Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ARC Tart by Lauren Dane


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 on the 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

With Tart, as well as the Delicious series, Lauren Dane doesn't do formulaic or anything close to it for her menage. Tart is a buy your batteries in bulk its so hot read about the formation of a triad relationship.

Juliet has know and been in love with Cal forever but he has had plenty of time to make his move and hasn't so when the super sexy cowboy Gideon steps into her life she is ready to let Cal go and move on.

Cal has dated, he has dated a lot, both women and men. He was always trying to find what he knew he had with Jules but was afraid of messing up their friendship to pursue.

Gideon grew up spending the summers with Cal, Juliet and their friends. He is no stranger but seeing Juliet all grown up for the first time Gideon knows he needs to be a part if her life.

This could be the set up for a classic love triangle but it's not. What it turns into is a touching but steamy story about how these three people can come to love each other and the difficulties they have with each other and with the outside world accepting of their unusual relationship.

I have to say that Gideon stole my heart with his yes ma'am's and his cowboy charm coupled with his alpha/dominant tenancies he made my heart go pitter patter.
Cal is your classic beautiful guy who knows it and always gets his way because of it. Jules and Gideon are willing to stand up to him and that is a huge turn on.
Juliet has the most messed up family in existence and yet she wants to be there and help and fix all of them. She also carried a torch for Cal for something like 15 years.
I found that at odds with the strong woman who opens her own business stands up to Cal and Gideon, that being the case I know that people with a family life as messed up as her tend to not deal with that family in the same manner they do the rest of the world. Once again, Ms. Dane instead of going the traditional romance novel route had written this more true to life and the nature of peoples psyche.

Overall this is an intense book with intense sex scenes(that include a few that are m/m) and an intense relationship. It still manages to have humor and be a great read that leaves you with the HEA we all crave.
I give it 4 out of 5 flowers


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