We are so excited to be sharing the release of ROGUE WAVE, the next standalone in J. Bengtsson's beloved Cake series. Be sure to grab your copy today or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited!
Author: J. Bengtsson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cake #5
About ROGUE WAVE
A love story that survives the test of time.
Keith McKallister is the king of the stoners. You know the type. Every school has one – the hot, fun, dopey guy beloved by the student body but despised by, well, just about everyone else. He spends his early mornings in the ocean and his days trying to get to class on time. Life is as easy as it gets until one poor choice too many catches up with him and he’s forced to reevaluate his path.
Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one – the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine.
Sometimes the person you least expect to make a difference will change your life forever. Sometimes the person you love the most might be better off without you.
Read a short excerpt from ROGUE WAVE
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
“Nothing’s wrong. It’s just – I’ve never been kissed before. If, you know, that’s what you were going to do. Maybe you weren’t, and I totally misread the whole thing, and if I did, I’m sorry, but…”
Once I caught the grin on Keith’s face, I stopped rambling.
“I was going to kiss you, but I didn’t realize you needed to make an outline first.”
“More like a rough draft,” I added playfully.
“I’m thinking getting you into bed would take a full dissertation.”
“Whoa. You need to slow down, Keith. I won’t go past a term paper with you.”
“We’ll see about that,” he answered confidently.
His playfulness drew a smile to my lips. “No, we won’t.”
He grabbed me again, and before I could think, he pressed a quick kiss to my lips. “There. Now you’ve been kissed. Stop making it weird.”
He let me go, picked up his surfboard, and started jogging toward the water.
My fingers found my lips and I grinned like a loon before picking up my own board and chasing after him.
5 stars Rogue Wave, Keith’s and Sam’s story, is a second chance romance that will put you through all the feels - happiness and heartbreak, laughter and tears, love and hope. Their story spans over 10 years, which I enjoyed because we got to see how they met in high school and follow their journey through all the trials and tribulations to get their well deserved HEA.
I adored Keith and his fun personality. He is humorous and loves deeply. However, my heart broke as I watched him struggle with his inner demons. Sam is a great heroine and is the perfect balance to Keith’s zany personality. This girl did not have it easy and I many times just wanted to hug her tightly. Sam and Keith are like magnets - opposite ends pulling towards each other. The two are an unlikely pair, but they are also the perfect couple for bringing out the best in each other. The banter between the two of them was hilarious - his random jokes and stories along with her sarcastic responses left me laughing almost to the point of tears.
It was good to see the rest of the McKallister clan as well as Sam’s friend, Shannon. I have no idea where the author comes up with their zany interactions, but I was practically snorting coffee out of my nose from laughing so hard. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that the author has the amazing ability to create a unique story with likable characters that carefully balances seriousness and humor. Along with all the hilarious dialogue and the entertaining McKallister stories, heavy topics such as addiction, abuse, and mental illness are addressed in Rogue Wave. If you have liked the previous books in the Cake series then you will love Rogue Wave. I received this book for free and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!