Title: Lush by Lauren Dane
Delicious Series Book Three
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
Imprint: Berkley Trade
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B
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USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel, in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe…
Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.
Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.
What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…
Lush, the third installment of Lauren Dane’s Delicious series, is a fast paced and scorching hot romance between a sweet yet sexy caterer and bad boy rocker.
Mary Whaley and Damien Hurley’s intense attraction results in a one night stand. Neither is interested in a serious relationship-Mary is busy running her thriving catering business and Damien is on tour with his band. But as their paths continue to cross, Damien and Mary continue to burn up the sheets with some seriously down and dirty sex. Soon, Damien discovers he wants more than sex from Mary, but Mary has no desire to live in the limelight. Adding to Mary’s reluctance to further involve herself in Damian’s life is his wild reputation. Can Damian convince Mary to give their relationship a chance? Will Damian’s past come between them?
Mary is a strong character; sexually confidant and willing to go after what she wants in the bedroom. She is always honest with herself, Damian and her friends that all she is looking for is a no strings attached affair with him. Mary has no trouble standing up for herself and whether it is Damian or her close friends, she does not hesitate to speak her mind.
Damien owns his hard partying past and he offers no apologies or excuses for enjoying his success. He is surprisingly down to earth, respectful and caring. He definitely knows how to satisfy a woman, but it is how he treats Mary outside the bedroom that really matters. Damian works hard to earn Mary’s trust and convince her that his wild days are behind him.
One of the strongest elements of Delicious is the secondary relationships. The secondary cast of characters is vast, and they all play vital roles in the story. Strong friendships and family bonds provide depth to the overall plot and their unwavering support sustain Damian and Mary throughout the novel. They have one another’s best interests at heart and they are always brutally honest with Damian and Mary. They have disagreements and fights, but their relationships always emerge unscathed and stronger than ever.
Lush has it all. An entertaining plot, genuine characters, and seriously hot sex scenes. Lauren Dane provides an absolutely fascinating view of what goes on behind the scenes in the music world. Longtime fans of the Delicious series are going to enjoy catching up with their favorite characters. New to the series? You are going to fall in love with all of the characters in this highly addictive series.