Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Lush by Lauren Dane

Lush (Delicious, #3)Lush by Lauren Dane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A spin-off of the Brown Siblings series featuring Gillian's friends from Never Enough.

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…

The third in the Delicious series (Sway and Tart published previously), this book is a good read all on its own. I like the fact that you don't need to refer to the other books in order to get an idea of the storyline since it's all contained by itself.

Delicious in itself is a series of stories about a group of women, all friends, all with careers and varying talents, and all beautiful in their own way. They call themselves Delicious. Apt.

It begins as typical fantasy story of rock star falls in love with girl next door and have a conflict because of paparazzi... that's where all similarities end.

There are lots of sex scenes of course, somewhat drawn out, but sizzling. Maybe a bit too much on the descriptions and thoughts - but the words! Lauren Dane has such a classic, beautiful writing style that you can overlook that fault, if you can even consider it one. She's got a way of describing the food Mary cooks like porn.

What I enjoyed most about it was Mary and Damien (total rock star name!) could be real people. It has overtones of the Billy Joel-Katie Lee  relationship; well, if Billy Joel looked like Roger Taylor or Fabrizio Moretti. Mary is a strong woman, smart enough to know how to handle a relationship with a celeb without losing herself. It goes beyond the ideal people have of others and focuses on the gritty, behind the scenes aspects of life.

I love that Mary isn't a fawning idiot, hates to scene, and gets involved with Damien DESPITE his fame. It's easy to fall in love with Damien as well, who sees his partying, womanizing image getting in the way of the romance he wants and proceeds to work hard to prove himself to be the normal farm boy his parents raised.

If you're looking for a hard-core sex + toys story, then go away. This is a series that speaks of life, good and bad, that you - or anyone else - can have. I want more!

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