Tempted By Love is a contemporary romance and the first book in The Steeles Of Silver Island series.
Single mother Daphne and her daughter live on Cape Cod where Daphne works at a resort. Jock Steele is a man with a troubled past, but Daphne’s two-year-old daughter Hadley adores him. However, Jock freezes whenever Hadley approaches him. It’s not just Hadley, it’s any young child, including his own niece. A traumatic past has Jock’s emotions locked down tightly, but he can’t stop thinking about Daphne – but if he wants her in his life, he must overcome his fear of his past.
This book has two lovely settings, Cape Cod and Silver Island. The characters joke about getting island fever and not wanting to leave but it sounded an idyllic place to live. The romance between Jock and Daphne is intense while Hadley’s role is very sweet. I liked how she called him Dock because she couldn’t pronounce J.
Jock’s backstory has some very sad moments, but it also has hope and I thought the way that he worked through his issues was very inspiring. I also enjoyed meeting lots of other members of the Steele family and I can image that they will all be wanting to tell us their own romantic stories in the near future.
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Jack “Jock” Steele
Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles.
In TEMPTED BY LOVE…
Years ago, bestselling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune—on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single-mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.
Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.
As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret…