Temptation by K.M. Golland
Series: Temptation #1
Also in this series: Satisfaction, Commitment
Published by MIRA on January 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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**Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
Sometimes being happily married and completely content is not at all what it seems.
That is what 35 year old, happily married mother of two, Alexis Summers finds out when she decides it is time to return to work. After being a stay-at-home Mum for the past nine years, Alexis now realises a complete career change is just what she needs.
She becomes a Concierge Attendant in a prestigious hotel in Melbourne working for the owner of the hotel, Bryce Clark. He resides in the penthouse, is extremely hot, and is a man who always gets what he wants and what he wants is Alexis. She does a relatively good job resisting Bryce at first, but the undeniable chemistry, sexual tension and playfulness between the two of them is intense. He has copious amounts of money, sex appeal and above all else, is a genuinely nice guy. Bryce has been waiting for his one true love to come along, and he is positive that one true love is Alexis.
There is one problem, she is happily married to Rick, and no matter how strong her feelings are for Bryce, she is adamant she will not cheat. She draws a line in the sand but finds it increasingly hard not to cross. Will she succumb to Temptation?
Temptation had me in a spin. A great start introduced Alexis, a 30 something-year-old happily married woman who is about to embark on returning to the workforce. The depiction of her daily life and attempting to balance all a mother attempts to juggle hit the nail on the head. Her return to work and her getting to know Bryce came off as far-fetched to me and my transition from reality to fantasy wasn’t an easy stretch. Then, KaBOOM! I have no idea at what point I dropped my eyeball rolling and became obsessed with Bryce and Alexis, but when it did I was her biggest cheerleader!
The chemistry between Alexis and Bryce is smoking hot and that’s without acting on their attraction. Well kind of, but not totally if you get my drift. Imagine your wildest fantasy fling and ramp it up a notch or two! Throw in the impossible scenario of guilt surrounding her lovely home life and you can understand why I began to question my enthusiasm for enjoying Alexis’ adventure.
For a book I enjoyed, I am still a bit miffed at the roller coaster ride it took me on. There were sections of the book I loved, but at times left me wishing I had never started and then there were the times I wanted to close my eyes LOL. Now, this ride won’t be for all. If you’re finicky about where the line of fidelity is drawn in fiction I hazard to guess this book will not be for you.
As an Australian reader, I find myself tempted by books from overseas authors. It feeds my traveling obsession without ever having to leave my armchair (or pay for expensive plane tickets). So it was strange when I found myself adoring the British spelling and references, giving it a homelike and familiar feel to it. It made me stop and wonder if that’s why I had no problem easing into the story in the beginning.
I’ve met KM Golland at book-signings and each time I come away intending to buy one of her books. Well now I have and I am happy to say I have succumbed to Temptation and about to head straight into Satisfaction.
Rating: 4 Tempting Stars
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