Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book Review: Tart by Lauren Dane

Tart by Lauren Dane
Published by Berkley in November 2012
Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series:  Delicious #2

Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up—in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns…
I really enjoy Lauren Dane's writing and I was looking forward to reading Tart.  I was not disappointed!  It features a menage a trois and also the friends to lovers theme I love so much.  Total win.

Juliet owns a bakery and she's very content with her life.  She's got great friends (yay to see characters from the Brown series!) and even though her family is a bit scattered, she does what she can to remain close to her young nephews.  Gideon spent summers on Bainbridge Island, so he knows Juliet and her crew.  He has returned to the island to help his grandfather on his farm.  And when he and Juliet run into each other for the first time since they were teens, the sparks definitely fly!  Cal, Juliet's best friend, sees the new relationship between Gideon and Juliet and he's scared.  There's always been something between him and Juliet but he's always refrained from acting on it because he doesn't want to lose Juliet as a friend.  But he decides to let Juliet know about his feelings before things get even deeper between her and Gideon.

I loved Juliet's reaction to Cal's kiss and revelation of his feelings.  She is justifiably pissed off!  She has watched him dating other people for years and it hurt every time.  It hurt even more when he dated women (because at least when he was with men she could say that they offered him something that she couldn't).  So Cal making a move now is a bit of a dick move.  She tells Gideon immediately (love that scene because freaking Cal follows her to Gideon's house lol) and Gideon can see that there's something between Cal and Juliet and he does not want to lose her.  So he offers up a suggestion, that the three of them have a relationship so that way Juliet doesn't have to chose.  He's been with men before, and Cal is super hot, so it's not like it would be a hardship.  Plus there's the fact that they're friends already.

Tart was all kinds of hot.  I believed that Juliet and Gideon fell so fast because they had a history and also they were both in the same frame of mind about relationships.  They weren't satisfied with casual encounters anymore.  I thought the guys fell into bed together a bit easily (but hey, I believe that too) but that was tempered by Juliet's insecurities about Cal's past relationships with men.  Now that rang true.  But both men were so gaga over Juliet and they let her know that.  The threesome was about their love for Juliet, she was the binding agent holding them all together.  But there were definitely some issues - family responses being one.  And then the fact that Gideon and Cal are so alpha, Juliet definitely had to put her foot down.  LOL

I thought Tart was a well done menage a trois tale.  Definitely a solid read.  I'm giving it a B.



  1. This looks good. I'll have to look for this.

    1. I'll send you my copy. :P

  2. I haven't read much by Lauren. But what I have, I have enjoyed. I should check this one out.

    I'm glad you liked it.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

    1. Definitely! It was a good read.

  3. Glad you enjoyed it, Ames! However, I don't know. It feels this book resembles the other menage a trois book in the Brown sibling series... but with just a different setting.

    1. There's some difference. Tart was lighter than Laid Bare. Plus there was some BDSM in that book, not in Tart. And the stuff the heroine was dealing with in Laird Bare was a lot heavier. It was different enough.