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Tart

(Delicious #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,247 ratings  ·  321 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 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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Dione Sage
Nov 28, 2012 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
~ 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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Jill
Jul 26, 2012 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 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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Jess
Oct 18, 2012 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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Hannah
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Pam Nelson
Jules, Gideon & Cal. This is one of my favorite Lauren Dane books.

These 3 find a way to have a relationship and be there for each other. I think what I liked best was how honest they all are to make this kind of relationship work.

It is also really freaking HOT, no lie these three are scorching together. It isn’t just all the hot sex that makes this book so hot it’s the connection these 3 have for each other.

The need to be with people who love you and want to take care of you through it al
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Rachael*Caribbean*girl*bibliophile
2.5* and yes always and forever more....spoilers ahead 😂


Gideon and Jules meet as he moved back to his hometown after a divorce from his cheating ex, to help his grandad on the farm. Though the knew each other as youngsters the Sparks fly pretty quickly. They date for a month when Cal who's a friend to both but closer to Jules, decides to stake his claim on the woman he's always wanted. Gideon isn't willing to give her up, Cal isn't either and they both enjoy men as well......solution? A menage.
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♆ 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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Jillyn
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, blog, ebook
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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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
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
Divina
Nov 05, 2012 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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D
Feb 20, 2013 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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Wolf (Alpha)
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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