Cake by Jove Belle

Cake (Bitterroot Saga – Book #1) by Jove Belle

4.40 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)

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Book One in the Bitterroot Saga

Author: Jove Belle

Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.

 

When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.

 

Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.

 

Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.

Publication Date

February 2016

Formats

epub, mobi, and pdf

Edition

1st

Length

23,000 words

Language

English

ISBNs

978-3-95533-612-7 (mobi), 978-3-95533-613-4 (epub), 978-3-95533-614-1 (pdf)

Publisher

Ylva Publishing

10 reviews for Cake (Bitterroot Saga – Book #1) by Jove Belle

  1. Dawn
    4 out of 5

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    Who doesn’t love a good piece of Cake?!

    This was a sweet read and if you didn’t love Cake before you certainly will after reading this book by Jove Belle. This was a quick read and it was perfect for a cold winters day and definitely will warm you up! Kelly and Elana should be a recipe for disaster but instead they find a way to heat up the house and will have you opening a window to cool off before you know it. Novella’s are usually too short and I don’t feel like I get to really know and connect with the characters, but in this book I felt like I got a chance to connect with them and it didn’t feel as rushed as most short stories I have read. There was a little bit of serious, a little bit of humor and a whole lotta sexy in this new book by Jove and I look forward to the next installment in the Bitterroot Queen series.

    I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Kerry McNair
    5 out of 5

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    I love cake, most people love cake. I especially loved this slice of cake. A lovely sized novella, it kept me occupied nicely on a Sunday afternoon. The characters Kelly and Elana are written well, you can almost feel their flaws and heartache. As usual Jove has not let us down with the excellent sex scenes, hot enough to bake a cake! If Jove ever wants to make this a full length novel, I will happily buy it as I think there is so much to learn about the characters.

    I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. Renee Tyler
    5 out of 5

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    Jove Belle gives us another wonderful story. I was so excited to be able to read and review this latest book for her. The name at first had me going hmm, what is this book about, but as soon as you open the cover you realize just how the name came about.

    Even though this is a short story, it has the feel as if it is a full length novel, which is wonderful. The way that the story is written keeps you connected with Kelly and Elana. I could feel the pain and self torment that Elana was putting herself through. The way that Kelly reacts is what helps to tie the story together even better.

    Now as you can see by now I really liked this book, but there is one more compliment that I have to give Jove, the sex. When reading lesbian books most of the time either the sex is written so that it seems somewhat fake, or it just doesn’t quiet hit the mark. Jove actually writes the scenes as realistic as can be. She doesn’t hold back and she gives us the actual image of two women being together which gives this book an added umphhh.

    Here is a little taste of what to expect: “I want my fingers deep inside you. I want to fuck you hard and fast, and then, after you come, I want you to ride my face, covering me with the slick, wet desire that I know is coating you panties right now.” ~Elana~

  4. Ameliah Faith
    4 out of 5

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    Sweet!
    Kelly is a beautiful baker. One day her brother, David, surprises her with the news he is getting married and asks her to do the cake. She is not happy about the wedding since she has never heard of this woman before but agrees to make the cake.

    Elana is a sexy life coach whose ex, Bree, left her to marry a man. For some reason she has been sent an invitation to the wedding and she is unable to stay away. Once there she locks onto Kelly. She confesses her reason for being there and while it is hard to watch Bree get married to David, Kelly understands and stays by her side. Sparks fly between the two women but is this just some harmless fun or is there something more to it?

    Cake is such a sweet story and not just because of the baked goodies. I truly enjoyed it very much. The writing was solid, the plot good (I do wonder about where the parents were during the wedding but I went with it), and the characters so engaging (no pun intended this time). I loved them both. I liked how many emotions they shared and experienced. This story was very gentle and heart warming with the exception of the sex scenes. They were some of the most erotic, fast and frenzied, smoking hot and VERY pleasing I’ve seen in quite awhile! Ms Belle has outdone herself. Read with soft romantic music in the background, this was the perfect book to cuddle up to on a lazy day.

  5. Petra
    5 out of 5

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    What’s better than having cake and getting to eat it too!
    I love to read books that have interesting strong characters. Elana and Kelly are that and more. They are fun, emotional, quirky well developed characters that draw you into their lives. The ups and downs of relationships and being able to move forward to experience new adventures and possibly love. It’s an added bonus that they have chemistry that makes it hotter than hot between the sheets!
    Gotta love Jove’s talent in writing great stories that include a cast that you want to get to know more about and has realistic hot sex scenes! I’m definitely hoping for more….cake.
    I look forward to reading the next book in the Bitterroot Saga.

    I received an arc copy of Cake in exchange for an honest review.

  6. Sarah Kerry
    5 out of 5

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    Wow! I am so happy that Jove Belle is writing again. I was immediately pulled into this story and don’t remember looking up from my kindle once.
    As we have come to expect with Jove Belle’s work, the story was well written with good pacing, the characters were likeable and of course the sex was HOT.
    I loved the two main characters, Kelly and Elana. I could really empathize with them and their situations. I loved that Elana was strong and vunerable at the same time, and that Kelly was so supportive of her.
    I can’t wait to see what Jove Belle has in store for us in her next Bitteroot Saga book. I have already read this first one twice.
    I would Definitely recommend this book to any fan of lesfic.

  7. Jem
    4 out of 5

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    A yummmmmmy appetizer!

    Let me just go right out and say it: The sex is amazing. So much so that I needed some effort to recall what the rest of the book was about (and I’m usually pretty good with these things, lol). Let’s see. There was a wedding. A broken mailbox. And… okay, I’m gonna cheat and go read the blurb, lol. Anyway, so our ladies meet at a wedding. One is the sister of the groom and the other is the ex of the bride. It was insta-lust. But oh so inappropriate….for the occasion, at least. 😉 The rest of the book (about 50% of it, I think, though I could be wrong because I could hardly think at that point, lol) is about their almost superhuman effort to try to keep their hands off each other and how massively they fail at it (yes!)…first, in the middle of the grand wedding reception and everywhere else.

    Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait too long before the next dish is served. :)

  8. Amanda
    4 out of 5

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    A good afternoon read. The characters were sweet, sexy and complex – well developed and relatable for sure. The plot was enjoyable, though a bit contrived – why was Elena even invited to her ex’s wedding when clearly no one wanted her there? I wish it had been a full-length novel so the plot could have been expanded a bit and so I could get to know the characters better, but as a novella it wasn’t overly rushed and I’ll look forward to the next installment in the series!

    I was provided with a copy of Cake in exchange for an honest review.

  9. Kathleen Skarupa
    4 out of 5

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    Jove Belle’s new novella, Cake, intertwines complicated family dynamics with a steamy hook-up at a wedding that swiftly turns into the possibility of something more. When the bride’s ex, Elana Verdad, decides to make an appearance on the big day, she encounters the groom’s sister Kelly Miller, a drop-dead gorgeous, professional pastry chef who has established a solid career specializing in cake-making. Kelly is there more to fulfill a family obligation than by choice, having been pressed into service by her brother David, the groom, to make the epic confection for the last-minute, hastily planned ceremony.

    The sparks that fly between Kelly and Elana during the ceremony only manage to intensify during the reception, until both are left frantically seeking the nearest storage room they can find lest they be arrested for indecent exposure on the dance floor. Jove’s highly descriptive phrasing really serves to establish a scene, and places the reader right in the moment with the characters, which had me eagerly flipping for the next page throughout the story. When Kelly and Elana are in that storage room, by the time their tension begins to spill over into passion and Elana says, “I want this, Kelly”, we definitely want this too.

    The tone of the story is that of a warmly humorous romance with some heavily descriptive erotic moments that definitely bring the reader along for the ride. Despite the fairly serious themes of family loyalty and soulful connection that the author gives voice to, the story is conveyed with an underlying sense of humor and satire. The fact that Kelly has to make a difficult choice in the end between remaining loyal to a family that has historically not supported her, and pursuing the very obvious spark and connection that she has with Elana by no means pulls the story out of the light romance category that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon read.

    Finally, for a novella, this covers a lot of ground. I think I might have given it a full 5 stars if she had chosen to expand on the existing themes to flesh out a full 250 page novel, or even more, but I tend to grade conservatively regardless. You won’t regret spending your money on this novella, because there is plenty of story to go with with the explicit sex.

  10. asgoodrich
    4 out of 5

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    In an effort to expand my reading horizons, I’ve been trying to read more of the F/F romances the blog receives review invites for. I am not ashamed to admit that girl-on-girl action can be quite uncomfortable for me to read at times, making me a bit squeamish. But when done right, when there’s a connection between the women, I find it uncomfortable for an entirely different reason because it can quite squirm inducing. It’s because of this that I’ve been very selective about the books I’ve signed up for – I didn’t want an erotic novel with no story. I’m not sure if it was the length of the novella, Elana’s profession, the fact that Elana was attending her way-too-recent ex’s wedding, or some combination of the three that appealed to me, but I’m very happy that I took a chance on Cake – oh wait, it could have been the title!

    The book’s blurb does a good job of setting the stage and expectations for the story. But the meat of the story – or should I say, the filling, because we are talking about cake after all – is where it’s all at. Belle does a good job of introducing the major players in the beginning – Kelly, her brother, David, and Elana. I’m going to say straight out, I did not care for David, and my feelings regarding him did not improve as the story unfolded. But my dislike of David was nothing compared to my ultimate feelings about his fiancée, Bree; while I don’t believe Bree was purposefully malicious in her actions, she was extremely inconsiderate of the feelings of the people she claimed to love. While Cake is actually Elana and Kelly’s story, it is Bree and David’s relationship that impacts it from the very beginning, so even though they are secondary characters, they play a big role in what occurs between Elana and Kelly.

    As for Elana and Kelly, there is an instant attraction between the two. When Kelly learns who Elana is and sees just how hard it is for Elana to watch Bree get married, Kelly realizes that she feels an urge to protect Elana – at least emotionally. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a position to do that during the reception, and when she spirits Elana away from the situation, the high emotions combined with their attraction leads to one hella hot encounter in a storage room. Because the author had taken a bit of time to introduce me to Elana and Kelly, and I shared in Elana’s emotional distress, I had connected to the characters, just as they had connected to one another. So even though their “first contact” occurred within hours of their meeting, it worked for me – I mean, it was a wedding after all. But it was the author’s decision to treat Cake as the beginning of a potential relationship, rather than going for the gusto of a happily ever after story that made it enjoyable. There was no rush to Elana and Kelly becoming girlfriends, merging their lives, moving in together, and finding marital bliss. Rather, Cake was their meet cute, the forming of a connection (not love, though), the slaking of a bit of lust, facing the obstacles they’ll have to deal with should they decide to pursue a relationship, and making the decision of whether or not to pursue more. In short, it’s a great beginning to what I hope is a series about Elana and Kelly – or will at least let us provide updates on them as other characters’ stories are featured. Either way, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and more of Belle’s writing.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
    Reviewed by Angela at Crystal’s Many Reviewers!

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