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review 2018-01-17 22:12
Cake At Midnight by Jessie L. Star
Cake at Midnight - Jessie L. Star

It's been a while since I sat down and read a romance novel. I open with that thought because you need to understand why it took me a while to settle in to Cake At Midnight. Expecting a fun and food filled romance, I was instantly smitten with Gio and her glowing personality. However as soon as Declan entered the picture, well, let's just kindly say that I didn't get their connection. This book has a lot more drama than I expected and, while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I felt like it took me a while to really get on board with it.

Before anything else though, let me praise Jessie L. Star for creating such a wonderful character in Gio. Her passion for baking, her deep love for her friends (even when they might not quite deserve it), and her endlessly glowing personality all had me smitten. Gio is the type of main character that we'd all love to be friends with. She's the character who you cry for, cheer for, and yell at all in the same ten minute span. In other words, Gio is a human. I loved her for that.

In the same respect, despite my disdain for Declan, all the other characters feel distinctly human as well. They love, they loathe, they make mistakes, and they forgive. It's no surprise that Theo steals center stage once he's introduced. Starting as the stoic "Nod Next Door", and slowly moving towards someone that Gio genuinely feels for, he was definitely someone that I adored. It's always nice to see a relationship on the page that isn't perfect, and takes real time and work to create. While I didn't agree with all of the choices the characters made in this book, I can say that at least I understood them.

My biggest issue with this story was that it felt slightly too long. The drama that unfolded between Theo and his family, and then between Declan and Theo, started to feel a little forced. That and I'm not sure I was entirely satisfied with Gio's growth by the end of the book. She started as a character who was too willing to let her friend walk all over her, and she ended not too far from where she started. I understand happily ever after endings, I just wish Gio had gained a bit more backbone. I know, it's romance. I'm being nitpicky. Still, I admit that would have made me extremely happy.

Overall, this was a sweet and well-written read. If you're looking for a foodie romance, with realistic characters, add Cake At Midnight to your reading list.

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review 2017-12-14 02:20
ARC Review: Hooch & Cake by Heidi Cullinan
Hooch and Cake (Special Delivery) - Heidi Cullinan

I read this once before, a long while back, shortly after I read Special Delivery and Double Blind, because Mitch & Sam finally get their wedding in this novella. 

There's some angst, because at the time when this story takes place, Iowa had marriage equality but lots of people in Sam's home town are still not on board with two men getting married and Mitch's heart breaks when he sees Sam get less and less enthusiastic about their wedding, and there's a lot of really kinky sex, which is ever so deliciously filthy, because Mitch still likes to watch, and Sam still likes the shame of being so very slutty for Mitch. 

And there's Randy, possibly the best friend anyone could ever have, because despite his smooth and snarky exterior, Randy has a heart of gold and would do anything for his friends, and he needs Mitch and Sam more than they could ever know.

Or do they? 

I adored this. It's full of Heidi's special kind of magic, because no matter how kinky the fucking gets, it is always, ALWAYS clear that the emotions between these men are strong enough to withstand anything and everything. 


** I received a free copy of this book for review as part of the re-release for an honest and unbiased review. **

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review 2017-12-03 17:07
Single Serving
Mug Cake: The Ultimate Vegan Mug Cake Cookbook: Quick, Easy and 100% Vegan - Zoe Hazan

This is not Gluten Free, but it is "animal" free. These recipes are all for one serving and good for one person. There were quite a few interesting little recipes that I would like to try, but I would have to make it 5 times and that is just too much work when I can make something once and cut into servings. This is good for a single person or someone who eats alone frequently (that was me before kids and while husband worked 3rds). 

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text 2017-08-11 13:47
5 Special Themed Cakes to Celebrate Your Friend’s Birthday

Whether he or she is a techie with a love for innovative, performance-driven gadgets, or an outdoorsy person with a taste for a thrilling adventure right into the lap of nature, a cake is guaranteed to delight your friend. From a cake in the shape of the ever-popular cartoon cat Tom from the classic Tom & Jerry, to a smart phone themed cake dotted with the finest vanilla in the form of popular apps on the screen, a themed cake is always a thing of joy.

 

Themed cakes for birthdays

From gorging upon a slice of cake designed like your favorite music instrument, to savoring one made with your favorite cartoon characters, a themed cake adds ‘delectable’ to an ‘interest of yours’. See all the different popular themed cakes that you can buy from: –

 

  • Wildlife themed cake– It could be a cake designed in the shape of a horse’s head, or a cake in the shape of some other animal. Your friend will be delighted to receive it, regardless of whether s(he) is a wildlife lover or not.
  • Cartoon themed cake– What can be more cheerful than a cake in the shape of the adorable blue cartoon cat Doraemon, or a cake shaped like Disney’s very own Mickey Mouse?  Whether your friend is a lover of cartoons or not, he or she is bound to be delighted by this cake.
  • Marine life themed cake– Imagine the delight of underwater plants and animals moving gently and gracefully in the seabed. Whether it is the gigantic blue whale, or an 8 limbed octopus, the marine themed cake is a part of the ocean, outside the ocean.
  • Sports themed cake– May be the thought of scoring a goal in a thrilling, action-packed soccer match tickles his or her fancy, or maybe it is the spirit of sportsmanship that s(he) appreciates; whatever it is, be assured that a sports themed cake is guaranteed to bring joy to him or her on the special day you gift it.
  • Music themed cake– From playing harmonious tunes on the guitar to jamming in a rock ‘n’ roll concert, a cake in the shape of a music instrument is a visual treat to the senses. Get a beautiful music themed cake and be delighted by the artistic perfection, and the sweet taste it is created with.

 

Online cake delivery is now a reality  

Whether your friend is abroad or is living in some other state right here in India, a themed cake is the best way to show you care. After all, what is more special for him than knowing that the cake came from you, his dear friend?! Not a lot if you ask us.  Whether it is Delhi or Chandigarh, online cake delivery service only takes a few clicks of a button!

But why stop just at cakes? There are flowers bouquets available as well. From a red rose bouquet to a basket of pink lilies, create gift combinations is part and parcel of refining your gifting skills. Gifts and flower delivery in Chandigarh and other metros is now conveniently available, so just go for it!

 

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