Review: Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper

Posted May 10, 2015 by Elizabeth in Elizabeth B, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  Courtship of the Cake by Jessica TopperCourtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper
Series: Much "I Do" About Nothing #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on June 2, 2015
Pages: 384
Also by this author: Softer Than Steel
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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

Courtship of the Cake was not what I expected. It was a good, well written book, but the emotions were heavier than a book about cake should be.

We meet Dani, a travelling massage therapist; Nash, a famous musician; and Mick, a bakery owner.  Dani and Mick met in New Orleans when he crashed her sister’s wedding and formed an instant connection that circumstances didn’t allow to flourish. A year later, she is working the same music festival as Nash when she ends up working for him to help with a medical condition. Being Nash’s personal therapist leads to her helping him with other aspects of his life and back to Mick, who was one of Nash’s childhood friends.

Dani was an easy character to like. She was pretty easy going, caring, and seemed to be everyone’s port in the storm. Nash and Mick were much harder to like at first; they were both more complex and dealing with a lifetime of issues. To be honest, I never quiet understood why Dani agreed to help Nash in the first place.

Nash brings Dani to his home town where he wants to get to know his son. Once they arrive, we see several different relationships develop and grow. The stories are interesting and intriguing to watch, but there is also an unfinished feeling and a sense that no one is really being honest. By then end of the book, things made more sense, but I still wasn’t really comfortable with how everything was handled.

Courtship of the Cake is the second book in the Much “I Do” About Nothing series. I have not read the first book in the series and I don’t know if that would have helped or not, but this book and I didn’t really click.

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I'm a stay home parent and squeeze reading in wherever I can around driving kids around to school and activities. I read a little bit of everything, but really enjoy indie authors and Happy- Ever-Afters. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since January 2015.