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Would you be willing to make a mess of your life to get exactly what you want?
Kylie Lord has known Trent Moss and Dray Savage since college. Trent, the smart and kind-hearted humanitarian has had her heart from the moment they met, but someone else always has his. Dray is an arrogant professional football player who happens to be Trent’s best friend and Kylie’s nemesis “with benefits.”
Five years after graduation, Kylie is commanding the world with a new image and a successful business; however, she lacks the one thing she wants and the one thing she can never have. That is, until one fateful night when Kylie decides to go after all of her forbidden fantasies and risk everything. 
Two men, completely different and poles apart, but together they are her idea of perfection. One can only offer her tonight and the other forever, but can Kylie settle for just one man, or can she have her cake and eat it too?
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I have never read a Nicole Reed book *ducks for cover*.  Yes, yes I know now that I’ve obviously been missing out, because I enjoyed “Cake” immensely.  I’m a convert, people!
This is the story of Kylie.  She has loved Trent since she first met him, but to him Kylie has only ever been a sister.  He’s a humanitarian and kind and giving and has been off saving the world.  Kylie is still convinced she can get him to notice her as more than a friend, so when he calls and asks a favor, she can’t say no.  However, the favor happens to be nursing back to health her nemesis, Dray.
Dray is Trent’s best friend, and someone Kylie has merely tolerated for years.  He’s a professional football player who is a total player.  He’s never had a family, so when he gets a concussion Kylie is his only option until Trent can get back in the country.  But unexpected things happen when these two are thrust together.  Once they let their walls down, everything they’ve thought up until this point about each other starts to crumble too.  What will rise out of that?  Can Kylie let go of the fantasy of Trent’s perfection?
This was, quite simply, a great book.  Kylie is a great character, and she’s very easy to feel connected to and care about.  She’s not perfect, but she’s a good person with a big heart.  It was very easy to love her and hoped that she got her head out of her butt and saw what was right in front of her.  As for Dray, at first I disliked him nearly as much as Kylie!  He’s a douchenozzle for sure.  The thing is that it’s all a front so he doesn’t have to show how he really feels about anything.  And while Kylie was convinced that Trent was perfect, he never really won me over.  I thought that he knew how Kylie always felt about him and in some ways, he used her.  Nothing noble about that.  It’s like he knew he didn’t want her, but he didn’t want anyone else to have her either, and that is simply uncool.  You just don’t play with people like that.
 This is really just a book about finding where you belong in life.  It is written beautifully and I had a hard time putting it down.  It didn’t go completely the way I expected it to either, which is a plus.  I like to be surprised by a book, as I so rarely am.  But what happened was true to the characters, and I loved that.  It was honest. I would have liked a bit more about the back stories of the characters, but the sex was off-the-charts hot which I think more than makes up for that!   4.5 stars.
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“Do you feel that, Kylie?”  He continues to caress my arm with his hand.  “That’s power running between you and me.  I never imagined it would be so strong, so intense.  Can you even conceive what my body rubbing against yours well feel like?  Please unlike either one of us has ever experienced.  Sex in its greatest form.”
His words hypnotize me, seduce me, and demolish my inhibitions so that even my common sense agrees with what he is saying.  I’ve never wanted sex as much as I want it with Dray at this moment.  In my head, I can see images of us entwined together, his dark against my light skin.  The sight, in my mind’s eye, so clear, so erotic, that my breathing becomes erratic just with the thought.  Closing my eyes, I feel his fingers glide to my breasts, circling the tip through my clothes.  My clit throbs in tune with his movements almost as if he is touching me there.  Dray grasps my nipple tightly as he pulls and squeezes.  The dual motion overwhelms my senses, and an orgasm overcomes me, rippling up and through my body.  Clenching my legs together, I moan as I ride it out.  My body shakes, tingling with the aftermath of what just happened, and what I need to be happening again; however, sanity returns with me still sitting on the side of the couch.  Opening my eyes, Dray stares at me like he knows my every thought.  At least now, he has a supreme satisfied smile on his mouth and his shorts are in a superior tent out front.
“Damn girl.  That is about the hottest sight I’ve ever seen.  Had you been butt-naked, I think I would have exploded right along with you.”
Nicole Reed
I love angst….I thrive on it, but only the fictional kind. I adore a story that grips the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go…EVER. I’m an avid reader who just recently discovered my love of writing. My favorite things in life include my three wild & crazy kids, Reese’s Pieces, and every genre of music.  I reside in the Deep South.

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