Luc's entire future is planned out - but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self-control - and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa.... And that's just one of her secrets - secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.
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"Spicy and fun, this romp between the sheets will thrill erotica and mystery fans alike." (Romantic Times)
My name is Mona and I am an infrequent reader. I found books on audio by accident. I am really enjoying it.
Delicious is not so simple when you factor in lies, deception and misdirection. Nothing about Alyssa and Luc’s meeting is conventional. So it stands to reason that there coming together as a couple would have some challenges as well. Both of them are content to live with the demons of their past; not once thinking about the direct affect their choices would have on their future.
Delicious is one of the best books in the series to me. There is still the same intensity and steamy sex scenes as the rest of the series, but I could really relate to the different difficult challenges in developing and maintaining the relationship. I also like how the author infused favorite characters from the previous books in the series to give the reader an update on their comings and goings and also to show their direct relationships to each other.
My favorite character in this book is Tyler. His devotion to Alyssa was obvious in that it was unclear if he was the good guy or the bad guy. Tyler’s deception was knowing he had a secret so big that he could alter Alyssa’s life and his possible future with her. He gives a lot of misdirection to Luc purposely to misconceive Luc’s thoughts about Alyssa. Luc falls for the deception as Tyler fuels his jealousy with taunts and very inappropriate gestures. Tyler is clearly the next character in the series.
Lexi Maynard is a very good narrator. In the beginning I didn’t think it would be possible for her to keep up with all the male voices, but Lexi holds her own and has done a very good job. I don’t know if I would continue to listen if there was a sudden change. I still recommend the Wicked Lover series as a good read.
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I wasn't a big fan of Lexi Maynard's narration but it grew on me. I thought she sounded too young (too YA-sounding for this type of novel) and she made all the female characters' voice too high and ditzy-ish.
I would've preferred Clarissa Knightly or Jill Redfield--from all the "more steamier" romances I've listened to so far, they do the best narration for these type of novels.
I've been wanting to check out this series because I heard great things about the author. But since menage and hardcore BDSM are not my cup of tea, I skipped the first 2 books in the series. When I heard this one featured a monogamous couple, I picked it up. It can be read as a standalone.
The book overall was a good read (or in this case, listen). I really liked Alyssa's character and how independent, self-sufficient and strong she was. As for Luc, his jealously, how he judged Alyssa because of her profession (she's a stripper) and his unwavering belief that Alyssa was having an affair with her bodyguard Tyler got old really fast. I was annoyed by him for most of the book and I wish he groveled more in the end.
As for the "mystery" part, I was easy to figure out early on. But, jeez, there were so many scums were after Alyssa! I felt really bad for her--the author really made her suffer in this novel with emotionally with Luc's judgmental words and actions and with all the bad men after her. There was an almost rape scene that was pretty graphic so be warned if you're the type to avoid books with that.
I'm considering getting the other book in the series with a monogamous couple, Mine to Hold, which is Tyler's book.
Ms. Black has toned down some of the sex in this book and has given the characters more substance. The more she talks about Morgan's brothers, the more I would like to hear their stories. But this is Luc's story and if you have not listened or read the first 2 books, you will not understand some of the by-play between those characters. But there are some interesting plot twist in this book and it is more like a love story. Luc does let his temper get in the way and almost costs him what he really wants in more ways then 1. Alyssa is a strong willed woman and I find that I liked her more then I thought I would. While these 2 didn't seem like a suitable match in the begining, it turns out that Alyssa is just the woman Luc needs. You will enjoy finding out about both of their storys.
Very good story line, Im addicted!
The moment of realization when Luke realized his lies tore apart the relationship
Story moved along at a good pace
I did both but this book wasn't as good as her book Wicked
Still worth the read if you like erotica
Say something about yourself!
But, still worth the read. This is a very erotic story, just like the previous 2. I like that the female character was strong but feminine. She was a bit too ... openly sexual(?) for me, but it makes for a good erotic story.
The male character was just a bit too tortured and determined to resist a relationship all the while continuing to sleep with her. It smacked of objectification.
Also, while I complain of her 'open sexuality', he takes it too far. Constantly thinking about how she must be sleeping with other people.
If this review seems disjointed, it probably is. There was a lot of flip flopping and frustration and stringing along in the book. It was still good, but some of the more negative things could have been handled better.
Love to read!
I generally really like the Wicked Lovers series, but this one just wasn't for me. Luc, the main guy, was a real jerk throughout the whole book. Alyssa, the girl, was manipulative and trashy (no matter how much the author tried to make her otherwise). There was way too much rape (past rape, remembered rape, attempted rape, etc.) and way too many bad guys. Just when you think the book is finally almost over, you realize there is yet another stalker. There wasn't anything I particularly liked about this book.
This was everything a book should be. It was HOTTTT, Action, Sexy Men and of course LOVE!!!!
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
When I started listening to Delicious last summer, I really liked the character of Alyssa - smart, spunky and strong . I got sidetracked by another series and just now rediscovered this book in my library.
Well, the 2nd time around, I found Alyssa (club owner) even more engrossing and Tyler (her bouncer) to be a total sweetheart. However, Luc left me cold. In book 2 of this series, Luc tried to use his cousin Deke and Kimber to create the family he couldn't have by himself. So not my idea of a romantic hero.
In Delicious, Luc to ready to marry a woman he doesn't love because he wants kids and his wife to be a stay-at-home mother. What a sexist! I notice he doesn't offer to give up HIS career to change diapers and drive carpool. Luc assumes that Alyssa can't be sexy, independent and a loving mother.
Sadly, it took the entire book for Luc to get his head out of his ass and quit judging Alyssa for her former occupation (stripper). Ironically, Luc & Alyssa first met when she was the entertainment at bachelor party where Luc was partying. So it was okay for Luc to watch a stripper, but something wrong with a woman who is a stripper - what a double standard!
While Shayla Black is an incredibly gift writer, I would like to see her create more enlightened male characters and less cavemen. I'll bet there are women like me who think secure, mature, and caring man are much sexier than dominating jerks.
I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters
This is one of my favs in the series its got it all hot sex a few stalkes and lots of misunderstandings
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