Review and Giveaway ☆ Here For The Cake By Emily Poule

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Title: Here For The Cake

Author: Emily Poule

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 16, 2014

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Synopsis

“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

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Mary’s- 5 Star Review

“What about passion? What about love? What about the kind of relationship that feels like home, and the kind of women that inspires you to grow?”

I’ll say it,  I want to marry this book! One of the better books I’ve read this year.  I have a feeling that it will blow all my future reads out of the water.  It was not only fun and witty, but also emotional.  I felt like I was sucked into one amazing romantic comedy.  One that I would watch again and again.  You might actually see me reciting all the best lines while reading it as well.  This was one epic reunion of friends, lovers, and the ultimate family.  These characters either were either going to pull you away from stepping in front of a bus or push you in front of it.  Luckily these characters had no problem rolling with the punches because in the end the prize was so much greater.  What would you do to erase your mistakes for your first love?

We meet Mina in the beginning of the book she is working on her PH.D and just trying to get through each day without tripping over her own feet.   To top things off she receives a wedding invitation to her ex Lucas and high school friends wedding in Costa Rica.  Incidentally Mina’s dream wedding, but Lucas isn’t marrying Mina he’s marrying someone else.  Mina is still in love with Lucas and has no intention of attending the joyous affair.  Then he shows up, Ben who is Lucas’ best friend and the guy in high school who annoyed her to no end.  He has a proposition for Mina, he will help her break up the wedding and all she has to do is accept.   Ben thinks Lucas is making a huge mistake and is even willing to pretend he is in a relationship with Mina to show Lucas that Mina won’t be waiting in the wings any more.  Mina and Ben begin their ridiculous pairing and even their friends wonder if it’s for real.   But could these two possibly fall for each other while Mina is trying to win back her first and only love?

Yes,  I fell in love with Ben he was everything that I loved and yet everything I was afraid of at the same time.   He was smart but the depth of his personality was one I was instantly addicted to.   Mina wasn’t your typical woman she loved and lost.   Then she was given this opportunity and although she was pushed into it she had the support from her closest friends.  What true friend wouldn’t tell you to give up on true love?  Lucas was hopelessly in love with Mina, but sometimes things just don’t work out like we plan.  This may sound like a love triangle but was far from one.  It was a reunion of the past.   One full of revelations and new beginnings.

Best part of this book was the dialogue between these friends.   They all knew each other so well.  They could relive the past and be close again.   The shenanigans were beyond hilarious and I was a bit envious of all their fun.  Honestly if Mina was going to embark on a do or die situation she was definitely surrounded by the perfect people.

I will positively recommend this book.   This book gave me everything that I was looking for and so much more.   I wasn’t sure if Emily was going to break my heart in the end or build it up.   It was far from predictable.  A smart, fun, enjoyable, and highly emotional book that you will sure to fall in love with.   I can’t wait to read more from this author and will surely be reading this again.

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Excerpt

“Stop staring at me,” Mina said matter-of-factly.

Ben snorted.

“Don’t flatter yourself. You’re not naked.”

She laughed incredulously. She walked over to Ben and handed him a mug of coffee. Ben took the mug from her and looked in… he could see that the pieces of the instant coffee had not dissolved yet.

“Instant?”

Mina smiled and inhaled the coffee deeply, like she was shooting a Folgers commercial. Ben shrugged and drank. Not bad.

“So, you came to gloat?”

Ben shook his head.

“I never gloat.”

That was true, she thought, he wasn’t a gloater. Despite the riches he came from, it wasn’t his nature to look down upon people. Plus gloating took a lot of energy.

“You came to comfort me? How sweet,” Mina said sarcastically, “Don’t bother. I couldn’t care less about Luke and his new bride.”

Mina got up and turned back to the kitchen, pretending that she had left something there so she didn’t have to face Ben when she said it.

“Cut the crap, Mina. You hate this, you’re losing your keys, living in squalor, and refusing to comb your hair. These are all signs of emotional depression.”

“I’m fine,” Mina said

“Well, I’m not! Luke is about to make the biggest mistake of his life and we both know it.”

“That’s his mistake to make, Ben. He’s not my problem anymore.”

“Your problem? Since when is a guy who is crazy about you a problem? Or did you forget that he held your hair back when you threw up from eating the cafeteria tuna salad in seventh grade? Or that he asked you to Homecoming and prom with those ridiculous helicopter banners that I paid for? Did you forget that he went to all of your debate competitions, even though they were painfully boring and horribly lame? Or that he used to drive twelve hours once every three months, regardless of the weather, to see you in Boston and not have sex 75% of the time? No, he’s not your problem. You know what your problem is, Mina? You didn’t have the balls three years ago to tell him that you loved him and that he shouldn’t leave you for Ella, who treats him worse and deserves him less. Your problem is that you’re too afraid to go after what you want,” Ben said harshly, picking up a textbook and carelessly spinning it in the air. “At least in the real, human world.”

“He left me…” Mina said, her voice trembling.

“No, he challenged you. He spent the better part of a decade hoisting you on a pedestal and the one time it was your turn to prove to him that you loved him just as much as he loved you, you let him walk away.”

“Well, that was a long time ago… I doubt that he still…”

“There’s a chance, Mina.”

A simple statement, but it shook Mina. Lifted her heart. Terrified her.

“He doesn’t really love Ella, but he loved you. We can’t let that happen to him. We have to go there. We have to stop this wedding.”

Mina’s eyes widened. This asshole has lost it.

“Hear me out—”

“You’re crazy…”

“I’m not arguing,” Ben motioned to the couch, waiting for her to sit down. He frowned when she remained motionless.

“Sit and listen. If you don’t like what I have to say, I’ll leave and we can have this conversation again at the baby shower.” He motioned to the couch again. Mina walked over and took a seat.

“I know, although he won’t admit it, that he is not in love with Ella. I think he’s marrying her because she’s pregnant or blackmailing him. Maybe he feels obligated. I know he hasn’t forgotten about you because when he talks about you, he looks sad, hurt even…”

“He broke up with me,” Mina interjected vehemently, “he hurt me.”

“People make mistakes.”

“And stay with her for three years?” Mina shook her head, “Luke made his choice.”

“Yeah, well he made a bad choice,” Ben snapped at her, “We both know that he hasn’t been the same since he dropped out of Notre Dame. I know he feels trapped like he doesn’t have a good enough reason to walk away…”

“Not being in love is a pretty good reason,” Mina stated.

Ben rolled his eyes.

“What a romantic,” he teased, “Grow up.”

“Excuse me? How unevolved do you have to be to think you can actually break a couple apart at their wedding? When are you going to grow up and realize that you can’t always mess with people’s lives, especially Luke’s?” Mina asked.

“You’ve been doing a pretty good job of that all by yourself, Mina,” Ben said sharply.

“Excuse me?”

Ben stood up, his height towering over her menacingly.

“I know. I know that you guys talk and I know that you’ve seen each other,” Ben said, his statement like a current of wind in an empty room.

“How do you know…?”

“He told me about that night. Josie’s mother’s funeral. How you guys stayed up and ate pizza and probably sucked face. Come on, Mina. Look me in the eye and tell me that you don’t have some love left in your heart for Luke.”

Her eyes widened and she made an exasperated sound. Yep, she would definitely be killed within the first four hours of joining the mafia.

“Our story is over,” Mina said forcefully as if chiding a child.

Ben rolled his eyes.

“Your ‘story’… Jesus…”

“He made his choice. Anyway, I can’t just leave out of nowhere. I teach three sections during the week. I have students that depend on me.”

“Get a substitute. Cancel for a week. It’s not the apocalypse.”

“I don’t have enough money for a ticket to Costa Rica either! Even if I had money, I wouldn’t spend it on my ex-boyfriend’s…” Mina trailed off as she watched Ben pull a slip of paper out of his jacket pocket and hand it to her. It was a ticket to Costa Rica.

“I can see that you’ve done very well for yourself,” Ben said dryly, “but I figured you may have some qualms about putting down the money for this expedition, so I took the liberty of doing it for you.”

Mina stared at the ticket vacantly.

“Are you insane?!”

Ben mulled the question over in his head thoughtfully, “No. I’m just filthy rich.” He flashed her a smile and reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet. He counted bills out methodically and handed them to Mina.

“You’ll probably need to go shopping. I want you to look amazing, sexy… a fucking vixen.”

“You want me to seduce Luke?”

“Or your version of that.”

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About the Author

emily

Emily Poule was born in the most unremarkable city in Iowa with a peculiar propensity towards practicality. She saved every bit of her allowance, stayed in to study on the weekends, collected figurines of small animals, sketched pictures of potted plants, and read period romance novels of the Julia Quinn variety. Then, in her very first semester as a PHD student, she did the least rational thing she could think of — she dropped out to write chick lit. After some stints as a barista, tutor, and professional dog walker, she finally got her footing as a free-lance writer and hasn’t looked back since. These days, she splits her time between Dublin and Chicago in search of functional Wi-Fi, attractive men, and coffee strong enough to caffeinate an Indian Elephant. She still collects figurines

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