Review: The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson

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.


Is it enough to say “Janice has done it again” and leave it at that?


Well, I could, I suppose, but I imagine all the reviewer type people would like more.

If you haven’t read Picture Perfect, it’s not strictly necessary, but you’d enjoy it and you’d probably enjoy this one a bit more.

Using her trademark humor, and lots of I Love Lucy references, Janice (who I’m delighted to call “friend”) draws us into the world of fancy cake making. And really, what’s not to love about making awesome cakes? Buddy from Cake Boss anyone? Janice has been posting pics of cakes she’s made all month. It makes me want to go camp out in her kitchen for a week. Or a year. Maybe a decade.

Bella and the gang are back with more Bella, more DJ, more adorable BellaDJ kids [there is no good way to combine those names – Jella? Bedj?], more Rossi family in general.

Including Bella’s brother.

Who just may be interested in Scarlet.


I’m gonna have to love on that little development a bit ;). Bella’s wayward brother might be finding his way back home thanks to a certain cake baker.

Scarlet’s issues with her family and her weight are all too real to many of us but are dealt with with grace and love – I’d expect nothing less from Janice (who, by the way, is less than half her former self if I remember correctly – so very proud of you, my friend! The rest of you should look up pics – the girl looks AWESOME!).

I loved Scarlet. I loved Armando. I loved, well, pretty much all of it and Can. Not. Wait. to read the next one about the dress designer. How much longer, Janice? And I really, really hope she’ll find a way to set more books in this “universe” because I love it here.

And can we see more of Brock? 😉

Overall rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Special thanks to Janice and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review.