Kink Level Low, HEA for 3
Series-Delicious #2 (Note that Delicious is connected to the Brown Siblings series)
Reviewed by Anne
So, last Wednesday I confessed to buying this book, Tart. It was on the expensive end of what I’m willing to pay for a book, but, in this case, I have no regrets. Be warned, this is going to be another love fest from me to Lauren Dane. I really love her contemporary set writing. I know it’s not perfect, but I don’t care. It’s perfect to me!
In this book, Jules, friend to Daisy and Gillian, is nursing a long standing but unreturned affection for Cal. This has been the status quo for several years. Cal, openly bi, has serially dated several women and men during this time. He’s secretly got a thing for Jules, but feels unworthy of her and is too scared of losing the friendship he has with her to take a chance and make a move. That’s the case until Jules and Gideon meet.
Gideon is a childhood friend of Jules and Cal’s. He’s returned to town to help his grandfather run his farm. There are immediate sparks between Jules and Gideon, and the move quickly into a relationship they both realize is serious. That finally spurs Cal into action.
For me, this point where Cal decides to pursue Jules is the weakest point in the story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the way they moved from a couple and an outside pursuer into a triad was difficult for me to believe. However, besides this point in the story, I thought the rest of the dynamics of being part of a triad were realistically portrayed. (Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on triads, this is just based on how I would imagine it being. To me this is fantasy in a contemporary setting.)
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I enjoyed the Brown Siblings series and now the Delicious series because there are no villains and no susupse, just a telling of how two (or three) people come together. In this story Jules had more growing to do than the two men. I’m not sure they could have made a relationship work if they all were a mess. But I can buy into this fantasy, and I enjoyed being there! I’m impatient for the next story. For me, there is just no one who writes quite like Lauren Dane when it comes to this kind of contemporary book!