Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – Fifth in the series.
Writing – Third person Dual POV
Main Characters: Devlin Fox – food critic and runs a food blog. A “player” who is not looking for commitment.
Tara Romano doesn’t “do” commitments. She decided to get her own back on Devlin, once she discovers the man who gave her a bad review for her bakery in sat in front of her
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes
Rating – 3
I have to admit, to start with, I thought I would end up disliking Devlin as much as I did Ash from the previous book in the series.
He, after nothing but bumping into Tara decides a weekend is enough for a “seduction” as after all he is “between flings”. He then deletes texts from 3 women he is clearly trying to blow off, yet keeps the naked txt picture from a 4th for “sentimental” reasons. Ok, so yes he is sounding like a creep.
Yet, then his character does a 180 and he is blushing all over the place and awkward. It did not really fit with this supposed image of an experienced player, but it did make me like him more!
Tara was ok – I have in this series struggled at times to connect or like a character, such as Bella who I disliked as a secondary character and that did not change in her own book. Tara here seemed a bit sneery and resentful of her friends and sister love lives and was all a bit self pitying “oh they have it easy, not like me…..”
And, as I noticed in book 1, although I did not notice it so much in the books after, sometimes the language was a bit 1980’s Mills and Boon – such as using “steamy depths” in relation to the female anatomy and sex, or describing a nipple as a “pouty protuberance”, or “creamy globes of her breasts” which apparently “bobbled” as she was lifted up!
But overall, it was a solid 3 stars (possibly a 3.5 but I remain undecided about that) and was a light-hearted and fun read.
Amazon UK Link: Devlin’s Dare (Tryst Island Series Book 5)