Friday, July 25, 2014

Review of 'Just Desserts (A Perfect Dish Duo Novel)' by Tawdra Kandle



When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code.

Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans.

But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

**My thoughts**

I went through a gamut of emotions toward the characters while reading this book. I found the situation to be somewhat familiar, as I remember dealing with such men and craziness in the good ole college days. That bad boy who broke your best friend's heart, yet was so appealing to you...

I didn't like Liam for a long time. He did Julia wrong in the first book, 'Best Served Cold.' All of the stories about him being a player made me wary of him. Again, I have seen men like this before. Plus, his persistence, while some may find endearing, could also be annoying. I think he knows what he is doing, but his past makes it seem more trustworthy. Eventually, though, I did come around to him.

I really liked Ava. She is strong and determined. Her back and forth regarding her feelings for Liam made me want to scream. In the book world, it is so much easier to quickly make up your mind. But the vacillating felt so much more realistic than other books. The heart wants what it wants and can often be in direct conflict with your head. One may rule over the other at any given moment in any given situation. Perhaps it made me crazy because I saw so much of myself in the situation?

That doesn't mean that it making me crazy was a bad thing. In fact, that was one of the "realest" books I have read in a long time. The situation is familiar. The characters are familiar. Ava telling her side of the story in first person only helped to draw me even more into the story, placing me directly in her shoes. Her thoughts were my thoughts. Her actions were my actions. I got it.

'Just Desserts' is a great compliment to whatever you are doing to relax. This is probably the first one of Tawdra Kandle's books that I haven't read while enjoying margaritas, but it was still a fun read. It helps to have read 'Best Served Cold,' but it isn't totally necessary before enjoying this tasty treat. If you read this one first, you will definitely want to read the first one to figure out what had gone so wrong!

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About the Author

Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

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