TEMPTED BY LOVE by Jennifer Ryan: Review

Posted September 4, 2018 in Reviews / 0 Comments

TEMPTED BY LOVE by Jennifer Ryan: ReviewTempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Heat #3
Published by Avon Books
Publication Date: August 21st 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

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.

 

Review

Jay Bennett is totally devoted to his job and has his own reasons for avoiding romantic commitments, but his friends’ weddings have given him a reason to rethink his avoidance of long term romantic relationships and the most unlikely woman has caught his eye – his friends’ baby sister.

Alina Cooke has been focused on finishing college and finding her feet career-wise that everything else took a back seat, but her casual friendship with Jay morphs into a fiery sexual one in a flash and they find that they are perfect for each other. 

Jay and Alina are great together because they don’t spend time agonizing about their feelings and all that drama, but danger lurks. Could Jay’s job have made Alina a target or is the danger coming from the least expected source? 

I have enjoyed this series from the first book because of the combination of suspense, intrigue and romance that the author so skillfully put together. I read the books out of order but was so wowed that I could not wait to get my hands on this installment. 

I don’t really mind insta-love stories, but something about this one didn’t feel quite right. Alina knew Jay for a long time and never felt even the slightest attraction to him until that one perfect moment? Kind of far-fetched to me, but I really liked that they had minimal drama about their feelings for each other.

Now, the long monologues and the fact that the majority of the story focused on their relationship dynamics was not something I enjoyed especially because the suspense part of the story was neglected for this. There was also a lot of filler material that was unnecessary to the story and just ended up making it very long. Honestly, I skimmed through parts of the book from the beginning when it became tedious and it wasn’t until I got to the action I was looking for that I got completely caught up in the story.

If you are a fan of contemporary romance, you may enjoy the long drawn out bits about Alina and Jay’s relationship, but if you love romantic suspense it may feel like a lot of work to get to the action and suspense. Enjoy reading!

 

About Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.


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