Marc reviews ‘Cake’ (Bitterroot Saga 1) by Jove Belle. This book was published by Ylva Publishing on March 2nd, 2016 and is 82 pages long.
RGR received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This week our review challange was to find a book to read by an author we had never read before. This is the first time I read a book by Jove Belle, but I don’t think it will be the last.
I loved the story and her writing style and I can highly recommend this hot, well-written F/F novella.
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.
I may have a boyfriend, but I still find strong, independent women very sexy. The cover of this book made me think that I might meet such a woman in this book, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Kelly Miller is a pastry chef, who is caught completely unaware by her brother’s sudden and unexpected desire to marry a girl Kelly never met and that her brother couldn’t have known that long either. As a pastry chef, she is expected to make a wedding cake and be at the wedding and be happy for him, but she is not quite overjoyed. There is almost no time to plan the wedding or to really get to know her brother’s future wife.
I really loved the disfunctional family relationship, because it just seems so authentic and real. I think a lot of readers will be able to identify with her relationship to her brother and to her parents and all the problems she has to face.
Especially after she meets the ex-girlfriend of her brother’s new wife and sparks instantly fly for both of them.
Elana Verdad is sexy and bold, but she hides her true feelings and vulnerability under a very thin mask. She may have been invited by her ex, but no one expected her to come. She had to travel a bit to get there, but she loved her ex so much that she needs closure.
The desire between Elana and Kelly seems unwise and dangerous to both of them, but they can’t help it. Kelly is not that invested in the ceremony anyway and glad for the distraction and Elana is glad for the company, so her thin mask won’t crack as she watches her ex tie the knot.
They decide to go to the wedding reception together, so they can taste a piece of the wedding cake Kelly made, but even before the cake is cut, things become way more complicated.
The sex scenes are well-written and hot and show the attraction both women feel towards each other and it was great to see some feelings and a true connection creep in. Even though it seemed like a really bad idea for them to hook up and they ruffle all the feathers one might expect, I’m glad they decided to explore that connection.
I loved the strength and emotional vulerability both main characters show and it was easy to connect with them. It was a short read, but had everything I want and need in a story and was written in a beautiful way. I can highly recommend it and can’t wait for the next book in this series.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Jove Belle was born and raised against a backdrop of orchards and potato fields. The youngest of four children, she was raised in a conservative, Christian home and began asking why at a very young age, much to the consternation of her mother and grandmother. At the customary age of eighteen, she fled southern Idaho in pursuit of broader minds and fewer traffic jams involving the local livestock. The road didn’t end in Portland, Oregon, but there were many confusing freeway interchanges that a girl from the sticks was ill-prepared to deal with. As a result, she has lived in the Portland metro area for over fifteen years and still can’t figure out how she manages to spend so much time in traffic when there’s not a stray sheep or cow in sight.
She lives with her partner of twelve years. Between them they share three children, two dogs, two cats, two mortgage payments, one sedan, and one requisite dyke pickup truck. One day she hopes to live in a house that doesn’t generate a never ending honey-do list.
Incidentally, she never stopped asking why, but did expand her arsenal of questions to include who, what, when, where and, most important of all, how. In those questions, a story is born.
Check out her website HERE 🙂