Afternoon Delight Review: Cake by Lauren Dane

Posted September 17, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Afternoon Delight Review: Cake by Lauren Dane

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on September 15, 2013
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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Any book of Lauren’s is a book I want to read. I adore her Brown Siblings series and now her Delicious series. So when I heard the title Cake, I just couldn’t resist seeing what Lauren had up her sleeve this time!

Cake is a short, hot erotic story about two artists at various points in their lives and even different artistic focuses. Art student, Wren Davis, is a bike messenger to make ends meet as she explores the various mediums of artistic expression. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to go after it. I adored her confidence in herself and her body as she gives no quarter the hero of the story. Delivering documents to him is an added bonus in helping her achieve her goal of seducing and claiming the one man who drives her desires wild.

Gregori Ivanov is well known and paid in the art world and specifically Seattle. Once married and divorced, Gregori just enjoys women and closes himself off to the hurt of getting to deep in a relationship. Whenever Wren shows up, he lusts for her, but never reveals it as he wants her friendship more than sex, or so he thinks. Tattooed, pierced with bright red hair, he shows Wren a side of him the world never sees.

When the two meet, they discuss art over pastries Gregori always has around…cookies and cakes mostly. Thus the title of Cake since he thinks Wren is even better than Cake. As the two embark on furthering their relationship and scorching up the sheets, Gregori starts to feel suffocated by the feelings he doesn’t want to feel and is scared to move further with. But how do you go back to being just friends with the woman you know in your heart you love.

While this is a relatively short story, the two have known each other for a year before this story even starts. This made the transition to a deeper relationship easier to handle and even onto the HEA. There is no shortage of inflammable pages in this story that will leave you breathless wanting to read more of Lauren Dane’s work. I highly recommend this as a wonderful afternoon read under the trees with a cool drink in your hands…trust me, you will need the cool drink.

Afternoon Delight

About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

So this is a have your cake and eat it too type of story. Haha! Just kidding! It sounds good.

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Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Lauren Dane always has me at go. She writes about real people in a real world. Cake played a big part of their relationship, but so did art. These two have to overcome his past to move onto their future. I think I really might like this Cosmo line of Harlequins!

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

So this is a have your cake and eat it too type of story. Haha! Just kidding! It sounds good.