Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hart's Erotica

I had everything a woman could want…

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.

Title: Tempted
Author: Megan Hart
Start & Finished: 6/11/08
Published: 2008
Publisher: Harlequin Spice
Pages: 426
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)

Picture Explanations
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.


  1. I really think that this subgenre is changing...big time. :)

  2. Oh, very interesting. I just bought Megan Hart's DIRTY. I've heard really good things about her.

    By the way, i thought of you when I heard on the radio recently that Tinkerbell is totally the next huge thing for little girls. Disney is doing a huge revival. Maybe you knew that.

  3. J. Kaye: Yeah me too. This read more like women's fiction- but not chick-lit mind you.

    Carolyn Jean: I've read a few reviews of Dirty and there are several people who seem to have enjoyed it. Lol. Thanks! Yeah, I wish Tinkerbell had been a big thing when I was a kid :o)

  4. I've seen this one around, and was tempted to buy it.
    Great review!

  5. Whew! You need a NSFW warning on that cover! ;)

  6. I read a book a while ago with a similar theme, sort of anyway. :-) Thanks for the great review, Jen!

  7. Naida: Thanks. It was a lot better than I expected.

    Dewey: Yeah, I should have thought of that. Oops! I did look for an alternate cover to post but there wasn't one :(

    Wendy: There were a few things that I wouldn't have minded being cut but at it's core it was an interesting story. Thanks!



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