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Friday, May 25, 2012

Luscious by Amanda Usen

Luscious by Amanda Usen
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: contemporary
Length: Full Length (320 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Eat, play, love

Plain old ice cream just isn't going to cut it. To beat these blues, chef Olivia Marconi needs the good stuff: rich, creamy tiramisu gelato. And no place better to get it than Italy. But a fresh start is nearly impossible with Sean Kindred dogging her every move. She's been burned by his too-hot-to-handle antics before. Though there's no denying the man can still get her all fired up. Could a weeklong affair finally turn into something more lasting...or will it all go up in flames?

Even a chef gets the blues. When all else fails, it's time for a little something different. Say, going to Italy! Who knew a change of scenery could change a life? Certainly not Olivia. At least, not in the way that it happened.

Do you ever just get burnt out, even with something you're passionate about? It happens. Everyone gets to that point some time in their life. That's what the heroine in Luscious faces. Olivia is ready for a change, and she's about to embrace it. Being a chef has been her life, but something just doesn't draw her to it like it once did. Much to some people's dismay, she's ready to move on. I can relate to Olivia easily. She's searching for something, though she's not sure yet what she needs.

Sean needs Olivia. When he gets a chance to be around her more, he jumps on it. What a surprise when he shows up to go with her! I like Sean, a lot. He's smooth, charming, and witty. I love how he's so great to Olivia, and I knew he had feelings for her right away. He's got a few things he needs to resolve, but as a whole, Sean makes for one heck of a hero!

Luscious is a fun read. The setting, the plot, the characters all come together for a fast-paced, funny and touching novel. Ms. Usen writes with flair and charm. The book left me with a smile on my face and a good feeling. It's the kind of story that takes your mind off of real life and puts you in a cheery mood. A story about finding what, and who makes you happy is a winner in my eyes! This story will have a place on the keepers shelf.

All in all, I enjoyed this story! I can't get enough of fun contemporary romps that have "a chance at being happy again" kind of feel. If you love stories full of heart, romance, and a little fun in Italy, Luscious awaits you.