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Monday, November 14, 2011

Dessert First by Emily Cale



Dessert First by Emily Cale
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Playing perfect daughter at her mother's parties isn't Alexis Arnette's idea of a good time. She always leaves grumpy and hungry. Unimpressed with the spread laid out in the living room, she sneaks off to the kitchen to find something a little more satisfying. What she discovers is chef Morgan Crane, a man who is even more delicious than his baked goods. When one taste of his creations leads to more and her good girl demeanor dissolves, would the boring evening turn into one she'll never forget?
Alexis has been forced to attend one of her mother’s fundraising parties but it’s not all bad. When she heads into the kitchen and meets the caterer Morgan, things start to look up for her.

From page one I felt sorry for poor Alexis. Not only is she at a stuffy party, but her mother comes across as the relative from hell. When she meets up with Morgan you start to feel happy for her. And when things between the two of them start to heat you’re overjoyed. Morgan is portrayed as a very sexy man and what woman wouldn’t fall hard for a guy with the killer combination of good looks and the ability to make mouthwatering desserts? Alexis getting together with him at party and basically right under her mother’s nose, was the perfect revenge for how badly she'd been treated.

Dessert First is a short read, maybe too short for me because I would have enjoyed seeing Alexis and Morgan get together again and maybe develop their relationship instead of just seeing a quick bit at the beginning. Despite that it’s an enjoyable story that can be read in ten or fifteen minutes and perfect when you want a hot reading fix but don’t have the time.

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