Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Cake

Title: The Cake
Authors: A. J. Llewellyn & Serena Yates
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-511-5
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

From his early childhood, Daine loved to bake and as an adult, he’s working hard to fulfill his dreams, which means making the best cupcakes possible in the bakery he bought from his father. Daine’s proud of his success but doesn’t understand what’s going on when strange things start happening. Then he meets a sexy man, Phillip, who comes in one day to buy cupcakes and the sparks fly.

Phillip Sedgwick is a successful lawyer, working for a prestigious, but unusual, law firm. They specialize in protecting, and even prosecuting, members of the supernatural community for various crimes and infractions. Phillip’s newest assignment is to gather information on the owner of Fabulous Cupcakes, Daine Paradis, who’s been accused of abusing his powers. Phillip sets out to investigate and soon finds that things aren’t as they seem and that someone behind the scenes has a hidden agenda.

The Cake is the first release in the new four part series by A. J. Llewellyn and Serena Yates entitled Elemental Superpowers. This book focuses on Daine, a man with a special talent with the element of fire, while the others…air, earth and water…will follow.

I was intrigued by the blurb for this release and I wasn’t disappointed. While a story dealing with the four elements isn’t new, the manner in which they are dealt with, including the law firm Phillip worked for, is unique and refreshing. The personalities of both men are interesting and a little bit quirky, their interaction is fun and fast paced, but when their passion spikes…it’s fiery. The setting of the story…inside Daine’s bakery…with its many luscious sounding cupcakes is nothing short of cruel. It left me wanting a cupcake and a glass of milk the entire time I was reading. Yet, for that very reason, it was a great selection. Good choice, AJ and Serena.

Daine’s unaware of his family heritage, so that means most of the interesting paranormal pieces of information regarding their world didn’t come until the end. While I might have wished it otherwise, there wasn’t any other way to keep both the reader and Daine’s character in the dark about what was going on. When the truth’s revealed, it’s done in a manner that only peaked my interest further, making me want to know more. Adding Daine’s father and his significant other to the storyline and learning their history with the ruling council is a nice twist that only helped to propel the story forward. Read and enjoy!

Watch for the next release in the series, Blancmange.

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