Cake: Lauren Dane

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Expected release date Sept. 17, 2013.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane comes the latest release from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

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..

Cake is a hot, tasty treat from Lauren Dane.

Gregori Ivanov is an intense, sexy, talented Russian bad boy artist. He has been burned by an ex and people that just want to use him. He puts up a fake persona to keep people from getting too close. People see him as a hard drinking, bossy, womanizing asshole with lots of money and influence. He likes to be in control and is afraid of getting to close or involved with anyone.
"...if you looked up bad boy in leather your dad would totally hate you dating but is really forbidden and does fabulous things with his tongue in the dictionary, his picture would be above it. It's part of his allure. But it's also...it's only the exterior. He's more."

Wren is a messenger for his agent, Kelsey. She spends a little time with him a few times a week. She is fun, flirty and genuine. She is an art student, graphic artist, and talented in her own right. And she has a little thing for the elusive artist, but she wants the man under the mask not what he can do for her. I loved that she was strong and independent. She knows she wants and is not afraid to go after it. Gregori did not have a chance against her feminine wiles. 

" I love cake like I love painting...I love women like I love cake...."

"I feel it now. Question is, Gregori, do you enjoy me as much as you enjoy cake? And how can you know unless you take a taste?"
They flirt, they tease, and they have chemistry and shared passions. They were scorching hot together! But when things get a little too hot to handle, Gregori panics and thinks they need to cool down.  Wren is not afraid or a fight, even if she has to help Gregori fight his own demons. But will it be enough?

I liked Wren's boss and cousin Kelsey and how they conspired together. Their girl time and gossip sessions added more humor to the story. And that Kelsey was not afraid to tell Gregori the score either. 

"Having someone who knows you better than anyone else? Someone who gets you, flaws and all, and is still there? You have enough fans, Gregori. You need more than that. And you so are the real deal. You just need to let yourself believe it. And realize she's as perfect for you as you are for her."

This was a short, witty, steamy read with likable characters. It had a strong heroine and unique, sexy male lead. They had a good connection and it was realistically paced and believable. It was well written, engaging, and a sweet little stand alone. 

Thanks to Lauren Dane,   Harlequin and NetGalley  for providing me with an ARC  in exchange for an honest review 

Lauren Dane Website/Facebook/Twitter

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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