Type: Book one, Series, Contemporary Romance, Insta-buy author, Do You Ever Wear A Shirt?
About the Book: 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… [Description from Goodreads.com]
My Review: Lori Foster is one of my go-tos for a good contemporary romance. She knows what she's doing. What strikes me every time I pick up her new book - with Don't Tempt Me being no exception - is how real her characters feel. I can very much imagine that these are real people. They're not perfect, they're just perfectly done. I loved her MMA books, but her romances that feature the cute-guy-next-door make me all giddy. I think that's because she makes me believe in real life happily ever afters.
You really get your moneys worth with Don't Tempt Me, because you're actually getting two stories in one book. Jason and Honor might be the main focus, but Sullivan and Lexie's story holds its own. I felt like this book wasn't long enough. I wanted, or maybe needed more from both of these couples. And thank goodness there's a note at the end of the book about a sequel in the future. The critical reviewer in me wants to talk about how over the top the ending was. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of mushy moments. But the romance reader in me just can't get over how right it felt. And even if cheesy endings aren't your thing, the story leading up to it is worth it. There's a real sense of family in this book - whether blood related or the family you make along the way. And that's where Lori really shines. These characters become real, and the sense of community sticks with you.
Cover Lovin': Simple, yet elegant.
Recommendation: First in a series, so no prior knowledge required. But be prepared to want more immediately.
Final Rating: FOUR POINT FIVE out of FIVE stars (4.5/5)!! Loved it, and I can't wait for more. And for that matter, where can I find a Jason of my own?
Make sure to pre-order your copy of Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster today!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~
Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.