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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Audiobook Review: CAKE:The Newlyweds by J. Bengtsson

CAKE:The Newlyweds
(CAKE series, bk 4)
by J. Bengtsson

Narrated by Andi Arndt & Joe Arden

You thought their story was over...but a love like theirs has no end.

Fate doesn't own Jake McKallister. At least, that's what he tells himself. Life is better than ever. He's at the top of his game, performing to sold-out crowds the world over. He has his health and a solid, fun-loving family to keep him grounded.

And he got the girl - the beautiful, quirky girl he's just made his wife.

Yes, life is good. If only fate would stop screaming in his ear.

Lucky is the best word for Casey McKallister. She has an awesome support system, a nerd's dream job at a prestigious accounting firm, and best of all, she's married to the hottest rock star to ever roam the Earth.

Yes, life is perfect...until it all comes crashing down around her.

They say love conquers all. That's what Jake and Casey are counting on.

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Viviana's Review:
I love this series and listened to all of the previous audiobooks. When I learned that J. Bengtsson had written a fourth book that circles back to the original couple, Casey and Jake, I immediately thought "oh awesome novella"! Turns out it a full length book! I was also a wee bit apprehensive to listen to this because the first time around with Jake and Casey was so perfect, I didn't want to be let down.

I did enjoy this audiobook overall! We got to hang out with the awesome McKallister family (love them) and got some to be there for some things like the wedding and the honeymoon and their life afterwards. Again, I liked and enjoyed the listen. However, I had a bit of an issue with the beginning... there's a bit of a jump in "timeline" and you're wondering what the heck is happening and why is Casey behaving the way she is. We learn lots of stuff as we listen to the book. With that said, there were a LOT (way to much IMHO) of instances where Casey shares with us her thoughts on how gorgeous, sexy, incredibly irresistible Jake is. Whether this is the first book in the series you read or if you've read all of the books in the series, one thing Casey does best is tell us how damn sexy, hot, gorgeous Jake is! I mean, I get it.... the man is FINE!! This felt like a filler in many instances and it felt a bit like a drag to the story as well. I found myself NOT devouring the audiobook or unable to put it down. It took me MUCH longer to finish this title than the previous books in the series and that left me feeling meh during the listen. During this part of the book, Casey's behavior was 'not her usual' and seemed off. We later learn why and we get a better understanding but

The good news is that as the book progress it gets better and what we're used (great bantering, moving storyline, plot that progress, etc.) re-emerges and all the reasons we love the series returns. 

The Narrators: 
OMG - they freaking rock! Truly kept this book going for me during the "meh" parts. Their performance conveyed the emotions the author was writing into each of the characters and story. Joe's performance of Jake was spot on! His comedic timing superb and heart wrenching when needed. 

Overall I enjoyed this installment though I think it could have been much better without the fillers. It may have been great if it was a novella or a shorter book. I do hope J. Bengtsson writes a few more books with the remaining McKallister family. I believe the majority of readers/listeners will love it.

Rating: 3.5 - I really liked it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 

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