Review: Beautifully Decadent (Beautifully Damaged #3) by L.A. Fiore

Book Blurb

Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he's involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they're together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can't have everything. Of course, what's cake without icing?

Rafe McKenzie's world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he's restoring and a tight circle of friends. He's even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.

Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover's new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she's not at all what he's expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn't take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they'll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who's pulling the strings before his world shatters again.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Avery has gotten her dream job.  She is now head pastry chef at Clover.  She is on cloud nine but needs a place to live.  Her boss, Trace, has an idea. He has a friend with a carriage house to rent. Avery falls in love with it the minute she sees it and  Rafe becomes her landlord.  She is shocked when she finally meets him.  The hotness in this small circle of friends is over the top.
Rafe wasn’t expecting Avery.  She is young and full of life.  She likes his dog and his friends.  However being her landlord is a big reason to hold himself apart.  The more he learns about her the more he likes.  She makes him laugh.  He is definitely losing the battle.
When his dad is released from prison and the past rears its ugly head things get dangerous.  Someone is out to get what is theirs back.  Unfortunately neither Rafe nor Avery had a clue about what is really going on.
I loved this book.  Avery was such an awesome character.  She was fun and full of life.  I want her as a friend.  She would be a great person to have in your life.  As for Rafe, he is sexy and distant.  I can just see how Avery tries to get glimpses of her sexy landlord.  It was hilarious.  She also got herself into these strange situations that just added to the fun of the story.  I loved the grocery store scene.  I think I can truly relate.
Watching Rafe lose the battle as her goofiness prevailed was fun to watch.  You know it’s going to happen but love watching it anyway.  He was a complete goner.  The reader can tell from the beginning.
The family dynamics of the story are sad.  The author created these situations that Rafe and Avery have dealt with concerning their parents.  It’s sad to watch Avery try so hard and finally reach a point of giving up.  Then see Rafe not take a hit with the truth but his dad come to the realization that nothing is what it seems.

It’s a great read and I loved every minute of it.  Once I started I couldn’t put it down.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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