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Tart (Delicious #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,951 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane serves up a sweet, sensual, and hot-to-the-touch novel in which one woman’s most intimate desires are stirred by two very special ingredients…

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 farm, Gid
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley (first published November 2012)
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 15, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 choices
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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
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Ana
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
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Jess
Oct 18, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
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
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Jill
Jul 26, 2012 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Romazing Reader
Jul 07, 2015 Romazing Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully Done!
I'm amazed each and every time I read Tart by Lauren Dane! This story is sensual, moving, and so darn loving! Its absolutely deliciously addicting! Tart is not just a super hot ménage romance, it's a crazy complicated, emotionally messy, love fest too! I adore how all of my favorite characters from her other books in this series are popped in, making me smile, and I really love how nothing is how it appears between Juliet, Cal, and Gideon as the bumpy road to happily ever after
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Dione Sage
Nov 28, 2012 Dione Sage rated it did not like it
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
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
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Rose
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
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
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
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Jess
Hot, but two issues. One is the ongoing one of finding her dialogue not convincing. The other is that Jules family was SO TERRIBLE and it all felt like a setup to have her lean into the triad life that she seemed to want anyway. It was just over the top. I don't doubt that plenty of people would react the way her brother did and I know that lots of people have estranged families, it was just everything happening in one place. Did enjoy the confrontations, though, even if again, NO ONE TALKS LIKE ...more
Jillyn
Jan 07, 2013 Jillyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Divina
Nov 05, 2012 Divina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5
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
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MrsJoseph
http://bookslifewine.com/r-tart/

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
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Danielle
Oct 26, 2012 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Winfield
Borrowed from Tongue Hanging Delicious on Amazon

This was my second Lauren Dane story. I read Sway a story featured in the anthology Cherished. I fell in love with how Dane writes when I read that, and I'm still in love with how she tells a story in Tart. Her writing has humor and a freshness is added to the dialogue. When you're introduced to the people in the delicious group you get a total picture and understanding of who they are. I could even see and hear them as they talked because that's j
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D
Feb 20, 2013 D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

Ms. Dane has done it again. TART is everything I was anxiously awaiting! There's a wonderful new set of people in this series and women that have a close friendship and now it's their turns to find love. You'll feel right at home in their lives just as we did with the Brown Siblings.

Starting with Juliet. We read about her in the CHERISHED anthology. She owns a pastry shop and is a very independent woman, always used to doing things for herself and succee
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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
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Aarann
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
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Laura
Mar 17, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christina Wilder
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
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MountainKat
Thoroughly enjoyed this! I like this gang of friends and the overlapping with the Brown Family series, as well as the Hurley Boys. I liked the characters of this triad, but I admit to wanting to smack Cal upside the head a time or two. I really liked Juliet though, I thought she handled all that was thrown at her better than could have been expected. (view spoiler) Good story, I'm looking forward to the next one!

I l
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Kimberlee
May 16, 2012 Kimberlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this new series that also incorporates the Brown family series. Juliet or known by her friends as Jules find the love she is looking for in Gideon and Cal, they help her com to turns witha a family that has used her and abandon her. Helps her find her strength. It is okay to be independent and also not afraid to ask for help from those who truly love her. Fun, Fun sexy hot read.

Originally read 12/25/2012
Reread 4/9/2014

Was in the mood for a little three way and reread this stor
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Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I like the narrator on this one.... After Laid Bare.....was not sure but she did a great job
Kami
Well, hot damn.
3 stars!
Jessica
This was a real disappointment. I've owned this for awhile now but between studying for the bar and recovering from the bar I haven't felt much like reading. I finally started this one last night and I have to say it was my least favorite Dane book I've ever read and most of it didn't really feel like one of her books. The base of this book was more or less a pale imitation of Laid Bare. Not enough for me to cry foul but enough to whisper it. Triad relationship? check. Crappy family members obs ...more
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
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Charlene
May 14, 2017 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the chemistry between Jules and Gideon...and the addition of Cal just made it even hotter! Lauren Dane does menage right!

4 ★
Cherie
Lauren Dane seems hit and miss for me. I've read one book and loved it. Read 2 others and couldn't finish it... ok so maybe that's more miss than hit. I really wanted to like Tart. It had great reviews and an interesting concept of 2 wanting to date the same girl (independently of each other) and that somehow moving to a 3-some.

Given that this is the second in the series that I didn't like, and base on on the reviews I've read I've come to some conclusions about this series. It seems to be writ
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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
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
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Piper's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

5 Stars

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 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.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly mon
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Jennifer  E
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Leah
Mar 08, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Penni
Oct 27, 2012 Penni rated it it was ok
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
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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 repl
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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
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Sunny☼
Oct 31, 2012 Sunny☼ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Jules, Juliet Lamprey. Jules is Gillian's best friend and we met Gillian in the Brown brother series by Dane. The circle of female friends that Gillian had as support while raising her sonas a single parent now have their own series. Dane and Banks call this series the Delicious series. The characters from both series appear in this book and it is meeting up with old friends.

Jules has finally given up waiting for her high school sweetheart Cal to notice her. He is too busy
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Kate
Oct 05, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellie
Feb 16, 2013 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received through twitter contest

I really enjoyed the relationship between our Heroine and two Heroes but the rest of the story was almost too bittersweet for me.

Juliet (or Jules to her friends) runs Tart, a pastry shop in her hometown. When she goes to visit Patrick, a local farmer, about using locally sourced produce in her shop, she meets Patrick's grandson, Gideon and they share an immediate spark. Complicating this is Calvin (Cal), whom Jules has had a crush on since she was in high s
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Kukko
Main Characters: Jules Lamprey (Pastry Chef & Owner of Tart), Gideon Carter (Cowboy) & Cal Whaley (Attorney)
Key Themes: MMF, Wedding, 2 Alpha Males
Location: WA - Bainbridge Island & Seattle

I have a soft spot for Lauren Dane's stories. I loved the MMF romances Undercover (Federation Chronicles, #1) by Lauren Dane Captivated (Phantom Corps, #3) by Lauren Dane of the amazing Federation Chronicles/Phantom Corps series. Those books were my gateway to full on MM romances.

Which was why I was so keen to read this particular book. However, aside from the setting up of the menage, and Ju
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Nissanmama
Words to describe Tart: Passionate, erotic, playful, feisty, bitchy, happy, and delicious. “Delicious” is the name four best friends have given themselves as a group. The group consists of Juliet, Gillian, Daisy, and Mary. Tart is the second book in the Delicious Series and focuses on Juliet’s love triangle-turned-triad romance. While this is a new series, it really is the extension of Dane’s Brown Siblings Series. You don’t have to read it first, but I would recommend it. A large focus of Tart ...more
Lisa
Too much angst going on with her family. Too much of Gillian and Adrian's wedding. But the problem with this story is that its just slow nothing much going on it was really boring. Didn't like the end it left your hanging big time, guess we have to read the next one to find out anything. The sex was hot though so that's a plus.

***I would suggest reading part of the Brown Sibling series first - go by when they were published this series is tied in with that one. I was a bit confused with so many
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Amy Tait
Nov 06, 2012 Amy Tait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like all the brown sibling novels and their offshoots. I like the characters and how they pop up in all the various books so you get a little peek at how they are doing. I love the hot alpha men and equally strong women that Lauren Dane is really good at writing.
That said one of the big problems for me is that the dialog is stunted. Almost too wordy and unrealistic. When Cal said to Jules "share with me" I rolled my eyes and started skipping long passages of convo between characters bec
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Ilene
I adore Gideon and Jules as well. I like Cal in their dynamic though he isn't my favorite.

Jules family really is a bunch of assholes!! She is better with her chosen family full of friends that love her to pieces.

It was a pretty good book, definitely hot. The ending just really hung in flux. They are together and it's so new but it just needed a little more for my taste.
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