5/5, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, review copy

Review: TART by Lauren Dane

About the book:

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 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…

TART is fantastic on so many levels. I finished the book and had to take a couple of days to think about  what I wanted to write in the review. I really wanted to just write – IT’S FANTASTIC! BUY IT! READ IT! 🙂 Then I started re-reading and got sucked back into the story and read the second half of the book again.

TART is a book about family, both the one you are born to and the one you create with friends and lovers. Juliet doesn’t have a great biological family, but has created an amazing family for herself with the Delicious girls and the Brown family. I loved the scenes where everyone was gathered celebrating Gillian and Adrian’s engagement/wedding. Cal has flirted his way through a few previous books and it was always obvious that he was meant to be with Jules. It was great to finally get to really know his character. Cal is messy, impulsive, impatient, and passionate. Gideon is the newbie in this book, but from the first moment he shows up on the page I loved him. He fits in perfectly with the other characters and with Jules. He is the opposite of Cal – calm, collected, neat, takes things slow, patient – and I believe that’s why their relationship works so well. Cal and Gideon form the perfect man for Jules. There were times this book made me laugh, cry, and blush. I don’t think there is anyone who writes a triad relationship as well as Lauren Dane. You can feel the love between each partner for the other and their struggles to find a way to make the unconventional relationship work feel realistic. I will be counting down the days till the next Delicious novel!

the book girl gives TART a 5/5

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One Comment

  1. Babs

    I have this preordered for my Kindle and cannot wait to read it tomorrow. I am breaking my self-imposed ban on buying new books (until I get my to read pile down to a reasonable level!) for this one. Don’t care, MUST HAVE IT. Love Dane’s writing and can’t wait to see the Browns and Delicious group again.

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