Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore
Released: June 28, 2016
Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant, Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he’s involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they’re together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can’t have everything. Of course, what’s cake without icing?
Rafe McKenzie’s world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he’s restoring and a tight circle of friends. He’s even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.
Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover’s new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she’s not at all what he’s expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn’t take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they’ll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who’s pulling the strings before his world shatters again.
I can’t get enough of L.A. Fiore’s Beautifully Damaged series! Each book has a fantastic blend of steam, suspense, and drama, and Fiore’s heroes and heroines share an electric connection that grows and deepens as they spend more time together and explore their feelings despite the scars of their past.
Beautifully Decadent is the perfect title for Rafe McKenzie and Avery Collins’ story. As a pastry chef, Avery creates deliciously orgasmic desserts while Rafe is an amazing woodworker who constructs beautiful and versatile pieces that add an artistic flair to any room.
From the start, Rafe and Avery are drawn to each other, but a relationship between them is a bit tricky because not only does Rafe have a girlfriend, but Avery is Rafe’s tenant and mixing business with pleasure always seems to complicate things in a less than ideal way. Regardless of the risks, though, their feelings don’t stop growing for one another, and once Rafe is free to explore his feelings for Avery, which all of his friends seem to be pushing him towards, he can’t help but savor everything about her because not only does she create sweet treats, but her quirkiness, sass, and caring ways makes Rafe want to stop going through the motions and create a home with Avery and his dog, Loki.
Trace, Lucien, and Rafe are alpha to the core and the fact that they all have each other’s backs demonstrates how tight their bond has been since they met as kids. All three men have had to deal with difficult childhoods, but they’ve persevered, and they’ve become successful and now have the chance to share their lives with someone who truly knows the kind of men they are and revel in their protective and loving ways.
Avery is such a fantastic heroine – her goofiness only endears people to her and the fact that she doesn’t see how truly amazing she is reinforces just how special she is and why it’s impossible for Rafe not to claim her and give her all of him.
I love the fact that L.A. Fiore continues to illustrate the connection between Trace, Lucien, and Rafe as well as the love between Trace and Ember and Lucien and Darcy in Rafe and Avery’s story. Rafe has been exposed to what the happy couples share, and regardless of his need to keep people at a distance, it’s clear he wants that kind of relationship for himself; he just needed to find someone who could sneak her way past his barriers, and Avery does just that from the very beginning.
Fiore allows readers to experience every aspect of Rafe and Avery’s relationship. They start out as friends, getting to know one another in a way that Rafe doesn’t usually allow, and then as Rafe realizes that he’s unwilling to allow any other man to claim Avery, he makes it his mission to get the girl while protecting her from harm when the past comes into the present.
I absolutely adored Beautifully Decadent; it’s so easy to get swept into the world that Fiore creates and remain a captive audience as readers witness the growing affection between Rafe and Avery as well as the drama that they encounter because Fiore vividly shows all aspects of the storyline and allows us to almost taste Avery’s delectable treats and feel the sexual tension between Rafe and Avery as well as the connection they share once they give into their desires.
I can’t get enough of Fiore’s Beautifully Damaged series, and I can’t wait to see what other characters, L.A. creates for this incredible world she’s constructed.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.
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