Don’t Tempt Me, by Lori Foster (Review and Excerpt)

5 swoon worthy stars!!

Don't Tempt ME

DON’T TEMPT ME Synopsis:

Love comes along when it’s least wanted 

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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My thoughts…

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 whammy 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.

excerpt…

Proud of herself for coming up with such a great scheme, Lexie arrived a few minutes before Honor should be there. AS soon as she pulled up, she spotted Jason in the garage, hammering away on something that looked like a small house.
Perfect.
Honor deserved a nice but hunky guy, someone to pay attention to her, lighten her load a little and make her feel as special as Lexie knew her to be. Jason, with his simmering gaze and hot bod, seemed like a great candidate. From what Lexie had seen so far, the chemistry was strong. Enough sparks had bounced between them to start a forest fire.
With the top up on her convertible, she circled to the back passenger door. When she opened it, the stems of the large bird-of-paradise plant flopped out. Getting the thing in there had taken two men from the garden center and some creative stuffing.
Pushing her sunglasses to the top of her head, Lexie put on her best helpless face, glanced around, then zeroed in on Jason—willing him to look up.
“Excuse me.”
Startled, she followed the sound of that smooth, deep voice and found herself staring into incredible cobalt-blue eyes…
…in a stop-your-heart handsome face.
…with an oh-my-God physique.
Done with her up, down and sideways analysis of his fine self, she smiled. “Hi there.”
Dressed in loose athletic pants, running shoes and a snugfitting T-shirt, he asked, “Did you need some help?”
She needed all kinds of things…
He nodded to the plant.
Forgetting all about Jason and her plan, Lexie quickly agreed. “Yes. Please. Thank you.”
His polite expression never faltered—unlike her pulse.
Inhaling, Lexie looked him over again. Straight black hair, neatly trimmed but not overly styled. A firm mouth, strong jaw and those incendiary eyes. A lean, tall, finely honed body. “Where did you come from?”
“I live across the street.”
He could’ve said heaven and she would have believed him.
Wearing a quizzical frown, he glanced at Honor’s house. “I take it you’re my new neighbor?”
Oh, she wished. It’d be worth giving up her very nice downtown apartment overlooking the river. The views around Honor’s house were definitely better.
“My best friend is, actually.” Belatedly she held out a hand. “I’m Lexie Perkins.”
“Sullivan Dean.” He carefully took her hand, his touch gentle and somehow more familiar because of it. “It’s nice to meet you, Lexie.”
Liking the sound of her name on his lips, she tried to hold on to him, but other than a long look, he didn’t play along. Bummer.
From behind her, Jason said, “Hey, Lexie.”
She turned—and couldn’t help looking Jason over, too. Honor had struck gold with her location.
And to think she’d once considered the neighborhood old and stuffy.

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