Icing on the Cake
by Ann Marie Walker
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Notting Hill meets The Prince & Me in Icing on the Cake, the second standalone laugh-out-loud romance in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series
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.
So sweet!! Yet very warm and sexy.
“I don’t have time to be swept off my feet.” Cassie opened the recipe book that was sitting on the counter next to her and began flipping through the pages. “Maybe just pressed up against the fridge,” she added with a giggle.
I adored Ann Marie Walker’s first book in this series, ‘Black Tie Optional.’ She has an intelligent and witty writing style that I love. ‘Icing on the Cake’ however is a complete standalone and you do not have to read the first book in the series. There is nothing angtsy or overly dramatic in this book so if you are in the mood for a funny, sexy story with a guaranteed HEA, then you’re in the right place.
”Well you won’t find a cure for re-virginization in one of those cookbooks,” Olivia said. “What you need is a little adventure. Put some spice in your life.”
Cassie is a seriously overworked baker but she LOVES her job. She owns her own business and is visiting a small Georgia town to help with a wedding. Her best friend pushes her to live a little. After all, what better place for a hook-up then a wedding? Also in attendance: “Hank”, also known to the rest of the world as Prince Henry. He is desperate for anonymity but is quickly smitten with the smart, sexy Cassie. They have tons of chemistry and the romance is yummy.
Prince Henry ditches his security detail and swears his friends to secrecy. But will Cassie be able to forgive him once she learns his true identity? And will Henry be able to have any kind of normal relationship with Cassie? This story is a fun confection that is humorous, hot and light.
“I might look like a bloke who doesn’t know his way around a kitchen, aside from making a mean bowl of cereal. But I’m a fast study.”
Fast. Fast and furious. Fast and furious against the refrigerator. Or maybe he could just spread her out on the stainless steel counter, lower his head to her—
“What’s next on the list?”
Jeez Louise. Forget cooking foreplay, she was halfway to the finish line all on her own.”
I enjoyed this fun & sexy book and appreciated that Cassie was independent and strong-willed. ‘Icing on the Cake’ is a lovely story if you are in the mood for some sweetness and light mixed in with some hot chemistry.
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 . . . .
About Ann Marie Walker
Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.