Review: Cake by Carmen Jenner



Cake, an all-new romantic comedy standalone from Carmen Jenner is LIVE!


What it’s about:

Poppy Porter’s ex is getting married … to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn’t see Leo coming. Literally.

One ruined cake.

One archnemesis.

One hour to save the wedding.

Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla’s head from exploding?

Piece of cake, right?


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My Thoughts:

I seriously liked Leo Nass. Yes, he has a history of being a womanizer, but early on, I got the impression that was more a result of his perfect woman not being available to him. Poppy Porter has spent most of her life annoyed and irritated by Leo and his younger brother, Jasper, so she is a much harsher judge of his character and behavior. But, the dude was there for her when the chips were down…just sayin’.

Perfect Poppy shows her inner mess by too frequently resorting to copious amounts of cupcakes and alcohol to get beyond life’s inconveniences like her ex-fiancé dumping her only to immediately become engaged to her best friend (who should probably be her ex-best friend at that point). This allegedly smart and definitely beautiful woman must be a masochist because who in their right mind agrees to not only be a maid-of-honor to the woman who stole your man but to also act as the wedding planner.

Cake is a light romance that is filled with some truly funny moments.   I loved the professional competition between Poppy and her co-worker, Katherine. Their boss, Jacinta, is an excellent secondary character; she is demanding yet supportive and fair. I enjoyed the brotherly banter between Leo and Jasper, but I didn’t get into the suggestive texting between Poppy and Leo. I was quite deep into the book before I felt any chemistry between Poppy and Leo, and at that point, I truly started to enjoy their story. Chase, the groom, is an absolute boor; I couldn’t imagine anyone thinking he was a great catch (except for his bank account). Poppy’s attitude and generosity is truly inspiring. I never saw her as a doormat because she consistently chose to take the high road—as tempting as wedding sabotage seemed at times.

Overall, an entertaining, quick read. The sometimes-outlandish situations provided a great escape from reality, and Poppy and Leo might have convinced me that you might be able to turn a toad into a prince with a kiss.



About the author: Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.  Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.  A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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