Series: Delicious Desires #3
on February 27th 2017
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As LA’s hottest up-and-coming chef, Alexa Montoya is known for her ruby red lipstick, award-winning arroz con pollo and a penchant for falling for the wrong kind of men. And when a confrontation with a loser ex-boyfriend lands her in some legal trouble, she’s forced to call her long-time friend, Dante Perez, to bail her out. Only this time, Dante seems different, somehow. More gorgeous, more sexy, more…mouthwateringly irresistible. Suddenly she’s tempted to give the lawyer much more than a simple thank you…
Dante is tired of seeing Alexa with guys who only know how to steal her money and break her heart. He’s watched--and waited for--her long enough. Helping with her legal situation will finally give him a chance to win her over for good. His plan? He’ll seduce her into finally believing that there’s something deliciously right between them…
Despite their chemistry, Alexa can’t trust that Dante won’t leave. But Dante knows how to win a case. And he’ll do whatever it takes to convince Alexa that she’ll always leave him hungry for more…
The Entangled Brazen imprint cycles through tropes of second chances, friend-to-lovers frequently and I’m wondering if I’ve actually come across every iteration there is in this imprint. “Delicious Satisfaction”—despite the different plot—somehow feels like a very familiar read with characters who exhibit similar kinds of fears and weaknesses as they follow a breakneck route from a recollection of the past to the hotness of the present to a rush to bed with a brevity that that does compromise on depth and development. Alexa Montoya and Dante Perez fall squarely in this category and pretty much went on to do what I thought they would do without surprises.
Honestly, I didn’t think Alexa the smartest of female protagonists though—after talking over needing to be less impulsive with her friends, she decides of all times, to apply that very action to Dante, the man she wants yet is afraid to go for and keep because it’s somehow good practice for the behaviour modification she’s trying to achieve. And because she’s typically unable to leave emotions out of her actions, this thing with Dante goes south quickly and predictably as most no-strings arrangements do in romantic fiction at least. Her insistence on needing to keep things casual was brought up so many times that it became a source of annoyance for me and she predictably runs, scared that she’s unable to do the very thing that has been her downfall. But then it’s up to Dante to convince her that they’re good together, which made me think of her as one of the wimpiest heroines that I thought couldn’t put herself out there properly.
Sabrina Sol is a relatively new author to me and it was more of curiosity that had be sniffing out new titles on Netgalley for my next hit. ‘Delicious Satisfaction’ isn’t a bad read really. Yet I just didn’t find myself sufficiently moved or getting hot and bothered by the story as well as the pairing. But maybe as a cynical reader (but devoted fan of Entangled), I think I’ve inadvertently started to expect more and more.