DIVERSE READ: Puerto Rican main character, Mexican love interest #OwnVoices
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 / 5 stars)
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Summary: As LA’s hottest up-and-coming chef, Alexa Montoya is known for her ruby red lipstick, award-winning arroz con pollo and a penchant for falling for the wrong kind of men. And when a confrontation with a loser ex-boyfriend lands her in some legal trouble, she’s forced to call her long-time friend, Dante Perez, to bail her out. Only this time, Dante seems different, somehow. More gorgeous, more sexy, more…mouthwateringly irresistible. Suddenly she’s tempted to give the lawyer much more than a simple thank you…
Dante is tired of seeing Alexa with guys who only know how to steal her money and break her heart. He’s watched–and waited for–her long enough. Helping with her legal situation will finally give him a chance to win her over for good. His plan? He’ll seduce her into finally believing that there’s something deliciously right between them…
Despite their chemistry, Alexa can’t trust that Dante won’t leave. But Dante knows how to win a case. And he’ll do whatever it takes to convince Alexa that she’ll always leave him hungry for more…
My thoughts: As a Cuban-American girl, finding a cute contemporary novel representing Latinx characters is incredibly difficult. Some books don’t have good representation, and other books don’t represent Latinx characters at all. So when I found Delicious Satisfaction, I fell in love with this adorable novel starring two Latinx protagonists. It tells the story of a hot-shot Puerto Rican chef who gets into a bit of legal trouble and seeks the help of her cute Mexican lawyer. Soon enough they strike a deal to become more than friends which attracts more feelings than they originally planned.
I really enjoyed this fast paced novel. I found the romance so be so adorable, especially because Dante was such a dominant character that also respected and honored Alexa in and out of her profession. Their contrasting views on life complimented each other, in a way, and their chemistry and palpable during each scene they shared together. Their romance was so healthy and sensual to read, causing me to root for them to confess their love for one another finally. I am always a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers trope, and Delicious Satisfaction portrays that trope flawlessly while also including great Latinx representation through Alexa’s internal monologue and the recipes she creates in her restaurant.
The only thing reason that I gave this book a 4.5 / 5 stars is because I felt as though the story itself could have been stretched out some more. While I did love the romance and problems that were introduced into the story, I wanted so much more. I craved backgrounds to Alexa and Dante’s lives, more scenes to exemplify their growing love for one another, and an ending that didn’t wrap up as quick as it did. While it wasn’t insta-love, I still wanted a lengthier book to state my need to see more into Alexa and Dante’s lives. This isn’t necessarily a negative aspect of the book. I’m just a bit selfish, when it comes to romance stories.
All in all, I adored this story. I highly recommend it to new adult, romance, and contemporary lovers. This is one diverse romance story that you will not want to miss.
* I WAS GIVEN A DIGITAL COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *