REVIEW: Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper

July 2, 2015 Adrienne's Reviews, Blog Post, Reviews 0 ★★★

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Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper
Published by Berkley, Penguin on June 2, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0425276856
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From the author of Dictatorship of the Dress comes a new novel about a woman who’s vowed to never walk down the aisle—and the two men who’ll do anything to get her to say “I do”…

“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” has suited Danica James just fine…until the mysterious man who crashed her sister’s wedding steals her heart, leaves a slice of groom’s cake under her pillow, and then disappears.

Hoping to forget her unforgettable fling, Dani takes a job as a backstage masseuse for a rock music festival, not expecting the tour’s headlining bad boy to make an offer she can’t refuse. Nash Drama needs a fiancée—and fast…

Mick Spencer is the best wedding cake designer in New Hope and the town’s most eligible bachelor. But despite the bevy of bridesmaids he’s sampled, Mick can’t get the evening he spent with Dani out of his mind.

So when she shows up for a cake tasting at the Night Kitchen—with his former best friend’s ring on her finger—Mick vows to charm the woman of his dreams into choosing a sweet and sinful ever after, with him
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When I picked up Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper I had no idea it was going to be a love triangle of sorts.  This is Dani’s story.  This is Nash’s story.  This is Mick’s story.  It’s about all of them almost equally.  I don’t mind love triangles.  I think sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t as far as telling a story goes.  In this case it really isn’t a triangle in the normal sense.  Yet it is about all three characters.

I felt very disconnected at times while reading.  The majority of the book is Dani and Nash’s set up.  About half way in you get Mick and Nash pretty much exits.  Well sort of.  Again it’s a little confusing.  Dani meets Nash while traveling with a music festival.  Nash is your typical rock star with a rock god complex and health issues.  He needs Dani and she needs to earn a living.  When Nash needs to go home, a place he hasn’t been back to in 10 years, it’s Dani he chooses to take with him as his “fiancée” and where the story gets complicated.

Mick crashed Dani’s sisters’ wedding I think a year prior.  Both harbor feelings for each other, some good and some bad.  Mick just so happens to be Nash’s childhood friend and local wedding cake baker.

There are several different stories that run parallel and also intertwine in this story.  While I love Ms. Topper’s unique story telling, this one left me confused and detached.  I often had to go back and re-read parts because I was confused about certain scenes and even who was talking at times.  There are flashback scenes that try to explain Mick and Dani’s past together but sometimes I still didn’t get it.

Then there were the brothers from Dani’s past.  Really wish that entire story had been the prologue.  I think it would have made Dani’s character easier to understand.

This book will not deter me from reading more Jessica Topper novels.  I really do enjoy her writing.  This one just didn’t work for me.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

 

About Jessica Topper

Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock n’ roll number cruncher. She can trace her love for the written word back to age three, when she memorized Maurice Sendak’s “Chicken Soup with Rice” in its entirety.

After her daughter was born, Jessica left the Manhattan library world and began working for her husband’s music management company. He offered her a part-time bookkeeping job so she could “stay home for the baby’s first year” and pursue her dream of writing.

The baby is now thirteen, and Jessica has been working her full-time, sold-her-soul-for-rock-n-roll job as Office Manager for veteran jam band moe. ever since. She may have traded in books for bookkeeping, but the written word is never far from her mind, or her heart.

Jessica lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter and one ancient cat. You can visit her at www.jessicatopper.com.

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