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“He was sexy as hell,” she muses, in one of those airy, breathy voices that says I’d happily sacrifice myself at his altar.
When I was a freshman in high school, we had to wrestle in PE class. One day, I had to wrestle a girl, which was fine by me, until she accidentally slipped her hand up my shorts and grabbed my balls. I guess you could call it my first hand job, only it wasn’t as enjoyable as I would’ve hoped… A couple of years later, I took that same girl to the Homecoming dance. I was very pleased to learn her technique had improved immensely.
Cleverly written in my favorite dual POV, this maddeningly paced story swung from angst to sharp wit, to tragedy, to heart-squeezes, to potential peril, to amusing humor, and on to a sweet wooing romance and then back through all the cycles, multiple times. And I was rooting for these lovely characters throughout the entirety, although I wanted to stamp my little foot at Frankie’s mixed messages, and inconsiderate and snappish behaviors toward sweet Gunnar. She was an ER nurse with hard edges and a tough outer shell yet filled with fear and anxiety as well as confusion and nightmares about her past. In vast contrast, Gunnar was a hulking Viking cage fighter who was a rather anomalous character as he fought like a demon in the cage yet was well educated, profoundly insightful with people, and had a tender heart and the patience of a saint. Luckily, Gunnar didn’t back down from a challenge, and Frankie was certainly that, she was several in fact, and a total mess.
The engaging storylines were certainly original and oddly absorbing yet evolved slowly with an ever-annoying one step forward and two steps back dance while I grew increasingly fretful as I had an inkling as what was coming in the big reveal of Frankie’s repressed childhood, which was even worse than I had imagined yet handled in a stellar manner by these clever scribes. I adore the entire line of Smartypants Romances, which appear to be amassing an uncannily well-cultivated grouping of talented wordsmiths. I am well and truly hooked and plan to read each and every one of them.
I’m a huge Green Valley fan and have loved being able to venture back to Tennessee with Smartypants Romance and it’s amazing authors. Jiffy Kate, the wonderfully talented writing duo, once again captured my heart with their second Donner Bakery book, Beef Cake.
Beef Cake is the story of Frankie and Gunnar Ericksen, and is a story of love, trust, letting go of the past and moving forward. It has both new characters and well-loved familiar faces and has a storyline that will make you laugh, smile and indeed bring a tear to your eye. I love that the authors could bring Frankie’s vulnerability and her day to day set routine to life and make her a character I was cheering for from the first page. Her history had me longing for her own personal HEA, with this story the perfect balance of ups and downs as we follow along Frankie and Gunnar’s journey to love. We are also faced with Frankie’s own personal journey of growth and facing her demons.
Gunnar is Cage Ericksen’s younger brother, who we met in Jiffy Kate’s first Donner Bakery Book - Stud Muffin. Also an MMA fighter, he is looking to his older brother for guidance and training, but could it be his career that actually turns Frankie away?
A story for new readers as well as those familiar with Green Valley, I recommend Beef Cake to fans of contemporary romance who enjoy some angst, sweetness and steam, and a story that will pull on your heartstrings but also make you smile, and at times laugh out loud. Jiffy Kate are authors who engage their readers with well-written stories, romance and steam and characters you know will take their own place in your heart. Beef Cake does just this, and it’s a 5 star read for me. I did receive an early copy of this book, thank you to the authors and Social Butterfly PR. This is an honest review and I do apologise for it being a few days late.
Beef Cake is the all new (all amazing) book from Jiffy Kate. If you have read Stud Muffin from the first Smarty Pants release or if you have ever read anything in the Penny Reid Universe then you are going to throughly enjoy this book!
Gunnar and Frankie make for such a wonderful story. Frankie is a nurse, she doesn’t get attached to people easily, and well, Gunnar (an MMA fighter) gets attached from the start. Put these two together and the chemistry flies off the page.
From the opening line I was hooked. I love a good opposites attract romance. Throw in some emotional moments mixed with some great humour and this book thrives. Another amazing addition to the Penny Reid Universe, and such a wonderful book to start the spring launch!