Published by Swerve on January 30th 2018
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Cassandra Miller doesn’t have time for men. She’s far too busy trying to open a cupcake shop with her silent partner and best friend, not to mention catering her brother’s wedding. And let’s face it, it’s not like Prince Charming is going to stroll into the bakery and sweep her off her feet.
Henry has been a prince his entire life but for one wild wedding he wants to be nothing more than an “Average Joe”, or in this instance, “Average Hank”. However, when a case of mistaken identity and a batch of burned cupcakes ends in a night of passion, Cassie and Hank must decide if theirs is a recipe for disaster or the makings of true romance.
He lifted his head and when his gaze met hers, he smiled. Shy and sexy all at once, Cassie knew without question it was the sort of smile that meant nothing but trouble. The kind that got him whatever he wanted. The kind that was absolutely irresistible.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he had the whole sexy accent thing going for him.
The stranger leaned closer, close enough for her to smell the faint scent of his soap. It was clean and yet a little spicy and made her want to lick his neck. Because yeah, that was something a perfectly sane woman would do.
The energy between them crackled with anticipation. Then again, maybe it was all in her head. Maybe she’d finally read one too many romance novels and her brain was permanently rewired to think every handsome stranger had the potential to be Mr. Right. Or at the very least, Mr. Right Now.
A beat of silence ticked between them offering her the perfect opportunity to play it safe, to explain what she actually meant and end the whole matter with an awkward laugh. But this handsome stranger had awakened something deep inside her and for once in her life Cassandra Miller didn’t feel like playing it safe. Instead she felt wild and reckless, and the last thing she wanted was to end the moment in any way at all. In fact, she wanted to prolong it, to suspend it in time like something from The Matrix. Then maybe she could even step back and watch from all angles because holy hell, this gorgeous stranger was going to kiss her. Right there. In the shop. With her hair up in a messy bun and flour and dough all over her hands. And what’s more, she was going to let him. So instead of playing it safe, Cassie lifted her chin just as he dipped his head and then . . . .
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~~Reviewed by Amy~~
When I read the first book in this series, I thought I’d never find another book with a more perfect blend of humor and romance. Evidently, I was wrong because Icing On The Cake is even more delicious than its predecessor. I found Cassie delightful in the first book and couldn’t wait for her story. Hank and Cassie’s story is the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy with a heaping spoonful of humor. If you’ve been craving an amazing romance, this newest addition to the Wild Wedding series will more than satisfy your appetite.
Cassie Miller had a lot on her plate. After leaving her CPA job to pursue her passion for baking, she and Livvy, her silent partner and BFF, were anticipating the opening of Sugar Rush, Cassie’s new bakery. It was what Cassie had dreamed of but it was also a lot of work. So much so that it consumed her every minute. Not only was she preparing for the opening in just two months, but she’d also offered to make the cake for her brother’s wedding this weekend. When Livvy suggests that Cassie take advantage of the wedding for a little relaxing fling, Cassie balks at the idea. With invoices to check and shelves to stock, she had no time for men. Of course, once she returned from the wedding it would be crunch time. This might be her only chance for the romance she’d been lacking in her life. It wasn’t like Prince Charming was going to stroll into her bakery and sweep her off her feet. Maybe Livvy’s idea wasn’t so crazy after all. For the next 3 days, Cassie didn’t have to be an overstressed entrepreneur. Instead, she could be a hot single girl without a care in the world.
Royal bloodlines came with lots of perks but they also came with a price. Security, no anonymity, and the paparazzi always stalking “the poster boy for overindulgence” were just a few of the things Prince Henry had to deal with. And it would only get worse once it was his time to take the throne. Even more reason to make the most of his time now. And the upcoming wedding of one of his old school mates was the perfect time to do so. With a little shave and a change of his usual attire, only the bride and groom would have to know who he was. He could have a weekend without the cumbersome title. A normal American experience. For the next 3 days, he didn’t have to be His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Arthur George. He could just be Hank Green, another wedding guest without a care in the world.
When Hank runs into Cassie at the bakery she’s using to create the wedding cake, the chemistry between them is immediate. In her wildest dreams, Cassie couldn’t have conjured up anyone more delicious than Hank. He was gorgeous, and that sexy accent and cute little dimple were icing on the cake. Hank was every bit as enchanted with her. She was beautiful. The perfect mix of sexy and innocent. And she smelled divine. Sparks flew immediately. And inhibitions flew out the window. They were different around each other. Cassie found herself uncharacteristically flirting. She’d never been so bold with a man. It was liberating. There was just something about him that made her go from being Martha Stewart to being the Slutty Gourmet. Hank was different too. He was known for being a player- a love them and leave them ASAP kind of guy. But after a few moments with Cassie, he only wanted more. And when they kissed, it was out of control. What started as a wild fling quickly became more complicated than either anticipated. It wasn’t just the physical attraction either. Though that was explosive. They enjoyed being together, talking and sharing their lives. But Hank wasn’t sharing the whole truth. And once the truth came out, so would all the baggage. He knew he needed to tell Cassie who he was but he wanted a little more time with her as Hank before she discovered who he really was.
This is what romance should be. Sexy and fun. I adored Cassie and Hank. They were the perfect match. They both discovered new sides of themselves that they would never have found alone. While content with their lives, they were still missing something. Their time together made them realize they could have everything they wanted if they were willing to seize the moment and take the risk. Even though it was a whirlwind romance, it didn’t feel rushed. The evolution of their relationship felt believable. And the chemistry was intense. The sexual innuendoes alone were off the charts. When they dipped strawberries in chocolate, I was sweating and giggling at the same time. And I will never look at a confessional the same way again! I loved watching Cassie embrace her wild side and I loved seeing Hank find someone worth fighting for. Each was exactly what the other needed.
It was wonderful to see Cole and Olivia again too. I always enjoy the banter between them and I hope they’ll pop in for a visit in future books. I’m still hoping for a book about Cole’s sister. And carefree Conor. I think that might be an interesting match. Regardless of whose story it is, I can’t wait to read it. This series has been the perfect balance of funny, witty, sweet, and sexy. Definitely a series made for romance lovers.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.