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.
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Full of emotion
I usually don’t care for “Rockstar Romances,” but this one is so different. Jake is a damaged man from being kidnapped by a serial killer when he was 13. That gives his character so much depth and heart. He isn’t the average douchey Rockstar. He was sweet, vulnerable, and he broke my heart.
Casey was perfect, nerdy, funny, down to earth, and not afraid to laugh at herself. She isn’t superficially, and even though she crushes on Jake hard she plays it cool, and her charm and effervescence is what draws Jake to her. She is what Jake needs.
I loved this story and was so blown away by the depth of emotions it brought out in me. There was laughter, smiles, sadness, rage, and some tears. But mostly smiles. I am already moving on to the second book in this series, and I can’t wait for more. I am rating Cake: A Love Story 5 Boundless Stars.
Dreams do come true
Every girls dream is to hook up with a rock star. Casey got to live the dream. Yes it came with baggage, but what relationship doesn't. I found this story to be very realistic, minus the rock star. No, not everyone lives through what Jake went through, but the way he dealt with it was what I found true to nature. Not wanting to talk about it. Drowning his pain and anxiety in music. Avoiding the media. Avoiding his family. He had fears and nightmares and flashbacks and he couldn't predict when they would happen and it angered him. All of these are normal responses. Yes he moved on, but it was still there. And that is real life.
I love that Casey is just an ordinary girl. Even she doesn't understand what Jake sees in her. Another real life experience. Everyone is looking down at her because she's not gorgeous as a model or actress or female pop star, but she is what Jake wants and needs.
I enjoyed the performances of the narrators. They brought to life the pain, fear, anxiety, love, laughter and fun of this book. I can't wait to listen to the next one.