book three in the delicious desires series, delicious satisfaction, gives us alexa montoya, an up-and-coming l.a. chef and dante perez, her brother's best friend and the one guy who got away.
for years alexa has been planning the restaurant of her dreams. when she realizes her jerk of an ex-boyfriend has basically stolen all her ideas and opened the very restaurant she'd always intended to open, she loses it. in a pretty spectacular manner, since impulse control is something that alexa struggles with. the cops get called on her, she turns to dante to get her out of her mess, since he not only is her brother's best friend, but also his attorney.
alexa is prepared to do the avoidance thing she does so well when it comes to hanging around dante, but he's had it. he doesn't want to pretend that he didn't feel something all those years ago. he wants to pursue the chemistry and pull he feels from alexa. since the magical time they spent together in puerto rico, he's been waiting for her to look at him again, and he's watched her date loser after loser. and he's done waiting. she called him and it's past time to see where they can go.
of course, both alexa and dante have some abandonment issues they need to sort through. alexa has dealt with them by only entering relationships that will fit her preconceived biases, and dante has always held his true self back from everyone. even alexa's brother has no idea that dante is a product of the foster care system. dante has made a good life for himself and continues to pay it forward, and needs to not be ashamed of where he came from. and alexa needs to stop thinking that she's less than, maybe she's reckless and impulsive, but she's also a kickass chef and a good businesswoman. realizing these things about themselves, lets them come together finally. all they needed to do was let go of some of their preconceptions. it's a hard thing to do, but oh so worth it in the end.
also, just a shout out to diversity here. you don't always see an all latino main cast of characters in romance novels. and often there are some serious stereotypes that come into play. but as a puerto rican, i feel like the author got all the family dynamics right. and the description of the food was spot on. it made me hungry for some of my mom's own cooking. and made me think of my own abuelas.
**delicious satisfaction will publish on february 27, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.