⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
Frankie is a nurse with commitment issues. Although she has an amazing heart and hates to see anyone suffer, she has immense difficulty in opening up. All of this comes from childhood trauma. You see, Frankie has no idea who her father is, and her mom is as tight-lipped about it as they come. All that Frankie knows is: she has some pretty bad scars, she hates violence, and the first memory she has is of when she was seven-years-old and arrived with her mom at a women’s shelter.
To cope with this she learned to compartmentalize. Putting people in neat little boxes – help patients, save lives, follow a routine, move on. She can’t bear to be vulnerable and truly open up to people. That is until a six-foot-three, two hundred and thirty-pound beefcake arrives at her E.R.
Gunnar ”The Show” Erickson is an MMA Fighter that just moved to Green Valley. If you read Stud Muffin by Jiffy Kate (and if you haven’t, go read it because it’s amazing) you know that Gunnar’s older brother Cage just opened a new fighting studio in the small Tennessee town. After a mild accident at the gym, Gunnar meets Frankie and is immediately infatuated by her simple, yet striking beauty.
But what happens when a nurse that has a phobia against any type of violence falls for a professional fighter?
Jiffy Kate once again come together in writing a book that not only fits perfectly inside the Green Valley existing universe but manages to do an excellent job in expanding, even more, the lore, breathing new life into the town. All the while creating a beautiful story about trust and compassion. Gunnar is probably one of the most understanding and compassionate heroes I’ve read to date. And the level of tenderness and care he had with Frankie while she was learning to open up had me swooning at each page.
Beef Cake was just a treat of a book. While some parts were delicate and deeply emotional, they were always counterbalanced by lightness and witty humor. And if you are a fan of the first book you will grin from ear to ear getting little snippets from Tempest and Cage again. Overall, this is one of those books that just makes life a little bit better. Smartypants Romance Spring Launch started with a bang, and I can’t wait to see and read what else is to come.
Thank you so much SmartyPants Romance and Jiffy Kate for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Beef Cake is LIVE!
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