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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Delicious Deception
Series: Tough Love
Designation: Book Three, Standalone Novel, NO Cliffhanger
Author: Tami Lund
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Comedy/Suspense
Heat Level: Smokin' Hot
My Rating: FIVE DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING STARS *****
OH MY GLORY !!! Tami Lund has gone and done it again! And just what has she done, you ask? Why, she has created absolute, utter perfection, of course! Delicious Deception is Lund's third riveting offering in her Tough Love Series. It may be the third release but it definitely wins first place in my heart. It takes the blue ribbon by a landslide and is most assuredly a grand prize winner for her readers! I began reading Tami Lund's work last year when I accidentally stumbled upon Naked Truth, the first book of her Tough Love Series and I've been an avid fan ever since. There are some people that seem to be born with a natural innate ability for storytelling and Tami Lund has been blessed many times over with this remarkable gift. So, after reading the sinfully sexy first two books in her Tough Love Series, Naked Truth and Undercover Heat, I thought I would never be able to say this, but Delicious Deception is even more incredible than the first and second novels of the series and that, folks, is not an impression; it's a simple statement of fact! I haven't laughed this much while reading a contemporary romance in a long time! The hero and heroine of this story, Connor Rikeland and Emily Kate Boudreaux are a hot as haydees bonfire just itching to combust and not only have the perfect chemistry but are also perfectly hilarious - as I said - utter perfection! And Emily Kate's wickedly funny brother, FBI agent Jack Boudreaux, is back in action after a starring performance in Naked Truth. I started laughing on page two and uncontrollably snorted, snickered, giggled, chuckled, howled and uproariously belly-laughed through the entire book with a few gasps, oh my gods, heartfelt tears and sobbing thrown in for good measure. Lund has become one of my favorite authors and I am a fan for life!!! The story is exciting, well developed, well executed, suspenseful, enchanting, humorous, cute, sweet, heartwarming, heartbreaking, romantic, sensual and seductive. The dialogue is smart, snappy, funny, exceptionally well written and flows effortlessly. Whew! That's a mouthful but these are only a few of the words that come to mind after reading this novel. But my favorite element of this story is the characters because this is very much a character driven tale. They are complex, well developed, strong, clever, captivating, mischievous, engaging, endearing, relatable, sexy as sin and more often than not, laugh out loud funny. Va..Va..Voom! Lund's characters seem to always be the very heart and soul of her stories. Lund exhibits her amazing skill and unique style by expertly combining these elements into an alluring and delightfully entertaining modern romance/comedy/crime drama filled to the brim with spine-tingling danger, hold-your-breath drama, oh-my-goodness suspense, exciting adventure, instant attraction, smoldering steamy passion, belly-laugh mischief and good old fashion love, southern style. I loved it! So dreamy! Sigh..... If you love a seductive contemporary romance seasoned throughout with sexy, witty banter, peppered with a liberal measure of fun-filled, rollicking humor and generously flavored with strong, intelligent characters with a quick wit and a little sass, then you will surely enjoy Delicious Deception! And Tami Lund - we want Connor's recipe for his mouth-watering sweet potato/pecan muffins!
Devilishly handsome chef Connor Rikeland has always been able to flash his trademark crooked smile and get just about anything and any woman he's ever wanted - everything except his dream job, the coveted executive chef position at the world renowned, award-winning Oliver's Restaurant in Detroit. So, after working his butt off and groveling for ten years, he walks out and vows never to return! Even trying to sleep his way to the top didn't work! Huh? Oh my goodness! Unfortunately that turn of events has resulted in his now predicament of running for his life. Yep, he's definitely in trouble with no wallet, no money, no identification and no way to get back home to Detroit. What's a guy to do? Why, steal a boat and con his way into a job at the small-time, unknown, bayou-backwater Louisiana Kitchen in Uncertain, Texas working as the new executive chef. What? How the heck did he manage that?
Southern belle Emily Kate Boudreaux has always dreamed of becoming a successful and recognized artist so how in the world did she end up being the owner/operator and now current chef of the Louisiana Kitchen in Uncertain, Texas??? Her papaw of course. He up and inconveniently died and left the entire restaurant to her - just her! What the heck? This is so not her dream! And her situation looks totally hopeless until the roguishly handsome and very charming Connor Rikeland comes to the rescue. He just shows up on her doorstep with no money or identification and maneuvers his way into not only her kitchen but also her home, her bed and her heart in less than twenty four hours! Oh my! But not if her brother, FBI agent Jack Boudreaux, has anything to say about it! He recognizes Connor for what he truly his - a womanizer who can't be trusted. He ought to know, after all, he used to be one himself. So Jack wants Connor gone and Emily Kate wants Connor to stay but Connor wants to return to Detroit and become an executive chef or maybe stay with Emily Kate or heck - Connor doesn't even know what he wants anymore other than to hide from the bad guys and somehow keep the beautiful Emily Kate and himself alive. Oh my goodness! So whose dream comes true??? I guess you'll just have to read the book but I will say this....Handsome, charismatic chef with a seductive crooked smile who melts chocolate and ladies' hearts and has a killer recipe for pecan crusted trout and sweet potato/pecan muffins-check! (What's sexier than a handsome man that can cook, right?!?!) Beautiful restaurant owner/operator who dreams of becoming an artist but falls hard for her roguishly sexy head chef who seems to have a lot of secrets-check! Overprotective brother who just happens to be an FBI agent working on the case that involves his sister's new love interest-check! Secrets, lies, danger, drama, suspense, murder, a car bomb and a deadly criminal casino manager who is determined to eliminate all witnesses to his crimes-oh yeah! Heated attraction, fiery passion, steamy romance and some sexy hilarious banter-you bet! That and a whole lot more! Devilishly cute, seriously sweet, fabulously funny, completely captivating, sinfully sexy and delightfully entertaining!!! Hands down, one of the best books I've read this year! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
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