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Cake

A Love Story
Written by: J. Bengtsson
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
Series: Cake Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joe Arden and Narrator Hall of Fame inductee Andi Arndt deliver a perfectly layered performance in Cake, a romance about finding love and redemption in unexpected places.

Quiet and aloof rock star Jake McKallister and outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell are polar opposites: Casey is bubbly and talkative; Jake is reclusive. Casey enjoyed a picturesque childhood; Jake’s childhood could only be described as a well-publicized nightmare. Jake’s life revolves around music, and Casey can’t carry a tune.

Music saved Jake, yet he lacks the outgoing personality expected of a famous performer. After surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen, he becomes a guarded workaholic who desperately attempts to forget the past. Career success comes easily for Jake, but he struggles to make personal connections. 

Despite their differences, Casey’s light harmonizes with Jake’s darkness, a balance embodied in the unexpectedly warm and humorous dual performance. Can the sweetness of true love overcome Jake’s tragic past?

This is the first book in the Cake series, a collection of contemporary romance novels focusing on the lives of a famous family. 

©2016 J. Bengtsson (P)2016 J. Bengtsson

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Love this whole series!

Well written...great story line...good narration...great characters...love the continuation from one story to the next...I always wish each book will never end but then I can’t wait till the next one...Well worth a credit!

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  • Maggie
  • 2016-12-19

good listen - great narration

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I really loved that there were 2 stories in one and they addressed a really horrible event in a manner that didnt downplay it. Worth a credit. There is a lot of humor in the romance which really makes the story believeable

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  • Alanna
  • 2016-12-22

Freakin Rockin Book

This has to be one of the best books I've listen to in 2016. I wish it would have never ended! Awesome!

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  • Legendery1
  • 2016-12-29

GREAT LOVE STORY

This was a really wonderful love story.. I loved the characters in this book and Andi Arndt never disappoints as the narrator.

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  • Jenn Miller
  • 2016-12-06

5 wonderfully amazing stars!!!@

***** I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book, but when I saw that Andi Arndt and Joe Arden were the narrator's, I thought I'd try it. They are among some of my favorites.
I was BLOWN AWAY with this book!!! I LOVED every chapter, from the beginning. It ended up a roller coaster of emotions for me. I was laughing & smiling one minute, then before I knew it I was a heartbroken and crying. "CAKE" has now become my #1 of 2016!! I just can't put into enough words how wonderful this book was!! KUDDOS to the author!! I will definitely be looking out for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-14

cute story

definitely a love story * not really what I think of as a romance, they weren't faced with many trials other then his dark past. I enjoyed it * but it just sorta went exactly where you think it's going. no twists or turns that wowed me.

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  • Jimmie
  • 2016-12-06

Great Debut Novel

I don't write many reviews and I'm primarily a mystery reader, but I enjoyed this book so much I felt compelled to write a review to tell everyone how satisfying a read it was. It has everything - charming characters, witty dialog, interesting plot. I hope this is the first of many books from Ms. Bengtsson.

The narrators were excellent. Joe Arden is new to me, but I've always enjoyed Andi Arndt. Her work in the Stage Dive series is a must listen.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 2016-12-20

Fantastic love story!

I can’t say enough great things about this audiobook story! The characters draw you in and the story is full of fun and angst. The love between two people can save them from their demons and make life beautiful again. Looking forward to more by this author. Narration was perfect.

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  • Cheri
  • 2017-01-16

Loved It!

I enjoyed this story way more than I anticated. From all the reviews, I was expecting great, but got AWESOME! The positive reviews are spot on!

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First, Cake's well written, descriptive, has a natural flow, and great dialogue. The dialogue between the characters had more of a YA feel, but it was clever, witty, flirty, entertaining, and added to the overall appeal of the story.

Secondly, the author does an amazing job keeping the listener in suspense. It is revealed early there's a horrific past, and throughout the story, the author gives subtle hints towards the details. The dark past doesn't distract or overpower the sweet love story, but was enough to keep me in suspense, glued to my headphones and didn't leave me emotionally drained.

Lastly, while the character had an instant connect, the author did a fantastic job developing their chemistry, feelings and relationship. I love this wasn't just another "instalove" story, and you get to feel their relationship blossom.

Cake was a beautiful, captivating, and perfectly narrated. Well worth the time and credit!

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  • Rhonda
  • 2016-12-24

Don't miss this story!!

This story was so touching and funny you don't want to miss this one. Can't wait to hear more from this author!

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  • Tonja
  • 2018-04-24

Lesson Learned: Never Judge a Book by Its Title

There is one reason you should get this book. Other than it being laugh out loud funny. They fall in love and stay together. There’s no dramatic love me, no leave me alone. They have conversations like real live humans. Sometimes their arguments are instantly resolved. Sometimes they walk around acting like the issue doesn’t exist until they are ready for it to… like real live humans. I kept waiting for the big you can’t love me I’m damaged argument, but it never came. When I got to the end I instantly replayed it. So that I could enjoy it without all of that unrealized dread filled anticipation.

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