Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #ContemporaryRomance TEMPTED BY LOVE (The Steeles Of Silver Island #1) by @Melissa_Foster

Tempted by Love (The Steeles at Silver Island, #1)Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster

5 stars

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…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #ContemporaryRomance THE SUMMER OF TAKING CHANCES by @LynneB1

Today’s team review is from Sandra, she blogs here https://www.firthproof.co.uk/index.php/book-reviews

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Sandra has been reading The Summer Of Taking Chances by Lynne Shelby

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Emma is looking forward to playing Juliet in the local amateur dramatic society production when Jake Murray arrives back in South Quay for the summer, ten years after he left to go to drama school, and thoroughly unsettles her. Now a household name, thanks to his role in a successful TV
series, he’s taking the summer off, away from the media spotlight, and catching up with his old school friends.

At the beginning of The Summer of Taking Chances, Jake comes across as a bit arrogant and full of himself; not very likeable really. But we get to see him through Emma’s eyes, and it’s obvious they have history. It was Emma who first got Jake interested in acting at the school drama club. As the
story is told from Emma’s point of view, their previous relationship is gradually revealed in a series of flashbacks, and it becomes clear both what he means to her and why she does not entirely trust him now.

The pace is quite slow to begin with as the scene is set, and we are introduced to all the members of the dramatic society. At one point, about halfway through, it looked as if the inevitable happy ending was not possible. From here on it was fascinating reading how Lynne Shelby made it happen in a
believable and natural way.

Both the main characters change for the better by the end of the book, and overcome the obstacles in their path. Jake’s love of the theatre is reignited, as being back where he grew up helps him remember why he loved acting in the first place. Emma comes to see that she gave up on her dream too easily, and that it’s not too late to do something about it.

Most of the action takes place in South Quay, but I enjoyed reading about their trip to London for the opening night of the musical starring Jake’s friends Zac and Julia (from Lynne’s previous book There She Goes). The walks they took along the canal showed a different, and more interesting, part
of London than the usual tourist spots.

This is the third book by Lynne Shelby that I have read, and it does not disappoint. I loved the dialogue between Jake and Emma, where they quote Shakespeare to each other, and the idyllic coastal village setting. The characters are well written and believable, and the eye-catching cover art
should ensure the book reaches a wide audience.

Book description

It’s been ten years since Emma Stevens last laid eyes on Jake Murray. When he left the small seaside village of South Quay to chase the limelight, Emma’s dreams left with him.

Now Emma is content living a quiet and uneventful life in South Quay. It’s far from the life she imagined, but at least her job at the local hotel has helped heal her broken heart.

But when Jake returns home for the summer to escape the spotlight, Emma’s feelings quickly come flooding back. There’s clearly a connection between them, but Jake has damaged her heart once already – will she ever be able to give him a second chance?

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