Lush by Lauren Dane
Series: Delicious #3
Published by Penguin Books on April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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…
Finally! Damien + Mary’s story!
I started this little Lauren Dane adventure by reading The Best Kind of Trouble – the first book in the Hurley Boys series. The Hurley brothers are all part of a family band named Sweet Hollow Ranch. All of the brothers got their own book in the Hurley Boys series. Except Damien. Damien’s story is located in this different (earlier) series called Delicious.
And here we are (I didn’t realize it at the beginning but apparently I’m in the middle of a glom.). I finally read the book that started me reading the whole Delicious series to begin with (of course, it would have been the last book in the series). Mary is Cal’s sister from Tart. She is best friends with the heroines of Sway (Daisy) and Tart (Jules) as well as Gillian from Never Enough (Brown Family #4). Yeah, it’s all tangled like spaghetti.
Mary is a cook, a wonderful cook who lavishes delicious concoctions on her friends and family as a way of showing her love. She meets the hero, Damien, at her friend Gillian’s engagement party. Damien is immediately bowled over by Mary’s everything. He loves that she isn’t intimidated or starstruck by him. He loves that she’s sensual and loving, she’s attractive, successful and she has her own life and her own friends. The only problem Damien has with Mary is that she doesn’t take him seriously.
He held her there for some time. Teasing. Taking. Seducing her. He wanted her to want him to come back. Wanted to see her again after he went home to Oregon. Wanted to burn himself into her skin so she needed him as much as he needed her.
Mary likes Damien – she thinks he’s a great musician and a good person. She also finds him incredibly attractive and really, really enjoys the sex. Mary is also 100% aware of Damien’s past and his habits: namely the fact that Damien was a manwhore. She feels no need to get emotionally involved with a rockstar manwhore (agreed) and that his very job brings attention that she has no interest in (also, agreed).
“Is he, like . . . that energetic in bed?” Daisy asked, watching Damien play the drums like a madman.
“He’s certainly that creative.” Mary knew she was grinning but she couldn’t help it. “He’s really good with his hands.”
And other parts. All his parts really.
“Yeah. Usually I’m the one that sweaty when he’s finished. If I had any muscle control left I’d totally use my lighter.”
It was rather cute watching other people tell Mary how hard Damien was crushing on her. I loved the fact that Damien really had to work to show Mary the person behind the image. Mary had a life – a happy and fulfilled life that did not include Damien Hurley. Mary and Damien started bonding over more simple things: family, hobbies and food (and sex). In fact, all of it was quite cute until we get to the Big Mis in the end. Mary receives some “information” from a person she KNOWS she can never trust but it causes her to jump to conclusions and attitudes.
All in all, I found this to be quite a cute romance.