*I received a free copy of Don't Tempt Me from Harlequin HQN via BEA16. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster
Series: Guthrie Brothers #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on 26 July 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Love comes along when it's least wanted
Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself.
Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet…
Don’t Tempt Me is all about new beginnings, courage, friendship and family.
Sometimes, you grow up with a great family surrounding you, other times, you just have to make your own family – surround yourself by people you love and who love you back. The latter was the case for Honor in Don’t Tempt Me. Because she moved to stay closer to her dying grand-dad, Honor really didn’t have much tame for herself. Between her job, going to the nursery home in the middle of the night and trying to do some work on her house, she was a very busy lady. She still managed to get closer to her neighbors little by little, though, in big part thanks to her best friend, Lexie.
The writing, as always with a Foster book, was spot-on! I really got to know Honor and Jason well, and there were quite a few chapters about Lexie and her romance as well. Some of Honor’s inner dialogues really got to me, though, because she was so very insecure when it came to other people. In some ways, it’s completely understandable, her mom disappeared, and then her dad just kind of left her with her grand-dad – so she was used to people leaving. When she moved in, though, Jason offered to help her carry some stuff into her house, and she was all about not wanting to impose! When people offer help, it’s usually because they truly want to help, and the not wanting to impose part got old fast.
The slow pace and the way the romance unfolded really made my toes curl in pleasure, though, and the character development was nothing short of amazing! Written in third person point of view, past tense, Don’t Tempt Me is a strong romance that is perfect for reading during a lazy summer day!
She tried to concentrate on Colt’s father, but couldn’t. She glanced at his brother again, and her gaze got caught in his. Something, challenge or maybe interest, kicked up the corner of his mouth in a nearly indiscernible way. But she saw it. Shoot, she felt it.
Somehow, on her, the mismatched outfit looked pretty damn hot. in fact, no matter what she war, the sight of her never failed to fire his blood.
If sex had ever before been that amazing, she probably wouldn’t have given it up so easily.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
fun synopsis, and I wonder what is landing at her feet actually entail… must be something good
Yes, definitely something goo, Ailyn 🙂
I really love Lori Foster’s books. In general, I find them so comforting. I’m glad you enjoyed this, even if Honor frustrated you at times.
I agree, the romance aspect of Foster’s books is strong, but so are the friendships and the beautiful character interactions. That is what makes them comforting to me 🙂
I get what you’re saying about Honor not wanting to be an imposition, Lexxie, but I might be a little more forgiving of her. I tend to behave the same way. 😉 I’m glad that you enjoyed this one overall though. It makes me even more eager to crack it open!
Hope you’re having a great day…maybe celebrating a little?!? 😀 **BIG HUGS**
Nah… are you a bit like that? I haven’t noticed, Brandee! Really! <3 I really enjoyed the story, though, and I look forward to continuing this new series for sure.
I was celebrating on the 11th for the job... on the 12th was Oldest 21st b-day, so yet another celebration then 😉
Miss you!! *BIG HUGS*
I love Lori Foster and can’t wait to get started on this one!
I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, Ashley!
Great review! I still need to read something by this author but I’ve seen such good reviews of her work! I love how you described the slow romance, too — I love that!!
If you enjoy contemporary romances, you should definitely check out Lori Foster, Eva 🙂 She’s one of my go-to authors!
Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a really well done novel. I haven’t read anything by this author, but it seems like she does characters well.
It’s very well done, Lauren. And I’m a huge Foster fan, and hope you’ll check out one of her titles one day 🙂
Crap! I forgot to get this. I saw it in an email, but forgot all about it until now. Thanks for the reminder, because I need this. 😀 So happy to hear you liked it.
Uh oh, Christy! That’s no good! You need to make sure you get your hands on it ASAP!
So glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I hope I might get aroudn tor eadign this enxt month as I am really curious about this one. I haven’t read any of Foster her books, so not sure what to expect. But I like the sound of the characters and the way the romance develops. So Lexie her story is a bit of a side plot besides the romance between Honor and Jason? I can see how the not wanting to impose thing and insecurities can get a bit old fast even when it does make sense for the character to be that way. Great review Lexxie and I am still so happy I won this one in your giveaway and I hope I can read it soon 🙂
I hope you’ll be able to read it soon, Lola, and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! Foster’s romances always make me feel good, and there is more to the story as well. The friendships here are solid, too.
Lexie’s story is a side plot besides the romance between Honor and Jason, and it was a great way to start a new series :9
Definitely adding this to my list!
I think you’ll enjoy it, Lekeisha!
I didn’t get this one at BEA – guess I missed it while standing in line lol! I have only read 1 Lori Foster book so far and I did enjoy it. This one sounds like it’s actually more up my alley too! Great review 🙂 Miss you!!! Hugs 🙂
Oh you need to read her Ultimate series, Berls, that’s a very, very good one!! Miss you, too! *hugs*
I’m behind on my “fun” reading but this one is on the top of my TBR pile.