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Rogue Wave

Cake Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Alex Kydd
Series: Cake Series, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

A love story that survives the test of time.

Keith McKallister is the king of the stoners. You know the type. Every school has one - the hot, fun, dopey guy beloved by the student body but despised by, well, just about everyone else. He spends his early mornings in the ocean and his days trying to get to class on time. Life is as easy as it gets until one poor choice too many catches up with him, and he’s forced to reevaluate his path.

Samantha Anderson sits in the front row. You know the type. Every school has one - the quiet, faceless, studious girl who fears the taunts of her peers and fades into the background. Life has never been simple for Samantha, and it’s about to get a little more complicated when Keith slides into the seat beside her with a partnership plan designed for his benefit only. But what Keith brings to the table is more than either of them could imagine.

Sometimes the person you least expect to make a difference will change your life forever. Sometimes the person you love the most might be better off without you.

©2019 J. Bengtsson (P)2019 J. Bengtsson

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Rouge wave

Excellent, I've enjoyed all the books, can't wait for Quinn story, highly recommend the Seris to readers and listeners

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Impeccable!

Combine a gorgeous, heart twisting story, choc-a- block with character, humour, love, heartbreak and heart warming, and you have at your finger tips another of J Bengtsson's wonderful stories. The character development, the wit and writing, full of verve and emotion all combine to create an enchanting read. All of Julie's characters experience life's extremes and, with Keith, we have some poor choices to add to the mix. Sam is just a beautiful, strong soul. I love her!
Andi Arndt and Alex Kydd are fabulous choices for the story of Keith and Sam. They bring all the humour, wit and the sense of their struggle to find their place in life together, to vivid life. I was just completely caught up in their masterful story telling and relished every minute of this fabulous audio.💖💖💖

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Sweet and real young love to second chances

I've listened to the other stories in this series and was excited to hear Keith and Sam's story which I never imagined would've been so sweet and awesome and sad and a little tragic (don't worry you get a HEA!) I loved the beginning parts of their relationship in school, it was so lovely to see how the girl that goes unnoticed in school got together with one of the popular guys. Obviously I knew there was a tough bit coming with what happened to Jake but I never in a million years imagined poor Keith (and Sam by default) had such a hard time getting his life back together afterwards. It was painful and upsetting to read as you just wanted Keith to do the right thing for Sam. I loved the way they found each other again in later life and but then again had such sadness hit them again. This was a rollercoaster of a story and Bengtsson again with her beautiful story telling did an epic job! The narration also was perfect, Alex was a new to me narrator but he quickly became Keith in my mind and Andi as always has such an amazing voice that you can imagine her as a teenager or and adult. This is a must read if you've read the rest of the series!

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  • 05-05-19

Fantastic continuation of the series

This was so good! filled with everything I know and love in a J. Bengtsson, filled with fantastic dialogue and white clever characters. The narration was capturing and well delivered!

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Enjoyable listen

J. Bengtsson is a reliably great author, and this book is a good addition to the series. I love how you see major events through a difference lens with each book and see how they have impacted everyone in the family, and the choices they make. It’s such a well thought out and well executed concept. The only downside to this book was I’m not particularly attracted to slightly dim stoners, though he was likeable. Also the drama towards the end was annoying and just there for plot drama but left me wanting to shake the characters to wake them up. The overall book was still well worth a listen though!

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  • Booklover 876🇯🇲
  • 27-04-19

A rollercoaster of emotions!

First of all, if you haven't read the Cake series you're missing out. Go read them!
Rogue Wave have all the feels. I've been patiently waiting for Keith's and Sam's story and it did not disappoint. I thought Kyle was the quirky one, turns out Keith was long before him. Their story started from high school and journeyed over many years. This book have a serious vibe to it but it was also highly entertaining, filled with laughter, love, and a few obstacles that could have broken stronger than these two. One minute I'm laughing out loud, the next I just wanna cry. J Bengtsson is just that good at weaving a story. I've been all in with the McKallister family since Jake's story and I just enjoyed seeing them get happy endings. Just in case you miss Cake, Kyle, Kenzie, Finn, Emma and all the rest of the gang, don't worry we get to see them again in this one too. I finished reading this in one sitting and as with the others I will be reading it again. I just hope this isn't the last one, after all there's still Grace and Quinn!
This is my first Alex Kydd listen and I was really impressed with how he portrayed Keith, Andi Arndt as usual was just awesome.

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  • Kelly
  • 25-04-19

Love this family

This book was so entertaining from the minute it started. Keith and Sam were truly suppose to be together. I can't wait until Quinn's story. So worth the credit / cash. Keep it up Jill, you're an amazing author.

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  • Phara
  • 26-04-19

A little heavy for me

Loved the narrators and enjoyed catching up with the McAllisters but the themes were so heavy and one on top another that it was hard to get through. The HEA was the payoff but I guess I wasn’t in the right head space for something more difficult to get through. Be ware that this isn’t a light romance story but had more “reality” than I wanted in a genre I usually like to use as escapism. Still very well written as expected from J. Bengtsson.

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  • Catsongea
  • 25-04-19

Another great listen

This book is just as great as the others in the series. Somehow the author gives enough of a different spin on each sibling to keep my attention. Didn’t want to stop listening. Thanks.

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  • Rae Thompson
  • 04-05-19

J. Bengtsson has a gift!

First, the narrators are perfect. Andi Arndt is always beyond amazing, and Alex Kydd was a perfect choice for Keith.

I read this story first, and listened to the audible version when it was released. Sam and Keith are just like all of the other characters in this series.... hilarious, lovable, relatable and memorable. This entire series has become my ALL-TIME FAVORITE. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • lulujane
  • 24-04-19

Amazing!!

I’m not surprised that this series continues to get better! J. Bengtsson is so talented!
I love getting snippets of each family member as the stories continue.
Make sure you read/listen to these stories in order.
Great choices for the narration too!

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 26-05-19

A stellar work of storytelling!

There is nothing that I didn't enjoy of this story and this audiobook. Jill Bengtsson has such a true grasp of this characters and this family and us as readers we do anything to follow along and just feel the ride... In this case, ride the wave. This story was very well crafted, it hit all the notes that one just knows Jill will work on delivering. The emotional buildup, the friendship, the chemistry, the family dynamic, the rock bottom moments and the growing through tough times. Keith was so flawed but, like the rest of his siblings, he had a noble heart and that kept.me wrapped in his story and engaged as a listener. Sam is such a great female lead, because we were able to see.her grow into womanhood and always be true to who she was. Both Andi Arndt and Alex Kydd delivered a performance well worthy of the standard this series has consistently given to its fans. With Alex Kydd the California surfer stoner seemed to have more depth and he managed to portray all the vulnerability of the character with such truth that it was impossible to stop the audio, even at moments when the story hurt. I was a fan before but I really think he is a narrator to watch since his talent seems so raw and real. I loved it all!!

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  • Kristine Callis
  • 23-05-19

Amazing

I was worried that being a new author, J Bengtsson’s series would deteriorate in quality over time. However it has only gotten better!! She is such an amazing author, making her characters realistic in their faults and reactions while being endearing and relatable. This is more than worth the money, as I will listen to it more than once!

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  • Red Faith
  • 24-04-19

I loved it but...

I love happily ever after endings but dang I didn’t like crying through the first 3/4 of the book! Maybe more. It’s a must read for cake lovers but it was just a bit emotional for me!

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  • Laura Petsch
  • 24-05-19

Took A While

The overall book was good, but it took me a while to get into it.

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