Adore Me by Darcy Lundeen

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Adore Me by Darcy Lundeen
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

A hacker is targeting Meredith Crismis’s struggling new dessert company. But when the tech firm she depends on sends hunky computer expert Vlad Wiznitsky to fix the problem, things begin improving for Meredith, both personally and professionally.

First, her relationship with Vlad heats up to the sizzling point, then Meredith’s given the chance to snag a wealthy customer who could put her company’s bottom line permanently into the black. It seems like a dream come true, until the persistent hacker turns her “Divine Desserts” website into an X-rated marketplace, the wealthy customer demands a discontinued decorative item or else no sale, and her relationship with Vlad begins to unravel under the pressure of her obsession with professional success.

For a woman who deals with creating intricate wedding cakes and luscious muffins, life has suddenly become the ultimate recipe for disaster.

Meredith had worked hard to open her own little shop – Divine Desserts. She loves everything about baking and adores her business – but has serious computer-related problems. After calling her regular tech support they send someone out to help her. But instead of her usual middle-aged technician Vladimir appears on her doorstep. Vlad’s determined to help her – Meredith’s computer has been hacked three times recently and she’s worried it might lose her business. Can they work together to solve this puzzle?

I really enjoyed the slower pace of romance between Vlad and Meredith. While the chemistry and attraction is instant, neither jump straight into the hot stuff. That slow, gradual progression was wonderful to read and made the end-point all the more sweet to my mind. While sex between Vlad and Meredith was alluded to, nothing was shown in detail. There were some lovely kisses and plenty of chemistry, but the bedroom door remained firmly closed. Readers who enjoy a sweeter style of romance should find this quite appealing, but there was still enough chemistry to my mind that the story shouldn’t be overlooked by readers who enjoy a bit more spice in their books.

There were plenty of interesting secondary characters that I felt really supported the story and made it interesting. My only small disappointment was that the conflict felt a little put-on. In most respects Meredith came across as a sensible, level-headed woman. Yet when she got all twisted up over a really big order it felt a little like she lost some of that intelligence. I can totally understand getting caught up in something so important, and obsessing over it, but it felt a little out of character – almost as if the author had blown it slightly out of proportion to instigate the argument between Vlad and Meredith. The argument had a good purpose, and was well-written, but the basis for it seemed a bit strange to me. I even ended up back-tracking and rereading much of the lead-up to be sure I hadn’t missed something, and this really drew me out of the story.

That said, overall I really did enjoy reading about Meredith’s computer woes, her difficulty in juggling her various clients and starting up her new business. The characters were interesting and fun and I found this to be a sweet, mostly happy story that made it a quick, good read.

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