Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review : Cake by Jove Belle

Title: Cake
Series: Bitterroot Saga
Author: Jove Belle
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Publish Date: February 2016
Review Source: ARC

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. 

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~


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. 


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