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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Read from March 07 to 08, 2013 BOOK SYNOPSIS USA To


Read from March 07 to 08, 2013




BOOK SYNOPSIS








USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel, in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe… 




Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successfu...

Read from March 07 to 08, 2013




BOOK SYNOPSIS








USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel, in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe… 




Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself. 




Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good. 




What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…




My Thoughts








Lush represents for me, as a longtime fan of author Lauren Dane , everything that I love in her books such as family and friends and the love they share with each other. The characters that she has gifted us with that intertwine from previous stories and series are ones who stay with you as they are all such strong individuals who at the same time are a cohesive unit of solidarity and support when one of them needs a morale boost or a shoulder to lean or cry on!




Returning back to some of my favorite characters from the Brown Sibling series and adding in some new ones that are now more of my favorites that were created and brought to life by Lauren Dane .




This is such a great read, the whole way through we are treated to glimpses of Adrian, Gillian and Miles; Jules, Cal and Gideon; Erin, Daisy and more from previous stories until it feels like old home week!




The book starts with Adrian and Gillian's rehearsal dinner where Mary Whaley is the caterer whose tasty offerings appear in great detail all through the reading and make one quite hungry for a bit of her freshly cooked treats. Mary and Damien hit it off and end up in her hotel room after the dinner to explore the heat that is almost too combustible to stand when they are together! From that point on the relationship takes off and slowly builds over the course of the book from the initial "in lust with each other" to totally "head over heels" in love with each other, the compromises they make along the way as things grow more serious than either Damien or Mary planned on show just how much they are willing to make the effort to make things work out.




Of course the drama caused near the end where certain behavior from the past comes back to "bite" Damien and which also almost causes him to lose Mary is something that you can actually see coming for a while as after all the "bad boy drummer" has got quite a well documented past of hard fast living thanks to the paparazzi that make a living off escapes like those he was once famous for within the rock n roll community.




Pretty much this is standard fare as for as a bad boy/good girl romance but for me the fact that Mary Whaley's character in no way allows the fame and fortune that is part of Damien Hurleys everyday life to sway her into being awed by these facts and instead she very matter of factly lays it out that neither the fame or the fortune appeal to her as she has her own life and is making her own way without wanting or needing to be "given" anything. Pretty much that independence is also the greatest appeal for Damien as he is used to "rock groupies" who want nothing more than to be shown a good time and showered with gifts as much as they want Damien to take them up on their sexual promises. Of course the fact that Mary is a fabulous cook, beautiful, sexy, good with animals, loves the outdoors and is very adventurous in the bedroom and out does not hurt his attraction to her either!




Not only is there a lot to be said for the way author Lauren Dane brings to the forefront the strong bond between Damien and his family but also the one between Mary and her parents and beloved girlfriends as well as for me that is what has always been my biggest appeal for reading her books and this one is certainly no exception to that rule.




Unlike some others who have had a rough time with this one because of all the characters and their respective relationships this was a welcomed easy read that I devoured in one day as fast as I could turn the pages on my reader! I do admit that it helps to have read the entire Brown Sibling Series thus familiarizing myself with most of the group and their prior histories first.




Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher who allowed me to revisit some favorite characters who I am in love with and to meet some new ones that I fell in love with also!




[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

posted by JackieBCentralTexasJB on April 3, 2013

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A deliciously uncomplicated romance story that's as mouth-wateri

A deliciously uncomplicated romance story that's as mouth-watering as its characters!

I normally wouldn't use the word 'mouth-watering' in describing a novel, but that's exactly what Lush is. It is mouth-watering and delicious because the female lead, Mary Whaley, is a...
A deliciously uncomplicated romance story that's as mouth-watering as its characters!

I normally wouldn't use the word 'mouth-watering' in describing a novel, but that's exactly what Lush is. It is mouth-watering and delicious because the female lead, Mary Whaley, is a successful caterer.

The dishes featured in this book alone made my stomach growl in frustration when I was reading. The sad part is, I can't do anything about it because I don't know how to cook.

Anyways, what I liked about this book is that the characters are distinctly unique and likable. There's Mary Whaley who's her own person. She's caring, loyal and independent. She's successful in her chosen field and knows exactly what she wants. I guess it's safe to say that she's got a good head on her shoulders and doesn't let her head float up in the clouds. She's realistic and that's what I liked best about her.

Then there's also Damien Hurley, the lickable drummer in a rock band. He stands for everything that's cliche in a rock band - the partying, the drinking, the groupies and the multiple sex partners in every city they tour. He's the kind of guy that good girls usually kept at arm's length.

What I liked about this story was that there was build-up between the two protagonists. They didn't just bump into each other and fall in love instantly. There was space between when they met and how they eventually began seeing each other, which made the story believable to some degree.

What I don't like, however, is that the only conflict within the story are the insecurities held by Mary and Damien. There was no real, tangible and intense conflict that actually threatened to tear them apart. The conflicts that were presented in this story could easily be sorted out by communication, which might I add, was actually done with the help of the people around the two main characters.

Anyways, this story has likable characters, a plethora of mouth-watering dishes, a hot caterer and a rock star. I'd say that those things definitely make-up something worth reading.

posted by Dia_Pelaez on May 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I enjoyed reading this book,

    I enjoyed reading this book,

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. I cannot wait for the next book. Lauren Dane never disappoints.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Lauren Dane weaves another compelling and delightful story.  Wel

    Lauren Dane weaves another compelling and delightful story.  Well drawn characters and a fun story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    Awesome!

    I love this series,couldn't put it down. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    I truly enjoyed this book. Initially, I didn't know that this bo

    I truly enjoyed this book. Initially, I didn't know that this book was part of a series..and at first when some of the supporting charcters were introduced to me I have to admit I was a bit confused. But once it got past that and the main charcters' story played out...I was hooked.

    I enjoyed Mary Whitley's charcter...such a strong charcter, a strong woman in this story. Not the typical damsel in distress, with so many emotional problems. She knew what she liked, she knew what she wanted to do for herself and she did it. Her business, her life...she was in control. Plus, she wasn't afraid to show her emotions or admit when she was wrong.

    Damien's charcter was wonderful, as well. He's a sexy rock star with a past and many women who would love to be by his side...but when it came to falling for Mary... he was a true gentleman. A real man. He was portrayed as strong, smart, gentile, and loving. None of that didn't make him any less of a man.

    Yes, this is definitely a very good read and I highly recommend it. In fact, because of Lauren Dane's writing style in this book, it's even convinced me I need to pick up the other books in this series and give them a go. *ARC provided by NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Highly recommend!! Awesome book and characters.

    As with any Lauren Dane book very entertaining and addictive. This book is for any one with good love story,who loves rock and roll and just a good book. I love books who continue with previous characters.Love Adrian,Gillian and Miles. Thanks Lauren Dane! Keep them coming!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Sweet Story

    This was one of the better ones of the series. The heroine was a bit too whiny and wishy washy for me but all in all I really enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    Love bad boy rockers laid low by the love of a good woman? Super

    Love bad boy rockers laid low by the love of a good woman? Super hot sexy love scenes with humor and realism? Love a great love story full of conflict, and a look into the world of celebrity & vicious press? Then Lush is for you. Lauren Dane's latest interconnected story of the Delicious, and the Brown siblings, it's even got amazing food for the foodies among you! Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

     Lauren Dane is one of my favorite authors.  I love her books.  

     Lauren Dane is one of my favorite authors.  I love her books.   Lauren did it again, this book is awesome.  This is a second book in her
     new series that spins off the Brown Siblings.  Mary Whaley is a creative genius when it comes to food.  Damien Hurley is a rock god on
     the drums.  They meet at her best friends engagement party, then again at the wedding.  There is instant attraction between the two.
      Lauren does a fabulous job of keeping your interest in her books.  Between the humor, the real relationships, the steamy bedroom
    (and other rooms) scenes, and  good friendships you will not put this book down.  I give it 5 stars. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    A smoking hot musician, an earthy chef, and some naughty sex. W

    A smoking hot musician, an earthy chef, and some naughty sex. What's not to love?

    Lauren Dane can be a tough one. When she writes a straight m/f romance as she did with Lush and with Adrian and Gillian's story, I'm all in. When she veers off into the triads and the paranormal, I can't connect with it. It's almost like there are three different authors, so joy, joy, joy that this one was right up my alley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Liked it even better then the first.

    Liked it even better then the first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Great story! It was romantic, funny and sexy. Everyone wants a sexy rock star...yummy! (220pgs)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    Washington & Oregon Mary Whaley is so busy running her cat

    Washington & Oregon


    Mary Whaley is so busy running her catering company and her supper club the last thing she is looking for is a relationship. She has everything she wants or thought she did until she met rock star Damien Hurley. Mary thinks it is just going to be some fun with Damien and then they will go their own ways and live their lives they way they always have.

    Damien Hurley has lived a hard and fast life and it is the one he is used to living. He started a band with his brothers and they have hit the big time and have managed to stay there. He also has a reputation as being a madman on the stage and in the bedroom. When Damien meets Mary though things start changing for him.

    What starts out a fling for both of them suddenly gets more complicated especially when Damien wants more with Mary. Damien is not sure what to think when the tables turn and he is the one wanting more and the woman he wants that with doesn’t seem to want it at all. Mary knows all about celebrity news and what they say about Damien. Now Damien is going to have to prove to Mary that what is in the news isn’t always what the truth is.


    This story shows the other side of being a celebrity and those that are involved with them and what they have to go through at times. The characters are so well written the reader can really relate to them and will end up emotionally invested in the characters. This one will pull on the readers heartstrings and they will be right there with the character through all the ups and downs. This is another great book in this series from an author no one should miss. This story also brings back some character favorites from some other great books and the reader will enjoy going back and visiting the character and to see what they are up to now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    I love this series.

    I love this series. Lauren Dane tells a great story about the main characters but keeps you connected to the previous characters. Lauren Dane does and excellent job of making you feel apart of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Twc

    OMG! They just keep getting better. Love that the books have all the people from previous books in them! Damien and Mary's story rocked. The hallway scene steamed up my nook! Cannt wait for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Isabel

    If you see this you're on the wrong book. Lush by Natasha Friend. - Mia

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    I loved it. This is the 3rd book in the Delicious novels by Lau

    I loved it. This is the 3rd book in the Delicious novels by Lauren Dane and the whole series is amazing. The series follows the Seattle Browns Series also by Lauren Dane. That is one of my favorite series of all time and this one is a close 2nd. This story is Mary and Damien's Mary is a caterer whose business is fast growing and Damien is a drummer from a rock band. They fall hard and fast into lust which even faster becomes love. The surrounding characters are all from the 2 series so you know them and love them already by the time you get to this book. I can't wait to read whatever comes next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Awesome!

    Awesome book to me

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