My husband, James. The house on the lake.
My life. Our perfect life.
And then Alex came to visit.
The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.
But that didn't stop me from wanting him. And, surprisingly, James didn't seem to mind.
It was meant to be fun. Something the three of us shared for those hot summer weeks Alex stayed with us. Nobody was supposed to fall in or out of love. I didn't need another man, not even one who oozed sex like honey and knew all the secrets I didn't know, the secrets my husband hadn't shared. After all, we had a perfect life.
And I loved my husband.
But I wasn't the only one.
Author: Megan Hart
Start & Finished: 6/11/08
Publisher: Harlequin Spice
Genre: Romance- Erotica
Labeled as “erotic romance”, Megan Hart’s Tempted isn’t what an erotic romance normally is expected to be. The characters all have depth, there actually is a plot, and it is presented in a somewhat believable way too. Especially with the nutty family members!
I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have read this or any of Megan Hart’s novels on my own because I’ve never been that crazy about a lot of Harlequin’s publications (I’ve read too many bad or generic novels by them) but J. Kaye read it and did a giveaway on her blog which I won. I certainly wouldn’t have bought it in a bookstore though… and I don’t embarrass easily! Ms. Hart isn’t my favorite author now by any means, but I did like her story enough that I may try out some of non-erotica just to see the difference someday.
There were a lot of parts I remember not really enjoying but I did like how the story was written including the emotional issues that the characters have to work through. I can certainly see why Harlequin added this book to their Spice collection but if a little editing were done, Tempted could pass for either just a romance or plain fiction. The ending is the only thing I really would have changed.
Links: Author Blog (Category: Tempted)
Lake House: James and Anne live in a house on the lake
Roller Coaster: Alex and Anne go to the fair while Alex is visiting.