Just Desserts

Just Desserts

by Tawdra Kandle

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+++This is a New Adult Romance, intended for readers over 18. It contains scenes for mature readers+++

When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code.

Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans.

But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149746255
Publisher: Hayson Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2014
Series: The Perfect Dish Duo , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

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Just Desserts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
EbethTowns More than 1 year ago
I so wanted to be Ava in Just Desserts. I am not kidding you – if I wanted to be any character in a book I have read this summer, besides a kick-ass heroine, it was Ava in this book, with Liam. Oh, I wouldn’t have been as hard to get; but I would have definitely been every minute of this young, smart, beautiful hot Italian co-main character. Tawdra Kandle really wrote her so well that I could envision her role being played out on the big screen. I thought of her a la The Carrie Diaries, but that wasn’t really sufficient. That only happened because of Liam – lithe, college track star, confused parental unit, playboy past. But he is oh so much more than that FOR Ava. There’s a great juxtaposition here that makes every person who is a romantic swoon. There is that key element in a great romance that makes the people in it their very best person only for each other. They may have been the worst person in the world with every other person they ever dated, but this person – their true soul mate – makes them want to move the earth, the moon, and the stars, just to be their best – for them alone. Come on in, Frank Sinatra. Sing it, man! There’s another element to this love story that makes it a more than typical as well. The usual jealousy among friends works out in a great new twist. I won’t tell you what it is, but it was fresh and appreciated. Everything doesn’t have to end in the same old pattern, and Kandle is not a cookie cutter writer. I like that. I guess here is where I make mention of the book prior to Just Desserts, Best Served Cold, because Liam and Ava are not new to Kandle readers. All I will say about it is that Kandle redeemed a character who seemed unsolvable and made him hot as fire. This is good writing, good storytelling and good hot relations all wrapped up under an awesome cover! It does not disappoint. Pinky promise.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Ava thought she had her life all figured out. To study hard, no partying, heavy drinking, or boys. She needed to keep her grades up and stick to her path in order to be successful. At least, that was the plan until Liam walked into her life. Julia is Ava's best friend and college roommate. Julie was harshly dumped by her then boyfriend Liam. Julia, Ava and their friend Gift, had a plan to make Liam jealous and want Julia back. Yeah that worked really well...not! Liam has always been attracted to Ava, but kept his distance even after he and Julia parted ways. That is, until a visit to Ava's dorm to tell her about the gossip regarding Julia. An accidental kiss starts an attraction to her best friend's ex she cannot deny. Who can? I mean he's sexy, smart, funny, sexy, athletic, and did I mention sexy? Just Desserts is an awesome New Adult Romance. The characters are so easy to identify with; from living you life to your parents' expectations to having a broken heart. You can completely understand Ava's hesitation in following her heart and not only breaking the girl code but also detouring from her path. I thought it was so beautiful that Liam waited patiently for Ava. This is a fantastic story I'm sure will touch your heart.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
Tawdra does it again. I love everything she writes, that’s why she is one of my favorite authors. This story picks up exactly where the last one lets off.  Liam was dating Ava’s roommate and best friend Jules. He broke up with her in one of the worst ways possible. We all thought Liam was an uncaring jerk in the first book Best Served Cold. Things are not always as they seem.  Ava tried very hard to fight her attraction to the gorgeous Liam. A person can change if they want to. Also, sometimes it’s the person they are with that can change them. The question is does Liam really change or is this just another one of his “player” moves? What would you do if your life plans and desires differ greatly from your parents?  I loved this book. I loved to read about Ava coming out of her shell and actually living life. This book is definitely at 5 out of 5.
juliagerard More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!
kristelatour More than 1 year ago
How did Tawdra Kandle do it??? Redeem the cad?!? Make me love him?!? I didn't think it would be possible, but she did it! Liam and Ava's story makes you laugh, makes you smile, makes you scream and that's how you know you love it! It feels real! A little more steam in this one (yay!) and a lot more fight! I loved every minute of this read!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
At not quite 200 pages, Tawdra Kandle's Just Desserts was a fun and quick read. The second book in a two book series, or duology, it completed the story of two major/minor characters in Best Served Cold. In Best Served Cold, Julia's heart was broken when she was dumped in a very public way by her boyfriend, Liam. She turned to her best friend, Ava, to help her get sweet revenge on him. In Just Desserts, Ava and Liam are front and center as they begin a most unexpected friendship that begins to turn into more. If I'm being honest, it was a bit of a hard sell for me at first because I don't know many women who would entertain the idea of dating their best friend's ex, especially one who behaved like such a schmuck.  But, Tawdra pulled it all together in a way that made sense. More than that, no one looked like a jerk and Liam was redeemed.  After Best Served Cold, I didn't think I would ever call Liam "likable." I was wrong and I'll gladly eat my words. There was A LOT more to him – and the situation – than met the eye. With Ava he was a different guy. One who I found to be quite charming and sweet. I liked Ava well enough in Best Served Cold, but found myself appreciating her much more in this book. I liked that she brought out a different side of Liam. She didn't want to like him, but their chemistry was undeniable.  After finishing this, I have to say, I need more duologies in my life. They're perfect for those times when you can't get the whole story – or both sides of it, anyhow – in one book, but don't necessarily need to stretch the story to three books. I'm glad Tawdra contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing this series. It was fun and sexy and I look forward to more stories like this from her in the future. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
amm02 More than 1 year ago
It starts with Ava helping her friend Julia avoid er ex Liam. Liam wronged her and she wants to make him pay by torturing him. Things change when Ava starts to have feelings for Liam. Liam realizes that he wants Ava and he will bit settle until her has her. So It was hard for me to be into this story at first. I did not like Liam. I thought he was just a playboy jerk with a rich family. But man am  glad I kept reading. Liam is a mis understood person. He loves Ava so much and really is just a sweet guy who will do anything to keep Ava in his life. Ava is the strong women who helps Liam confront his family and help him accept what he really wants. This was an awesome story. I loved it! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DelphinaReadsTooMuch More than 1 year ago
I loved book one in this series and pretty much hated Liam because of being such a jerk head in it.  I had my doubts whether he could win me over or not.  The verdict : Awesome Book Boyfriend.   Ava is smart, focused, and carrying too much on her shoulders.  Liam is the one who broke her roomies heart.  Of course that lead to her roomie finding her true love, so all is good there :) . I could not put it down.  Seriously, I made hubby drive so I could finish it. I loved watching them grow as people as the fell in love.  I am very much looking forward to more from this series!
RaeZRyans More than 1 year ago
I'm not the biggest fan of the contemporary genre. There I said it. I'd much prefer my fantasy with a high dose of sexy, but I picked up Just Desserts because I've read all of Tawdra Kandle's other series, and she hasn't failed me yet. She still hasn't let me down. Although this is actually the second book, but it is a stand alone, so you can start here or with Best Served Cold. I fell in love with Ava despite being able to relate more to Liam with his family. You'll have to read to see what that fiasco is all about. Anywho I also love that the book is set in NJ. I've said this recently in another review, but if you set a book in NJ, I will read it. I grew up there and if it's set in South or Central Jersey, all the better. The second reason I fell in love with Ava was the passion she had for both her future and for her roots. There is something special about Italian families, and while I may not be Italian, I have a surrogate Italian family that still lives in NJ. The realism there was hit right on the head down to how they react and talk. Liam ... ah ... I didn't know what to think of him. As you work through the back story though, you start to wonder, "Is this man redeemable." I won't answer that for you, but let's just say it had me guessing. Tawdra is one of the few who accomplishes that, and to be honest, it is the predictability of most contemporary romance that leaves me with a bad taste for the genre. AKA the stakes are rarely high enough for me, or the characters are so unrealistic, but Tawdra has a knack for crafting less than perfect but likeable characters and putting them in heart wrenching or sticky situations. NA romance lovers will absolutely love this quick and steamy read.