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Tart (Delicious #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,715 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.

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ebook, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published November 2012)
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~ Becs ~
Hot and sexy Ménage à trois

Juliet Lamprey, owner of the Tart bakery, is getting her life back together when Gideon moves back to town to help his widowed grandfather run his farm. They share an instant zinging attraction which they find hard to resist and soon begin an intensely passionate relationship.

Cal Whaley has long since wanted to get his hands on Juliet but has never made a pass at her and Juliet has crushed on him from afar. As soon as Cal sees that she and Gideon have something seriou
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 06, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Erotic Readers

4 stars… A couple of bumps on the way to a very sexy and unconventional romance!

“I have . . . so much going on. Speaking of that, since I’m being honest and all, I’m in a relationship. It’s not conventional, but I’m happy and it’s good.”

“You’re a lesbian?”

-Juliet and her mother

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Juliet Lamprey owns a thriving bakery business in a building she shares with her close artistic friends. Jules is beautiful, confident, and smart. Her main heartaches are caused by the choice
Oct 26, 2012 Ana rated it liked it
3 stars

A decent book, but I didn't really buy the falling in love part. And that makes me sad, because I adored the first story in the series (from Cherished) and was really looking forward to this one. Oh, well...

Jules Lamprey is happy - her bakery is doing swell, one of her best friends is getting married, her circle of friends is there for her as always. Of course, there is something missing, but ever since she met Gideon Carter again, it seems like everything is going as it should. If only s
Nov 15, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

…Mary grinned to Jules and then noticed Gideon. “Gideon Carter, I’d recognize you anywhere.”…“What brings you here to Tart today?”

Gideon looked to Jules and then back at Mary. “Jules here does. Man’d have to be a fool to resist something sweet with some coffee and that face to look at.”

His gaze moved back to Jules and once he’d caught her attention, his mouth slowly curved up into a smile so naughty her nipples got hard.

By the time Jules
Kellie G.
Dec 12, 2012 Kellie G. rated it really liked it
Super steamy ménage story with likable characters. I loved the parts with the characters from the Brown Siblings books. The ending was a bit abrupt & unsatisfying. Looking forward to the next book.
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
I adore Lauren Dane. The Brown Sibling series is one of my favorite adult series' EVER. I got excited when I found it that it would linger on in the Delicious series as well, but this latest book had me wondering if Lauren Dane even wrote this herself.

First off, Juliet (Jules) is a self-professing bitch. And it shows. Oh, lord, does it show. This girl got on my nerves horribly. She was abrupt and rude and bossy. She got offended so easily that I got offended with her.

I know Lauren Dane can write
Dione Sage
Nov 28, 2012 Dione Sage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my kind of book but that is not the reason I gave it only one star. First let me say that a part of the blame is mine for reading a book that I had only briefly scanned the description and thought it was a cute romance book. Funny part is I thought it would be about a girl having to choose between two guys that liked her. That part is funny because the book is about two guys that like the same woman but the unconventional relationship between all three was not what I had expected. Ag ...more
Initial reaction: So after quite a few months, I finished "Tart" and actually really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Jules, Cal, and Gideon. They have their moments of weakness, and sometimes there were parts of the story I was a little sketchy to buy, but ultimately, this was a very sweet story for its respective genre and I enjoyed watching the dynamic of the characters, their interactions, and their growth from various challenges that tested them in their lives. I'd probab ...more
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This series is truly delicious and I'm reading them backwards, I realize that and yet it still is good regardless. Ms. Dane creates a great story about acceptance, family and friends.

The MMF aspect to this is super hawt. For Juliet who's crushed on Cal for a long time, she gives up and takes up Gideon's offer. With Gideon in the picture, NOW Cal wants where. W.T.H? Gideon and Cal are two men determined to have Juliet. Well, why not have both? Fortunately, the threesome get it on despite some fam
Jan 19, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
I swear it was mentioned that Cal was Gay in Sway, the first book of this series. So I can't wait to see how this pans out.

Not Gay Bi!! and what a pleasant suprise it was that Gideon was that aswell.(smart arse reply) Sorry, I have just finished this book and I had a few problems with it. If you can't gather from the front cover this is a menage story, but it was weird. The way it was all just decided on, I didn't groove on. The way the majority of this book seemed to be about and engagement par

3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars

As I mentioned in my review for Sway , I'm reading the Delicious series because I read the Hurley Boys series and one of the Hurley's books actually take place in the Delicious series. I will also try to make my way through the Brown Family. It seems that at least 2-3 couples in the Brown Family series are major secondary characters in Delicious.

When I decided to read this series, I went to do some price checking: all book store
Coco at *My Reading Nook Blog*
Jul 20, 2015 Coco at *My Reading Nook Blog* rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, mmf-menage
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Nov 01, 2012 Danielle rated it it was ok
This book started out so well for me and then just quickly went down the hill. I never really believed in the triad. The way it was brought up just seemed out of nowhere and I never got a sense that Cal and Gideon really had any feelings for one another. Yes, they both are in love with Jules but I never felt like there was an attraction between them. I feel like all Cal and Gideon did was talk about how much they loved Jules and found her sexy and Jules just talked about how sexy they were. Noth ...more
DNF at 60%

I don't really have much to say about this one other than that, for a menage book featuring two bisexual males and a woman, this was pretty... boring. I suppose that speaks well for the triad in the long run because melodrama creates great fiction, but unstable relationships. By the time I finally decided to drop the hammer on this one, the only plot I was interested in reading about was Jules's relationship with her mother. I wouldn't mind seeing how that works out someday and I might
Jan 06, 2015 Jillyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog, ebook, favorites
4.5 Stars, Rounded up.

Juliet Lamprey is a strong, assertive woman who knows what she wants. She's her own boss- the owner of the infamous Tart bakery. Up and coming, it's growing in popularity thanks to the artwork and catering company run by her friends in the same building, but because her baking is perfection. Things are getting settled in when Gideon comes back into her life. They'd known each other growing up, but he's definitely more than the boy she remembered. When he's in town helping o
Nov 05, 2012 Divina rated it it was amazing
Hot sexy-Alpha men...check! Visits from the Brown Siblings...check! Mention of food and/or coffee in each chapter...check! Bainbridge Island, WA....check!

This story went beyond the HOT sex, the moving romance and the three main characters finding their HEA in a Triad relationship. Yes the elements were there to follow the footsteps of the previous books, but the relationship building was not only between Juliet, Gideon and Calvin. It was enjoyable to read about the connections they had wit
Cocktails and Books
Lauren Dane sure does know who to write a good menage story. Her couples are more about feelings and how they related to each other, rather than just a bunch of sex thrown in for sex sake. That formula was perfect for Jules, Cal and Gideon in Tart.

Jules has live on Bainbridge Island her entire life. While her parents marriage may have imploded and left her on the island by herself, she's surrounded herself with a group of friends that have become her family. If you read Never Enough (Brown Sibli
Mar 17, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
Usually I am a huge Lauren Dane fan, but the first two books in her Delicious series have not been my favorite's.

One of my favorite things about Lauren's writing is her character development. She has such a strong emphasis on the characters, and really builds the relationships within her stories, making it impossible not to connect with them and develop your own (the reader) relationship with them. in Tart, I didn't feel a connection with any of the characters. Not only did I not connect with th
Dec 16, 2013 D rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: folks determined to read sub par romances set in the PNW
silly. formulaic. instances of reallllllly bad writing (pretty painful similes abused throughout).

PROS: set on bainbridge island. atypical romance construct, which the author really fought to treat honorably and not superficially. lots of mentions of baked goods.

CONS: that stuff i mentioned at the top of the review. plus:
(1) though i feel she really, really tried, ultimately i think the author failed to convincingly present a balanced triad. that is, i totally didn't believe that gideon and cal
Christina Wilder
Jul 15, 2013 Christina Wilder rated it liked it
Erotica with a plot? (gasp)

I will first say that I like how Lauren Dane gives her characters complications - Jules embarks on a relationship with Cal and Gideon, and they encounter disgust and confusion from some of their loved ones. I say "some", because their friends and a few of their family members don't particularly care.

Also, not everything is shiny and happy. Jules has family issues, Cal has to keep dealing with his past, and Gideon is still bitter about his ex-wife. They find ways to co
Mar 18, 2015 Kami rated it liked it
Well, hot damn.
3 stars!
Lady Lioness
F-k me. I don't know how to rate this one. I snagged an E-ARC from Edelweiss, dropped everything else I was reading, and dived into it. The date on the ARC file is July so it's entirely possible the book has been modified by now. I hope the book has been modified. I had to read the very first sentence about three times before I realized the word "was" should have been swapped with "meant" or "represented." There was a lot of that type of awkward phrasing in the ARC, lines that tripped me up and ...more
Lady Allison
Dec 11, 2012 Lady Allison rated it really liked it
This review & others also found on Red Hot Books

Juliet Lamprey is the owner of the hottest bakery in town, Tart. Since she's joined forces with her best friends to include a catering business and art gallery, she's busier than ever. But that doesn't mean she doesn't get lonely. She's been in love with her best friend Cal Whaley for what seems like a lifetime (he was her first kiss at 14,) but he refuses to act on what they have for fear of ruining their relationship. So, when sexy cowboy Gid
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This review was originally published on Book Lover Inc)

It’s no secret that I have been under Lauren Dane’s spell ever since I read Laid Bare, the 1st book in the Brown Series. Tart is the 2nd book in her new Delicious series. This new series is connected to the Browns so it’s just like the family is getting bigger. I’m putting the emphasis on ‘family’ because this is what they are, a fantastic family, even if not by blood. I LOVE that!

Tart is Juliet’s (Jules) story. She’s the baking goddess of
Jennifer  E
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Jan 03, 2015 Leah rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, romance
I hate to say it but this book is so completely subpar it was difficult to enjoy. I know Lauren Dane is a better writer than this.

I've never read the Brown Siblings books. No big deal was assured these could stand on their own. (Sway in Cherished most certainly did.) But it didn't. This book felt like it was written to give everyone who loved Adrian and Gillian's story so much a chance at seeing their wedding. The story only had details when it concerned the wedding and the rare addition for so
Oct 27, 2012 Penni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I had a very hard time figuring out how to review this book. I have spent days staring at my screen trying to think about what to write. So I read through some of the reviews already posted and I think one in particular fits what I want to say

Danielle Wrote:

This book started out so well for me and then just quickly went down the hill. I never really believed in the triad. The way it was brought up just seemed out of nowhere and I never got a sense that Cal and Gideon really had any feelings for
The BookChick
My Rating:

Lauren Dane hits this one out of the park. It was an amazing read that kept my attention the whole way through.

I won't bore you with a thorough review because it's something that you'd have to read for yourself to appreciate. Lauren Dane's witty and straight forward humor is on point in this romantic tale of three hearts coming together and finding a lasting love.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
When Cal tells his mother about the unconventional triad relationship she replies
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
First off, I have to say that Tart was a fabulously well-written ménage story and one of the best I have read to-date.

Juliet Lamprey has been in love with Calvin Whaley for as long as she can remember. Her best friend's brother, he has been around through it all but besides their one kiss as teenagers Cal has never picked up on the hints Jules has been throwing his way. Despite what Jules thinks though, Cal has loved her just as long. He is fearful to ruin their long friendship though if a rela
Jan 03, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Ok...I loved this book..loved it..but again something's bugged me!! When I'm invested in characters (and yes have read all the Brown Siblings books and I love love love updates on their lives) I really hate when there is build up to a scene (whether steamy or otherwise) then it doesn't happen, instead a summed up version is given to me when they talk about it three days later or whatever-frustrating!! We should have been able to read and experience what happened between Jules and her brother Eth ...more
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