Review: Cake by Lauren Dane

Cake Lauren DaneGregori Ivanov is a famous artist with a bad boy reputation.  He has been known to drink, swear and womanize his way through life but he also produces stunning art so he is mostly forgiven.  Wren has delivering papers and packages to him for over a year and she is able to see the real man behind his society facade.  Wren and Gregori have a smoldering attraction to each other but they are also friends.  They have fun together and are able to be honest with each other.

“You don’t need company manners here with me.”

“Oh, don’t worry, these aren’t my company manner.  I’d never tell any of my other clients to stop fucking their crazy ex-wives.

I have said it before and Cake was no different, Ms Dane writes the best heroines.  Wren is working her way through art school and writing a graphic novel that she hopes to soon have published.  She wants Gregori but also recognizes that he is a difficult man and would be hard to manage.   Wren is no simpering miss though and she isn’t afraid of fighting for what she wants.  She doesn’t give up when Gregori pushes her away.  She focuses on herself, gives him time to get his head straight and then goes after him.  How can you not like a girl who knows what she wants and does what it takes to get it?

Gregori has his ass-ish moment but I can easily forgive him.  He was burned by a fake, fame grubbing ex-wife and doesn’t want anything to ruin his friendship with Wren.  He has come to depend on her as a friend and doesn’t want to lose her.  What he fails to realize is that after a year of foreplay they are long past friendship.  Thank goodness Wren makes him see what is right in front of his face.

Cake is part of a new thing called Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin so it is really only novella length.  Such a shame too because I could have read me some Gregori for about 200 more pages.  The length doesn’t take anything away from the story though as the reader is treated to a fun, sexy courtship and sweet ending.  I recommend this one if you are looking for a quick, engaging read.  Final grade- B

Favorite Quote:

“Hand and knees.”

Not a question.  Not a request.

Good lord.

Rating: B
Cake by Lauren Dane
September 15th 2013 by Harlequin
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