Cake by Lauren Dane
Series: Cosmo Red-Hots Reads
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 .
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This is a bit of a departure from my usual reviewing fare but I requested it from Harlequin so here we go. I’m actually a big fan of contemporary romance, though I usually read more contemporary romantic suspense, and I’ve heard good things about Dane’s contemporary work so I wanted to give her a shot. What better than a steamy novella from Harlequin’s new Cosmo Red-Hot Reads line?
“Red hot” is definitely a good descriptor for this novella. There is sexual tension and sex galore in CAKE. Wren and Gregori have a really intense connection that’s been simmering for a year when they finally act on their mutual attraction. Dane writes sex scenes well but, as always, I’m much more interested in the emotional connections between the two lead characters, which they have in spades. Wren and Gregori get each other in ways other folks don’t, thanks to mutual interests and general interest in one another. Gregori is tempermental, autocratic, and obscenely talented but Wren respects his talent and gets where the moods come from. For his part, Gregori is incredibly supportive of Wren’s ambitions, even if he doesn’t understand all of her actions. Dane’s done a wonderful job of showing how two very different personalities can come together and start to fall for each other even before they hit the sheets.
I don’t much care for the cover but the content is great if you’re in the mood for a sexy novella with smart characters. CAKE is a perfect read for that lazy afternoon that’s hopefully in your future!