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The Marquess of Cake (Redcakes) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Hiestand
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Coffee. . .tea. . .or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection. . .

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream. . .Alys Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel--and flash of ankle--she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman's touch are driving her to distraction. . .

With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook's passion for sweets--and for Alys--be his heart's undoing?

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  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601831293
  • Publisher: eKensington (July 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNKMFGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By maggie
Format:Kindle Edition
I was fortunate that this book was available at Net Galley and I was approved to review it in advance of release. First, let me say that if you read this and you are on a diet, you will likely stray. So be forewarned.

There are so many clever pieces in this mixture of family drama with light romance. The Marquess of Hatbrook has a sweet tooth that has caused him to frequent Redcake's Tea Shop and Emporium. Of course this leads to a mutual attraction and a delicious romance between the Marquess and the Emporium's owner, Alys. The romance is even more delicious than the cakes (or maybe that is simply because I don't have a sweet tooth but love a good romance).

The author does a great job presenting the Victorian era and it's dictates around marriage, owning or running businesses, class, and society. She also inserts plenty of tension with difficulties between various family members--some of them not very nice. The other thing I like in her characterizations is that she does not make Michael, The Marquess, out to be perfect. He makes mistakes and some decisions are not ones I liked to see. However, that made him so much more real and the relationship between Michael and Alys even sweeter.

One of the more interesting character attributes, and thus possible tension, is that the Marquess is hypoglycemic. This means that Michael is unconsciously dealing with his low blood sugar levels by eating sweets. I admit, I'm not a physician so I don't really understand the difference between a diagnosis of hypoglycemia vs diabetes. In both cases, the blood sugar needs to be regulated or normalized. The way that Alys identifies Michael's problem and addresses it really adds to the romance and bodes well for a forever after relationship.

Overall, I enjoyed The Marquess of Cake. It was a nice combination of romance, drama, and entertainment. I believe the Redcake series will be fun to follow.

Rating 4.5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marquess of Cake July 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I must apologize. I looked at the cover and title and thought this would be a humorous book. The farther I read the more I knew it wasn't. I liked the characters.Michael, the Marquess, trying to improve his family's worth. Alys, who made cakes in trade. Poor Rose with asthma. Even Alys' s father who became rich and changed her life. It was a bit confusing how the different lives all melded in together. There were inferences to medical problems such as asthma, diabetes and even gall bladder surgery. This occurred when women were starting to assert themselves. I liked this book. The plot was workable and I learned several new facts. The diabetes was a personal issue as my husband has diabetes. Please read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complicated and sweet mix July 7, 2013
By Vania
Format:Kindle Edition
A hypoglycemic marquess and a baker of cakes. A complicated mix.
When the Marquess of Hartbrook went to Redcake's Tea Shop, he never imagined that in addition to delicious cakes and trifles, his interest would fall on one of the beautiful attendants - called cakies - who smelled wonderfully as orange.

He didn't want to marry. But our heroine, Alys Redcake didn't want it too. It would be simple and perfect if they didn't have deep and strong reasons to marry to each other.

The title is interesting and the cover is amazing!!
I think the book is fantastic not only for being the genre I most liked, historical, but at the same time have a certain clue of modernity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have your cake, and eat it too July 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a wonderful book. It was a about a woman named Alys Redcake and a Marquess Hatbrook. It tells the ups and downs of Alys the cakie and the Marquess. It is a must read for lovers of historical romances.

Alys was raised to work in her fathers factories and later his bakery. Decorating cakes is what she loves to do. She meets the Marquess Michael Shields when she waits on him in her fathers bakery. Her father is knighted by the Queen and then Alys and Michael find themselves meeting in social situations. They pair always seem to be coming to each others rescue. Alys's father kicks her out of the bakery determined that she should become a lady of leisure. Does Alys have what it takes to make it as a lady and does the Marquess have what it takes to see Alys as something other then common. Read it and find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book February 18, 2014
By Ndmom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read with well developed characters. I love this period in history. Downtown abbey flavor. Dont forget to get the second book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story! January 25, 2014
By pugmama
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i totally enjoyed this book! i love reading baking novels because they always contain such great descriptions of stuff! This was no different...it was a wonderful read. I would have like to seen Alys get her bakery and watched its success before the book ending but other than that, i like this story very much! I also loved that it is set in sort of the Victorian era...i love that time period with all the fabrics ad flavors and just the whole history of the time...that was a perfect setting for this story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appealing Heroine October 6, 2013
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In the Victorian era, Alys, as a woman of 26, is considered over-the-hill. So I was rooting for her to find romance and prove to herself and her family she was worthy of happiness. At times I wanted to smack some of her family members for their boorish, self-centered, and entitled behavior. In addition, it was painful to watch a talented artist such as Alys have to defer to men so frequently. I enjoyed the journey, however, and took pleasure in the successes of an unconventional heroine. I will look forward to the next book in the series, and hope to see some of the antagonists in The Marquess of Cake get the smack-down they so richly deserve!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and great read!
The Marquess of Cake is a fun plot that you don't see that often in the romance genre. The heroine is not our typical aristocrat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret A. Hren
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into this story
I liked the premise of this story but not the author's style. The first chapter went smoothly enough, with Alys and Michael meeting. Alys came off as kind of mean and pushy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irisrose
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good story
I love historical novels and this fit the bill. I thought Alys and Michael were a great match and all of the sisters Rose and Matilda remind me of sisters who only think of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sicomono2
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and not too sweet
I liked this book it was very humorous and at the time little was known about blood sugar issues. I liked the play between the two principles as well as well as thed plot.
Published 4 months ago by jazz 17
3.0 out of 5 stars A great & different storyline for a Victorian Historical Romance!!
I'm really enjoyed this book. I love when I find new author like Heather Hiestand. The book was a little slow but she use the pages to introduce the quirky, hilarious and crazy... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patty McKenna Van Hulle
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
This author is new to me and was a Goodreads recommendation.

I really liked it. I thought the writing was good and the story fresh and unique. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TracyJane
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for The Marquess of Cake
I wanted to read this the moment I saw it. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I thought the premise of this one sounded adorable. And it was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Q @ Let Them Read Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance & Sweets
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Published 8 months ago by Victoria (aka Zemfirka)
3.0 out of 5 stars Hypoglycemia in Victorian England
Although this was not set in the Regency period that I prefer I enjoyed the book. The characters were interesting and fun and the story well done. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Regency Romance lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Teacakes For Two
Title: The Marquess of Cake (Redcakes Book 1)
Author: Heather Hiestand
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 7-4-2013
Pages: 241
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More About the Author

Heather Hiestand is the author of fifteen novels as well as many novellas and short stories. Her first sale was in the mystery genre and since then she has focused on romance, eventually splitting her identity and becoming Anh Leod for erotic romances. She co-writes historical fantasy novels as well.

She lives in Washington State with her husband and son. Her website is http://www.heatherhiestand.com, her blog is http://blog.heatherhiestand.com, and she is active on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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