In Lauren Dane's Cake, we meet Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment.
I have a thing for the bad boy, especially one covered in piercings and tattoos. The sensual sneer Gregori always seems to wear is but a bonus.
1. He might be the bad boy, but once he sets his heart on something, Gregori is devoted and focused. He throws his whole heart into his work, like everything else he does in his life. If you are the object of his attention, he will give it to you one hundred percent.
“The building could fall down around him and he wouldn’t notice. There was something incredibly sexy about that. His intensity was sort of overwhelming, but in the best sort of way.”
2. He is sexy, sexy. His hair may change like the wind (currently scarlet red and mohawked) but his body is a work of art. Pierced and tattooed, Gregori is one beautiful piece of eye candy. Plus, he wears leather pants in one scene, nom!
“In short, he was a visual buffet. And she was really hungry.”
3. He will motivate you and challenge you. Wren is an artist, but is very shy about showing her work to Gregori. Throughout the story, he challenges her and gives her praise, but lets her do things on her own. He’s the type of guy who knows when to offer help, or when to sit back and let you do it yourself.
4. He’s successful in his own right. Gregori is regarded highly in the art community, but doesn’t bask in the limelight. At his own show, instead of playing meet and greet with all the art snobs, he would much rather give Wren a private tour of his work…and now I don’t mean that in a pervy way. He honestly doesn’t think his art is as good as the rest of the art scene does.
5. His character was based on this guy, Brandon Pereyda. An aerial artist who has performed in Zumanity and happens to be a former Chippendale's dancer. Uh-huh, so you know Gregori can perform insanely in the bedroom.
I adore Gregori, from his looks to his devotion and focus. A talented man, both in work and in personality…if only he weren’t fictional.
Image source: Brandon Pereyda's Twitter profile page
Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.