ARC Book Review: Cake

Posted September 14, 2013 by Kathy in 3.5 Stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

ARC Book Review: CakeCake by Lauren Dane
Published by Harlequin on September 17, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 87
Source: Netgalley
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She won't be satisfied with just one bite….
Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren's gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.
But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she's determined to show him that just one taste won't be enough….
My Review:
When I saw this book cover and title I had a feeling it was going to be a steamy romance.  And I was definitely right!  Lauren Dane has done it again with this novella for Harlequin’s new Cosmo Red-Hot Reads line!
What I loved about this novella is the characters.  Gregori is a sexy artist who looks like the ultimate bad boy – mohawk, tattoos, and piercings.  But deep down he’s a serious guy, he’s passionate about his art but he knows he is surrounded by people that just want to use him (to get into clubs or for money). Being an artist at a young age, Gregori has come to accept that this is how his life will always be.  Wren Davis is an art student who makes deliveries to Gregori for his assistant, Kelsey (who is Wren’s cousin). Wren is a smart and independent girl.  She’s sexy and classy, nothing like Gregori’s ex-wife and the groupies that hang around him.  I loved that Wren was a strong female character, not the girl that when things got bad she didn’t lock herself in her room.  Wren deals with the disappointment but goes right after what she wants (in her career and in Gregori).
I also loved Wren and Gregori’s story.  Over a year they slowly develop a friendship. Gregori recognizes that Wren is not like everyone else, she’s someone who understands and respects his art.  She’s not hanging around to use him for her career, but she does want to use him for other things (hot and sexy things!).  I loved that this story wasn’t about one night stands between the Gregori and Wren.  This was about them moving toward being more than friends!
But what I didn’t like about this novella was that it was too short.  At only 87 pages, it wasn’t long enough to include other subplots.  If it was longer I would have been able to connect with the characters.  I really liked Kelsey and Zoe (Wren’s roommate) so it would have been great to read about their friendship.
This was well written and Lauren Dane wrote another passionate and sexy story!  I love her Chase Brother’s Series, so I will definitely read more from her.  So if you are looking for a quick, hot romance then check this out!


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