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Serving Pleasure

(Pleasure #2)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  724 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Hungry for a touch…

Rana Malik is over being her family’s resident black sheep. She’s on a mission: ditch the casual hook-ups, revamp her bad-girl image, and fall in love with a proper Mr. Right even her conservative mama can’t find fault with. Not on the menu? The beautiful, brooding Mr. Right Now who lives next door, and all the ways he whets her appetite.

Starving for lov
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229 pages
Published June 16th 2015 (first published June 12th 2015)
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
**** 4.5 'CUT A B**** FOR CHOCOLATE' Stars ****

Can be read as a standalone

"I wanted you to pose for me because you're you. You have this... intriguing mix of good and naughty. Silly and sexy.”

This was so hot! Phew!!! Not only was it steamy, but it was also funny and cute.

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Rana is the only person without a college education in her family. Her mother keeps telling her to find a rich man as soon as possible because her looks aren't going to stay forever.

So, to keep her mama happy, she changes
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Mandi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Serving Pleasure is a very strong romance – I’ve been so impressed with Alisha Rai’s stories recently. I hope she writes more and more.

Micah Hale was a successful artist in London, but after a vicious attack where he almost died, he lost his energy and passion. He moves to the US for a fresh start, but becomes a hermit. Rarely leaving his house or socializing, he has tried to get his painting back on track. We’ll come back to Micah in a minute.

Rana’s family owns a restaurant and she takes turns
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Jess
Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai (new favourite author alert?) is a wickedly funny and scorching hot delight. There are so many things that are good about this, let me attempt to count the ways:

- Both of the leads are great people and interesting as individuals. Rana is wonderfully funny and confident lead character who still has her insecurities. Micah has been through trauma and is struggling at times. However, both of these people are mature and own up to their actions and take the initiative i
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Laurelin Paige
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Officially a favorite book ever.
Amanda
Either by society's standards or their families', Micah and Rana were considered to be wrong. In Micah's case, it was his inability to move on from a violent event in his past. For Rana, it was her wild child lifestyle. So in fear of appearing less than in the eyes of those they cared about most, Rana and Micah chose to shut themselves, their true selves, down until no apparent flaws were visible to the discerning eye. But the one person they found that they couldn't and didn't hide from was eac ...more
Kaila
I was not in the mood for this erotica dressed up as a romance. There were a lot of graphic sexual descriptions and I spent the first half of the book with my nose wrinkled in distaste. The guy is so typical, a broody alpha-male type with wide shoulders and muscles who just needs the right woman to warm his cold heart (and bed) and show him what it is like to love again. It started with a peeping tom/voyeur meet-cute. There was a lot of jealousy posturing (I hate that. Jealousy IS. NOT. SEXY).

Ug
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Mel González
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
→ rana is one of my new favourite characters!!
→ Indian-American heroine with sisters😍
→ biracial Hawaiian/black hero with PTSD (affects his eating)
→ voyeurism
→ sexy af but also emotional af (i actually cried... a lot)
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 Stars

About 5 1/2 years ago one of the first ménage books I read was Glutton for Pleasure by author Alisha Rai and I fell in love with the characters of that book including the heroine's two sisters. I remember writing to Ms. Rai and asking her if she ever planned on writing their stories and she said yes but that it would be awhile. Now years later, she has written Serving Pleasure and I have to say it was worth the wait. I never reviewed
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Maja
(Realistic rating: definitely not quite 4.5 stars, but a very, very strong 4! So much of this felt very satisfying and real in ways I really enjoy my romance.)

Oh, I liked this so much more than Glutton for Pleasure! I don't know if it's that Alisha Rai's writing and approach to romance has improved with time, or gotten more to my taste, or if this particular premise is just more to my taste to begin with, or some combination of the above -- but I went into this expecting a trash read after how l
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Maiya
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm being really generous with my rating. I really wanted to like this book. I did but I DNF at 70% and I even skipped chapters to get to the more exciting parts but something about this book wasn't working for me. Maybe its the story which I thought lacked a certain ommph because it was a very cliche story. The thing I definitely enjoyed the most was the character Rana I thought she was genuinely spunky and kind of hilarious whereas her love interest was the same broody and alpha type of guy wh ...more
Britt Marczak
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, contemporary
So very good! This was really what I needed today. The characters are fantastic and the writing superb. <3
Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
Very sweet and romantic at the end, for such a dirty book :) I liked that there was actual humour. When your hero is a troubled, manbunned artist named Micah, you can't take yourself too seriously. ...more
Christine
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I could only use two words to sum up Serving Pleasure, they would definitely be smoking hot.
"How many orgasms do you think you can have before you pass out?" he murmured. "That's how many times I want to make you come."
Oh, God, he was a prince among men. A leprechaun riding a unicorn holding a fairy.
But as scorching as the sexy times are between Rana and Micah, this was so much more than a bad case of insta-lust. Even with the hotness that is brooding British artist Micah, you will find your
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Ana
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rana Malik is a new woman. After her little sister Devi found love with not just one man but two (Glutton for Pleasure, book one in the Pleasure series and currently free), she decided it was time to make some changes in her life. No more impulsive dates or casual affairs with "unsuitable" men, she is dating with a purpose. While she doesn't want to date any of her mother's handpicked candidates from Indian matrimonial sites, she is determinedly looking to date the right kind of man, the kind yo ...more
Kristin
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some Alisha Rai in the past but this was the first I've read of this particular series. It was a good blend of romance and erotica. It was hot but had some good heart and a familiar romance story arc. Definitely a grumpy x sunshine pairing, if that's your thing. (I mean, isn't that everyone's thing?!) Also the artist hero was pretty good - sometimes artist characters annoy me with their cheesey artist cliches - this one didn't annoy me too much in that regard. Overall, I'm glad I rea ...more
⚜️Trea
After my lukewarm review of Glutton for Pleasure and needing to find books that finished up a series for a challenge, I broke down and purchased this book. I really wish I hadn't!

Micah was too focused on his tragedy and he had not fully mentally healed from it. I felt he had no business starting an intimate artist's relationship between model/artist, never mind starting a romantic one! While he never actually became abusive to Rana, he also wasn't in a good position to be the emotional rock she
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Beth P
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-e-book
I loved this book! The main characters help each other with loving themselves (while beautifully, sensually, and passionately falling in love each other.)

Rana is a super-extroverted “people person.” Micah is a reclusive, tortured artist. I simply adored Rana. Her POV chapters are filled with absolutely fantastic inner monologue. The relationship dynamic between her and her family, particularly her sisters, is wonderfully portrayed and is absolutely key to showing who Rana is as a person. Micah’
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Erica
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Alisha Rai’s writing is there will be eye-opening (at least for me!) love scenes and her characters are not one note. Meaning they’re just as interesting with their clothes on and when they’re describing how they feel taking them off. I did not read the first book in this series but Serving Pleasure can be read as a stand-alone albeit there is some reference to the first book but not so much the reader gets lost.

Micah and Rana are next door neighbors
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G.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I demand the sex remain amazing. You'd still be my muffin. Only, like, my permanent muffin.

lol.

This book has: compelling POC characters, sexy and adorable hero recovering from trauma, sexy and adorable heroine finding out what she wants, great sexytimes, strong women taking care of shit, complicated family dynamics, muffin metaphors, leprechaun riding a unicorn jokes, etc. I wasn't that into the first book in the series, so I didn't expect to like Serving Pleasure so very much, but it is awe
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Barb
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This... is a great romance. Obstacles that felt real and not overdone. Likeable leads who are anything but cookie cutter romance fare. Perfect handling of the slut shaming that is so pervasive in our culture, and even in this genre. Wonderful balance of drama and funny. I'm still giggling about a couple of lines. I really loved both of the main characters, who were great together. Just an outstanding romance. Can't wait to read about the final Malik sister.

Update July 4, 2016: Perfect romance is
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Deepthi
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow, re-reads, favorites
I picked up this story, as soon as I was done with Glutton of Pleasure.
I have to say: Wow. Just wow.
The story was everything I liked, and hoped to see in a Interracial, and multicultural themes.
Sassy, and witty heroine- Check
Tormented hero- Check.
Real problems- check.
Writing, dialogue, and most of all flow. Check, check and double check. Overall I couldn't be happy. I was elated.
It goes into my re-reads list.
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Kara Keen
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The hot artist next door that she’s been spying on calls her bluff and now Rana is posing nude for him. Well, it’s obvious where this is going and I love the way it goes there. Rana and her sisters run a restaurant and their relationship is loyal but complicated, and Alisha Rai is excellent at showing very real and yet entertaining family dynamics, personal growth for all the characters, and amazing hot sex!
Tori
Sometimes two wrongs do make a right. Sensually wicked delights infuse this romance as two dynamic and damaged protagonists who consider themselves disappointments find the peace and acceptance they crave in each others bodies and hearts. A rich plotline only serves to further enhance the erotic overtones.
Claire
I can't believe it - another contemporary I liked! Alisha Rai is so good at writing family... rounded characters with layered relationships. I think the family relationships in this one (and also the first in the series) shine more than the romance, and it's particularly impressive that she can do that with all that steaminess going on! Lots of small moments, but thoughtful, smart ones. ...more
Jessica
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved it! I love these sisters! And I loved how Micah and Rana helped each other to feel more whole. That is how love should be! I only wish there had been a little touch of Jace and Marcus from the first book! Can't wait to read Leena's story! ...more
Claudia
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I love every book of this author a tiny bit more than the last one. Her heroines are some of the strongest in Romanceland. <3
ms bookjunkie
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ms bookjunkie by: autobuy author
*happy sigh* Wonderful. Hot. Emotionally satisfying. Totally worth the wait. Love!
Maura
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rhiannon Root
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Content warning: Violence, trauma, slut shaming

Alisha Rai’s “Serving Pleasure” was a lot of fun. It’s a testament to Rai’s incredible skill that this comes off as fun and sexy. Or at least, that was my experience in reading this book.
Rana Malik is trying to get her act together. She’s ditching casual relationships and is determined to find a proper right. This decision is partially motivated on getting her mom’s approval.

Unfortunately for Rana, her new neighbor is HOT and she’s been watching hi
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Hannah Hearts Romance
This book is why I love romance. It starts with some taboo-level hotness, deals with some serious and real personal issues, adds in some more hotness, proceeds with some actual character development, and ends with love and happiness.

I LOVED the heroine, Rana. She felt so real to me—I swear I know this woman who loves bright lipstick and short skirts and has been told her whole life the only thing worthwhile is about her is her looks. I loved that despite all her insecurities, she is always stead
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