Sep 9, 2020

Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster Review

Tempted by Love
The Steeles at Silver Island #1
By Melissa Foster
Release day: September 9th, 2020
World Literary Press
Source: ARC provided by the author

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…

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Tempted by Love is such a beautiful tale of deep heartbreak followed by the greatest love story I have ever read. Now before we go any further I want to give a trigger warning that this book discusses the death of an infant and a partner. 

Daphne and her daughter nearly 3-year-old daughter Hadley loved their town and family and friends, and though Hadley was a loving child she knew her smiles were precious, and therefore only graced a few people with them. Unfortunately, the one person little Hadley seemed to love the most, Jock, couldn’t seem to get away from her fast enough. And Daphne was determined never to allow anyone to reject her child, like her ex-husband had done to them before Hadley was born, if only he wasn’t the one that she was attracted by too. 

Jock (Jack) Steele life for the past 10 years has been so full of rage and pain, but after losing his friend Harvey. But after hearing Hadley’s pleas for him he knew things couldn’t continue on, especially as Daphne is the first woman he has been attracted to in forever and he knew it was time to face the past head-on, in order to move forward. 

I know I say this about every Melissa Foster book, but Tempted by Love stoke my breath and my heart and reduced me to tears but filled me with hope at the same time. Tempted by Love is an outstanding book that will provoke all your emotions and steal your heart. 

I give Tempted by Love 5 stars, though it deserves a million. 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented.

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