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The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design, #2) by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}

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The Icing on the Cake (Weddings by Design, #2) by Janice Thompson {Review Refresh}The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson
Series: Weddings by Design #2

Also in this series: Picture Perfect, The Dream Dress
Also by this author: It Had to Be You, Picture Perfect, The Dream Dress
Genres: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Revell Books on August 1, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Blog Tour, Revell Reads
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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.

*This post is updated with my new format on April 29, 2015. Originally posted in 2013.

The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson is a read I needed just right when I had it available to read. As I sit here on the couch attempting by pen and paper to write this review which I will later type I wonder if it is a good time or if the anesthesia has fully worn off yet as I just misspelled icing… Life can be so complicated sometimes and a great past time or distraction may often be found on my bookshelf. This weekend (August 29th) it was found and filled by Janice Thompson first as I returned to the world of wedding organization in Galveston, Texas. This time in the second book of the Weddings by Design series also related to two previous trilogies of Weddings by Bella followed by Backstage Pass.

This book has been an excellent distraction from life and if anyone can make me enjoy contemporary it’s Janice. I’ve loved the Galveston world of Bella and wedding friends since book one in the first series and now two series later I’m still enthralled and love them all from Weddings by Bella, to Backstage Pass, and now Weddings by Design each character is real enough off the page and entertaining to boot. The last page brought a grin and a tear to my eye.

As I’m organizing my shelves I’ve noticed Janice Hanna Thompson seems to be taking up quite the amount of space. Her books are keepers. I have not just enjoyed but practically loved every book of hers in which I have read and I’m starting, a wishlist for those I’m missing.

The Icing on the CakeTo be honest, I’m having a difficult time seguewaying (sp?) what I want to say about The Icing on the Cake and Queen of the Waves so you may just have to endure a double review.

Be it contemporary Texas or historical atmosphere Janice’s books are witty. Full of entertainment through out the characters are lovable and stick with a reader. The seemingly perfect women on the page bear all with their thoughts and many a reader may find a relevant heart. Janice’s stories would all make great movies full of calm and wonderfully appropriate romance. I think those in the Club Wed scene would get along well with Rachel Hauck’s low country Carolina series characters.

I am internet-friends with Janice and have followed her amazing weight loss journey. Finding a related and very believable life setting for the main character in The Icing on the Cake made it even more interesting to me. I also truly enjoyed the slight mystery of choosing which man Scarlet would want and how she got there. The Icing on the Cake is entertaining and a perfect literary escape.

When I finished reading The Icing on the Cake I so enjoyed my adventure to Texas that I needed more of Janice’s writing so I snatched a book long overdue and started reading her Titanic historical novel, Queen of the Waves. Oh what a world! At this time in my life having seen the epic Titanic film and the first two Downton Abbey seasons I was really able to visualize Tessa and Jaqueline’s world around them. Adding to that Janice’s vivid descriptions and story-telling and I was in fiction bliss.

I’ve discovered she is one of the few to entertain in all genres, even non-fiction devotions with great success!

 

Endorsements for The Icing on the Cake: 

“This breezy, fun-filled romance is sure to please.”–Library Journal

“Not only does Janice Thompson know how to spin a delightful tale, she knows weddings and wedding cakes. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, take a big bite of this sweet, romantic story. It will leave you laughing and looking for the nearest confectionary!”–Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of Firefly Island and The Prayer Box

“Janice Thompson has done it again! From characters that will jump right off the page and into your heart to a story that had me laughing even as I cheered them on, The Icing on the Cake is a sweet treat. I urge you to indulge–you won’t be sorry!”–Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series

 

Fools Rush In Swinging on a Star It Had to Be You
Weddings by Bella (3 books)
by Janice Thompson
3.6324977618621306 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 6,702 ratings
Stars Collide Hello, Hollywood! The Director's Cut
Backstage Pass (3 books)
by Janice Thompson
3.618988902589396 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 811 ratings
Picture Perfect The Icing on the Cake The Dream Dress
Weddings by Design (3 books)
by Janice Thompson
4.325 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 40 ratings

About Janice Thompson

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 hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.

(You will find her published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.