Coffee Cake (Coffee Cake #1) by Michaela Grey ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

CoffeeCakeLGTitle: Coffee Cake (Coffee Cake #1)

Author: Michaela Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/11/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Coffee Cake: Book One

Bran Kendrick never expected to fall in love. He’s asexual, after all. What chance does he have of finding someone who’ll see past that? So when Malachi Warren catches his eye, Bran tells himself his crush will pass. Malachi disagrees. He has been attracted to Bran for some time, something he is delighted to find Bran reciprocating. They begin to date and feel their way through an intimate relationship that meets both their needs.

Suddenly Bran finds himself juggling a new boyfriend, a demanding job, and a college degree he’s not sure he wants, but he couldn’t be happier—until a series of seemingly random accidents befall Malachi. When they escalate, Bran realizes someone is trying to take away the best thing that ever happened to him, and he must scramble to keep Malachi safe while they search for the would-be killer.

My View:

I adored this story from the first sentence to the last. There is no other way to put it. Absolutely adored. I love Bran, and can relate to him in so many ways. Malachi isn’t as relatable for me, but I still loved him, especially for his love and acceptance of Bran exactly how he was. He never pushed for more than Bran was willing and able to give.

He supported Bran’s asexuality and accepted and loved him in spite of, or maybe because of it. He wanted to build a life with him that included whatever Bran was willing to give. Bran for his part fell hard and fast for Malachi. Growing up not thinking he could be loved, Malachi changed all that.

This is a story about the various forms that love and intimacy can take. It is a story to show us all that everyone deserves the love they crave, and more importantly, everyone deserves happiness.

There is a mystery sub-plot to this story, with the attempts on Malachi’s life. However, it was just that for me, a subplot. The interaction and relationship between Malachi and Bran were the highlights of the story for me.

I will be reading the sequel, Beignets as soon as my schedule allows. I haven’t had enough of these two, yet.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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