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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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What a surprise!

I expected the usual chicklit offering but this book had a lot more depth with lots of drama. I would prefer not to have the explicit sex description and not so much swearing but I'm probably in the minority there. I even had tears in my eyes at times and I'm usually not touched by emotion when reading fiction. An excellent book. Thanks very much.

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Fabulous writing and narration

A hard to listen to and painful story at times but all the more powerful because of it!! There were laughs and love too. ..a sexy, brave and tortured rocker and a quirky, funny sweet girl a match made in heaven😀 highly recommended 🌟

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wow! wow !wow!

l purchased this book awhile ago and just left it my library. I kicked myself after listening and found out what i was missing out on a very fabulous book. This author is new to me and I am actually amazed that this is her first book. Very good and moving story. The narrators were fab . I love Andi Andrt and Joe Arden combo. Thank you . I'm going to purchase all her books.

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Love this book 😀

What made the experience of listening to Cake the most enjoyable?

Love the interaction of the two main characters, it was well written, and really well read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the first in the book. The wedding, it was really funny. But the rest of the book was great as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have I would have.

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Oh my god! Just wonderful!

This is an absolutely wonderful story masterfully told by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden. I have listened with rapt attention to every sweet, gorgeous minute.

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  • JB
  • 29-06-17

Have your cake and enjoy it!

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I liked the fact that this was a romance with a twist. The story moved at a nice pace, the narration was excellent and the characters were likable. Although there were dark parts in the book relating to Jake's past they were well woven into the overall story and added an edge to it rather than distracting the reader.

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More Cake Please!

This story was beautifully written and brilliantly narrated. I read a lot and this is the first story in a very long time where I've laughed, lived and shed tears. I was a part of Casey and Jake's love story and I think that's a sign of a gifted writer, and a very well written book, if the story 'comes to life' for the reader.
I would definitely recommend both J. Bengtsson and Cake
I loved it!

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nice read

really nice read. light hearted but straight to the point at the start. a bit of filler middle to near the end. then.... finale.

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painfully boring

nothing happens for 11hrs... waiting for that thing to come but guess what there's nothing to wait for!!

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A Masterpiece!!!

How many times can my heart bleed!!! I loved Casey and Kyle’s story this novel has ALL the feels I laughed so much at their first meeting yet cried hard at Kyles childhood story this beautifully written book is the first in the series and follows the whole McKallistar clan and have to admit this is my third listen a real masterpiece by the talented
J Bengtsson not forgetting the first class narration by Andi Arnt and Joe Arden bringing it all to life

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  • 19-12-16

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
  • 22-12-16

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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  • Tonja
  • 24-04-18

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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  • Legendery1
  • 29-12-16

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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  • 14-12-16

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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  • Jenn Miller
  • 06-12-16

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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  • Jimmie
  • 06-12-16

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
  • 20-12-16

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
  • 16-01-17

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
  • 24-12-16

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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