Title: Delicious Temptation
Author: Sabrina Sol
Published by: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publishing Date: May 16th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, #ownvoices
Amara Maria Robles is a good girl. So good that she gave up her dreams of becoming a renowned pastry chef to help her parents with their struggling Mexican bakery. Yet her parents reject any changes she suggests, and refuse to sell her mouth-watering confections. Clearly being a good girl isn’t paying off. So when her brother’s sexy ex-best friend walks into the bakery, Amara’s tempted to be very bad indeed…
After a scandal twelve years ago, resident bad boy Eric Valencia has returned to make things right with his family and friends. One glance at Amara and her wicked curves, however, and Eric finds himself thinking about how she’d feel beneath him—something he promised Amara’s brother he would never think about, let alone do.
But this bad boy is in deep trouble…because Amara’s determined to have her cake, and Eric, too.
Delicious Temptation is an okay book, it has its steamy moments and it talks about delicious Latin American desserts, but the writing isn’t that strong and because of that the plot lacks originality and it’s easy to predict and the characters end up being two dimensional and very formulaic. Amara is the ‘typical’ good girl, a bit naive, she lets her parents make decisions for her even when she’s 26 years old, she is bit inexperienced when it comes to sex and she wants to be ‘bad’ for a little while. That’s the reason she ends up with the male protagonist, which again is the ‘typical’ bad boy. He doesn’t have much of a personality, he is a really jealous guy but at the same time he can be caring and supportive.
One of the things that makes this book interesting is the fact that it’s a new adult book where the main characters are Latinxs, which isn’t that common. Nonetheless, those characters are written in a way that follows a mold used by a lot of the new adult novels out there and the Latino heritage gets a bit lost because of that. Other that the traditional food and random Spanish phrases, it was hard to tell it had Latinx main characters, which it’s a shame, but it’s more a mistake in the writing than in the representation of latinxs itself.
In term of representation, it’s worth noting that the best part of the book is the Latin American food and desserts, which are portrait in such an authentic and accurate way that while reading you can perfectly imagine how good they would taste. This part of the book is the only one that feels unique, it’s the redeeming aspect, and it’s what leaves the reader with the sensation that there was potential in the story and that there may be something to look forward in the other books in this series.
Finally, Delicious Temptation is a story that, while predictable and full of unoriginal characters, shows the potential of the author to show Latino culture in an honest and accurate way.
Rating: 3 stars
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