Delicious

by Shayla Black

Berkley Trade | March 2, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Delicious is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
An erotic novel in the Wicked Lovers series, from the author of Mine to Hold...

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 self­control-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.


 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.23 × 5.6 × 0.98 in

Published: March 2, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425232425

ISBN - 13: 9780425232422

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delicious serves up a spicy dish So I was looking forward to Delicious. It didn't take me long to realize this was probably not the most appropriate book to be reading at the gym?!? Good thing I had my book cover on it....Yikes! Hot shot chef Luc Traverson broke the golden rule all readers know: Never judge a book by its cover. In this case that book is Alyssa Devereaux, former exotic dancer turned strip club/restaurant owner. I did not like Luc at the start of this book. I found him to be a judgemental, hypocritical walking hard-on. Whatever his reasons, Luc thinks Alyssa is beneath his station in life because she’s a stripper and therefore she must sleep around. At this point in his life Luc is looking for a good little woman to marry and bare his children and Alyssa just doesn’t measure up to his standards. That doesn’t stop him from constantly sporting a raging hard-on or constantly thinking about having sex with Alyssa every second of the day. Oh ya and he somehow manages to conveniently forget about the little school teacher Emily he’s been dating back home and is thinking about proposing to. Alyssa is not the person Luc perceives her to be. She’s survived a traumatic childhood, she’s come a long way and she’s made a name for herself. Alyssa’s got her own version of a hard-on for the sexy chef. Ever since Luc and Alyssa had a one night stand three months previously, she’s never been able to forget the way Luc rocked her world. These two were actually a good match for each other. They played the she loves me, he loves me not; she hates me, he hates me too song throughout the entire book. Their mixed feelings for each other aside, that didn’t prevent them from going at it like bunnies whenever they were in spitting distance of each other. Very hot, energetic bunnies! During the second half of the book, the action gears up as Alyssa is being targeted by a stalker – or two or three. No surprises though who the bad guy(s) are. Three stalkers may have been one too many.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bleh! Does Anyone Have a Breath Mint? Delicious, is the follow-up to Black's Decadent, which was a steamy read, once you got over the lame plot concepts and predictable, formulaic story. In Decadent, we first met the very Sexy Luc Traverson as he tried to win the heart of the virginal Kimber, who really only had eyes for Luc's cousin Deke. Since Luc didn't get his HEA in Decandent, this book is all about him. To set the story up, in Decadent, Luc has an incredible, unforgettable one-night stand with Alyssa Devereaux. Alyssa, a former stripper who now owns the strip club where she once worked the pole, had always had a thing for Luc and so when the opportunity arose to spend the night with him in exchange for his help in opening her new restaurant, she jumped at the chance and jumped him. It was the night of her life, and his too, even if he won't admit it. Unfortunately for Alyssa, Luc's biological clock is ticking (huh, not very often you see that in a guy) and even though he can't get her lucious body off his mind, he doesn't see her as wife/mother material so he beats it out of there determined never to see her again. One problem, he's promised to work as a celebrity chef at her new restaurant once it opens. This is where Delicious picks up the story. The time has come for Luc to make good on his promise to Alyssa. He's determined to just work in the restaurant and have nothing more to do with her, but that resolve goes out the window the moment he lays eyes on her again. For her part, Alyssa hopes that when Luc comes to guest chef they can turn their one night together into something more. She has never felt a connection to any man, until she spent the night with Luc. Her hopes are crushed though when she realizes that Luc can't get over his prejudices about her profession. As far as he is concerned, stripper equals whore, and without asking or having any sort of proof, Luc assumes that all of Alyssa's interactions with the male population involve her trading sex for favours. But she has seven days to change his mind. Can she get him to see past her job or is his close-minded attitude going to break her heart once and for all? Aaargh! This book was so frustrating. On the one hand, the sexual chemistry between Alyssa and Luc was positively smoking. Unfortunately I disliked both main characters immensely. Luc’s narrow-mindedness really put me off the storyline and I was completely disgusted at how judgmental he was even as he continued to use Alyssa for his own sexual gratification. And don't get me started about Alyssa. Luc practically calls her a s-l-u-t to her face over and over again and all but forces himself on her and she lets him get away with it. She never stands up for herself taking the pathetic, I don't owe you any explanations route. In some cases that stance applies, but not in this case. I mean come on Alyssa, you traded a night of sex with Luc for his help in your new restaurant. Is it really surprising that he thinks you use sex as currency? And let's not forget how you let Tyler, your club bouncer, touch you in an overly familiar way. The guy obviously has the hots for you and you sit on the his lap with his hand up your skirt and yet you blame Luc for thinking you're sleeping with him? And Luc.... Who in the heck did you think you were fooling? Did you really think that you, with your voracious sexual appetite, could settle down with some conservative little school marm? As if your ideal woman could feed your six hour (yes, six hour) sexscapes. And your whole, I want to marry my mother schtick? It's just creepy. The story is loaded with relationship angst, lots of sex and some drama that I guess is supposed to be suspenseful. There’s a heaps of non-communication, inadvertent miscommunication, intentional miscommunication, oversharing (by secondary characters) and the annoying stereotypical background threat to Alyssa’s well-being that could be resolved/avoided if she’d just discuss her past with someone...anyone. As much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't. The characters, plot and dialogue are so unbelievable that I thought my eyeballs were going to roll right out of my head. Not even the steamy sex can save this story, instead it just left a bad taste in my mouth. 2010-069
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Best in the series yet! The woman is a stripper and wants to start up a restaurant to gain respect. Luc works in her kitchen for the next week and slowly falls for her but can’t seem to get past hid jealously. This novel is very good and I know I will re-read it again and again but Luc at some points takes the jealously too far and I am literally disgusted by his attitude and some of the things he says but he does make up for it. This book had my stomach in twists because of the emotion leaping off the page. You won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen Luc Traverson know what he wants and knows hot to get it. He has everything planned out. He’s an accomplished chef, with cookbooks and his own TV show coming out. He knows that he wants to get married and that he wants to have children. He wants a wife who could be a mom like his mom was. Now he has to go to Louisiana to fill a promise he made three months ago. Should be easy, go there and stay a week and cook for a restaurant. The problem? The owner Alyssa Devereaux. She’s the one woman who makes him hot with just the sight of her. Three months ago he made her a promise that is she had sex with him and Deke he’d help her with cooking in her new restaurant. Though Deke bailed on that night, he stayed and now he can’t forget her. Alyssa Devereaux knows what she wants and it’s Luc. After the night he spent with her, she can’t get him out of her mind. He can’t control himself, and that’s just the way she likes it. She asks him to come and cook for her restaurant. Even though he doesn’t want to stay, she convinces him to. She has him come stay at her house, trying to seduce him anyway she can. He tries to stay away, though he can’t. She’s too much for him. Though he can’t get over the fact that she’s a stripper, believing every stereotype about strippers and placing it on her. Though through the week he finds out that she put herself through college and is trying to make her life better. He also find out that there’s a person after her. Leaving nasty notes with a knife pierce through them. She doesn’t seemed phased by it, but Luc is. He starts becoming possessive of her and that’s what she wants. Though she can’t seem to find his real emotions. Is Luc just trying to find a good lay or is it more then she can see. And Luc can’t get passed Alyssa no matter how hard he tries, though he knows she hiding something too, Will they ever be able to put the past behind them? This is the third book in the Wicked Lover series. My favorite one in fact. This one is not a predictable as the other two. There’s some much more twist and turns that leave you guessing. Plus the way Luc loves Alyssa is as hot as any stove can get
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best in the series so far I have read all shayla blacks book wicked ties and decendant(?) this is the 3rd in the series and l feel it is the best so far. I feel for Alyssa shes a strong female who has overcome a lot of crap in her life 2 get 2 where she has .She goes nose 2 nose with Luc. Still loved Luc but expected him 2 be more easy going like he was in decadent, it pissed me off at times his low opionon of Alyssa but he slowly redeems himself. Emotional love story excellent love scenes great sappy ending.....oh yeah Hunter is also in this book a lot more as he is the main character in S.Blacks next book in the series....read it u wont b disapointed
Date published: 2010-02-27

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Delicious

Delicious

by Shayla Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.23 × 5.6 × 0.98 in

Published: March 2, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425232425

ISBN - 13: 9780425232422

From the Publisher

An erotic novel in the Wicked Lovers series, from the author of Mine to Hold...

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 self­control-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.


 

About the Author

Shayla Black is a pseudonym for a prolific and successful romance author who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter. She is also the author of Decadent, Mine to Hold, Wicked Ties, and other novels.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the novels of Shayla Black:

”Sizzling, romantic, and edgy, a Shayla Black story never disappoints!”—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author of Bared To You

“Scorching, wrenching, suspenseful, Shayla Black’s books are a must-read.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh

“Shayla Black creates emotional, searingly sexy stories that always leave me wanting more.”— New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

“Much sexy fun is had by all.”—New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight