I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan
Also in this series: Escape to You, True to You
Series: Montana Heat #3
Published by Avon on August 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Small Town
She was this Montana Man’s greatest temptation . . .
Alina Cooke—little sister of his two best friends—is the last woman DEA agent Jay Bennett should be waking up next to on the day of her brother’s wedding. But their powerful attraction ignited a powder keg of desire, and their once simple friendship has just become impossibly complicated.
Alina’s always been steady, focused, and lived on the safe side of life. Jay is totally devoted to his dangerous job. She knows a future with him will be filled with worry that one day he won’t come home. She’s done it with her brothers. She’s not sure she can face that uncertainty with the man she loves. Yet being in his arms is a bad idea they keep repeating, again and again.
When Alina is run off the road, Jay fears his job has made her a target. But the threat in Alina’s life is closer than they think. As the enemy gets more ruthless, Alina proves she’s no easy target and Jay will do anything to bring them down. Because surviving and being together is the only thing that matters.
Tempted By Love is the latest in the Montana Heat series by Jennifer Ryan. I have really gotten a kick out of this series, which is slightly different from her previous series. What I have found so wonderful is the level of intrigue and suspense that are underlayed in these books. In Tempted by Love, we have a sweet friend to lover with a mix of dating your brother’s best friend type of scenario.
In Tempted By Love it starts out with a wedding, such a romantic beginning. Its the wedding of her brother and his new bride, and she runs into Jay. Who is the best friend of both of her brothers.She has always looked at him as you would a friend…until now. Something shifts between Alina and Jay and they spend a passionate night together. But then they don’t see each other for a little while. Alina sees something she was curious about, something that hinted danger but she didn’t think too long about it. She goes back to work at the Pharmacy, a job she enjoys to its fullest. And then she and Jay reconnect but then right when she thinks their relationship is on track, her life is put in danger. She is run over the road, her boss is acting strange, her brother’s are on their honeymoon, and Jay works for the DEA and there is something that he is working on that is very dangerous. Will Alina be able to handle Jay’s tough work as a DEA or will she also have to face her own dangerous situation where she might not survive and get the happy ever after she dreams of with Jay?
“You know I love you. Don’t you? Haven’t I showed you in every kiss? ” He brushed his lips tenderly against hers. “In every touch?” He softly brushed his fingers through her hair. “In everything I say and do for you? You’re everything to me. More than I expected. More than I deserve. “
I will admit that I wouldn’t say that this story is my favorite of the series. While I did enjoy it quite a bit, it was a bit lukeworm at times for me. I felt like the premise and the story line was fantastic, but the flow of the story tended to slow down at times which proved hard to keep up with it on ocassion. However I do want to point out that there were many good points to this story that I still enjoyed. Just not as much as I was hoping for from a Jennifer Ryan Novel.
This story runs on the same timeline as the previous book ” True To You”. I really liked seeing Jay and Alina together, We have a sweet scene in the beginning with the wedding and seeing Jay and Aline connect. But then the story picks up speed once the suspense portion of the story gets put in. I found myself really intrigued with the mystery surrounding Alina’s boss. From the beginning we know that he is no good, since we have a small POV from his which was interesting. I found his character one of those nice/bad guy characters. Where on the surface he sees so down to earth and nice and affectionate but beneath it all he is really selfish and only concerned with himself.
Alina is such a wonderful heroine. She is more of a beta heroine. She is kind and compassionate, she works as a Pharmacist, helping people whenever she can but also is a fighter. She has this inner strength you just want to cheer on. I love seeing what she is capable of, and she definitely is the sister of Beck and Caden.
The plot can get pretty intense….edge of your seat….get your heart pacing fast type of story and I just love these. Its not what your normally find with this author, and I like seeing these scenarios with these DEA agents. What is most profound is seeing what DEA agents suffer along with their families. We see how much courage and strength both Jay and Alina have to make this relationship work and its definitely not an easy one. So seeing them find some common ground and make a good balance of everything just worked in all the right ways.
I can promise her to do my best to come home to her, to love her with everything I am, to be the best I can be for her.
Overall I found Tempted By Love to be a ride of thrills and chills, a story of instant love that burns straight to the readers heart….a captivating love story that will leave you with tears and a joyful heart!! MESMERIZING