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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review: Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol

Are any of you fans of Sabrina Sol? This read was well written but for me it brought back some uncomfortable memories and truths about Hispanic life so while I enjoyed the overall story, I wasn't thrilled with the reminders. Still, I do think you all should give it a try!

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: May 19, 2015

The only thing naughtier than a bad boy is a good girl...

Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good that she gave up her dreams of becoming a renowned pastry chef to help her parents with their struggling Mexican bakery. Yet her parents reject any changes she suggests, and refuse to sell her mouth-watering confections. Clearly being a good girl isn't paying off. So when her brother's sexy ex-best friend walks into the bakery, Amara's tempted to be very bad indeed...

After a scandal twelve years ago, resident bad boy Eric Valencia has returned to make things right with his family and friends. One glance at Amara and her wicked curves, however, and Eric finds himself thinking about how she'd feel beneath him-something he promised Amara's brother he would never think about, let alone do.

But this bad boy is in deep trouble...because Amara's determined to have her cake, and Eric, too.

Good girl Amara Maria Robles has given up her dreams of being a renowned pastry chef in order to go back home and help her parents with their failing bakery. Tired of being a good girl, Amara decides to shake things up but doesn’t know how. Until her brother’s ex-best friend walks into the bakery.

Returning home to make things right with his family and friends, local bad boy Eric Valencia begins his search at the Robles’ bakery. Not recognizing Amara at first, he’s struck by how attracted he is to her, but once he finds out who she is, he’s determined to keep his hands off of her.

Unfortunately, Amara has no intention of cooperating.

Author Sabrina Sol managed to bring her characters to life in Delicious Temptation so well that I had moments of déjà vu, but more than that, she crafted a passionate, conflict ridden romance using the best friend’s younger sibling troupe.

Amara had a gentle, loving and self sacrificing heart which made me like her, but I didn’t love her. That positive trait also made it easy for her to be manipulated by her parents. I felt that she needed to put her foot down and demand respect from the people around her, including her parents. A simple show of “enough is enough” would have gone a long way to making her a character I could love. It would have also showed a confidence that I think she lacked. Since Delicious Temptation was a contemporary romance and not a historical one, I did expect more of a modern, independent woman.

Eric was pretty similar to Amara in terms of his unwillingness to stand up to people who wanted to bring him down. The big difference is that he did have a moment where enough was enough. As a bad boy he had more of a conscience when it came to others’ feelings. He was tough on himself, which strangely enough made me like him more. He didn’t offer excuses for his behavior, he owned up to his mistakes. Why no one could see that he had changed was beyond me. Perhaps the locals were all suffering from the same lack of logic? No matter, the point is that I admired Eric for being mature enough to know he’d done wrong and brave enough to come back home to face his past and try to make amends. I liked how supportive he was of Amara though. He was appreciative of her talents as a pastry chef, something I think she needed. He had a tough way of pushing her towards her goals though, which didn’t always work but I still saw the good in his methods.

One thing I thought I’d never say though is that the author was a little too good at painting a picture or creating a scene. Sabrina Sol brought to life how some parents can be with their adult children.

The fact that Amara’s parents guilt tripped her into giving up her dreams to come home and help them then proceeded to ignore her talents in favor of “tradition” hit way too close to home. The whole guilt trip/parental power play in no way endeared her parents to me. I saw a lot of this kind of manipulation going on between my mom and her parents, and though I thankfully was not raised the same way it still left a negative impression on me to say the very least. That’s why I feel that Amara should have stood up to them, I was not impressed or pleased that she gave up on what she wanted in order to give her parents what they wanted. She may have had a good heart but it made her into a bit of a door mat when it came to her parents, particularly her mom. I don’t think the author meant to make Amara’s parents, especially her mother into antagonists but that’s how they came across to me.

Besides Eric and Amara there were a handful of secondary characters that added a bit of humor and intrigue to Delicious Temptation. Amara’s cousin Daisy was my favorite though. She was sassy, blunt and seemed pretty darn tough. I’m hoping that if she gets a book that she’s as tough as she came across in this one. Then there were the siblings, Brandon and Alexa Montoya who seem to have it all but don’t act like they’re better than the humble people they cross paths with.

Obviously not all aspects of Delicious Temptation appealed to me, but that’s because certain scenes triggered my personal experiences growing up. However, that doesn’t mean that this book shouldn’t be read by other people. It’s a strong story, with realistic characters and plenty of heat. It just wasn’t one of my top reads.

Final Verdict: Sexy, funny and in my case pretty spot on in some parts, Delicious Temptation just might be what you're looking for.

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