Book Reviews

The Cake (Elemental Superpowers 1) by A.J. Llewellyn and Serena Yates at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Fantasy / Superpowers / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-April-2011

Book Blurb

Baking the best cupcakes in San Francisco is Daine’s true calling...who knew that the tastiest cakes could lead to a talent for danger?

Phillip Sedgwick is a lawyer who works for an unusual law firm: Arden, Bainbridge, Chinook and Damek is the supernatural world’s most prestigious company, protecting, and often prosecuting, members of the supernatural world for various crimes and infractions. His latest case involves the owner of Fabulous Cupcakes, Daine Paradis, who has been accused of abuse of his superpowers.

Daine is proud that he’s been able to keep his father’s bakery going and has made it a huge success. Weird things start happening, and hard work no longer seems enough to stay in business. When he meets Phillip the sparks fly, but will the two men be able to solve the case before everything goes up in flames?

Reader Advisory: This book contains mouth-watering descriptions of cupcakes and hot references to other foods.


Book Review

'The Cake' by A.J. Llewellyn and Serena Yates is one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. It has everything—romance, intrigue, humor, and mentions cupcakes so many times that I think I gained five pounds from just reading about them. The timing of the story is well structured in that the reader only knows what Daine and Phillip know at any given time. Holding back information created a great deal of suspense, and thus, a larger reveal later. The witty, tongue-in-cheek humor kept me giggling from beginning to end. The paranormal activities are cleverly woven into the fabric of ordinary life, representing the notion that they exist side-by-side rather than in different realms. Their connectivity allowed the action to move from one to the other with ease.

All of the characters in 'The Cake' are unpredictable and quirky in deliciously unusual ways, only adding to the fun. The main character, Daine Paridis, is talented, dedicated, considerate and unassuming. His relationship with Phillip begins as mutual admiration which quickly grows into affection. After becoming lovers, Daine and Phillip don't just 'do it', even in their first tryst, they make love, with a mutual respect that is touching. One thing I found amusing about Daine is that he thinks of everything in terms of food, even in describing people. This is how he sees Phillip for the first time: “He was at least six-foot-four, had deep brown eyes the colour of bitter chocolate and short, liquorice-black hair, which was the perfect topping for his milk-chocolate coloured skin.” A description like this would make anyone sound yummy.

Phillip Sedgwick is witty, charming and thorough. He is a by-the-book kind of guy who is dedicated to his work, but not to the exclusion of doing what's right. Even though he's the prosecuting attorney for the case against Daine, when he realizes that the accusations are false, he does what he can to ensure that the truth will prevail. His relationship with Daine was inspiring. It felt so real. It's such a tender, sensual component of the story that it balanced out all the other madness. I couldn't help being emotionally involved with the couple and backed them all the way.

'Elemental Superpowers I: The Cake' is the first in a series four books which feature the four elements, fire, water, earth, and air. Now that I've gotten so much enjoyment from the first book, I'm anxiously awaiting the other three. If you enjoy a tender story in which love and justice prevail, then chances are, you will enjoy 'The Cake.'


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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 158 pages/52200 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-April-2011
Price $4.50 ebook, $12.99paperback
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