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Title: Beef Cake
Series: Donner Bakery #4 Green Valley Chronicles #19
Author: Jiffy Kate
Publisher: Smartypants Romance
Publication Date: 14 March 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads

If opposites do actually attract, then Gunnar Erickson and Frankie Reeves take the cake.

Frankie Reeves is complicated, even though she won’t admit it. She fills her days working as an ER nurse, taking care of her mom, and searching for the father she never knew. Anything else has no place in her perfectly compartmentalized, purposefully simple life. Attachments? No thank you. She has no time for that.

Gunnar Erickson recently moved to Green Valley to train at Viking MMA with his brother Cage. Being the youngest of the Erickson clan, he’s always felt like he has something to prove, and now that he’s finished with college, it’s his time to shine. But before he can step into the ring, a freak accident sends him to the ER and into the care of one Frankie Reeves.

While he’s immediately smitten, she pretends to be unfazed by this six-foot-three, two hundred and thirty-pound beefcake. Gunnar sets out to prove to Frankie that, not only does she like him more than she wants to admit, but he’s not the uneducated, brute she assumes he is. To Frankie, he’s the worst kind of complication, but that doesn’t make it easy to stay away.

Beef Cake Excerpt

‘Beef Cake’ is a full-length contemporary romance, can be read as a standalone, and is book #4 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


Beef Cake very loosely ties to the Donner Bakery with the connect to Tempest – Duchess of Muffins (Stud Muffin) and Cage. However, I will say Beef Cake fits in spectacularly with the plot elements used within Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers.

Beef Cake is a slow burn with a lot of issues dealt with by the female protagonist, Frankie. Good job Gunnar is so laid back, for an MMA fighter he is one heap of gooey centre, falling hard and fast for Frankie when he comes to Green Valley to train with his brother Cage.

Cage fighter falls for a nurse with an aversion to violence

gunnar erickson, chapter 27, beef cake

The above quote captures the essence of the story perfectly; it is the reasons behind Frankie’s aversion to violence and the way in which she comes to terms with elements of her past and its impact on her present/future that provides depth to the narrative.

With the arrival of the third of the five Erickson brothers to Green Valley, I am wondering if there really is a Viking invasion and whether each brother will get there own story!!!!