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Cake

A Love Story
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
Series: Cake Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joe Arden and Narrator Hall of Fame inductee Andi Arndt deliver a perfectly layered performance in Cake, a romance about finding love and redemption in unexpected places.

Quiet and aloof rock star Jake McKallister and outspoken, vivacious college student Casey Caldwell are polar opposites: Casey is bubbly and talkative; Jake is reclusive. Casey enjoyed a picturesque childhood; Jake’s childhood could only be described as a well-publicized nightmare. Jake’s life revolves around music, and Casey can’t carry a tune.

Music saved Jake, yet he lacks the outgoing personality expected of a famous performer. After surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen, he becomes a guarded workaholic who desperately attempts to forget the past. Career success comes easily for Jake, but he struggles to make personal connections. 

Despite their differences, Casey’s light harmonizes with Jake’s darkness, a balance embodied in the unexpectedly warm and humorous dual performance. Can the sweetness of true love overcome Jake’s tragic past?

This is the first book in the Cake series, a collection of contemporary romance novels focusing on the lives of a famous family. 

©2016 J. Bengtsson (P)2016 J. Bengtsson

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Sweet story but no real angst between the leads.

This story was jam packed with Rock Stars, fame, kidnapping, coma and sweet romance. The leads were a little too sweet, a little too perfect. The story too much to be real. The narration by Andi Arndt was, as usual, perfect and could have carried the whole story. Joe Arden's female voices always annoy me to distraction and even his male characters seem a little creepy and 'breathy'. A good listen for younger readers.

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Light overcomes darkness

I enjoyed this book. The banter between the 2 main characters had me smiling. When Jake told his story it made me cry. When the brothers teased each other it made me laugh. And in the end the power of love shone through. This is story is not centred around a one night stand, but about an attraction that grew into love. I would recommend this book for people who want a simple love story and not a lust story.

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had my reservations

when I read the summary I wasn't sure if it was too much of a love story without grit.
Boy was I wrong!!!!! I've never read this author before but I was laughing, swooning, gasping, sighing and crying.... this is one of the best stories I've listened too.
I'm a huge Meghan March and Kresley Cole fan and have read them all and even though this is vastly different and closer to Vi Keelands writing (which I'm a fan of)
I absolutely loved it. I'm going back for more.
I'm not a great lover of Joe Arden but Andi Arnt sold me.....as always and I'm glad she did as well as narrating most of the story.
the horror inflicted on the hero was heartbreaking and the heroine was created perfectly......well done J Bengstonn....you have a new fan!!!

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Loved hanging out with these people

Loved the story. Not my favorite male narrator but once I accepted it, all good

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Love love love

So cute and such a good story with awesome narrators - going to be a challenge to find something good to follow this up with now!

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Cake

I loved this story. One of the things that I enjoyed most was that although set in a world that few of us are likely to experience, that of fame and fortune with a flip side background story of unimaginable horror and pain, the essence of the love story was one attainable by many of us, that of two people connecting, finding something special in that connection and then working together to make it work.
My husband once wrote "I will always love you, want to bring out the highest possible good in you". I felt that the characters of Jake and Casey strove to do this for each other, Casey, not having Jake's traumatic background, leading the charge and through patience, understanding and love bringing out a deep healing in Jake
I kept waiting for the dramatic breakup before the make-up that is so often used in contemporary fiction to build suspense but was relived and pleased to see that Bengtsson chose a different tact to build that suspense in "Cake"
Both Casey and Jake were immensely likeable characters, flawed and real, ones that I connected with and wanted to triumph.
I laughted, I cried, I sat sitting on my train commute with a dorky, goofy grin, and a whole other gambit of emotions as this story unfolded. I highly recommend "Cake" to other fellow contemporary fiction readers and look forward to reading more by J Bengtsson.

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Wow what a story!

So many different emotions ... and I couldn't stop listening. Awesome love story! It's a must read!

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  • Maggie
  • 19-12-2016

good listen - great narration

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I really loved that there were 2 stories in one and they addressed a really horrible event in a manner that didnt downplay it. Worth a credit. There is a lot of humor in the romance which really makes the story believeable

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  • Alanna
  • 22-12-2016

Freakin Rockin Book

This has to be one of the best books I've listen to in 2016. I wish it would have never ended! Awesome!

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  • Legendery1
  • 29-12-2016

GREAT LOVE STORY

This was a really wonderful love story.. I loved the characters in this book and Andi Arndt never disappoints as the narrator.

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  • Jenn Miller
  • 06-12-2016

5 wonderfully amazing stars!!!@

***** I didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book, but when I saw that Andi Arndt and Joe Arden were the narrator's, I thought I'd try it. They are among some of my favorites.
I was BLOWN AWAY with this book!!! I LOVED every chapter, from the beginning. It ended up a roller coaster of emotions for me. I was laughing & smiling one minute, then before I knew it I was a heartbroken and crying. "CAKE" has now become my #1 of 2016!! I just can't put into enough words how wonderful this book was!! KUDDOS to the author!! I will definitely be looking out for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2016

cute story

definitely a love story * not really what I think of as a romance, they weren't faced with many trials other then his dark past. I enjoyed it * but it just sorta went exactly where you think it's going. no twists or turns that wowed me.

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  • Jimmie
  • 06-12-2016

Great Debut Novel

I don't write many reviews and I'm primarily a mystery reader, but I enjoyed this book so much I felt compelled to write a review to tell everyone how satisfying a read it was. It has everything - charming characters, witty dialog, interesting plot. I hope this is the first of many books from Ms. Bengtsson.

The narrators were excellent. Joe Arden is new to me, but I've always enjoyed Andi Arndt. Her work in the Stage Dive series is a must listen.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 20-12-2016

Fantastic love story!

I can’t say enough great things about this audiobook story! The characters draw you in and the story is full of fun and angst. The love between two people can save them from their demons and make life beautiful again. Looking forward to more by this author. Narration was perfect.

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  • Cheri
  • 16-01-2017

Loved It!

I enjoyed this story way more than I anticated. From all the reviews, I was expecting great, but got AWESOME! The positive reviews are spot on!

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First, Cake's well written, descriptive, has a natural flow, and great dialogue. The dialogue between the characters had more of a YA feel, but it was clever, witty, flirty, entertaining, and added to the overall appeal of the story.

Secondly, the author does an amazing job keeping the listener in suspense. It is revealed early there's a horrific past, and throughout the story, the author gives subtle hints towards the details. The dark past doesn't distract or overpower the sweet love story, but was enough to keep me in suspense, glued to my headphones and didn't leave me emotionally drained.

Lastly, while the character had an instant connect, the author did a fantastic job developing their chemistry, feelings and relationship. I love this wasn't just another "instalove" story, and you get to feel their relationship blossom.

Cake was a beautiful, captivating, and perfectly narrated. Well worth the time and credit!

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  • Rhonda
  • 24-12-2016

Don't miss this story!!

This story was so touching and funny you don't want to miss this one. Can't wait to hear more from this author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2016

Writer and narrators did an awesome job

Great story. Best of all, that it was not bogged down with huge amounts of sex, expletives. It soared mainly because of the the writer and narrators did a excellent job!

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  • Denise McLaughlin
  • 24-01-2017

What a surprise!

I expected the usual chicklit offering but this book had a lot more depth with lots of drama. I would prefer not to have the explicit sex description and not so much swearing but I'm probably in the minority there. I even had tears in my eyes at times and I'm usually not touched by emotion when reading fiction. An excellent book. Thanks very much.

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 03-03-2017

Fabulous writing and narration

A hard to listen to and painful story at times but all the more powerful because of it!! There were laughs and love too. ..a sexy, brave and tortured rocker and a quirky, funny sweet girl a match made in heaven😀 highly recommended 🌟

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  • VamaDube
  • 19-03-2018

wow! wow !wow!

l purchased this book awhile ago and just left it my library. I kicked myself after listening and found out what i was missing out on a very fabulous book. This author is new to me and I am actually amazed that this is her first book. Very good and moving story. The narrators were fab . I love Andi Andrt and Joe Arden combo. Thank you . I'm going to purchase all her books.

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  • Romreader
  • 08-02-2018

Love this book 😀

What made the experience of listening to Cake the most enjoyable?

Love the interaction of the two main characters, it was well written, and really well read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One of the first in the book. The wedding, it was really funny. But the rest of the book was great as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have I would have.

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  • Kimberley
  • 01-02-2018

Cake is the best!!

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Jake + Casey = Cake! It’s the perfect combination— as are Andi Arndt and Joe Arden!

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  • Garden girl
  • 14-11-2017

Oh my god! Just wonderful!

This is an absolutely wonderful story masterfully told by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden. I have listened with rapt attention to every sweet, gorgeous minute.

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  • JB
  • 29-06-2017

Have your cake and enjoy it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cake to be better than the print version?

I liked the fact that this was a romance with a twist. The story moved at a nice pace, the narration was excellent and the characters were likable. Although there were dark parts in the book relating to Jake's past they were well woven into the overall story and added an edge to it rather than distracting the reader.

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  • L Hayes
  • 18-05-2017

More Cake Please!

This story was beautifully written and brilliantly narrated. I read a lot and this is the first story in a very long time where I've laughed, lived and shed tears. I was a part of Casey and Jake's love story and I think that's a sign of a gifted writer, and a very well written book, if the story 'comes to life' for the reader.
I would definitely recommend both J. Bengtsson and Cake
I loved it!

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  • Monte
  • 12-05-2017

nice read

really nice read. light hearted but straight to the point at the start. a bit of filler middle to near the end. then.... finale.

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  • Julia S
  • 05-04-2020

Beautiful and heartwarming, fantastic narration

What a beautiful heartwarming story. Jake is a broken but very talented rockstar, struggling mentally and physically due to a horrific kidnapping 10 years previously when he was 13. He's not had it easy, is such a lovely guy but hides his true self from the public where he is portrayed as moody and aloof. Casey is a wonderfully sweet, funny and caring girl. When they meet their souls call to each other.

This is a long book, but because of that we get so much depth and detail as the two overcome all the obstacles in their path to true love. Their struggles seemed realistic and my heart broke for Jake several times with what he'd been through, as he slowly opens up to Casey.

I listened to the audio version and both narrators were excellent and added so much expression, they brought the characters to life.

I loved this book and will definitely be reading more in the series