Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: The Icing on the Cake

The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design - Book 2) by Janice Thompson

Publication Date: 08/15/2013
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Imprint: Revell Books
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 0800721535
ISBN-13: 978-0800721534

(Received for an honest review from Revell Books)

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Books in the series:

Picture Perfect (2013), The Icing on the Cake (2013)

Coverart: Click the image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.

Excerpt from The Icing on the Cake, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


Scarlet isn't sure if she has just the right ingredients for true love—or utter disaster
Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her dreams come true. She's moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston's most popular street, she's planning an extravagant cake for her best friend's wedding, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neeley, the island's most popular wedding coordinator. Business is booming and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.
But when Bella's dangerously handsome brother Armando breezes into her life, Scarlet is faced with a sticky situation. Should she stay with the safe, sweet guy who's been a fixture in her life for years? Or will this brash Italian hunk melt her guarded heart?
Fan favorite Janice Thompson is back with more wit, more weddings, and more of what you love best—bridal-business drama laced with laughs.


Author Janice Thompson brings love and laughter to readers in her latest book in the Weddings by Design series, The Icing on the Cake. A sweet, romantic story filled with every little girl's dream... the perfect wedding! Thompson knows weddings inside and out and readers will find her wacky writing style over the top and full of fun. Thompson's use of humor is exceptional and her vision for this series melds both romance and comedy in such a delightful way that readers will have tears of laughter in their eyes. A romantic comedy to lighten your day!

When I'm looking for a light read, with a lot of fun and wild antics in it, I look no further than author Janice Thompson. Thompson has been perfecting her brand of romantic comedy for a long time and she continues to get better with every book. The Icing on the Cake is the second book in the Weddings By Design series. This series is a spin off from the Weddings by Bella series that was a hugely popular for Thompson. If readers remember Bella's handsome and debonair brother Armando they will love this book. 

The heroine for this series, Scarlet Lindsay is a baker extraordinaire. She has a shop in Galveston, Texas where she creates wedding cakes to die for. Thompson knows weddings, whether it is extravagant themes or dream wedding cakes, she knows how to write about it. Her knack for knowing just what would make a wedding special and memorable is something I wish I had. With two teenage daughters, I imagine I'm going to have a bit of wedding planning to do in my future. Thompson just has a way with weddings.

Another of her great strengths is humor. Thompson must have been born with an extra funny bone, because she has a natural skill for knowing what the reader will find funny. When I first started reading Thompson's books I thought they were a little too over the top but as I continued reading I really go into all the crazy antics and situations that Thompson added to her stories to make them fun and entertaining. She adds humor in the circumstances, in the dialogue between characters and anywhere else she can figure out how to put it in and she comes up with a wonderful lighthearted style I don't think readers can find from any other author. She's a one of a kind!

Bella and the gang are of course back in this book as well, which will delight fans of Thompson's series featuring Bella and her themed weddings. It was like catching up with old friends and readers will quickly fall in love with Scarlet. The Icing on the Cake features her relationship with Bella's brother, Armando. Chaos certainly ensues as usual with this crazy family and the addition of Scarlet's bakery is nothing short of amazing. 

Thompson writes about the city of Galveston with love in every word. I loved reading about the city and the characters that Thompson has created. If you are looking for a fun, down to earth read about one of my favorite subjects... weddings! This is it!

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect. She lives in Texas.
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Janice said...

Suh-weet! So glad you enjoyed Scarlet's story. Your review blessed me.

justpeachy36 said...

Janice, Thanks so much for stopping by I really enjoy your books and wish the best of success!

ann said...

I like cake and icing and love cozy mysteries too.