~CAKE by Nicole Reed~ Review

cakeSynopsis: Would you be willing to make a mess of your life to get exactly what you want?

Kylie Lord has known Trent Moss and Dray Savage since college. Trent, the smart and kind-hearted humanitarian has had her heart from the moment they met, but someone else always has his. Dray is an arrogant professional football player who happens to be Trent’s best friend and Kylie’s nemesis “with benefits.”

Five years after graduation, Kylie is commanding the world with a new image and a successful business; however, she lacks the one thing she wants and the one thing she can never have. That is, until one fateful night when Kylie decides to go after all of her forbidden fantasies and risk everything.

Two men, completely different and poles apart, but together they are her idea of perfection. One can only offer her tonight and the other forever, but can Kylie settle for just one man, or can she have her cake and eat it too?


Nicole Reed’s Ruining Series was one of the first books I had ever read when I discovered the indie book world. She absolutely made me a forever fan with her poetic words, while her ability to take a difficult subject and express it with such sincerity and honesty. So needless to say when Cake was released, I was more than a little excited. I will admit I was curious as well. I mean the cover and the title for Cake appears to be quite the departure from the Ruining Series. What I was most curious about was how Reed’s growth as a writer would manifest itself in a different type of book from her previous ones.
Let me just say Nicole Reed is an amazingly talented writer. She really demonstrated her talent and versatility as a writer to come up with a story that is different yet just as absorbing and heart felt as her others. Cake, while not as angst laced as Ruining, was still a love story that went beyond the superficial boy is hot, girl is hot, let’s get together formula. 
I need to mention, that although we are in 2013, there are not many books where the main characters happen to be black or have the possibility of being in an interracial relationship. This isn’t something I look for, just merely an observation. 
Reed’s characters in Cake are funny, vulnerable but not wishy-washy. They fight for their hearts. Dre uses his sports celebrity arrogance to hide behind a lifetime of letdowns and although he can be an ass, this arrogance makes him deliciously beautiful. This is one slice of chocolate cake that maybe you shouldn’t savor but damn if you’ll listen to your conscience. Trent is that slice of vanilla that you convince is okay to indulge in just a little bit; making up every excuse that it’s just a little taste and it won’t hurt to have one more bite. Because Trent in theory is safe and it was easier to accept what he was offering. His job and life choices are saintly and there is no way he could ever take away what you crave.
The girls in Cake—bless their sweet southern little hearts. Now yes, they were not wishy-washy in the grand scheme of things but you just wanted to smack them upside the head. Why? Cuz when the ultimate, smooth, delicious, decadent slice of cake is set down in front of them is when they decide they ought to go back to the dessert bar and try the peach cobbler or pecan pie. Both Kylie and Madison fought that slice of cake every step of the way.
The dynamics between all the characters was absolutely fabulous. Nicole Reed wrote their relationships with all the sweetness of southern charm. The humor throughout the book was perfectly interwoven through the drama of figuring out where the heart needed to be.
The relationship between Kylie and her aunt was beautiful. Your heart ached but smiled for such a genuine character.
Cake was a fantastic read. The story and characters are very well developed and it all fits perfect together. “It’s the perfect slice of cake to top off the perfect party.” It was a quick story without being empty and again it really showcased Nicole Reed’s talent as a writer. Especially after having read her other books which are phenomenal. One- click this one and indulge in a little CAKE! D5/5

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