This is a lovely contemporary novella by veteran romance author Shiloh Walker. Roxanne ‘Rocki’ Monroe runs a successful lingerie boutique with her best friend. When tall glass of “oh HELLO there” Cole Stanton walks in one day with his stick-up-her-ass fiancee, Rocki acknowledges her uninhibited reaction to him but pushes it aside in order to assist his fiancee. When Cole calls off his engagement to his affianced crazy, he shyly follows up with Rocki by buying her as a date for a benefit auction.
Their connection is instant and consuming, surprising both of them. They each are forced to deal with scary skeletons in their individual closets before they realize they want to be together.
Tempt Me is a nice breath of fresh air, a palette cleanser, if you will, between mushy and fluffy romance novels. Don’t get me wrong – this baby’s fluffy. But it’s also raw. Rocki is still reeling from the loss of her husband several years ago, and Cole is brokenhearted to find the woman he had once wanted to spend his life with has changed into a woman he can barely stand. When together their lives fit together like intricate puzzle pieces.
This is a heavy and striking short story that’s guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.
Tempt Me by Shiloh Walker, 93 pgs, pub 2011
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3/5