Delicious Temptation

Delicious Temptation

by Sabrina Sol

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

The only thing naughtier than a bad boy is a good girl...

Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good that she gave up her dreams of becoming a renowned pastry chef to help her parents with their struggling Mexican bakery. Yet her parents reject any changes she suggests, and refuse to sell her mouth-watering confections. Clearly being a good girl isn't paying off. So when her brother's sexy ex-best friend walks into the bakery, Amara's tempted to be very bad indeed...

After a scandal twelve years ago, resident bad boy Eric Valencia has returned to make things right with his family and friends. One glance at Amara and her wicked curves, however, and Eric finds himself thinking about how she'd feel beneath him-something he promised Amara's brother he would never think about, let alone do.

But this bad boy is in deep trouble...because Amara's determined to have her cake, and Eric, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943336234
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/16/2015
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 737,903
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Delicious Temptation (Entangled Brazen) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Amara has always been the good girl, which is why she gave up her pastry chef job in Chicago to help out her parents’ bakery in East L.A. Being Mexican, her parents had an “unyielding grip on ‘simple’ and ‘traditional.” Then, one day, a guy she once knew as a kid returns to the old neighborhood. Everyone always said Eric was a troublemaker, a bad boy—one that had no business with a good girl like Amara. But how can being bad feel so good? But Amara is tired of being good, always listening to everyone else, so she decides to go after Eric. Even though the two want to be bad together, they know that it could never lead to anything serious. So they make a pact: no strings attached for the duration of his visit. Enjoyable and light-hearted. The characters felt real and authentic. A deliciously sweet tale!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a hot story about two people who used to know each other along with a little "will they, won't they," and a "it's about dang time." Amara and Eric pushed each other towards their dreams and encouraged one another along the way. I enjoyed their sizzling chemistry and their budding friendship. Eric was a male lead that you wanted to root for to be succeasful after wanting to change from his young and rebellious ways. Amara was a strong woman who finally learned to go for what she wanted and stand up for herself. Definitely a great sizzling little story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Megbrod More than 1 year ago
Ok, someone seriously needs to adapt this series into movies!! I would 1000% watch them AND maybe it would bring back good romcoms :) But, anyway, this book was so great. I was rooting for Amara from that first page (my family does not own a bakery but omg I think I have lived that very first scene before) and Eric was an absolute dream. Even though a lot of their issues were of the "just talk to each other!" variety, it worked because there were reasons for why they wouldn't have that conversation that was so tied into who they were as characters. The only thing stopping me from giving this 5 stars is that I felt like Eric's issue with his mom was wrapped up a little too easily, but I think some of that is due to length and if anything was going to be shortchanged, I'm fine that it was that. Other parts of the story were just much more central and those all got their due.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
Another awesome addition to the Brazen line at Entangled Publishing! Amara had a great baking job when her parents called her to come home and help out their bakery. Being the good daughter, she quit her job and came home to find that her parent's weren't open to her ideas to expand and move the bakery into the 21st century. Eric, Amara's brother's best friend, has returned to the neighborhood after leaving suddenly 12 years ago. He walks into the bakery and makes out with Amara not realizing who she is until much later. Promising Amara's brother to leave her alone, he finds himself wanting her more. Great read! *I was given this book to read from Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
good girl meet bad boy. this book was good. i think amara and eric are great for each other. amara doesnt want to be seen as the good girl anymore and who better to hook up with than the recently returned bad boy in town eric. they are great for each other and really balance one another out. good read from a new to me author =arc given by publisher in exchange for honest review
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
What would life be like if you were lied to and it changed everything? Having a trouble past is the story of Eric's life. When he comes back home to start over, 12 years later, he sees Amara, whom he knew as a teen and sparks fly between them. There's only one problem. He's trying to rebuild his relationship with his ex best friend, Miguel, and there's one condition for that to happen. Miguel wants him to stay away from his sister...Amara. Uh oh! This is a sweet romance of forbidden love, with some scorching scenes and a man that has an extremely sexy bedroom vocabulary. This is a story of loss, forgiveness and second chances. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Amara Maria Robles has always done what she's been told. Her parents know she's a good girl who works hard. Why won't they trust her to help them save their bakery? She feels lost and frustrated. She doesn't want to give up her dreams to be a famous pastry chef. When she sees Eric Valencia, the bad boy who had been her brother's best friend, she wants to know him better. Their attraction leads to passion. He supports her dream and helps remodel the bakery. Can he convince the good girl to be his? I liked Amara but I wish she wouldn't let her family dominate her. I wanted her to stand up for herself. Eric was trying hard to make up for his past mistakes. I was touching how much he cared for his grandmother. Amara and Eric had great chemistry. When they were together sparks flew. I was happy when Amara finally realized what she needed to do and took back her life. Delicious Temptation was a satisfying story that kept me reading. Sabrina Sol created characters that I could relate to.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and unbiased review. Amara is a good girl and like all good girls, she has her breaking point which is rapidly approaching. She has left her life in LA to go back and help her parents with their bakery due to her father's ill health but they won't let her do anything. She is just a shop assistant who happens to be their daughter. I was desperate for Eric to make an appearance and to get the ball rolling, so to speak. He did and it was with a bang, crash, clatter and temperature's rising. This is a carefree, feel-good book written from a duel perspective so you know what's going on with both Amara and Eric. Well-written and enjoyable - recommended for all fans of contemporary romance.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Amara Robles gave up a life in Chicago to come home to East LA and help run her parent's bakery. With dreams of cupcakes floating through her head, Amara soon realizes gourmet is not going to cut it for this failing family bakery. That is until she gets the business proposition of a lifetime. On top of that is the cherry on the sundae: Eric Valencia, Amara's childhood crush and her brother's ex-best friend. Eric Valencia, the former bad boy, is trying to change his life. A recovering alcoholic, Eric hit some hard times and is finally ready to forge a new and better path for himself. Coming home to help take care of his grandmother, Eric finds himself in the Robles bakery and attracted to Amara before he realizes who she is. Will Eric be able to keep his hands off of Miguel's little sister or will the temptation be too delicious to resist?  Sol makes being bad look so darn good with character Eric and his rocky past. Throw good girl Amara into the mix and this pairing gives bringing the heat in the kitchen a whole new meaning! Amara and Eric, despite being opposites are just what each other needs. Delicious Temptation will leave you with a craving for cupcakes and romance. Really, what woman could resist those two things?  Sol's had me turning page after page wondering what this couple would get up to in the kitchen next. I loved both Amara and Eric along with their similarities and differences. Sol's writing is a sweet and saucy that will make you crave more. You'll be hooked to the very last page! 
CMFoster More than 1 year ago
After receiving a call for help from her parents, Amara moved home to help them with their failing bakery.  She knows something has to be done and changes need to be made in order for business to survive, but her parents constantly shoot down her suggestions.  In all honesty, her parents still treat her like a child and she can't stand it.  When a blast from her past walks into the bakery, she knows exactly what she needs to make herself feel better. Eric has came back to town to help his family and knows he has to make amends for his past actions.  So where better to stop then at his ex-best friend's family business.  When he walks into the bakery, he is shocked to see the hottest woman he has ever seen standing behind the counter.  When he hits on her and she doesn't back down, he goes in for the kill and kisses her senseless.  When he finds out she is the little sister of his friend, he is stunned.  Little Amara has grown up to be a beautiful woman. From that point on, the heat gets turned up on their blossoming relationship.  However, not everything goes smoothly.  They constantly have to hide their relationship from everyone and we all know that that is only going to cause problems for them.  Will their relationship be able to withstand the scrutiny of everyone around them?  Will Amara finally be able to put her culinary skills to use?  Will Eric overcome his past and have a future with Amara?  The answers to those questions and many more can be answered by reading this little gem. I enjoyed the authors writing style and the interaction between the characters.  There were times; however, I thought that both Amara and Eric needed to get over their issues and just be happy together.  I mean, I couldn't help but want them to get their HEA.  Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable book and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for us next. 
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Temptation is easy. Figuring out what to do after you've played with the fire is something entirely different. For Amara Maria Robles, family and duty have always come first, which makes her a good daughter. She even relinquished her own lifelong goal to become a professional pastry chef to go back home and help her parents' ailing family bakery. If only they weren't so steeped in tradition and stubbornness that they ignore all of her suggestions. Finally frustrated beyond all reason with being the quiet, well-behaved daughter, Amara's looking for trouble, and when it comes walking through the bakery door one day, she's determined to be bad for once in her life. Eric Valencia grew up in Amara's neighborhood. In fact, he was her older brother's best friend, until a scandal and subsequent falling out years ago. Now he's back, his demons mostly under control, to make amends and take responsibility for his ailing aunt. There's no way a dalliance with his ex-best friend's baby sister is a good idea for a man trying to redeem himself. If only Amara weren't so doggone determined to be bad ...  DELICIOUS TEMPTATION, an erotic romance by Sabrina Sol, has just been released this month by Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint. Scintillating love scenes take talent and care to write, in order to be effective as erotic romance. Admittedly, and probably shamelessly, Sol is an expert author, certainly up to the challenge ... and she delivers what she promises. What blows Sol's story out of the water, however, as a beyond excellent book is her careful attention to the cultural dynamics she explores. For those of us who haven't been privy to an impassioned argument --- "discussion," rather --- among members of a close-knit Mexican family, or who don't necessarily understand the importance of good food and good company to that culture, Delicious Temptation paints a fascinating, authentic picture and invites readers in to experience those dynamics first-hand. Amara is easy to sympathize with: courteous, consistent, dependable ... and chafing to do something really out of the ordinary to break the mundane routines she and her overbearing parents have developed since she returned home to help. Her devotion to her family, despite how they sometimes frustrate her, is one of her most admirable traits, seconded only by her dedication to achieving her own dreams, whatever the cost. Meanwhile, Eric is the perfect bad boy-turned-good and an excellent, unexpected foil for Amara. With his questionable past, he's the black to her white, and yet they share more than just a roaring physical attraction for one another. Both are committed to family and friends, and committed to their community. Each demonstrates infinite patience and concern, whether for the other or for other friends and loved ones. Making this romance novel one you won't soon forget, for all the right reasons. # # # Author: Sabrina Sol Title: DELICIOUS TEMPTATION Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen) ISBN: 978-1-63375-272-6 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
psee More than 1 year ago
4 Steamy Stars I have never read a book with latin flare before so this was a first for me. Amara has come back home to help her parents run their bakery. She has dealt with past failures but had started to succeed on her own prior to her return. The problem, even though she is 27 years old her parents still try to run everything including her personal life. Things get crazy for Amara when she finds herself back in front of her high school crush Eric. When he shows interest in Amara, Eric had no idea that she was the little sister of her ex best friend Miguel. But as Eric knows a lot can change is twelve years. He is no longer the bad boy he was when he left and he is seriously trying to turn his life around which includes helping his abuela and moving back to the town and the people he left years before. Despite knowing that a relationship shouldn't be able to work between them, they cannot deny their chemistry and they pursue a secret, sex only relationship. It gets complicated as they both develop deeper feelings for each other while they both have to decide what is best for their careers and their futures. The story was a quick read and the latin aspect added a new dimension for me to the story. I found the story to flow reasonably well and the writing was pretty good. The steamy scenes are hot and Eric certainly has a dirty mouth so be prepared. Overall enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having given up her dream to return home to help her parents with their family bakery, Amara is having a hard time making changes for the better and getting the business back on its feet.  Amara is very dedicated to her family and goes along with whatever they say to keep them happy at the costs of her own happiness. She is also very determined when she puts her mind to it but even then her family gets in the way.  Eric left his home town twelve years ago and nobody really knows the reasons why, where he was or what he was doing. When he left he had a bad boy reputation.  He returns to his home town to help his mother take care of his grandmother whose health is declining. He is also looking to turn his life around for the better. The first time he meets Amara, he doesn't even recognise her but she does, having had a crush on him like forever.  Eric and Amara are instantly drawn to each other and the chemistry is pretty obvious. Unfortunately, those around don't see past his bad boy reputation and he has to contend with the whispers of the gossip mongers. The only two people who try to see past his reputation are Amara and his beloved grandmother.  As far as Amara's family is concerned, Eric is forbidden fruit and will do anything to keep them apart.  Will Amara be able to stand up to her parents and turn the business around when the opportunity arises and keep Eric in her life at the same time? Even though Eric will do anything to see Amara succeed, will he walk away from what they feel for each other and what they could be as a couple?  I was absorbed in this book and enjoyed the story line even though it is a little predictable at times. It's very well written, making it easy to read.  I received an ARC from Indie Sage via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Its a slow temptation, an easy read ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This story will grab at your heartstrings from the first chapter and not let go until the very end. Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good, she comes home to help her parents run their bakery when all she wants is her own bakery. That dream is gone when she moved home to help her parents. They refuse to let her make any design ideas, decisions, etc. She has an older brother who they allow more freedom to, and it seems they favor more. Amara has all these dreams and hopes she wants to do but when she isn’t allowed to do it, she just feels so useless. Eric, her brother best friend, has come home after all these years to make amends. He wants to build a business in the place he grew up and care for his grandmother (his Abuela). He is sober and wants to make up for his past mistakes. He doesn’t want to get in a relationship or get involved with anyone but when he sees Amara, its like lightening happened. The chemistry between the two is fantastic and the emotional roller coaster twists and turns takes the reader on a journey of the ups and downs. Do they have a HEA or will Amara’s family and Eric’s doubts keep them apart? This story keeps you on your toes and I loved Amara’s best friend. I loved the secondary characters in this story and I hope to see stories for the secondary characters in this story. My rating: 4.0 stars ****
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, a person can be too good, too accommodating and forget to think of what they need. Amara is beautiful, hardworking and has put all of her hopes and dreams on hold when her family’s small bakery is in trouble and her parents are unable to run it. She has her own dreams and ideas to help save and grow the bakery, but her old-fashioned and proud father is adamant that things will not change. Eric has made some huge mistakes in his life and it’s time to come home and make things right. He wants to put down roots and “come home.” After all these years the shock of seeing little Amara all grown up puts him in danger of stepping over the “you do not date your best friend’s sister” line, even if they are now ex-best friends. Apparently Amara has other thoughts on the subject and the game is on! Can Eric resist this bundle of fire and sex appeal hidden inside the little “good girl?” Amara knows desserts and Eric looks better than any confection ever made! Should they keep their attraction secret? Are they holding back from each other? Is this the real deal that can stand the test of turmoil and drama? Grab the ice pack, things are heating up at the bakery and I don’t mean the ovens! Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol takes one strong minded woman, one man who has met his match and added just enough spice to make her tale memorable. Every author has their own style, their signature, and Sabrina Sol has done a wonderful job with a path well-traveled. Then again, what’s not to love about love? I received this ARC edition from Entangled Brazen in exchange for my honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Sabrina Sol has brought something Entangled Brazen has been missing, diversity. A contributing factor to me wanting to read Delicious Temptation was because the hero and heroine were both Mexican American. The fact that there was a bakery involved and the possibly of recipes had nothing to do with it. Okay, maybe a little bit. My takeaway from the book was that it’s real. The hero, Eric Valencia has made mistakes in his past, but he’s trying really hard to atone for those mistakes. Unfortunately for him, when he left his East Los Angeles neighborhood twelve years ago, no one knew why he just disappeared. Amara Robles has always had a sort of crush on her brother’s best friend. She knew Eric had a less than desirable reputation and that her parents didn’t care for him, but that didn’t stop her heart. When she finally sees him again, she can’t help but to want to take what he’s offering. Amara and Eric are both characters who are at a crossroads in their lives. Amara wants to prove to her parents that she knows how to run a successful bakery business and that her creations are truly good. Eric just wants to start fresh and leave the reputation of being a bad boy behind. The two start a secret relationship that turns out to be more powerful than either expected. They each lie to themselves that the relationship is only temporary, but each secretly wonders if it could be permanent. I think Delicious Temptation is a really good start to the Delicious Desires Series. I have an idea of where this series is going to go and I’m looking forward to reading Brandon’s story. I have a feeling his heroine is going to be Daisy (Amara’s cousin), I just wish it wasn’t them. I say that simply because they are both pretty strong characters and I want them each to have their own story. However, you definitely do see the undercurrent of tension between them. I can’t wait for the next book. My only complaint is that there isn’t an Epilogue. I love seeing what happens to a couple after everything has worked out for them. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I can never resist a good Brazen novel. It's extremely rare for me to not like the story because it always has the key elements for making a story GOOD: hot and steamy romance with a side of light drama and discovery of oneself. Delicious Temptation totally met every one of those elements. The story began perfectly--with a spontaneous kiss between Amara and Eric. She knew who he was... but he didn't know it was her until afterward. They know they shouldn't do it again, but the temptation (as the title clearly suggests) is great. They fall into bed together, and keep it secret from everyone. As the two of them talk about what's going on in their lives, they both try to help each other face their problems head on. Delicious Temptation was a dessert I thoroughly enjoyed. Aside from the romance, my favorite part was the fact that there were other factors at play--like with Amara's former business and her desire to do more with her life, and Eric wanting to become a better person and not fall back into old patterns. I'm intrigued by what else Sabrina Sol has in store in the future! My Rating: Very Good
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Author Sabrina Sol's Delicious Temptation is a catchy title to a book that kept me interested from start to finish. It is more than a love story between two people, it is about two families coming together after twelve years of separation. Amara Maria Robles and Eric Valencia grew up with each other. Eric was Amara's older brother's best friend, until he took off right before their high school graduation, never to be heard from for years. To this day, Amara has never been able get over her crush on Eric. Now they have both returned to their respective East Los Angeles homes, to help out their families. Amara, an up and coming pastry chef, left a lucrative career in Chicago to help her very conservative parents save their family-owned Mexican bakery. Amara has plenty of solid ideas to bring in more paying customers, but due to her past mistake and her parent's inability let go of the past, the bakery is on the brink of shutting down. Eric's alcoholism caused him to lose his Las Vegas construction business, but now he is stone sober and home to help his mother with his beloved grandmother. When Amara's parents' finally agree to renovate the bakery, they reluctantly hire Eric do the job for old time sake. Once Eric recognizes an all grown up Amara, they can't keep their hands off of each other and the heat they create is totally scorching. This novel combines two of my favorite things, hot romance and delicious desserts. It is nicely written and the combination of forgiveness, steam and hopefulness is wonderfully executed. However, in the first half of the book, I found Amara and Eric's on and off attempt at togetherness to be repetitive. Nevertheless, the characters are well defined and I formed an immediate connection with both Amara and Eric, in addition to the secondary characters. If you are a foodie and enjoy slightly emotional contemporary romances, give this book a read. Complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Good girl meets bad boy and the sparks fly. Amara has always done what she was told, she gives up her dreams to take care of her parents business and is feeling a bit unappreciated. Eric was her brother’s friend and looks tempting as sin. Perhaps Amara is ready to throw caution to the wind and have some fun. Fun, sexy read. I enjoyed the banter between Amara and Eric. Entertaining read!
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good read! Not only fiery, but also really really passionate (not only because of the Mexican influence). With Amara and Eric, you have to really individual characters which have right from the beginning the potential to create a really vivid story. This is what happened. There was not one moment during which I thought "Ok, they really should go on!" or "Is this scene really necessary?". Even when there was no big surprise or big secret, it never got boring- even if you could expect most of the things happening next. With around 200 pages, this really was kind of a short book. There are different possibilities - it often happens that you wish a book would be longer because some things are missing or not understandable. Or it is just too long which would be boring. But this was not the case with this one, even if it would have been good to get to know a little bit more about their outward appearance to make it easier for the reader to create an image in their heads. I have read a lot of books like this one with kind of the same plot. But with this really good writing style it wasn't like any of the books I've read. So, if you just need a book which you can read in one sitting without expecting an insoluble drama which touches your bones, this is the book you are looking for. > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story! Amara Robles has always had big dreams. Unfortunately the demands and needs of her family have kept her truly pursuing them. Now once again, she's back home helping to run the family bakery. Eric Valencia has made some huge mistakes in his life but he's on the right track now. Back home to care for his Abuela, he's sober and working hard to rebuild his life and business. Getting involved with anyone was never in the plans but after seeing Amara he can't get her out of his head. This two are fantastic together and they both seem to bring out the best in the other. I really enjoyed reading this from the first page to the last. I definitely recommend it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Delicious Temptation is a coming of age story of two adults that are trying to prove their worth after past mistakes. Living up to others image of you is never easy, especially if it's someone that you love. Eric and Amara each have to trust the decisions that they make and stop letting others opinions matter. Add in the fact that Eric and Amara are discovering romantic feelings that neither expected and you have a great read. Enjoyable read about trusting your heart to lend you in the right direction. Received Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2 - "You're not the only churro in town." Stars. The one positive that I have taken from reading Delicious Temptation is that the author has a great writing style. The problem that I have is that pretty much everything else about the book was all so very lackluster, the characters; their back stories and the book as a whole was just extremely negative. ”You’re twenty-six and you still let your parents run your life.” I struggled with Amara, the above quote pretty much sums up why, at that age you need to grow a pair of cojónes, and live your life for you, being brow beaten by your small minded, and blinkered parents, after they have guilt-tripped you into giving up your own dreams was just one step too far for me. ”Stop doing what everybody expects you to do and start doing the things you want to do.” Eric was the anti of everything I want in my book heroes to be honest. He has returned to town to right some of the wrongs when he left 12 years ago, although to be honest, his situation doesn't really leave him much choice. But all he succeeds in doing really is lying to pretty much everyone around him, which in effect lives up to the low expectations they already have of him, add to that sneaking around with Amara like they are still teenagers, it just didn't work for me. ”Screw being the decent guy.” This is my first book by this author, and although it wasn’t a winner I would consider reading more from her based on the fact her writing style was easy to get along with, it is just unfortunate that I can’t say the same for the characters on this occasion. ARC generously provided by Entangled, I am sorry I cannot offer a more positive review on this occasion.