Tart by Lauren Dane
Series: Delicious #2
Published by Berkley/Jove on November 6, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Menage, Romance
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USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane serves up a sweet, sensual, and hot-to-the-touch novel in which one woman’s most intimate desires are stirred by two very special ingredients...
Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.
That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.
Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns...
As I mentioned in my review for Sway, I’m reading the Delicious series because I read the Hurley Boys series and one of the Hurley’s books actually take place in the Delicious series. I will also try to make my way through the Brown Family. It seems that at least 2-3 couples in the Brown Family series are major secondary characters in Delicious.
When I decided to read this series, I went to do some price checking: all book stores carrying this series have each book priced around $10+ for the ebook (except for Sway which is a novella). I was not paying those prices. So it was off to the library. My goodness! I now have a TON of books borrowed via my county library or being shipped in from other libraries across the state (The Brown Family are up next).
Tart was the only book in the Delicious series that I could locate at my county library in print (Sway was on audio). I find it hilarious that Tart was the only easily available book…the one with the menage. LOL. I really need to meet my county’s book-buyers. *evil grin*
Tart is pretty simple and tame as far as menage romances go. Jules, the heroine, has been in love with the bi-sexual Cal for most of her life. Cal has been banging every man and woman standing still except for Jules. Until Gideon shows up. Gideon meets Jules and goes after her right away. Cal realizes that the relationship between Jules and Gideon is getting really serious really quickly and decides to make his move.
Which is a typical selfish prick move. Same thing happens in Jealous And Freakn’ by Eve Langlais. I always feel that the douche who pulls that move should always get the short end of the stick (should that be dick? lol) but it never happens.
What ALSO didn’t happen (to my dismay) is DP. WHY oh WHY am I batting 0% in my menage readings? What’s a girl gotta do to get a little DP action in her menage books??
“So you think I should give it a try? The, um, threesome thing? I mean, we didn’t make rules. It’s not like it has to be double penetration all the time or anything. Or any.” She shuddered. “That just seems sticky and messy and not entirely pleasant for the person who is being stuffed full of cock.”
I file this quote under “attitude adjustment needed.”
I found the whole scenario with Cal, Gideon and Jules getting together to be almost fantastical. I mean, very few guys have the balls to do what Cal did when he made his move…and very few guys are cool with sharing their girlfriends. And very few girls are cool with being shared…especially in a very short period of time. And when the whole trio are sexing (which I prefer, btw)? Well, it is awfully convenient that Gideon is bi, too.
The secondary characters are pretty well rounded – especially considering how many secondary characters there are. I think they are so well rounded because they are probably all in the Brown Family series (I swear I feel like I’m reading in reverse).
I loved Cal’s mom. She gave me so much life:
She stared at him for several long moments before she expelled a huff of breath. “Ryan, bring me my emergency cigarette. Cal, shut the door so your dad won’t smell the smoke. Boy oh boy, just once I’d like for you damned kids to do something minor.”
Ryan got up and brought out the stool to grab her emergency kit. Some booze, chocolate, a hundred books in cash and a pack of cigarettes Cal has seen precisely three times in his life. None of them were his high points.
All in all, this was a pretty good read although tame for a menage. I’m chalking that one to being traditionally published. I do recommend it though I have to remind you that the entire Delicious series is wrapped around the Brown Family series. And then spins off into the Hurley Boys series. That’s 12 books, people.