Beautifully Decadent

Beautifully Decadent

by L.A. Fiore

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Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie--a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he's involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they're together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can't have everything. Of course, what's cake without icing?

Rafe McKenzie's world shattered at nine when his father Liam--the only parent he knew--was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he's restoring and a tight circle of friends. He's even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.

Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover's new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she's not at all what he's expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn't take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they'll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who's pulling the strings before his world shatters again.

This book is part of a series but, like all the books in the series, can be read as a standalone.

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158232985
Publisher: L.A. Fiore
Publication date: 06/26/2016
Series: Beautifully Damaged , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 1,032,558
File size: 2 MB

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Beautifully Decadent 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book. It had it all; mystery, humor and two great characters that fell in love.
TammyVoiced More than 1 year ago
I did not think that LA would give me a story to top my love for Beautifully Damaged. I read Damaged when it first came out and her popularity was not even known yet. I devoured Damaged and was on the hunt for LA and was able to find her on GoodReads and I have been a fan ever since. Back to topping Damaged, Beautifully Decadent was the cherry on top on this series and honestly her other reads for me! I loved every word if this book. At times I could not read fast enough! It was sexy, smart and sassy with a edge of suspense. The four “S’s” Sexy: Gorgeous pastry check by the name of Avery. Hot as fire landlord Trace. She works with her hands. He works with his hands. Then they work their hands on each other. “It’s getting hot in here!” Yes, they take off their clothes. Smart: One has to know the ins and outs of a kitchen and to know how to create wonderful dishes. One has to know the ins and outs of a wood-work shop and to know how to create wonderful pieces. They both have to know the ins and outs of the other to know how to create wonderful moments. “I’m so into you.” You know what they are going to do. Sassy: Avery is sassy. Trace is badassy. “Mirror Mirror on the wall.” Yes, they are. Suspense: 25 years after a crime was committed and the past comes back with a vengeance. Who could it be? Why now? How so? What for? “Tick Tock goes the clock.” Gonna be late for an important date. Add these ingredients all together you have one fine dish on your hands!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Loved this book & can't wait to read the first 2 in the series. Rafe & Avery are both such awesome characters that you can't help but root for them from their first meeting. The author did an amazing job at building the sexual tension between them- I loved that they didn't fall on love on page 2 & ride off into the sunset. Their love story felt "real" I also loved the supporting cast- everyone is just so well rounded & full of life. Great story! Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(Surprising no one, I have to admit that this is the first in this series that I’ve read but it can easily stand on its own. It looks like previous heroes & heroines make an appearance and there are some allusions to their stories, but it doesn’t detract from this one. I’ve just got more books to put in my extremely high TBR pile :) ) I don’t know if having read the other stories if I’d have a better understanding of Rafe but I found him to be surprisingly well adjusted for a man whose dad went to jail and therefore he found himself in foster care at just 9 years old. Since Trace & Lucien knew him then and there is talk about the wonderfulness of Sister Anne at the home they lived in I’m thinking the answer is probably. The friendship between the guys, and by association their women, is deep and helps ground them all. I would have liked to have seen that in the other stories because I think that it would only help fill in the nuances of them all. As he is here, Rafe’s assured, hard-working, dedicated to his loved ones, and while he not commitment-phobic, he’s also not exactly looking for true love. Then he meets Avery. She has got to be one of my favorite female characters. She’s spunky, warm, friendly and has a habit of doing stupid things in front of Rafe. But her sunny personality is one of those things that just draws you to her and the fact that she screws up occasionally makes her that much more adorable. I could easily see myself trying to be friends with her :) The trouble that they find themselves in doesn’t overshadow the rest of the book but does help to bring in an additional layer to display the kind of people this group is. They pull together in time of need and it highlights the high points of their characters & the bond among them. While the romance happens quickly, I don’t feel like it is rushed. The interactions between the two and the chemistry that Fiore creates for them work really well to establish a believable relationship. The danger portion also adds that little extra something to their story that helps keep things exciting … not that you need it with a hottie like Rafe and a personality as big as Avery’s. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Beautifully Decadent, Beautifully Damaged 3,  L.A. Fiore Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance,    I love  L.A.Fiore’s writing, and have enjoyed the first two books in this series. Each is stand alone but the characters are connected and crop up in each novel, its like meeting old friends when Trace and Ember, Lucien and Darcy appear. Once again its a cracking romance, with a plot that isn’t just the romance and the issues between Avery and Rafe stopping them being together, but an underlying plot featuring Rafe’s parents that brings Avery into danger. Its great to have a read like this, one that's more, more than just a simple romance, a novel that has you thinking “why, how, when” and wondering just how its all going to work out, will Rafe and Avery get their happy ending. Ok, its a romance read so we know they will but I need to feel the barriers are real and LAF makes it feel genuine. I really cared about the characters, the felt very realistic and that's important to me, I can’t enjoy a read unless I want the main leads to get the HEA. I loved the description of Avery’s desserts, mouth watering – and of course Rafe’s fabulous furniture. His home sounded wonderful, though getting phase one of the gardens and all those plant set in within just a few hours didn’t quite sound right – having a large garden myself I know it takes hours and hours – days and days to get stuff done!! Still, its storyland so I’ll let it pass ;-) The secondary charters were terrific, not only Trace, Ember, Lucien, Darcy and their kids but Rafe’s dad, the staff at Clover and Avery’s family. I loved too her step-mum and Melody, Rafe’s sort of girlfriend – great B itch characters, and for me they always add an extra spark to a story with their behaviours and rude, snarky comments. Great read, perfect mix of sexy, seductive romance, humour and suspense. A hit and re-reader. Stars: Five, fun read with that extra spark that makes for a keeper.   ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher 
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I adored this story! Usually it's the Hero that draws me in and make no mistake, Rafe was delicious but it was Avery that stole the show in this one. She was quirky, sassy and just plain ole adorable. The way Rafe responded to Avery whenever she was being her quirky self was just..for lack of a better word, adorable! There was a lot of laugh out loud moments. Even the dog was entertaining! I loved getting a hefty dose of the couples from book 1 and 2 in the series. Their books were more serious, so to get to see them as loving families with kids was great. This book had a bit of seriousness towards the end but overall it was fun and entertaining. I'm a huge fan of L.A. fiore and would recommend her books to everyone. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Foxylutely More than 1 year ago
Beautifully Decadent is the third book in the Beautifully Damaged series but can easily be read as a standalone. The couples from the previous two books are featured but new readers would be able to pick up on what has happened in their stories but I would strongly recommend reading simply because this series is brilliant! Avery Collins is delighted when she lands a job with top restaurateur Trace Montgomery and even more so when he arranges her accommodation in a beautiful carriage house. Even more amazing is her new landlord, hot and sexy as hell, Rafe McKenzie. When they first meet there is no denying the inkling of attraction between them but Rafe is involved with someone and he is also coming to terms with his Dad being released from prison after twenty-five years inside. Avery also needs to focus on her new job but she can’t help letting her eyes wander up and down sexy Rafe whenever she sees him. The story then evolves bringing both Rafe and Avery in close proximity when an unexpected threat appears on the horizon for both of them. I liked this element of suspense which along with the build-up of the intensity between the pair and the off the charts chemistry was an all involving script that was hard to put down. In fact I read the book in more or less one sitting as it could not be left. You know the just one more page? For me it was one more and then another and then more chapters until I reached the end. The secondary characters were amazing too and although Trace, Ember, Lucien and Darcy were centre stage in the previous books, their involvement here was key to pull the whole series together. I loved Avery’s Mom and stepdad and her sister was a blast. I liked how her struggles with her relationship with her father echoed similarly to Rafe, in that they both had absent fathers but the one who could have been there wasn’t and the one who couldn’t now was. Good analogy of their separate insecurities. I love when an ex is brought into the mix to stir up trouble and Rafe’s ex was a typical example for this. It was good how all the differing elements were all brought together to weave a suspenseful and involving read. There was plenty of hot and passionate interludes between Rafe and Avery and I liked how the reader was taken on a gradual ride to reach the explosion that was bound to go off between them both. Made the believability factor all the more stronger. Another amazing episode in the series and although the mystery and suspense was a lot more simplistic in this book it was still a winner and a definite must read I would highly recommend. Five stars.