Review: Revenge Cake by Skyler Mason

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I didn’t want to fall in love with Logan, an infamous relationship slut.
He fell in love too easy for it to ever be real.
And I refused to end up just one more crazy ex-girlfriend.

But he used his self-deprecating charm to wear me down, and I let myself fall.
Even though I was afraid he’d abandon me once he learned about my anxiety disorder.

And that’s exactly what he did.

He shattered my heart into a million pieces, and now it’s time for him to pay.
Revenge never tasted so sweet
.

But I have to be careful.
I can’t get too close.
I can’t let myself fall in love with him again.

I’ve never loved anyone more than Leilani, the fiercest woman I’ve ever met.
But I can’t let her break my heart for the second time.
I won’t survive it.

If we’re going to be together after college, she needs to handle her addiction to anxiety pills.
She can’t do that if I’m around to enable her.

And that’s exactly why I had to leave.

But one look into those severe brown eyes and I’m transported back to the night we met.
The night I fell in love with her
.

I know I have to stay away.
But I miss her.
And what’s the harm in just one look?

My Thoughts

Who knew revenge could do such wonders for mental health?.

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings: Drug addiction

The awesome title and cover of this book were more than enough to spark interest in me to pick up this novel, and I was not disappointed. This is a very angsty and hateful romance book featuring two people with tons of baggage between them, while also tackling mental health issues such as anxiety and panic disorder.

I commend the author for putting her own personal experience with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder into her character Leilani, because it gave the readers such better understanding and a clear view on how it happens to a person. I found myself empathizing with Lani, and putting myself into her shoes from the beginning because of how realistic and vulnerable she was with her condition – especially with all her ups and downs. Also kudos for the author in featuring the importance of therapy and support from friends and family during a mental health crises.

The romance game of this novel started really strong, and I was so into ditzy relationship-slut Logan and the reclusive yet highly opinionated Lani. They were just both polar opposites of one another that it was such a ride to see them figure each other out and slowly fall in love. I really enjoyed the banter between them. But my main problem with this book is how clueless and awful Logan was when Lani started to spiral down a dangerous road in her head. Sure it was explained in the latter pages why he did so and the problem he had with it, but the moment that particular scene happened, I was already frustrated and mad at him for not seeing the bigger issue, thinking all about himself, and running away immediately from it. I just really wanted to strangle him from that point onwards, and have lost all my sympathy for him then.

The story itself is very fast paced and easy to read and get into, and I didn’t have a hard time adjusting to the alternating timelines that explained both how their relationship started and how their revenge plots happened. I only have a slight issue with how the last few chapters happened because it all felt rushed to me. But nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who really loves a very angsty romance.

 

 He makes me feel light and easy, I realize, and that’s why I like him so much already. I’m not a light and easy person. I’m dark and twist most of the time, and being with Logan Henderson is a welcome reprieve.

My Rating

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About The Author

T.J. Klune (Author of The House in the Cerulean Sea)
.

Skyler is a romance novel reader first and foremost. Her books feature strong heroines who sometimes make their heroes cry, but only because they deserve it. After all, if romance isnt angsty, is it even worth it?

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