Don’t Tempt Me, by Lori Foster

5 two HEA’s in one book stars!!!

Don't Tempt ME

Reading a Lori Foster book is just like eating your favorite comfort food, it gives you all the comfort and leaves you feeling completely satisfied. I don’t know if I missed it when reading the blurb or wasn’t paying attention but this book has two HEA’s!! It was a double wammy of comfort food. Reading Lori Foster is a no brainer, however I think this book just moved into my top 3 favorite romance novels.

Let’s start with the first character we meet… Honor.  I am completely obsessed with her character.  The trauma in her background combined with her inability to actually depend on someone else made her so complex. You realize from the get go that she doesn’t like to ask or accept help when offered.  The only person she has ever had to depend on is Lexie and one other family member.  Honor has decided to buy her own house to move closer to the people she loves.  She picks a fixer upper in an older neighborhood.  Little does she know she has some of the hottest neighbors around. Plus these super hot manly neighbors love to help her!! When she ask’s Jason to put on a shirt it’s priceless I laughed so hard.

Jason is so unbelievably patient with Honor. At first he didn’t understand why she didn’t want his help with remodeling since that is what he does for a living.   Jason slyly set it up for his nephew Colt to help Honor when she needed it.   I love how he just waits for her to ask him for help.  It’s so small at first, then she asks for help with bigger and bigger things.  He slowly starts to understand why she is so reserved on asking for help.  Especially after he finds out why she leaves the house at all hours, especially in the middle of the night. Jason is an all around good guy and I think his calm temperament helps Honor’s uptight temperament.  They are perfectly flawed for each other.

Sullivan comes off as so secretive.. I love how you don’t even meet him right away.   He doesn’t have time to be involved with anyone.  Sullivan is to busy trying to make his martial arts school a success while helping the less fortunate kids.  Then he randomly meets Lexie by helping her carry in a plant to Honor’s house. He’s trying to keep his distance but something about the carefree in your face Lexie is appealing to him.

Oh Lexie how lovely you are! She comes off as an over the top kind of gal.  Says what she wants when she wants, which of course seems to rub Sullivan the wrong way. I adore how she has Honor’s back no matter when or why. She’s so flirty with all the guys in the neighborhood but never crosses any lines until she meets Sullivan.  It was so appealing how Lexie put on a big front that she didn’t care how other people saw her but underneath it all it really mattered what they thought.

All of the characters in this book had great depth. Even the “side” characters like Colt and Violet.  I just wanted to pick them apart and see what made them tick.  I really hope to see more of them soon!  All in all I would highly recommend this book!!

Thank you to HQN books and Lori Foster for the ARC for my honest review.

Goodreads link here.

book blurb…

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by HQN Books
ISBN 0373789726 (ISBN13: 9780373789726)

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…

 

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