Tag: romantic novella

Cake by Lauren Dane

Cake

Book: Cake

Author: Lauren Dane

Publisher: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads

Format: Uncorrected ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Wren Davis is studying art and determined to make her dreams to be an illustrator come true. Working hard with a job as a courier on the side, she becomes good friends with artist, Gregori Ivanov, Russian enfant terrible and toast of the art world. He’s enigmatic, flirtatious and demanding, but Wren likes him. They flirt, they talk art and she gets him. Gradually she begins to look forward to more and more delivery jobs that bring her to his door.

Art is Gregori’s life and nothing gets between him and his work. He’s used to being pursued by hangers-on and women that want to be the centre of his universe. Wren is different. She’s sassy, confident, beautiful and she is unimpressed by his wealth and his lifestyle. She doesn’t take kindly to his caprices and is always honest with him. She can give as good as she gets and he loves that. When it becomes clear that she could be good for him in more ways than one, he struggles to accept it as he wants her friendship more than anything else. How can he offer her more when all along he’s thought of women as disposable?

Why you should read this: This is a delightful novella that’s fun and has a great heroine. Comfortable in her own skin and knows what she wants she has he man in her sights and she usually gets what she wants. There’s humour and the author sets the scene nicely. It’s well paced and sexy as hell. Who doesn’t like a tattooed and moody artist with an accent? The power play between Wren and Gregori is enjoyable – did I mention how much I enjoyed her character??

What you might hate: Can’t think of anything here – too short maybe? Ah yes, that’s the nature of novellas – I think it was the perfect length.

Rating: 4/5 – this was a highly enjoyable quick read – sweet and delicious. A lot like cake.

Cake is out on 15 September.

How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

Book: How to Misbehave (Novella)

Series: The Camelot series

Author: Ruthie Knox

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic Story: Amber Clark is a good girl – has been her entire 24 years on earth. She wants that to change. She gets her wish one day when a tornado hits the town, trapping her and building contractor Tony Mazzara in the community centre where they both work.

Amber has always admired him from afar, never daring to do anything about it. So when they enter the dark basement to wait out the storm, with only each other for company, there’s no choice but to get to know one another. Tony is nothing like she imagined. He’s strong and taciturn yes, but also afraid of the pitch blackness of the basement. In the short space of time, they find out many things that challenge their pre-conceived notions. But will their mutual passions outlive the storm outside?

Why you should read this: Usually, I’m not a huge fan of the novella, as the pace usually speeds by without the reader getting a proper feel for the characters. Not so with this book! Amber is a likeable, doe-eyed heroine with courage and the confidence to speak up for herself. Tony could have been a meathead Italian-American, but he was so much more. I loved them both.

What you might hate: The fact that once the story gets going, it ends! But don’t worry, this is a series and the rest of Amber’s family will get their own stories. (I was ridiculously happy about this news, as Ruthie will confirm as I took to Twitter immediately!)

Rating: 5/5 – yes you read right – I’m giving it five out of five. It’s a highly enjoyable, surprising, racy read that you can pick up and enjoy in one sitting. I’m a huge fan of Ruthie Knox and it’s great to be reading more from her.