Beautifully Decadent

Beautifully Damaged, Book #3

By L.A. Fiore

ISBN# 9781530169672

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

All of Avery’s hard work has just paid off!  She just landed her dream job as pastry chef at the swanky Manhattan restaurant, Clover.  And, her sexy new boss also found her a nice place she can stay that’s in her budget making the move from Pennsylvania possible.  Trace told her that his friend, Rafe, was renting out his carriage house.  He never told her just how exquisite the place was or just how mouthwatering her new landlord is!

Rafe has never let a girl get too close to him.  That is until Avery came into his life and weaseled herself right into his heart before he could even realize what was happening.  Next thing he knows, he’s dumping the pain in the butt girlfriend for a shot with Avery.  However, she works for his best friend and is his tenant.  If things were to end badly, it would be a disaster.  But some things are just inevitable and no matter how hard he tried to fight it, he eventually gave in to his desires.  Now, he will do anything to keep her by his side.

Rafe’s dad just got out of jail after serving 25 years for armed robbery.  And, it appears someone has some unfinished business that could put Rafe and everyone he loves in danger.  His instinct is to push Avery away, but he can’t bring himself to do it.  Now, it just may take everything he has and the help of everyone he knows to keep his woman safe!

I’ve actually wanted to read this book for a very long time, but I’m incredibly cheap!  So, I was stoked to see it free on Amazon so I quickly 1-clicked that bitch!  I absolutely loved the other two books in this series, Beautifully Damaged and Beautifully Forgotten.  I love the emotions this author can invoke in me.  I was hunkered down and ready for an emotional roller coaster.  However, this book wasn’t what I expected.  That’s not saying it was a bad read, but it just wasn’t the passionate tear-jerker I was hoping for.

The relationship between Avery and Rafe took an eternity to develop!  Rafe was fighting his desires and Avery wasn’t about to make the first move especially considering he had a girlfriend when she moved in.  I did enjoy this couple (and Loki too), but this book just didn’t seem as deep as the rest of the series.  It felt like this book was trying more for humor than heartache. The hero wasn’t quite as tortured and it just didn’t pull at the heartstrings like I was hoping and expecting.  It felt like a fluff read and the mystery felt a bit like an afterthought.  I still enjoyed this book, don’t get me wrong.  I was just expecting something different.