Review: Afternoon Delight (Irresistible #1) by Anne Calhoun

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Review: Afternoon Delight (Irresistible #1) by Anne Calhoun three-half-stars
Afternoon Delight by Anne Calhoun
Series: Irresistible #1
Published by InterMix on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 164
Format: eBook
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“Anne Calhoun’s romances define the erotic”* and now the national bestselling author of Uncommon Passion serves up a delicious new novella of savory food and hungry men—and one woman’s challenge to get creative with each...

Sarah McCall, food truck co-owner and recent Manhattan transplant, savors each moment of her new job—whether it’s refining the truck's menu, learning the city, or spending afternoons in bed with the hot paramedic who's fast becoming her favorite customer.

Afternoon Delight. What a wonderful title. It immediately brings to mind lazy summer afternoons, hammocks, ice cold lemonade and frozen drinks. All of that and other things that we indulge ourselves with when we have the time. So it makes perfect sense that Calhoun gave her book this title.

The characters in Afternoon Delight could not be more different: Tim is an EMT and always on the go while Sarah is a chef for a food truck and likes to take her time…to delight in things. Sarah forces Tim to slow down a bit – to appreciate things that take a little more time.

What I loved about Afternoon Delight was the emphasis on cooking – not what cooking is but what cooking does for the cook and the people who partake: it is an investment in the future but its grounded in the moment. Cooking rewards patience with the lovely scents and wonderful food. Cooking allows you to share intimate moments with friends and family that are lost when getting commercially prepared foods.

I have to say, the sex and the food were the only things that really worked for me with this short. Calhoun is excellent at creating multi-faceted characters who are interesting and have flaws but in this particular situation I felt the characterization wasn’t enough. There was just something missing that is normally present in the Calhoun works I’ve read thus far. I want to say it’s atmosphere? Tension? Conflict? I really can’t put my finger on it but it’s not there.

To be honest, right now Liberating Lacey is still one of Calhoun’s finer works for me (with “Under His Hand” and “What She Needs” neck and neck for the #2 spot).

With that being said, Afternoon Delight is a delight! The characters are well rounded and the writing is superb as always. I’m comparing Calhoun to herself when rating Afternoon Delight. In all honesty, I do believe that if judged alone Afternoon Delight will rate higher for most readers.

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