Guilty Pleasures by Manuela Cardiga

Release day is December 5th!

4 stars****
I picked this book up while browsing through the erotica section but I'm not really sure if erotica is the right category?? It's actually mostly about food with the slow building romance coming in second place. Most of the "steam" occurs after the 50% mark... In order to really like this book you need to be someone who appreciates and loves food and having it described to you in such detail it makes your mouth water. This book made me very hungry...
Guilty Pleasures is a dining club and those who are members book dining experiences that appeal to their food fantasies. The majority of the book focuses on these very interesting and entertaining events that occur at Guilty Pleasures. Each dinner party is unique and entertaining and full of characters from the naughty to the eccentric and sometimes just ordinary people doing ordinary things like parents needing a night off from cooking or a birthday celebration.
My favorite character was the dwarf who is a whiz in the kitchen but has a foul mouth and a foul attitude against people in general. He's one of those characters that you kinda' roll your eyes because you can't believe what comes out of his mouth but at the same time he has qualities that you admire.
Will was sent on a mission to seduce Lillie by her mother who wants a grandchild and is willing to pay a hefty sum to get what she wants. Will is a Sex therapist and she is certain he is up to the task. He is also working on a self-help book and the beginning of each chapter always starts with an excerpt from his book... tips for those who need advise on how to properly seduce a woman. Some of these were very amusing... or eye rolling.
Will didn't expect to find himself up against a challenge like Lillie and he definitely didn't expect to fall in love. I loved this very slow moving tension filled romance that bloomed between them. And, I think Will got some sex therapy in reverse.
So, a book for food lovers, lovers of slow building passion and eccentric characters. I loved the originality of this story and I do love food so this book worked for me.

ARC provided by The Writers Coffee Shop via netgalley

Gorgeous, narcissistic, self-absorbed Lance Packhard is a sex therapist specializing in Awakenings, helping anorgasmic women find sexual fulfillment.

Lance’s spare time is dedicated to the cult of his body and writing a how-not-to book entitled Sexual Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate. His personal life consists of Sunday tea with his grandmother and a monthly night out with his best friend, George. Oh, and no sex, none whatsoever.

When a wealthy, ruthless mother offers him an enormous sum to seduce and impregnate her thirty-six-year-old daughter, Millicent Deafly, a debt-ridden Lance hesitantly agrees.
However, Millicent is not into sex, and definitely not into Lance. She’s chosen the other end of the sensuality spectrum and is heavily into food. She is bright, bouncy and joyous, uninhibitedly plump, natural, and completely dedicated to her palate. The only way Lance will get her attention is if he dabs soy sauce on his pulse points.

Determined to get close to her, Lance creates an alter ego—sweetly shy Wilfred Pecklise—and takes a job at Millicent’s dinner club, Guilty Pleasures.

Guilty Pleasures caters to the flamboyant and the eccentric: supermodels pigging out, trash-metal rock stars with penis-piercings and their loving grannies, the widows of billionaires, and many more oddities.

Lance finds himself immersed in a sensuous world of scents, tastes, and color, and befriended by Serge Moreno—a homosexual black dwarf who has had a colorful life as a prostitute in Istanbul, a fluffer in skin flicks in Vegas, and is now a celebrity chef in London.

Ironically, Lance isn’t just failing to seduce Millie, but falling madly in love with her.
Balancing the two lives of Lance and Wilfred becomes next to impossible when his geeky best friend, George, suddenly marries and decides to hold the reception at Guilty Pleasures. Will the truth be uncovered?

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