Cake by Lauren Dane

Cake by Lauren DaneAvailable: Sept 15, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

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 fast, one sitting read from Lauren Dane and the Red Hot Cosmo reads line. I was intrigued by Gregori because he seemed a bit off from what a normal hero would be. He’s artistic right down to his giant mohawk, moody and slightly off putting personality. He smokes and so I didn’t find him overly attractive for personal reasons (and that hurt my connection to him big time) but I could see his intrigue and understand why Wren would be drawn to him.

I enjoyed Wren as the heroine. She’s career minded, talented and in no way needs a man to complete herself. She yearns for Gregori because of his artistic mind and the man she knows he can be. He’s supportive of her own artistic dreams even if he disagrees with how she goes about them. They dance around each other well and the sexual tension finally breaks after knowing each other for over a year.

Since I didn’t much care for the hero, it’s hard to gauge this one. It’s well wrote like I’d expect any Lauren Dane book to be but it lacked the pizzazz that I was looking for in a novella. I didn’t find myself warming up to Gregori as the story progressed which is often the case if I don’t immediately love a hero. I just felt blah about him.

Gregori spends a lot of time telling himself that his relationship with Wren is wrong, that they’d be better off staying friends and foregoing the sex. He’s a bit gun shy because of his train wreck of an ex-wife and justifiably so since she’s a crazy, drug addled bitch. Yet he craves Wren and finds himself lonely when he pulls back from her. Wren tries again and again to get him to see how different she is from his ex. To the point where I wanted her to pull back before he did.

I think this could have been more and so I find myself conflicted as to how I feel about it overall. I liked it but I wished I could have enjoyed it fully.

I give Cake by Lauren Dane 3 stars

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