, is a foster child, and the other contestants seem much more put together than she is. However, as the competition continues, much to her surprise, Michael is attracted to her, she’s holding her own, and things seem to finally be going her way. This was a sweet, low-key story, not a lot of conflict or angst, with likable characters and of course, all that food. Michael was a sweetheart, completely devoted to his family, and all in with showing Sam how attracted he was to her. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Alondra
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 plans emerge when her feelings and tension and his start to get involved.It wasn't my type of book, which was really a bummer because I enjoyed the writing style (except the sex talk, honestly, that was so bad It was good) and the characters, i just wished it had been longer and more developed, more focus on the romance and friendships. I think I would read something else from the author, it has potential. Great bi representation tho. This book is for those who love some baking, sexy times, and sexy times with baking metaphors. A lot of those. It's a fun light read that gets you out of your head.
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  • Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
    January 1, 1970
    [ 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 [ 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 book, especially the other competing bakers!The romance between Sam and the Cake king kind of developed too quickly for my taste... but I think that's to be expected since the book is only around 100 pages. Sam is a strong protagonist to which many readers can surely look up to, and I thought it was also inspiring that the Cake king himself had been through so much to get to where he was in life.I think I expected a little something more going in, but overall, it was an interesting, short read.Rating: 2.5/5
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  • Crystal Oliver
    January 1, 1970
    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? 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? Engagement ring? Fighting ring? You have to read the book to find out. ;) Rosie does a beautiful job writing about southern cuisine, and I liked this quick read right before Valentine’s Day. I felt like the story was pretty sporadic and I would have enjoyed hearing about the contest in more detail. I could tell which parts of the book she put her heart and soul into, and which parts she needed to hit the deadline.
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  • Nastasia
    January 1, 1970
    Review for The Cake KingI 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 Review for The Cake KingI 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 made my mouth water and it has inspired me to bake!Sam and Michael seem to have great chemistry but some parts feel a little rushed, we don't really get to see their relationship really blossom into what it could truly be but that's possibly because the story is so short. The biggest hurdle is Sam's inner turmoil, she questions things and has a lot of self doubt but that comes from her past.All in all this story was sweet, sultry, delicious and I couldn't put it down. I devoured the book!
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  • Manya
    January 1, 1970
    _The arc of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review._I feel like this should've been a longer book. The book was too short for me to have an emotional connect with the characters. Their relationship progressed too quickly for my liking. Their relationship had no conflict so everything felt too convenient and too simple. They confessed their love a few weeks after knowing each other out of which they were intimate most of the times.Some moments were _The arc of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review._I feel like this should've been a longer book. The book was too short for me to have an emotional connect with the characters. Their relationship progressed too quickly for my liking. Their relationship had no conflict so everything felt too convenient and too simple. They confessed their love a few weeks after knowing each other out of which they were intimate most of the times.Some moments were cringy af. Michael called Samantha's *cough* vah jay jay *cough* hot pussy or sweet pussy... Gross.Also, she told him that he is her dream and left the baking contest or whatever because she wanted to meet him. Again, after knowing him for a short period of time.I wanted her to end up with Rei instead of Michael.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 enjoy the steamy sex scenes without feeling wrong. Michael and Sam are very sweet and magical together. I wish that there was more to them meeting and pining.Something that might be a problem with people is that this book loves describing desserts. People are described like a dessert. And everything sounds good.Copy provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
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  • **Elle**Bee**Double U**
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 competitors as well as catching the eye of The Cake King himself. In the end Sam will have to decide whether to put her trust in Michael that he'll be there for her and love her, even though she's a "nobody".This is a really cute novella. I was hooked from the synopsis and was actually excited to read this one! I absolutely love any book with a "baking" theme to it!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 StarsEven 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 The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 StarsEven 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 my taste. Also, their relationship had no conflict whatsoever. Don't get me wrong here, I'm glad there was no unnecessary drama, but here everything ran too smoothly and it was all way too simple.
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  • Debbie Orazi
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 work through her confidence issues and her misconceptions of him to eventually get their HEA.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Sarah Carper
    January 1, 1970
    **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 **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 between chapters felt a bit awkward sometimes and I didn't think some parts of the book flowed well.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 characters from the beginning. What a fun way to spend a few hours! Thanks to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 read the other books in this series.
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  • Yels
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Tessa Noble
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Susanne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Under Hill Press and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.This was a short and sweet read about learning to trust and love again, within the framework of a baking competition - which was its own reward, tbh. I was a bit taken aback at how steamy it was, as I didn't necessarily expect that, but within the limits of this short book, it wasn't out of place.
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  • Danielle from Short and Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsThis book seemed very rushed. The writing was off. The characters didn't really have chemistry. I didn't feel any romance. It was all wham, bam, and thank you ma'am. Before I knew it, the story was over and I felt like "that was it?!?!?!". I felt nothing for any of the characters. To be honest, I looked at the cover and thought it was going to be a much different story.
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  • Akanksha Dutta (Athena Book Briefs)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love love stories centered around food and desserts so this falls into my favorite trope. The humor has me chuckling, the baked goods got me hungry and the friendly innuendo reminds me so much of my own banter with friends. Hurrying to read the next book now!
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  • ItaPixie
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Elvira
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a great. The characters are well developed and engaging and storyline flows smoothly from beginning to the end. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A cute, silly and sweet short read rom-com. Sam is a small-town baker that's competing for the chance to bake celebrity baker Michael Godwin's sister her wedding cake.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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