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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: Deliciously Sinful by Lilli Feisty

 I have mixed feelings about this book - as I suspected I might.
Deliciously Sinful
by Lilli Feisty
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446571555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446571555
     Genre: Contemporary Romance
     My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0
Book Description
Publication Date: November 22, 2011
Things are cooking in the kitchen...and the bedroom.

Restaurant owner Phoebe Mayle thought she had it all under control. Sure, her new chef has a bad-boy reputation - and a chiseled body to match - but she's positive she can whip him into shape.

But from the moment Nick Avalon roars into town in his Hummer, he makes her whole world sizzle. Now Phoebe has lost control of her kitchen, and Nick has taken over her mind and her body. His insatiable appetite for pleasure leaves her breathless with carnal cravings only he can satisfy. Yet can their hunger for each other be a recipe for a love that lasts.
Review: This is a good story... just a little too much raw language and edgy sex for my tastes.

Phoebe is definitely a control freak. Everyone around her can see that though it is hard for her to recognize it herself.  She has had to be in charge since her teen years and she feels she has had to be responsible to take care of what’s left of her family.  She was happy developing her own organic farm and selling the food to her Aunt and Uncle for their organic restaurant. Now, due to their tragic deaths, she is in charge of the restaurant. She can grow but she just can’t seem to cook.

So she hires a top notch chef from LA. Nick Avalon is British and all bad boy. Nick is not one to take orders well which has gotten him in trouble in the past.  Why else would he have left the nightlife and women of LA for a bumpkin town diner?

From the first moment the relationship between Phoebe and Nick is pretty much a battlefield of all hot sparks.  They have that fine line between hate and love sort of heat.  Their thoughts, and sexual encounters, are primarily carnal. They do have a few nice moments of friendship and coziness especially on an oyster gathering adventure. Of course that too turns into a sexual feast.

The controlling Phoebe finds herself wanting to trust and rely on Nick as more than just a fabulous chef.  Nick finds that he really likes Phoebe and he enjoys creating dishes from her garden produce. But can he change a life time of attitudes to choose something more than being an arrogant narcissist passing through to his next gig?

Nick is a little brash but still I liked his character for what it is meant to be. I could relate to Phoebe’s wish to control things, and people, around her life.  Her niece, Jessie, is just 18 and growing into one smart, sassy assistant chef. I did like the story and for the most part enjoyed the read.  I didn’t like the liberal use of the “f” word and other blunt terms for body parts. Rather than warm sensual scenes this relationship starts in with spanking (with a whisk) and later includes light bondage (with turkey string I think it was.)  All of that was nicely done  - its just not the sort of thing I prefer in my reading.  If you don’t mind those things or can read around it, the story itself is feisty tension with a HEA.

I received this book to review and giveaway from Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group.
This is part of a two book giveaway which follows this review.


  1. Interesting review, I don't mind edgy sexuality as long as it's not too over the top and occasional blunt terms are okay...I'm really curious about the light bondage with a turkey string?? That sounds kind of odd


  2. I like edgy sex in my books :)
    Sounds like a book I'd like.

  3. I'm jealous! I want a chef bad-boy reputation - and a chiseled body to match boyfriend! Oh wait...I forgot, I'm married. *sigh* I hate when that happens :/

  4. A hot man who can cook. I like. =)


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