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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Taste of Temptation by Moira McTark

Taste of Temptation by Moira McTark
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (72 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewer: Holly

Love is best savored one slow, sweet lick at a time.

The sting of betrayal and added humiliation of being the last to know have left hotel owner Jason Henley leery of romance. Until an abandoned wedding cake—and feisty wedding planner and hopeless romantic Lanie Malone—tumble into his arms, turning dessert for two-hundred-fifty into the backdrop for a sexy romp.

Lanie always keeps business and pleasure in their proper places. But between Jason’s advances, and a groomzilla-from-hell’s indiscretions, she finds she’s lost control of the wedding and her body. With Jason and Lanie facing off, the buttercream’s about to hit the fan… When the frosting clears, more than Laine’s career will be hanging in the balance.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: This book contains frank language and graphic descriptions of hot sugar-slicked sex that give new meaning to the phrase, “have your cake and eat it too”.

Can a ruined wedding cake lead to true love? Wedding planner Lanie Malone has caught the eye, and more, of hotel owner Jason Henley, and has no idea what to do about it. And Jason is busy trying to convince himself he is only interested in a one-night stand with Lanie. Lanie has her hands full with the weddings, and thinks she has no time for romance. And she has to be on her toes, because her boss has a strict rule of three strikes and you’re out. A failed wedding several weeks before, and a possible disaster with this cake would make two strikes. Can Lanie survive the next catastrophe with her job intact? Will these two be able to find common ground, and a chance at something more than a fling, or will both of their pasts return to haunt them and keep them apart?

Moira McTark has written a witty romantic comedy with enough twists and turns to make a person just a little dizzy. The heat between Lanie and Jason is almost instantaneous, and the relationship has all of the tension found when the couple tries to outguess each other. She makes Jason and Lanie human and fallible, and both have combustible tempers that get out of hand. She gives us the sexiest food fight I have ever read, and I love the interaction in the elevator, too. Lanie’s hard driving boss Connie is a character as well, and accounts for much of the discord between Lanie and Jason. There were two brief views into why Lanie and Jason are both a bit “gun shy” when it comes to love and relationships, and they take steps to correct the problems in their respective pasts. I enjoyed this story a lot, and would like to visit Lanie and Jason a few years down the road to see what they have been up to.

This is fun to read, but beware: laughter could erupt spontaneously along with the heat.

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