Must Love Cakes (Watkins Pond #3) by Virginia Nelson

Must Love Cakes When two delicious men are on the menu, skip the appetizer and go straight to dessert.

Carolyn Bannister lives the sweet life as co-owner and operator of a bakery with her two best friends. Small towns being what they are, though, she finds herself at a party one night, slinging back shots while trying to ignore the woman wrapped around her ex.

Grady Brooks and Ben Shipman have always taken care of their longtime buddy, and tonight is no different. Though they’ve shared women in the past, they never considered getting sexually involved with Carrie—at least not out loud. Why not get back at her douche of an ex by playing into the longtime rumors about the three of them being involved in a relationship?

Any initial hesitation goes up in smoke when faked kisses get all too real. Though they break apart, everything has changed. Now neither Grady nor Ben can pretend they don’t want the one woman they’ve always loved.

But in this gossip-ridden town, it’s not as if the three of them can openly date. Or…can they?

Warning: Contains two men and one woman up to their apron strings in repressed sexual tension. Throw in battery-assisted phone sex, and something’s definitely rising. Not all the decadent treats in this story are edible, but they’re guaranteed piping-hot—and calorie free. “Batter” up!goodreads

 Must Love Cakes was a quick and sexy read as Carolyn finds out that her two best friends may want more than just friendship. When Carolyn gets dumped by her current boyfriend via text [insert nasty derogatory thought about boyfriend], she calls in Grady and Ben to accompany her to an important social outing so that she doesn’t have to face her ex alone. Because of the conversations between Grady and Ben that the reader is privy to, it was not a surprise that they did so nor that they were more than happy to play mind games with her ex when he acts like a jerk during the party. And while the public make-out session was hot, Carolyn fled the party to go home alone because she couldn’t bear finding out whether or not the guys meant it – and she wasn’t sure which answer she really wanted.


As a plus-size gal, Carolyn has plenty of insecurities about her looks and cannot believe that her super-hot besties would be attracted to her at all. Because of this, I was excited for her when she realized that the guys really did want her; at the same time, I understood her reservations when she thought she had to choose between them. With the way both of the guys stood up for her and how much their friendship meant to all of them, I got why she wasn’t willing to risk it, especially with the guys’ track record. Thankfully for everyone (the reader included) Ben and Grady were willing to talk about the issue – or stop talking about it and act on it in Grady’s case. Once they were able to make Carolyn understand that they were interested in a relationship between the three of them and how very little would change from what it currently was, the sex scene that follows is both sweet and hot as can be. Unfortunately this is a novella and the story ended far too soon for my liking – mainly because I wanted to see more of the trio, bedroom time included. While Must Love Cakes is the third book in the Watkins Pond series, I read it as a standalone and enjoyed it without having read the prior books in the series. If you’re looking for a short and steamy ménage romance, then you might want to check this one out.


This is the kind of story that you want to devour in one sitting and not put down. It’s a friends to lovers ménage story featuring the owners of a small town bakery. Carrie, Grady, and Ben have all been friends since childhood and after Carrie’s latest boyfriend dumps her, Grady and Ben convince her to give the town a show at a party. Carrie is drunk enough to go along with the idea, but doesn’t know how to recover from her fantasy comes to life moment.

I absolutely adored the dynamic between these three friends. Ben is a thinker – he tends to analyze each situation and think about it before he acts. Grady is all in and acts before he thinks. Then there is Carrie, the heart of the group. She feels and has the most heart in the group. Together, they all balance each other out and complement each other.

Overall, this is a great story and quick read! My only complaint is that I wish it was a little longer!


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