Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster

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Lori Foster's fantastic contemporary romance, DON'T TEMPT ME, is a story of how love comes along when you least expect it. Be sure you order this amazing standalone novel today!

“Best friends find hunky men and everlasting love in Foster’s latest charmer.”—Publishers Weekly

"Don't Tempt Me is a sweet, fast read about finding family, love, and more! You can't go wrong with this book! It’s a must read!"—Night Owl Reviews

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Don't Tempt Me
by Lori Foster
Published: 6/26/2016 by HQN Books
Source: From Author for Review
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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..

Peyton's Thoughts

I am pretty sure I have read just about every single Lori Foster book to date. I was SUPER stoked to be getting a chance to read this one as well! Being a fan of her work, this book was a little bit of a change from what we normally get from her.. Change is never really a bad thing.. and it is Lori Foster after all! So I am fairly confident that my initial reaction looked a little like this..

I LOVE the fact that this novel was told from more than one point of view.. While that did throw me off in the beginning, because there were so many more people than normal to juggle - I soon caught on to who went where and the story was able to flow much better in my mind. I am a huge fan of shows like The OC, One Tree Hill, 90210 and things like that.. Don't Tempt Me reminded me of that in the aspect of the dual story lines. I liked Honor straight out of the gate. The girl is hilarious, stubborn, hardcore, loyal and a heart-sleever all rolled into one! The neighborhood seems to be packed full of sexy, good looking, make you want to drop your panties - guys, yet the only one she seems to have eyes for is Jason. Jason is.. well he is Jason.. and as much as he KNOWS he should stay away from her - he knows even more that he needs to break through her walls.. literally and figuratively!

Lexie seems to be the complete opposite of Honor - which makes the two of them work so well together! They remind me so much of me and my best friend! I really enjoyed the two of them together and I think they were a perfect match for that neighborhood as well! Sullivan is dedicated to the martial arts center for troubled kids... Lexie is dedicated to making Sullivan hers. If anyone knows what it means to keep someone at a distance and to not give into any temptations - it's Sullivan. Yet it seems that when it comes to Lexie, all bets are off.. I mean, what is in the water in this neighborhood people?! And why have we not all decided to up and move there yet!

I love the fact that we get two stories in one! I know that the stories might have been a little longer and some might have thought that the two should have had their own novels - but with the best friends being like they are, I think it rounded out both stories to have them connected like they were! We got to follow along with these four loves from just about any angle we could possibly want. Also - you should never judge a book by the cover - what is on the inside of this novel with completely rock your socks off! Innocence might LOOK like the cover, but let me tell you - hold on to your seats people! This is one you do not want to miss!

Excerpt Time!

Proud of herself for coming up with such a great scheme, Lexie arrived a few minutes before Honor should be there. AS soon as she pulled up, she spotted Jason in the garage, hammering away on something that looked like a small house.


Honor deserved a nice but hunky guy, someone to pay attention to her, lighten her load a little and make her feel as special as Lexie knew her to be. Jason, with his simmering gaze and hot bod, seemed like a great candidate. From what Lexie had seen so far, the chemistry was strong. Enough sparks had bounced between them to start a forest fire.

With the top up on her convertible, she circled to the back passenger door. When she opened it, the stems of the large bird-of-paradise plant flopped out. Getting the thing in there had taken two men from the garden center and some creative stuffing.

Pushing her sunglasses to the top of her head, Lexie put on her best helpless face, glanced around, then zeroed in on Jason—willing him to look up.

“Excuse me.”

Startled, she followed the sound of that smooth, deep voice and found herself staring into incredible cobalt-blue eyes…

…in a stop-your-heart handsome face.

…with an oh-my-God physique.

Done with her up, down and sideways analysis of his fine self, she smiled. “Hi there.”

Dressed in loose athletic pants, running shoes and a snugfitting T-shirt, he asked, “Did you need some help?”

She needed all kinds of things…

He nodded to the plant.

Forgetting all about Jason and her plan, Lexie quickly agreed. “Yes. Please. Thank you.”

His polite expression never faltered—unlike her pulse.

Inhaling, Lexie looked him over again. Straight black hair, neatly trimmed but not overly styled. A firm mouth, strong jaw and those incendiary eyes. A lean, tall, finely honed body. “Where did you come from?”

“I live across the street.”

He could’ve said heaven and she would have believed him.

Wearing a quizzical frown, he glanced at Honor’s house. “I take it you’re my new neighbor?”

Oh, she wished. It’d be worth giving up her very nice downtown apartment overlooking the river. The views around Honor’s house were definitely better.
“My best friend is, actually.” Belatedly she held out a hand. “I’m Lexie Perkins.”

“Sullivan Dean.” He carefully took her hand, his touch gentle and somehow more familiar because of it. “It’s nice to meet you, Lexie.”

Liking the sound of her name on his lips, she tried to hold on to him, but other than a long look, he didn’t play along. Bummer.
From behind her, Jason said, “Hey, Lexie.”

She turned—and couldn’t help looking Jason over, too. Honor had struck gold with her location.

And to think she’d once considered the neighborhood old and stuffy.

Connect With Lori Foster


Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author.

Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove.

She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.

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  1. I enjoyed Don't Tempt Me as well, Peyton, even if I had a little trouble with Honor's insecurities for a little while. She and Lexie worked well together, though, and as you said - this is Lori Foster :)
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I've not read this author before, but this one sounds really good! And, you put a Magic Mike gif in there, so yeah, I'm very much wanting to read it now! Great review!

  3. Ohh wow two couples story in one book I really need too check out this book because I think that is an fantastic idea for a book. Thank you for your great review and post.

  4. This looks like a really cool book! Great review :) And I especially like the cover!

    New GFC follower :)
    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words