Cake, an all-new romantic and hilarious standalone from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is LIVE!


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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Cake is an enemies-to-lovers’ story, but, I have to say, for most of the book, Poppy Porter and Leo Nass are extremely unpleasant towards one another; in fact, Leo makes some supremely ‘dick’ moves when it comes to his manwhore tendencies, and while I get that he doesn’t know what to do with his growing feelings and sexual attraction to Poppy, I really didn’t like him much until the very end of the story, and even then, I still struggled with his prior actions, and I felt like Poppy’s nickname for Leo, ‘Nass the Ass’ is a fitting moniker for the best man.

Don’t get me wrong, the ‘hateful’ banter between Poppy and Leo is full of sexual tension, and it’s clear there’s something brewing underneath all the hostility, but I just couldn’t understand Leo’s hasty choices or the real reasons behind their respective loathing that seems to have stemmed from the way Leo tormented Poppy when they were kids, even though that was quite a long time ago.

Despite my issues with Leo, Cake is a hilarious romantic comedy – one that finds the Poppy in quite the predicament when it comes to her wanting a promotion versus the hell she has to go through in planning what would have been HER dream wedding for her ex and her best friend. I seriously don’t know how Poppy managed to keep her wits about her without wanting to tear the bride-to-be’s hair out and/or knee the groom-to-be in the junk…I mean, in my opinion, she had ever right to cause a scene, throw a fit, or even ruin their wedding, but there was too much to lose when it came to her career, so she did the only thing she could, which proves just how classy and quite a bit sassy she is.

Overall, I enjoyed Poppy and Leo’s story, and even though, I’m used to Carmen Jenner’s darker and grittier reads, she definitely understands the components that are needed in a romantic comedy and she infuses those characteristics into the storyline of Cake.

3.5/4 Poison Apples


I sneak closer to the bed, my heart pounding as I throw the pillow at him. The guy shifts in his sleep, and his breathing slows, but a beat later the snoring starts again and I have to resist the urge to scream. Instead, I raise my poker and jab the sheet covered body. It’s not hard, just a quick jab or two, but he still doesn’t stir.

“Hey, asshole!” I shout, and whack him hard in the butt with my poker.

The giant freak jumps up and seizes my hand. His grip forces me to drop my weapon. He yanks me toward him—on top of him—and this is how I find myself eye to eye with the beast. He breathes his heavy, stinking breath on my face, and I wince and wrinkle my nose.

Leo’s eyes crinkle in the corners as he laughs. “Morning, Pop Tart.”

“Get the hell out of my bed. And brush your goddamn teeth. What are you doing in my house, Nass?”

“Ah, still feisty, huh? Is this like an all-day thing with you, or do you eventually turn from an angry sea witch into a person? Would coffee help?”

“Fuck you, Leo.”

“Darlin’, you wish.”

“You’re disgusting. I wouldn’t touch you if—”

“Yeah, yeah, if I were the last man on Earth. I’ve heard it all before, sweet cheeks, and I don’t buy it for a second.” He flips us so suddenly my head spins. I’m beneath him, my wrists pinioned to the bed above my head by just one of his strong hands. The other glides up my side. My sheets have twisted up around us, but from this angle it looks as if Leo Nass is very much naked in my bed.

“Goddamn it,” I complain once I find my voice. “I’m going to need to burn these sheets after you leave.”

His eyebrow quirks, and the grin he gives me is all-out salacious. He shifts his weight between my legs, then he drops his hips and grinds his erection against me. I’m stunned, speechless. I have no words. They’ve all left me because my brain has turned to mush and my vagina is the only one thinking, and I’m really not okay leaving her in charge. “Why burn them when we’re not done messing them up?”

About Carmen

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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