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A Taste of Utopia

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Seth Phoenix knows how it feels to have lost it all. Which is why he worked so hard to gain it all back. As one of the best male escort in the country, he has it allmoney, looks, and the greatest job description: to pleasure women. He wants for nothing in life. Until one day, completely captivated by a beauty and innocence he had never seen before, he marries one of his ...more
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Published January 4th 2016 by CreateSpace
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
A Taste of Utopia by L. Duarte was generously provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read by Ms. Duarte. The first being Fall Out Girl. And just as I did with the first book, I fell in love all over again with this one.

Seth Phoenix is a male escort. He leads a glamorous life jet setting all over the place on his dates. Although he loves his job, giving pleasure to women, making them happy, this job saved his life. Ten years ago he came to
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: L. Durate Fans, Romance
4 In a Moment It All Happens Stars * * * *
I think I have always been a Romantic...Looking back at my parents and the way they acted with each other...They were romantics, too. There is something to be said for having your "feet on the ground... taking everything with a grain of salt" and any other cliche you want to throw in there...Meaning, being a bit of a cynic is good...stepping back and evaluating what you are seeing or experiencing is smart... especially in today's climate with so many
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 photo aac01a9cef35de86016c0c4baabac2_zpslgpygqlv.gif Being a male escort is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

It's the first day of 2016 and A Taste of Utopia is the first book to ring in the New Year!!!!! And let me just say that I am absolutely smitten with this book and found myself a new author to stalk. L. Duarte, you have my complete and undivided attention now. As a hopeless romantic at heart, Ms. Duarte has managed to set my heart racing with A Taste of Utopia.

So when I
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
When I picked this up I wasn't convinced that the author could make me love a male escort. But of course now I'm eating my words because she did.

"Sex is my domain. I play a woman's body like a neurosurgeon works a scalpel, calm and deliberate."

I adored Seth. He'd been broken for so long that he'd shut himself off from anything real. When Lottie comes along she really knocks him for six, causing him to question everything he was feeling.

"It's like I existed all these years with the beating of
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

This is my second swing at this author, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this story!

Albeit, when I first read the plot synopsis, it sounded a bit cliche, but in the end it captivated me and kept me enthralled from start to beginning.

A sweet, easy romance!

Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Something about her tugs at my heart, a magnetic pull of sorts.

Seth loses it all. Including himself. But buries his loneliness in his job of pleasuring women. He has no other goals, but to make money and live life. Until he sets his eyes on Charlotte (Lottie) Cahan. Hes drawn to her. So when destiny places them together at the right time, they make a huge decision that changes everything.

In order to preserve my soul, I relinquished
3.75 stars

German review to come on my blog

Love has to be unconditional or its not love at all

A Taste of Utopia is different then L. Duartes other books. Sexier and more easygoing; a quick and enjoyable read.

Seth has a difficult past. It wasnt easy to square Seth with the boy I met in Fall Out Girl. Because now hes all grown up; shaped by his past and with a successful career. And of course sexy as hell. But his night with Lottie was something special. Unfamiliar feelings he didnt know. The
Cecily Bonney
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow!
This book was freaking amazing. I got an email a few weeks ago from L. Duarte and it said when you have time.
Well I read this book in less than two hours. I was completely in grossed in this book and couldn't put it down.
Seth is a male escort who takes amazing care of his body and he knows his ways around a woman body. But there is so much more to him then we think. He made a huge sacrifice for someone he loved very much and it has haunted him for over ten years.
Charlotte is a
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC copy received in exchange for an honest review
When I was approached to read this book I jumped on it because that synopsis just called out to me. It's one of those stories where I feel like the synopsis does a great job of telling you what you need to know about the premise of the plot before you really get started so I won't talk too much about that.
What I will do is talk to you about the more that this one gave me. I completely devoured this one in a one sitting read.

The main part of
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I actually picked up a book, so finding this advanced copy in my e-mail was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I dint even read the blurb. I saw it was from Mrs. Duarte, and I dove right in. This book is steamy more so than her last books. I really enjoyed readying both characters points of view. You can't help but feel strongly about the characters and root for them. I was so happy when I caught on to the story. I had a huge smile on my face when I put two and two ...more
❤️Melanie G.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, sexy, fun and forgiving read. Lottie is such a fun character with a forgiving soul. Seth is sexy times 10 and falls madly in love with Lottie. Love and secrets are shared and love prevails in this great read.
Pam Chandler
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read love this author
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A Taste of Utopia by L. Duarte

**3 Out Of 5 Stars**
Reviewed by Christine

A Taste of Utopia I thought this book was very good overall. I loved the authors writing style and I enjoyed Seth and Lottie as characters and watching them grow overall as a couple and the idea of the story touching upon male escorts, something I dont find often in books Ive read. I did feel like the story as whole was rushed towards the ending and didn't wrap up as nicely as I would have liked. I felt like the story left
Bookaholics Reading
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars.

After reading the blurb I just knew I would love this book!

It's the story of Lottie and Seth but it's not your typical love story.
Seth is hired by Lotties besty Chloe to give Lottie 21 orgasms for her 21st birthday. Though Chloe doesn't realise how truly naive Lottie secretly is so plans do not go according to the plan.

For both Seth and Lottie there's an instant connection. The chemistry between them is undeniable but there is major obstacles in their way, especially given Lottie has no
Donna Miller
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A TASTE of utopia is the first book by this author I have read. I was not left disappointed.
We start the story in the pass and then get introduced to Seth Phoenix escort for hire. Enter Chloe who hires him for her best friends 21st birthday to give her 21 orgasms. Charlotte or Lottie as she is known to her friends first spots Seth in the lobby of a hotel also sporting a nightclub. This begins the start of a whirlwind adventure for these two.

We have our ups and downs and learn more about Seth and
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so where do I start. First, I love this author and the more I read her books, I find she is just getting better and better. I enjoyed Fall Out girl and you will find some of the characters coming back in this book, but I wont go into too much detail about that, because I dont want to give away some very good stuff.

Lu, I love how you told Seths story. I did not see that coming. His has a Vegas marriage and some misunderstandings that will pave the way for the rocky relationship between him
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful story.

Didn't know what to expect from this... Imagine marrying someone who you only knew for a few hours? Then finding out he has a lot of demons in his closest.

Really felt for Seth <3

It just goes to show, that love can be very over powering and make you complete in many ways.

If you like anything by Kirsty Moseley and Nicholas Sparks I would recommend this.

Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At least three times I gasped and had to put down the book. There were three fantastic plit twists that made me stop and regroup WOW My friend Luciana you've done it again! I'm so thrilled Oh and this was naughty too Perfection!!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Utopia L Duarte 5 Stars
Once again I have enjoyed this story by L Duarte. Its a story of Redemption, Insta-Love, Self-Discovery, Growth and Acceptance.
love that is complete and unconditional never dies or withers. It just lives on in the chambers of our heart. When you decide to love someone, love despite the cracks and dents, despite the stains and imperfections. Just love, because it will endure it all.
The definition of Utopia is: an imagined place or state of things in which
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Utopia by L Duarte is a great, romantic book, full of surprises. Cant wait to read more by this author!
Seth Phoenix had a rough start in life, but has reinvented himself as a male escort, and is at the top of his game. He is one of the best at what he does, gets paid to have sex, as well as travel all over the world with his clients, and makes great money doing it. He is happy with his life, and sees no need in changing things. That is until he sees Lottie, and feels something change
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Utopia by Luciana Duarte blows you away! I cried and I laughed and I cried and I could not fall asleep as the images I got in my head while reading the book refused to leave me You are amazing, I am humbled by your talent of creating characters that resonant so much with one that it is so hard to let them go!
This story is not an easy or light romantic read, it is beautiful, amazing, steamy and romantic with some really heavy baggage that BOTH of the main characters carry with them.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book

A taste of Utopia is a great read by L. Duarte. Its an easy read that keeps you guessing on what will happen next. There were several parts of the book I wasnt expecting but the parts were a great surprise and when you get it all put together it even makes the story that much better. Lottie is a young lady that has always excelled in life and doesnt take it for granted. Her best friend and she are in Vegas for her birthday. Her friend hires a male escort for her birthday present
Tracy Antonelli Manderson
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Utopia by L. Duarte

5 out of 5 stars
This can be a read as a standalone but I have to say you need to read fall out girl first.

This isnt the first book or the last book I have read by Ms. Duarte. Her writing gets better with each story she writes. The author flawlessly brings her readers directly into the heart of her characters. We get to see some of our friends from fall out girl and what they were up too.
Seth Phoenix aka Jake knows how it feels to have lost it all. Which is why he
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

A Taste of Utopia is a beautiful insta-love story by L. Duarte. When I read the blurb, I was a little worried that it would be a little bit of a cliché, but I was wrong. It is quite different as Ms. Duarte has put her unique spin on it, and its loaded with her delectable detailing.
Seth Phoenix had come to Vegas lost, broken, and alone- wanting desperately to escape every bad decision hed ever made and have a fresh start. He was willing to sacrifice and work hard, to make something of
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read! Some twists i didn't see coming. Happy to see return of Caleb and Luna! Would recommend to read after Fall out girl.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Taste of Utopia
Author L. Duarte
5 Stars

Seths life had changed dramatically in the last ten years. He loved his cousin Luna but he had decided she was better off without him in her life. Now he was alone in the world with no one to love him. That was until the day he saw Zach and decided to rob him so he could get something hot to eat. Zach could see that Seth was in the same place that he once had been so he took him home to help him get e better life, they have been best friends since that
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Taste of Utopia written by L. Duarte
4 stars

This book ended up being so much more than I expected. Shorty after I started I could tell it would be full of emotions and not just what was on the surface of Jake aka Seths profession. This story has tenacity, perseverance, selflessness, love, determination, friendship, loyalty, heartache, deceit, secrets, forgiveness and understanding.

MOST PEOPLE CELEBRATE their birthdays. Not me. I celebrate the anniversary of my death. Thats the date I did the
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Taste of Utopia is a standalone romance novel by L Duarte. Written in first person, we follow Lottie and Seths story as they meet under unusual circumstances. If any of you have read some of the authors other works (I wont spoil it and say which ones in particular) you will fall in love with this book, just like I did.

Seth Phoenix knows what it feels like to lose everything and work hard to get it all back again. Working as one of the best male escorts in the country, some could say he has
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love is the fairy dust that makes the world go round.

Oh my hot, steamy, loving, goodness! This book literally rocked my world. I was actually depressed, still am, that it was done when I read the last page. In fact, I do believe that the word Utopia and its very definition is a most fitting and divine use in the title. Utopia; An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. This was indeed a perfect book. We meet the hot and talented Seth Phoenix. He has life all figured
Donna Parrott
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seth Phoenix is working as one of the best male escorts in the country. Many people would say that he has it made but Seth is a man who knows what it feels like to lose everything and work hard to get it all back again. He would have agreed till he found himself enthralled by an innocent and breath taking woman. So what does a man who can have any woman in the world but is so captivated by one woman, he marries her. Lottie Cahan loves nothing than diving into a good book, she herself called her ...more
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