I received this book for free from Rachel's Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Icing on the Cake by Linda Seed
Series: Otter Bluff #1
Narrator: Avie Paige, Travis Baldree
Published by Linda Seed on March 27, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
She’s a baker without a kitchen. He’s got a double oven to spare. It’s a recipe for success, until his mother starts stirring up trouble …
Cassie Jordan has a sweet dream to open a bakery specializing in wedding cakes. The problem is, the Airstream trailer where she lives has a kitchen the size of a postage stamp, and her job as housekeeper for a vacation rental agency doesn’t pay enough for her to find other arrangements.
When the renters at one of the houses in her care cancel their stay, leaving the house empty and its top-of-the-line kitchen unused, who could blame her for seeing it as an opportunity? But Cassie’s unsavory plan starts to look like a mistake when the owner’s son shows up unannounced, catching her with her pants down—literally.
If Cassie can sweet-talk her way out of trouble, setting up her business might be a piece of cake. If not, it’s going to be a bitter setback …
The Icing on the Cake is a stand-alone novel in Linda Seed’s Otter Bluff small-town romance series.
This was a sweet enough story, and had some fun and good parts to it. I liked the whole premise to the story. There were a lot of good side characters, and overall Cassie and Brian were a lot of fun as well. The story followed a good pace, and had several fun unexpected bits, while also having some predictable parts as well. I personally prefer my romances to give me all the steamy bits, but this was one that basically faded to black as the bedroom scenes began. And I know some people do prefer that, so they will probably find that a positive for this one and it may be more up their alley. I’m sure it is because of this being a bit more sweet than steamy that it also moved kind of slow for me. There was a lot of back and forth for the main characters, meaning a lot of the same thoughts over and over and repeated chapter after chapter. And that got a bit old for me. I also was very mad at Brian at the end for not realizing that something he had told everyone earlier was what was happening and then getting mad at people when they tried to point it out to him. Also being in 3rd person bugged me a bit. Like I really don’t necessarily understand why we needed two separate narrators the way it was done. What amuses me though, is you know how you put a face to a voice, or at least I do? The male narrator’s voice reminded me of an older balding guy, kinda skinny, nerdy, etc. As you can see from the picture of him below, that’s not him. But his voice didn’t really work that great for me. He read the story really well, and did great with all of that, I just didn’t see a guy like what is on the cover of the book from how he sounds. Also, the copy I got was through SoundCloud and I could not get it downloaded to the app on my phone. So since I mostly listen to audiobooks in my car, I had to pull up the website from my phone before I drove anywhere just to get it to play. But that isn’t an issue with the story or anything, just could have affected my mood when listening. I also couldn’t figure out how to speed up the narration, which I rarely do, but I could probably have done that with this book and it might have helped.
In conclusion, definitely a cute story, and if you prefer the fade to black, sweet romance, I would definitely say to give this one a try!
Linda Seed is a former journalist who began writing contemporary romance in 2015 with Moonstone Beach. Her debut novel has been downloaded more than 220,000 times. Linda lives with her husband, the art writer John Seed, and their kids in the Central Coast town of Cambria, California, where all of her books are set. At a time when close personal relationships are increasingly hard to find, Linda aims to write a better world full of the love, loyalty, and companionship that we all long for.
Aven is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she’s listening to one almost every minute she’s not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.
Travis Baldree is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator with a warm and versatile voice and a facility for character and accent. He is the voice of the best-selling Cradle series by Will Wight and over 150 other audiobooks. He narrates live almost every day on his Discord server.
Travis is also a former game developer, creator of Torchlight, Fate, & Rebel Galaxy, and co-founder of Runic and Double Damage games. Travis Baldree lives in the Western US with his family and the cutest dog.
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