While many people going on a singles cruise only want to hook up with a stranger for the few days the ship is at sea, the two main characters in this story have other aims. Harper Riley has a private reason for wanting to be with a man who can provide what she needs, and Teagan Carmichael just wants to relax after a recent harrowing ordeal. But when their paths cross, they become sidetracked from their initial intentions as the sexual pull is so strong. Kimberly Van Meter lets the conflict between these two individuals continue to build along with a powerful yearning, which causes TEMPTED to be filled with emotional clashes.
When Harper Riley booked a cruise for singles, she was looking for something more permanent than only a brief affair. She even has a specific man already picked out, and she wants to grab his interest before another woman gets a chance. Harper knows the background of the widower, and the successful businessman is definitely rich enough to make her future work out as she desires. After personally learning emotional attachment can lead to heartbreak, she keeps any of her relationships from focusing on feelings.
Though Harper had her plan all mapped out on how to reach her goal, the brief contact she had with one man on the cruise made her momentarily think about pleasure and not her objective. Sadly, the bank account of Teagan Carmichael is rather small since the charter plane company that he and his brother own is just getting started. But she has obligations, so setting her sights on someone else is necessary. Yet Teagan also has formulated his own plan, one which has Harper starring as his willing sexual partner.
The first time I met Harper, I thought her ideas about being in a relationship with a man were not the best. But as the story unfolds, I came to realize that the way in which she was brought up distorted her future opinions about men, making it difficult to change her current views. There were a few times when I so wanted her to see situations differently, as Kimberly Van Meter repeatedly does not make things easy for Harper and Teagan. He is such a wonderful hero who was met in a previous book, but his own story is totally a standalone. Teagan is compassionate and respectful, yet he is also a red-hot lover in bed. Some of their encounters are very heated with almost uncontrollable lust.
Kimberly Van Meter puts this couple through the wringer more than once along the road to lasting happiness, and several events are very challenging. TEMPTED is a constant rollercoaster of emotional experiences. Discovering whether Teagan would give up on his quest to win over Harper kept me reading, as these two can be stubborn plus each believes their reasoning should be followed. I never knew how either would react, and this fact also kept my attention throughout the book.
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Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Releases: February 21, 2017
Author website: http://kimberlyvanmeter.com/
Rating: 4 Stars