Review: Deep, Dark, Delicious by Tina Donahue

Sunday, January 24, 2010


A wickedly sensual feast…
Eden DeCarlo may have narrowly lost Miami’s best chef competition and the prize money she desperately needs, but she has caught the eye of dangerously virile Rafael Zayas, one of the judges and a wealthy restaurateur. Despite her vow not to let any man derail her life, Eden’s captivated by Rafe’s imposing masculinity, then challenged by the business deal he offers. He’ll invest in her new venture if, for one month, she can satisfy his culinary expectations and the sexual attraction they both feel.
Dominant and unashamed, Rafe knows what he wants when it comes to carnal pleasure and will spare no seduction to have Eden in all the ways he demands—naked, wanting, submissive.
Within thirty days, he will teach her the delights of yielding to passion, relinquishing all control to him and fulfilling her deepest, darkest and most delicious desires.

I received this book as a review copy from the author and after reading Adored I had high expectations for this one.
This story is not only a simple BDSM book, it is definitily more than just that. It's all about inner insecurities and how to deal with them. 

Eden is a broken woman. She has deep issues with commitment and struggles every second to not fall in love with Rafe. She's afraid of the future and what it might bring. In her thoughts are so many ifs that it makes you really nauseated. She definitely thinks too much but she also doesn't want to let her chance go. It's a dilemma for her but she takes the risk and plays Rafe's game.

Rafe is a very successful and sinfully rich chef and OMG is this guy hawt. He's a Dom from head to toe and lives it wholeheartedly. He knows what he wants and he won't, under any circumstances give up his wishes. He is in charge after all. He knows how to goad Eden into doing as he pleases and he does it in such a charming way. He has many plans for their relationship and doesn't want it to be only an affair. He's a family guy and has every intention to include Eden in his.

OMG this book is spicy to say the least. So happy that I didn't read it in the tram this time. ;) It has the perhaps longest and most torturing sex scene ever. I really thought I would explode. Soooooo good. This scene alone deserves a smut halo.

I know it's not fair but for my taste this book was way too short. There are so many thing I wanted to know that were left out. In my opinion the story should have started a bit more earlier in the relationship between Rafe and Eden. I felt like I missed some of the important stuff. Also the development felt a bit rushed because many things were just left out and referred to as having happened in previous last week. I love to read about each tiny little detail and that would have given this book so much more depth. Don't get me wrong it has some emotional build up but but sadly not enough for my taste.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to everyone who loves his smut very hot!

To learn more about Tina Donahue and her books please visit her website here.

You can read other reviews @goodreads, buy this book @Ellora's Cave

And please come back next Tuesday cuz Tina will be here with a guestpost and giveaway of a print copy of Adored(you can read my review here). Believe me, you don't wanna miss that!


Leontine said...

I've read this book too last week and I absolutely fell for Rafe. That man is almost too good to be true :) I felt the BDSM was very playful in tone and just a minor development in the erotica novella. Didn't you want to cook Cuban food at the spot? I know I did, especially the fingerfood *yummy*

Blodeuedd said...

Hot smut you say ;)
How short was it then?

SusiSunshine said...

@Leontine OMG yes, the fingerfood! That was pure torture! Sooo good, but torture!

@Blodeuedd Really hot and I think 140 pages or so! Not sure at the moment but it was a rather fast read!

Julia Barrett said...

Nice, hot smut, Tina!

Lea said...

Great review Susi!

Hawt guy and the longest sex scene ever? What more could a erotic romance reader ask for?? lol

Thanks for sharing..


The Queen B said...

Nice review sweets! Long sex scene, huh? Very nice ;)

Danielle said...

Dominant chef? Torturously good sex scene? Smut halo?
Color me impressed!
Great review.

SusiSunshine said...

@Lea Yep, exactly! LOL

@The Queen B Thanks and yes sooo good!

@Danielle87 Was really impressed too. Thanks!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Susi - thanks for the hot ;) review!

Hi, Ladies - yes, the sex scene is torturously long but well worth it IMHO. :)

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