Don't Tempt Meby Lori Foster
Published by Harlequin, HQN on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
Lori Foster, besides being an all-around fabulous human, is an author I know I can go to for a well written romance that 9 times out of 10, will include a bit of suspense to keep my heart rate up all the way to a happily ever after. In Don’t Tempt Me, Ms. Foster even offers up double the happiness by the end of the story – a veritable two for one 😉
Honor Brown is over her head but she would never let anyone know it. Heck, she probably doesn’t even know it! She just bought a small rehab home in a neighborhood where they offer incentives to new homeowners to help improve and rejuvenate older, rundown neighborhoods. When Honor’s first impression on her new neighbors is her driving over their garbage can with her UHaul truck, all she wants to do is crawl into her new home and hide.
Of course, that won’t happen on Jason Guthrie’s watch. He’s a busy man, what with his own business and a house full of guests. But he’ll find time to help out his new neighbor, if only she’d accept the help. Because Honor is one stubborn woman and she wants to do “this” on her own.
Right from the start, I completely identified with Honor. She is humble, doesn’t come from money, and she is always trying to do the best she can with what she’s got. She may have the odds against her but one nice thing that Ms. Foster did was gave her a nice steady job that she was good at and she was proud to do. What a refreshing change!
My first impression of Jason was that he kind of scared me at first. Honestly, I had forgotten what the synopsis said the story was about so I spent a good part of the first chapter trying to figure out who Honor was “hooking up” with. With Jason’s intensity, I just wasn’t sure he was a good match for Honor.
Don’t worry, I was totally wrong.
Ms. Foster always has an intriguing supporting cast and of course, I loved them all. I was a bit thrown by the fact that three hot guys bought houses right near each other but, hey, I’ll suspend disbelief for a romance.
Since most of the story is centered around Honor and Jason, I’ll just say I really liked the added story between Lexie and Sullivan. It was like getting a shot of espresso in my Frappuccino (yummy!)
This was a quick read with nice, calming lulls to, as a publisher would say, let the reader catch their breath. I’m looking forward to seeing who’s up next for a romance in this “hot” neighborhood.