Sunday, January 4, 2015

Here For The Cake by Emily Poule

4 Star

"Something should happen: a thunderbolt should erupt, a car should crash, a bell should ring. There should be a soundtrack—some horrible, frightening sound to accompany the news of your ex-boyfriend marrying one of your best friends from high school. Especially when you're still in love with him."

No, of course she wasn't going. Are you insane? For 29-year-old academic Mina Joseph, going to Luke's destination wedding to the venomous Ella Hutchinson would be the ultimate act of lunacy. It would be much safer to stay in her small studio in Boston so she could stalk the Facebook pages of the bride, groom, and every other guest in attendance before falling asleep in a box of tears and Wheat Thins.

But Luke's best man, the insufferably charming Benjamin Fogarty, has different plans for Mina. Both desperate to break up the mismatched couple before they say their "I do’s” and convinced that Luke is still in love with Mina (though he can’t figure out why), Ben offers her a plane ticket and a wad of cash to come out of hiding to seduce the groom. 

Armed with a new wardrobe, devious friends, and copious amounts of tequila, Mina has five days to rekindle her love with Luke, expose Ella for the certifiable psychopath that she is, and at all costs, avoid having sex with the best man, regardless of how hot it could be.

Kaley- 4 Star

Here for the Cake is one of the most fun chick lit novels I read last year. Debut author Emily Poule has written a humorous and realistic novel that I think will appeal to a lot of readers

If you're one to complain about chick lit novels  being predictable, this one might not be for you. If you're like me, however, and don't care if you have the ending figured out as long as the journey there is amusing, then you'll probably really enjoy this one. I liked that, even though I had an idea of what would happen at the end of the book, Poule kept me guessing a little bit. The characters and the story were still able to surprise me and I really appreciated that.

I really loved how real Mina seemed. She and her friends swore like sailors (so maybe don't pick this one up if you dislike cursing), just like my friends and I do. She was smart but also goofy and kind of nerdy. All in all, Mina was a great character to read about and I was really invested in her story.

No book is perfect and Here for the Cake had a few issues but none that overshadowed my overall enjoyment of the novel. I really like Emily Poule's first novel and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from her.  

Thank you to the author for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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