Review: Cake by Lauren Dane

An ARC copy provided by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin via NetGalley


From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane comes the latest release from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.
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…

Rating: 2.5 Stars

There are one thing i would like y'all to focus about this book (perhaps persuade you to read it!)
Gregori Ivanov is a hunky Russian artist. 

       My reaction: 
Rawr indeed! I mean, i have a weakness towards artist, and if the artist turned out to be as hot as Gregori. Whew! double the adoration! Just imagine when Gregori whispering all those arts and naughty things to you... (is it just me or is it getting hot in here?) 

Anyway, Gregori aside~

The book is actually quite good and i had fun reading their story. Dane create independent, confident characters that are easy for the readers to connect with. It certainly fit the demographic of Cosmopolitan readers - confident, fierce, independent women. The characters are easy on the eye too *cough* Gregori *cough*

In this book, Wren, an art student slash messenger girl had a crush on one of her customer, Gregori. She knows about his 'bad boy ways' and the hell raiser of his past, so she became his hang out friend who he enjoys tea and macaroons with.  I really love those scenes, they are so cute!

Wren is similar to the usual heroine in women's fiction genre, she is self-aware and goal focused. I like that she went extra miles to get what she want, and down to earth about it. She don't get self doubt or influenced by doubts from others, From all those tea parties, Wren had a chance to see the man behind all those persona, and she want it.

Gregori, the controversial brooding bad boy artist that have persona almost equally as eccentric as Salvador Dali is not what he appear to be. He has a good heart inside, and he's quite guarded on who he revealed them to. The hellraiser from his past made sure of it.

This book was a light read, no deep and heavy conflict going on. I've read this book in one go. I recommend it to those looking for a no-drama book or quick read at the beach, or while devouring some luscious dessert.

I didn't rate this book higher because i thought this book was a bit formulaic. The first half was interesting, when Dane lay out the background and introduces the characters, the flirt and the chase was electric, but the ending was a bit rushed and artificial, the climax wasn't up to par. (But i really like Wren's stubbornness whilst Gregori was doubting everything). I think if it was longer, or maybe more drama, the book would be rated higher.


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