{Review} Love So Tempting by Marquita Valentine


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{Review} Love So Tempting by Marquita ValentineLove So Tempting by Marquita Valentine
Cover Art: Lindee Robinson Photography
Publisher: Valentine Publishing LLC (Self-Published) on August 18, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 200

Our Rating

5 Stars

Prim and proper beauty queen Lemon McCoy is at her wit’s end when one night of passion leaves her pregnant by Jessamine’s favorite ladies man, Tristan Lawson. Forced to turn to her childhood tormentor in her time of need, she convinces Tristan to marry her to keep the gossip in their small town at bay.

Marine turned hometown librarian Tristan Lawson has secretly loved Lemon McCoy for years but they can’t seem to be around each other without trading insults. When Lemon finally spends the night with him, it’s a dream come true, and he hopes, the start of something more. But the very next morning they are back to their bickering ways that forces the two apart. Until Lemon confesses that she’s pregnant with his baby, giving him a second chance he never expected.

Although Tristan agrees to a marriage of convenience, he is confident he can show Lemon they are right for each other. But can Lemon trust him with her heart, or will their past be too much to overcome?

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadThe verbal sparring between Lemon McCoy and Tristan Lawson is practically a legend in their small town, but it hasn’t always been such a battle between them.  Years have passed, though, and their animosity toward each other hasn’t faded, making things that much harder when one night of giving into their attraction leads to pregnancy and a sudden marriage.


TheVerdictThis story has been building since the beginning of the series, so of course I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for Lemon and Tristan!

Back when Tristan was deployed, he and Lemon sort of inadvertently became pen pals.  He shot off a quick, funny letter, she responded with her usual wit, and a friendship grew from there.  But what could have been their great love story was shot to hell when other people interfered, and Tristan and Lemon’s pride kept them both from revealing their true feelings for each other.  Fast forward several years, and they’re both still harboring plenty of attraction, love, and loathing for each other.  But one unexpected night together leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and they finally get their chance to make things right — if they can put aside their barbs and let their hearts show a little.

One of my favorite things about this series is the quick wit among all the characters, none more so than that between Tristan and Lemon.  There’s no denying the sexual tension between them, but they won’t let down their guards for one second around each other.  Fortunately, one night they let things go too far, and in forgoing the condom, they’ve finally created a situation in which they have no choice but to show some vulnerability.

The second Lemon told Tristan that she was pregnant, things started getting really good.  Even as he was trying to hide his feelings long enough for her to get more comfortable with him, his best side began shining through.  Of course, he’s a man, so he certainly screwed up once or twice, but he did his best to put Lemon and their child first.  Likewise, she didn’t hesitate to uproot her life to start a future with him.  Had their history been different, I probably would have thought they were both idiots for jumping into a hasty marriage, but even though they each claimed it was for the baby, it was clear it was for themselves, too.  They were careful not to reveal too much, but they were also surprisingly honest with each other, and when the whole truth finally came out, it was impossible not to mourn the time they’d lost.

Lemon’s sister is a piece of work, and while I’m sure her story is coming up, there’s a part of me hoping it’s all miserable and angsty for a good long while.  She certainly deserves it after what she pulled.  But watching Lemon and Tristan reconnect was still awesome, and even though we definitely got a fully developed story, the pages flew by so fast!  Their background story allowed the quick pace of their relationship to flow seamlessly, and their chemistry was beyond perfect.  Love So Tempting is a fantastic, emotion-filled romance that had me rooting for the characters from page one.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating



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About Marquita Valentine

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.



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