The Cakes of Monte Cristo

Rita Lucero will find a hidden necklace that was located in the bakery thanks to a new employee. She will be delighted with the find but as she learns more about the necklace Rita wonders if it is indeed cursed.

The Cakes of Monte Cristo is the sixth book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I really liked this book, I got into the story right away. The mystery of the ruby necklace intrigued me. You wondered what family it truly belonged to and why was it hidden.

Rita is still stressed and jumping to conclusions but she seems a little less stressed. Though she is as curious as ever and stubborn as she does not believe everyone’s warning about the necklace. To be honest I don’t know if I would believe but I would be wary. I was happy that Miss Frankie wasn’t so overbearing with things she was having Rita complete. It seemed their relationship was back on track. Rita is still wondering about Ox and his resentment. It really seems that he doesn’t have any but Ox is not what you call a people person.

If this series is finished then I am happy for the most part, but there was no conclusion on to who Rita will be with and that bugs me. Jacklyn Brady is leaving it open. Although maybe this isn’t the end, if it isn’t I think I would be willing to continue reading it.

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Rebel Without a Cake

Rita Lucero was preparing for Halloween when she will get an offer to make the cakes for one of the biggest events that they would get. Rita will be determined to make things work but when she helps Bernice with a supposed ghost problem things will quickly get out of hand. Rita will also discover some secrets were better left unheard.

Rebel Without a Cake is the fifth book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I liked the book but out of the series for me this just didn’t draw me in like the others.

Rita’s character is handling a lot and it seems she is crankier than ever in this book. At this point I hope that she gets a vacation so she can just relax. I also hope that she had an actual conversation with Miss Frankie about not just signing her up for task without asking. It was done in the book but not in the right way. I don’t dislike Miss Frankie but she can be a bulldozer in the conversation. I want them to have a true partnership in the business and a relationship where one is not dominating the other.

Within this series there has been Edie who was full of annoyance with Rita but they have gotten close and I now really love Edie. She is a pain in the butt but you now know that is just Edie. Though she does have a sweet side and concerns about the others in the shop. I hope that Jacklyn Brady continues with Edie keeping hold of River. She needs someone at her side to care about her as well.

I am reading the sixth book next which looks to be the last of the series.

The Cakes of Wrath

Rita Lucero will be forced to go to a community meeting as she has a temporary seat on the board. Things will start to escalate when Rita will be almost hit by a van. Rita will start to wonder if the van was meant for her or someone else, especially when Destiny will be found dead a couple days later.

The Cakes of Wrath is the fourth book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I enjoyed the book. Although at times I wish that Rita was not so curious because it is getting to the point of unbelievable. With all that she had gone through you would think that she would try and avoid situations that had a dead body. Though without her curious nature the book would not be the same.

I thought it was interesting getting the community together in this book. You got to know a lot more characters and understand the town a little better. I thought it added to the mystery of Destiny’s murder. There were a lot more suspects to wonder about.

I was a little disappointed that Sullivan was not in the picture. Gabriel is the main guy and I wonder if he will be with Rita. For some reason I just don’t like him and hope at the end of the series she is with Sullivan.

The characters that were driving me crazy and they were supposed to were Detective Winslow and Pearl, and even Miss Frankie. The detective was going after Rita and it really sounded like he had a grudge against her which I am not sure why he did. Pearl was just immature. She always seemed to get her own way and not worry about anything. Then there is Miss Frankie, she getting to the point of overbearing with doing things she thinks she could do without asking others their opinion.

Even with the dislike of some of the characters I am reading the fifth book next.

Arsenic and Old Cake

The last thing Rita Lucero wanted to do was go to an inn and spy but she was doing it for a friend. Rita and Gabriel will pose as a couple on their honeymoon to try and find out if their friends long lost brother had really surfaced. The situation will get tricky when a murder happens to one of the residents.

Arsenic and Old Cake is the third book from the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I thought the book was entertaining but it was not my favorite of the series. I found it a little ridicules with the residents but they were hiding a secret. I will have to say the secret was good as I didn’t guess it, but knew they were hiding something that much was obvious.

Rita’s character is reluctant to help but because she is backed in a corner she will do so. Rita gets backed into a corner a lot. Though she will go all in when her curiosity takes hold. She is relentless when it comes to solving a mystery.

The one thing that is consistent with bugging me is the relationship that Rita has with Liam and Gabriel. I just want her to chose which man she wants. I personally like Liam better. I just hope a decision will be made at one point in the series.

I am reading The Cakes of Wrath next.

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof

Rita Lucero did not want to host the Mardi Gras party but was forced into the role. She will work hard to make the party a success but when one of the guest winds up dead a whole lot of trouble starts for Rita’s family.

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof is the second book to the series A Piece of Cake Mystery by Jacklyn Brady. I am really enjoying this series. It actually surprised me because of my lack of interest with mystery’s. Although to be fair this is definitely not a very serious mystery, this is what is considered a cozy mystery. It was fast paced and it kept me interested.

Rita’s character is out of her element with the amount of work to do. Although she is ready for that hard work. Personally she needs to take a break and chill out for a moment but that would be unlikely to happen. With the investigation Rita stays close to it as her family could be in trouble. I liked her tenacious attitude with the investigation but she was too head strong and acted first then thought.

The investigation was interesting as she did her own interviewing of the bystanders. I was wondering who had done it without too much success with guessing the right person. The main police officer was Liam Sullivan who had been introduced in the first book. Now as a romance reader I am always looking to see who will become attached. Liam definitely has a shot and then there is Gabriel the bartender. Only time will tell if Rita’s character will become more than interested in one of them. I just don’t want the whole love triangle thing happening. It gets annoying and I lose interested.

With each story I am also learning more about the staff and I have to say I am not too impressed by them. They are clearly resentful of Rita for invading their territory. Though I have noticed that some of the ice has thawed and they are warming up to her.

I decided to continue with this series and will be reading Arsenic and Old Cake next.

Partner Games

Clementine and Georgie were twins who were in the World Race games. Clementine was the nerdy twin and Georgie was the model. The two could not be more unalike but they would do anything for each other. Together they will have to go through the challenges and figure out who to trust within the game.

Partner Games is the last book in the series Games by Jessica Clare. I enjoyed this book.

I thought Clementine’s character was great. She was very nerdy and unsure of herself but she had guts and would do what was needed, especially for her sister. I didn’t like that Clementine was overlooked a lot, at least until Swift comes into the picture. Swift was another player in the game and he was all about Clementine. He had to keep his mind on the game but it had been hard as he was lusting after her. I liked that a romance between them started. It was lustful but sweet at the same time. They were a pair that you wanted to cheer for.

There will be a touchy subject, rape, that had happened to Georgie in the not too distant past, which I had a feeling about. She had showed all the traits of a person who had been abused. You felt for her and hoped that she would be whole again. I was thankful that Jessica Clare wrote in the character Plate who was a great match for Georgie, someone who will let her be the woman she wanted.

I thought this was a solid series from Jessica Clare and have enjoyed these characters.

Pleasure Games

Juno Ashmore is a glassblower who is in desperate need of money. Her friend will convince her to enter in a contest to win the heart of a billionaire. With her being on the show she will automatically get fifty thousand dollars. Juno will be excited for the show but will want to back out when she meets the bachelor.

Heathcliff Forester had arranged an opportunity to get the woman he had loved back in his life. He will do all that he can to get Juno to understand he had never stopped loving her.

Pleasure Games is a novella within the series Games by Jessica Clare. I liked this novella but I was wondering if I wouldn’t. This was a version of the Bachelor if you could not guess. So, Heathcliff was doing all he could to get Juno back and he rigged the dating show to make sure that she would come to him. I didn’t like the lying but Heathcliff was doing it because he truly loved her, so I pretty much forgave him for the lying to Juno. Heathcliff was very suave but I liked to see a vulnerability when he was scared of losing Juno. Now Juno’s character was a girl who didn’t like handouts and had a problem with running away when she got scared. I wanted to laugh at Juno’s emotions at times because it felt real. She was fighting her attraction and claimed that she didn’t want Heathcliff but every time he talked to another woman she got jealous.

I was happy with the ending as Jessica Clare wraps up everything in a predictable way but nevertheless I wanted that ending.

I am reading Partner Games next which will complete the Games series.