Published by Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good that she gave up her dreams of becoming a renowned pastry chef to help her parents with their struggling Mexican bakery. Yet her parents reject any changes she suggests, and refuse to sell her mouth-watering confections. Clearly being a good girl isn’t paying off. So when her brother’s sexy ex-best friend walks into the bakery, Amara’s tempted to be very bad indeed…
After a scandal twelve years ago, resident bad boy Eric Valencia has returned to make things right with his family and friends. One glance at Amara and her wicked curves, however, and Eric finds himself thinking about how she’d feel beneath him—something he promised Amara’s brother he would never think about, let alone do.
But this bad boy is in deep trouble…because Amara’s determined to have her cake, and Eric, too.
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All Amara Maria Robles has always wanted is to make gourmet pastries but she gave up a thriving career to come help her parents with their failing bakery. Unfortunately, her parents are stuck in their ways and not open to actual suggestions that could modernize the bakery and bring the income in and Amara is becoming increasingly frustrated. So when her brother’s former best friend walks into the bakery, she is ready to let off some steam and he’s just the person to help her. She’s always been a good girl, but right now she is ready to be bad.
Eric Valencia was the bad boy all parents warned their kids away from, the one the girls wanted and after a major scandal, he left home twelve years ago. Now, he’s back for a fresh start and to take care of his sick grandmother. Getting together with the younger sister of his former best friend was not a part of the plan, especially as his new job and renewed connection with his friend would be in jeopardy if found out, but Eric can’t resist temptation.
I was interested in reading Delicious Temptation because one of the characters is a pastry chef and it turned out to be a little gem. Honestly, her mother made me almost stop reading just a few pages in and then Eric didn’t help. He gave me so much whiplash with his constant hot and cold responses to Amara that I almost quit reading the book. For someone who was trying for redemption, returning to his bad boy ways and sneaking around with Amara was in poor taste and just confirmed the poor opinion others had of him.
Also, as much as it was annoying that Amara let her parents control her life so much and seemed to have no backbone and also hid her relationship with Eric, their behavior is understandable in light of their culture and Ms. Sol does a great job of capturing the cultural elements of the food, behavior, family, society.
But there are some redeeming qualities to the characters. Eric saw the potential in Amara and encouraged her to reach for her dreams instead of yielding to people’s expectations of her. Also, his love for his grandmother was so sweet. Amara finally stood up to her family and demanded the respect she deserved.
I like that Delicious Temptation was not all about the sexual chemistry between the main characters but that Ms. Sol gave the story more depth by infusing it with a cultural feel and writing characters that had real struggles, doubts and insecurities and worked hard to overcome them.