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How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina Henning

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Don't miss the brilliant second book in the 'Home for the Holidays' series from Gina Henning.
A DELICIOUS CAKE. A GUY WHO IS LATE. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
After the best Thanksgiving of her life, Lauren Hauser can't wait to see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder so they can finally be in the same place at the same time. Long distance really doesn't work when you're head over heels!
But when Jack doesn't turn up at the airport Lauren is left wondering if their relationship is really as great as she thought? Sure Jack's kisses were delicious and when he looked at her, her knees felt weak, but what did they really know about each other?
A big Hauser family Christmas is just what is needed for this situation. Not only will her mom be decking the halls with boughs of monstrous-Christmas-decorations, but Lauren is baking a Christmas cake to once again claim dessert queen of the family! Will Jack fit in with the Hauser clan? Or will Lauren have to face the music...and accept that not every holiday romance was made for a happily ever after...



Hey! Here's my review.

This is the second book in the series. I haven't read the first book, but there was enough background given that this book could stand alone. Book one explained how Lauren and Jack met, this book continued their courting, so I expect the next book will tell us what happens from here.

I liked Lauren, but thought Jack seemed too good to be true. I spent the majority of the book telling Lauren to put her career first, because I didn't really trust Jack. He grew on me, so now I hope they can both find a way to compromise so neither of them has to give up everything. 

I was surprised to find "the perfect Christmas cake" was a red velvet cake. I always think of fruit cakes as Christmas cakes.

I found the writing a little verbose and overly descriptive. I didn't really need to hear every step to Lauren putting on her makeup, every time she did it. I listened to the audiobook edition which I received free in exchange for an honest review. Overall I enjoyed the story and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. 
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