24 January 2010

ARC Review: Tina Donahue - Deep, Dark, Delicious

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Line: Moderne
Series: None
Book Length: Novel
Book Type: eBook
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
ISBN: 9781419926655

Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Main Characters: Rafe Zayas and Eden DeCarlo
Book Origin: E-ARC provided by author

Cover Summary:
A wickedly sensual feast…

Eden DeCarlo may have narrowly lost Miami’s best chef competition and the prize money she desperately needs, but she has caught the eye of dangerously virile Rafael Zayas, one of the judges and a wealthy restaurateur. Despite her vow not to let any man derail her life, Eden’s captivated by Rafe’s imposing masculinity, then challenged by the business deal he offers. He’ll invest in her new venture if, for one month, she can satisfy his culinary expectations and the sexual attraction they both feel.

Dominant and unashamed, Rafe knows what he wants when it comes to carnal pleasure and will spare no seduction to have Eden in all the ways he demands—naked, wanting, submissive.

Within thirty days, he will teach her the delights of yielding to passion, relinquishing all control to him and fulfilling her deepest, darkest and most delicious desires.

This is my first erotica story where I encountered the chef persona, and I didn’t get one, I got two. Eden DeCarlo lost Miami’s Master Chef Competition by an hairs breath and now she is desperate for another solution to solve her money problems. This is where Rafael Zayas comes in to play. He is a chef too, rich, famous, talented, gorgeous and one of the jurors of the competition. He makes her an offer that is very hard to resist; 31 days he will be the guest in her bed and breakfast and she will give him all she’s got as an chef and as a woman. If she succeeds he will finance whatever venture she wants, may it be a B&B or a restaurant, it is up to her to chose.

If she agrees it will be as followed; everything he demands, she will obey.

If there is one thing I can say about DEEP, DARK AND DELICIOUS then it is that it’s a sultry and spicy erotica novella. The set-up of the story with the proposal is almost to be called a classic yet Rafe and Eden give their own enticing spin to it. It is with an easy and flowing writing style that I unnoticeably succumbed to the challenges and demands, the fears and dreams, and the pain and joys of the two main characters . From the first page Tina Donahue creates an electrifying heat between Eden and Rafe that drew me in like no tomorrow. All the wicked, the forbidden and the fantasies were just around the corner for Rafe and Eden. I was just as eager as they were to explore the limits of what they desired.

Now along with a playful eroticism there was of course the food; how my mouth watered at some of the dishes fully described with aroma and spices. I wish I could cook, I really did. I would definitely cook a few native Cuban dishes just to experience the luxurious taste of them. Between all the courses presented, the devious yet sensual mind of Rafe I had a double-edged feeling regarding Eden. While Rafe was my hero from start to finish in his provocative mind-set yet caring ways, Eden was a woman I was empathetic too and yet her ego as a chef prevented me at times to fully get a feel for her. She has a passionate though guarded and vulnerable side that made me root for her every time she exposed herself to Rafe and I loved her self-assured attitude and confidence. It is when that confidence feeds her ego and makes her think she is the best, the greatest, and no one can equal her skills that diminished her likability for me.

The romance was smoothly entwined though a bit rushed with Eden struggling with abandonment issues and Rafe coming from a warm loving family to opposite that. I really liked the vibe of the Zayas family with a meddlesome brother named Victor who can be annoying and endearing at the same time. Of course a big family party emphasizes on their tight knit relationship and allows Eden to taste the other side of family life. Throughout the story of a man daring a woman to go outside her comfort zone there is the ever present sensual tension between them that fuels every action and dialogue between the main couple. Give Eden her BFF, Trish Luna, and everything is present for an erotically charged, nicely developed story that will give some pleasurable hours of reading time.

Deep, Dark, Delicious is a passionate treat for many erotica readers!

3 stars


Rafe reached her. She caught his scent, a sun-baked fragrance more caressing than the summer’s night air—warm, sultry, virile. Her legs went doughy. She locked her knees.

If he noticed, he didn’t let on, though his attention did sharpen, a handsome predator homing in on his prey. Lips turned up in a direct smile, he offered his hand. “Eden.”

His vibrant baritone embraced her name with stunning familiarity, disconcerting her further. She shook it off. After tonight, she’d see him on TV or in print advertisements, nowhere else. She’d make certain of it regardless of her lust. She cleared her throat and slipped her coolish, damp fingers over his. His palm was dry and rough, betraying his humble origins. “Chef.”

“Rafe.” His smile brightened with his gentle admonition, saying he enjoyed being in charge.
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  1. OOOO sounds really good Leontine, I heart an erotica like this, will check it out! As always fab review!

  2. I have Susis tab open at the same time, must go on over and see her thoughts too. But I am sure she will think it just as hot

  3. This sounds delish, sex and food, mmm! I def want to read this hot story :) Thanks for the wonderful review, hon!

  4. With a title like that, how can I possibly pass it up? It sounds well, delicious!

  5. Yep, I think it is as hot as Leontine says. So good. And such a need for Cuban food now.


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