Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: "Delicious Temptation" (Sabrina Sol)

Temptation is easy. Figuring out what to do after you've played with the fire is something entirely different.

For Amara Maria Robles, family and duty have always come first, which makes her a good daughter. She even relinquished her own lifelong goal to become a professional pastry chef to go back home and help her parents' ailing family bakery. If only they weren't so steeped in tradition and stubbornness that they ignore all of her suggestions.

Finally frustrated beyond all reason with being the quiet, well-behaved daughter, Amara's looking for trouble, and when it comes walking through the bakery door one day, she's determined to be bad for once in her life.

Eric Valencia grew up in Amara's neighborhood. In fact, he was her older brother's best friend, until a scandal and subsequent falling out years ago. Now he's back, his demons mostly under control, to make amends and take responsibility for his ailing aunt. There's no way a dalliance with his ex-best friend's baby sister is a good idea for a man trying to redeem himself.

If only Amara weren't so doggone determined to be bad ... 

Delicious Temptation, an erotic romance by Sabrina Sol, has just been released this month by Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint.

Scintillating love scenes take talent and care to write, in order to be effective as erotic romance. Admittedly, and probably shamelessly, Sol is an expert author, certainly up to the challenge ... and she delivers what she promises.

What blows Sol's story out of the water, however, as a beyond excellent book is her careful attention to the cultural dynamics she explores. For those of us who haven't been privy to an impassioned argument --- "discussion," rather --- among members of a close-knit Mexican family, or who don't necessarily understand the importance of good food and good company to that culture, Delicious Temptation paints a fascinating, authentic picture and invites readers in to experience those dynamics first-hand.

Amara is easy to sympathize with: courteous, consistent, dependable ... and chafing to do something really out of the ordinary to break the mundane routines she and her overbearing parents have developed since she returned home to help. Her devotion to her family, despite how they sometimes frustrate her, is one of her most admirable traits, seconded only by her dedication to achieving her own dreams, whatever the cost.

Meanwhile, Eric is the perfect bad boy-turned-good and an excellent, unexpected foil for Amara. With his questionable past, he's the black to her white, and yet they share more than just a roaring physical attraction for one another. Both are committed to family and friends, and committed to their community. Each demonstrates infinite patience and concern, whether for the other or for other friends and loved ones.

Making this romance novel one you won't soon forget, for all the right reasons.

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Author: Sabrina Sol
Title: Delicious Temptation
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-272-6
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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