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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Luscious by Amanda Usen

LusciousPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402262183
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Eat, play, love

Plain old ice cream just isn't going to cut it. To beat these blues, chef Olivia Marconi needs the good stuff: rich, creamy tiramisu gelato. And no place better to get it than Italy. But a fresh start is nearly impossible with Sean Kindred dogging her every move. She's been burned by his too-hot-to-handle antics before. Though there's no denying the man can still get her all fired up. Could a weeklong affair finally turn into something more lasting...or will it all go up in flames?

My Review:

I loved the first book in this series, Scrumptious, not only because it was an awesome book but because it was, to be quite honest, food porn. There, I said it. Food porn. I’m a foodie and any book that includes a heavy dose of it is good in my book. I was looking forward to this one from the moment I knew there was going to be another book in the series.

Olivia was admittedly not my favorite character in the first book. In fact, I disliked her quite a bit. But in this one, you had to feel sympathy for her. Her ex-husband was a putz, her mother a control freak and her confidence completely shot. She becomes much more tolerable when you spend time with her and get to know her. I found myself become quite protective of her. Sean was a bit of a difficult hero for me at first. Lawyers are not my favorite sort of hero. I prefer my heroes to be less polished. But I really liked Sean. He had such a sweet personality but he had the rough edges to temper it a little. He also didn’t have any hint of the obnoxious that I sometimes find in nice guy heroes.

As I said before, I loved the previous book because it featured food so well. This was much of the same maybe even a bit better. I think every other chapter I was Googling a recipe or two. I also surprisingly didn’t mind the mob connections in this book (and in Scrumptious). It wasn’t done in a pejorative way like I have seen in other books. It was actually kind of adorable. The chemistry between Olivia and Sean was also great. Maybe not to the epic level of awesome of Marlene and Joe but definitely close. I am yet again left anticipating the next book in this series—that’s the sign of a one heck of a great author.

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