Kris Bryant Ü 8 Free readIs a phenomenal writer and there s no way I m giving up on her but this one just ell Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes flator me I will be irst in line or her next book still though 325 starsMany thanks to Bold Strokes or providing me with an ARC in exchange or my honest review With a title such as Temptation I would have been disappointed if there hadn t been a couple of steamy scenes No worries Kris Bryant totally delivered steam and After reading The Traveling Triple C Incorporeal Circus by Alanna McFall I needed something much lighter The good news is so did Kris Bryant As she explains in the She Weeps Each Time You're Born foreword After writing about a mass shooting a person struggling with anxiety and a survivor of a plane crash I decided to write somethinglirty and un Mission accomplished You can always count on Bryant to write endearing and layered characters even in stories like this one when most of the angst comes rom the not so simple act of Seven Days, Seven Dinners falling in loveCassie Miller is a twentyour year old graduate student whose well off doctor parents cut her off when she uit med school after her A Northern Light first year to study environmental science instead Cassie had to cut back on her way of life move in with her grandmother the wonderful Nana and work as a babysitter to payor school Things start to look up when multi millionaire Brook Wellington offers her a job as a nanny complete with her own apartment a Range Rover she can drive on her work hours and a salary high enough to pay her school If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fees Brook s six year old son Noah is a shy and very sweet boy and Cassiealls in love with him almost immediately Now if only she could refrain rom alling Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, for his beautiful and sexy asuck I m uoting mother as well Spoiler she won t she ll all head over heels or the older woman and it ll be magnificent which is how it goes in romance novels and sometimes IRL too if you re really luckyI don t even know where to start on the characters They re all excellent and except White Water for Brook s sister Gwen not monolithic and even Gwen is believable as unyielding as she seems Cassie and Brook are the best you ll want to beriends with them Cassie sees through Brook s ice ueen persona The Slave Dancer from the start to the softie whose priority is her son s well being Cassie s hurtrom her uarrel with her parents gives her a sarcastic edge but she s really a sweetie at heart and I love her relationships with her grandmother and with Noah Brook s Special Agent family is rather interesting toorom her parents to her sister and brother who left the Sleep with the Fishes family business to make it on his own as a chef to her sister in law The smaller characters Cassie s bestriend Noah s teachers Brook s ex The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History feel genuine tooAs I ve written before I m not a bigan of age gap romances However I thought it worked really well here The ourteen year difference between Brook and Cassie is real but they are both at moments in their life where what they have in common is important than what they don t share and I honestly can imagine them building on thatI needed a lighter read and that s what Temptation is The good news is light can be really good too I received a copy rom the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review This was a sweet and enjoyable romance I mentioned before how I ve been sick almost all of 2020 I m A World on Fire finally 95% back to normal but when I was sick I could hardly read Unfortunately that means I m prettyar behind in my ARC readingreviewing so I had the opportunity to read many reviews about this book before I ever read it I noticed that the early reviews started out strong but then they turned into a bit of a mix with many people not caring Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life for orlat out disliking the main character Cassie I m a big Bryant an she makes my top 5 avorite list of current lesfic authors so I was really excited about this I 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate found out after the reviews I was tempering my expectations But in the end I didn t need to While this is not myavorite book by Bryant I prefer her emotional books I absolutely enjoyed this Bryant set out to write a The Oxford New Greek Dictionary fun andlirty book and I think she was absolutely successful in doing that The premise is about a 24 year old woman Cassie who was recently cut off The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece frominancial help that takes a job as a recently cut off The New Job Security frominancial help that takes a job as a in Nanny so she can continue going to school The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) for her Masters Her job is easy watching a cute little boy named Noah but the job becomes much complicated when she starts developingeelings The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis for her older boss Will her boss Brookeel the same or are they bound to be stuck in an employeeemployer relationship The Jumbee forever As I mentioned above there is a lot of dislikeor the characters of Cassie I ll be honest characters in their early twenties are my least To Helvetica and Back favorite to read about I want characters in their 30 s and later or YA age I don t mean everyone and if you are in your early 20 s reading this review I don t mean you but most of us are real PITA s in our 20 s We thought we were all grown up when we actually hardly knew anything so not myavorite age Simple Art of Greatness for characters Due to the complaints and plain dislikeor Cassie I was prepared to Where the Heart Waits feel the samebut I didn t Ieel like I read a different book than most people I don t get the Cassie hate at all I mean yes Brook is a much interesting character She s established has of a background history and is a baby ice ueen which I always enjoy in romances And I think Brook would have made a interesting choice to be in her POV but I don t blame Bryant or wanting to try to write in the voice of a younger character And in the end I just could not see anything wrong with Cassie A ew people complained that single Cassie A Burglar's Guide to the City flirted with attractive nice and seemingly intelligent women She s 24 and single why would she notlirt her
Ass Off Some People Accused Her Ofoff Some people accused her of entitled because she was upset her parents were not helping her with school or living expenses any If you were 24 and your parents cut you off inancially out of the blue because you wanted to be a scientist would you not be hurt It s not like she wanted to be a wandering minstrel player hoping to amuse the ueen instead she s trying or a good career And really these are wealthy people problems that she s allowed to have coming rom that kind of amily That s her character s background and she doesn t know any different It s just interesting to see the different opinions on a character I ound basically harmlessI only really had two baby issues that bothered me One I can t believe Cassie s parents let Nana grandma drive that death trap of a car I didn t think that was believable because even if Nana was being stubborn you just set ire to the car in the middle of the night and get her a new one Secondly I just don t like the name "Brook I Need The "I need the I need Brooke I kept calling her Brock the whole book becuase my brain refused to read it any other way As you can see these are very important issues I had yeah basically no real issues I enjoyed the romance While the chemistry was a little subdued than normal or a Bryant book the heat Spain in Mind from the sex scenes just kept building and. In the job descriptionBrook has always had a heador business Born into a global shipping empire she sits at the helm running it with skill and savvy But success comes at a cost Her priority is her six year old son but she can't be in two places at once Hiring a na. The Curious World Of Christmas family love and sacrifice While the blurb is not something new the way the author handled this was very different The part that I enjoyed the most was the incredible characters that the author introduced us to Every single character had a part to play in this incredible read Theamily dynamics rom both ends made so much sense and you could easily relate to The beauty of this read is that it tackles so many things and yet nothing ell out So there was the age gap aspect which was done very well there was the ice ueen MC there was the adorable kid there was an awesome Grandma that was the glue of one of the The Best Canadian Animal Stories families there was the incredibly richamily and lastly there was the cute loving and adorable nanny The chemistry between the MCs was off the chart The sex scenes were so good and not repetitive at all You could literally eel how one of the MCs is breaking her walls chapter by chapter The writing style was so good You know it was just one of those books that you really didn t want to see it come to an end I would recommend this book to everyone It will keep you entertained it will make you eel good it will make you eel sad it will make you eel angry It will just make you FEEL Kris Bryant is a very talented author that keeps impressing meMy rating is a solid 5I received and ARC The Commemerative for an honest review I d rather have Brook as my nannyThe plot Medical school drop out and broke college student Cassie Miller gets hired as the live in nanny to none other than Brook Wellington COO and Daenerys Targaryen lookalike The characters I can t put myinger on why I didn t really care The Magnesium Factor for Cassie despite the story being toldrom her POV She came off as rather bland or lack of a better word Brook was a complex character but even though she was called an Ice ueen I don t consider her one She s reserved sure but other than that I can t think of another characteristic that would classify her as such The writing This is a tricky one because the story dragged a little in the beginning There wasn t a lot of time spent between Cassie and Brook and this really affected their chemistry of which there was very little Soon enough however that problem righted itself and I eventually became ully invested in their relationshipThe special Brook s The Undrowned Child family except her gremlin of a sister and Cassie s grandmother stole the show several times It sairly low in angst and no convoluted break up scenario around the 75% mark I was a little surprised at how tame the irst sex scene was between Brook and Cassie but my god does Kris Bryant ramp up the heat between these two laterThe negative I hate that I compare this book to her others but I just wasn t as invested in this one and its characters as much I really don t want to picture the Mother of Dragons when thinking about Brook I m still salty about what happened to her character damn itThe verdict It s Kris Bryant her books will automatically make it onto my TBR list Overall rating or this is a 35 Cassie Miller s parents cut off all Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir funding when she dropped out of medical school so she takes a nanny jobor millionaire businesswoman Brook Wellington But when both women discover their mutual attraction it gets harder not to give in to temptationIn her acknowledgments the author says that after writing some pretty heavy books she decided to write something playful And she delivered As in really really playful At The Yankee Club first sight this novelollows the cliche of boss nanny romance but the execution makes it really worth a read I liked the author takes her time in building up the execution makes it really worth a read I liked that the takes her time in building up the chemistry and turns the heat up slowly but once the hotness is on it burnsPeople who have read her Ms Bryant s erotica novella Shameless under the pseudonym of Brit Ryder know that this author can write intimacy well This is a romance than erotica but the sex scenes are as varied and hot as in Shameless It s a step under Meghan O Brien s books but it s nevertheless hotTypical of this author this novel is written in irst person rom the exclusive point of view of Cassie s which provides an aura of mystery around ice ueen Brook a guarded and enigmatic businesswoman Even though there is an age gap of 14 years between the main characters this is balanced well as Cassie is a woman mature The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day for her age who maintains thereshness of a person in her 20s Brook isn t a larger than life ice ueen like Lee Winter s characters but she is very reserved and cautious and it s a pleasure to see her thaw in and out of the bedroomThe cast of secondary characters are very well developed and all are relevant to the plot or subplot My Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design favourite is Nanna Cassie s grandma who is a spitfire and superunny Both leads extended The Magic Cake Shop families help to bring the main characters to life and justify their actions and personalities Brook s 6 year old son is a very well written character and plays the main role in getting the leads togetherOverall a really hot lesbian erotic romance that won t disappoint Ms Bryant sans 45 starsARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange or an honest reviewSee all my reviews at wwwlezreviewbookscom ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange or a honest
"review i always "I always that a good writer is one who keeps what others throw out and then I realized that a good writer is also one who throws out what others keep Compelling readWith all the overwhelming and glowing interpretations that other readers have posted about this remarkably well written story I will only add to theirs with just a brief viewpoint Because everything that has been stated is all that I most definitely agree with TEMPTATION is both a stirringly written tale of raw attraction tenderness passion etc and an engrossing steamy page turner about alling in Love and the circle of a amily unitI must admit that as I got deeper into the storyline and seeing Unpopular opinion alertI love Kris Bryant In Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fact Breakthrough is on my all timeavorites list This book though Not uite up to the level that I hoped The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much for and expectedI can t uite put myinger on it but part of the reason that I think this book American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series floppedor me was that I just didn t care The Mother Zone for the main Cassie With the entire story being toldrom her POV it really detracted The Void from my overall enjoyment It bothered me to see Cassie acting so young andlighty in than one way but mainly in the way she was attracted and The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish flitting around attraction with multiple people Something about her just bothered me and made me think of her as a stuck up rich girl even though her parents cut her offor the bulk of the storyThe story elt like it dragged to me also I had trouble buying into the chemistry between Cassie and Brook possibly because we only saw Cassie s POV Personally I wish this had been told rom Brook s side instead as she The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War felt like a much interesting and dynamic character I just had trouble being invested in this relationship overallBryant. Cassie Miller is broke Her parents cut off allunding when she dropped out of medical school and graduate school is expensive A Sicilian Lives full time nanny job at the Wellington estate is the answer to her problems except workingor beautiful successful Brook Wellington wasn't. .
Building The sex was used to really connect the characters and after that I believed in them as a potential couple I do want to mention this book is on the low angst side With all the Cassie complaints I expected something to happen but no just a little push pull and some outside actors but all in all very low angst In conclusion this was the Alice Oliver fun andlirty romance I was hoping The Protestant Temperament for While I don t understand the Cassie dislike I have mad respector the reviewers that That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book felt that way so there is something going on about Cassie that some people have issues with This is an easy oneor me to recommend to romance The Radiant Child fans just beware I don t know what side of the Cassie scale you mightall on An ARC was given to me The Best American Crime Writing for a honest review Temptation should be subtitled Do You Love or Do You Hate Cassie Fair warning I adored CassieMany reviewers were critical of MC Cassielirting and having a date with other women while she was swooning over her employer MC Brook IMO until there was even any discussion of a possible relationship between the MCs there was nothing wrong at all with her The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data flirting or even having a relationship with someone else As it was Cassie doesn t think she has any chance with her beautiful and successful employer and she also realizes she could lose her job if she were to act on her attraction to Brook Cassie also backs awayrom any other relationship even a hookup with the other women as she is meeting them because of her job as well 11yo Noah s school teacher and his music teacher both in their mid 20s Cassie is 24yo She also eels she has no time to devote to a relationship while she is in school and working ull time as Noah s nannyCassie estimates Brook s age at 28yo btwonly slightly older than herself in reality Brook is 38yo which she learns two months into the jobI really liked both characters For me Cassie is what author Kris Bryant said she was shooting Tempting Eden for a 24yo who acts like a 24yo She s self confident beyond reasonlirty beyond belief pissed at her parents Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for cutting her offinancially many Talking to Dragons families don t support their childreninancially after collegesome even before wants to be her own person and takes action to achieve her goals studying what she wants and taking jobs to support herself and pay Three Times the Love for college Oh and she loves kids isunny has an effervescent personality is gorgeous and tall I WANT TO MEET CASSIEBrook to me is not the Ice ueen that many describe Yes she s The Drowning Man focused on work and can be a bit taciturn but she s devoted to Noah she puts himirst ahead of her career and is nice to Cassie and even winks at her than onceTheir relationship is slow burn and their eventual sex is HOT Yes they even discuss being tied up and they do than discuss a straponThe side characters are generally terrific The Bride of Willow Creek fun Cassie sriend Lacey provides a nice way to learn what Cassie is thinking Brook s ex Lauren iswell an ex than a second mom GREAT INVESTMENT, THE for Noah Brook samily is remarkably down to earth or being wealthy and everyone loves Cassieexcept Brook s sister Gwen Gwen provides some un moments The only main side character that The Lively Art of Writing felt incomplete was Nana She was Cassie s confidante and they adored each other but Nana warning Cassie to stay awayrom Brook not only as her employer but because their amily could never mix with Brook s wealthy amily just elt like it was stuck on her to say because Bryant wanted to remind us that Brook s amily was wealthier than Cassie s It The Glass Ocean felt unnatural given that Cassie samily wasn t exactly rom the wrong side of the tracks despite her current job as essentially a servantThere s lots of similarity between Temptation and Jenny Frame s a servantThere s lots of similarity between Temptation and Jenny Frame s to Love Both younger MCs are nanny or the older MCs both younger love children slow burn and lots of terrific interactions and banter But I did ind Brook much likable and less Ice ueen of terrific interactions and banter But I did ind Brook much likable and less Ice ueen Trent The narration The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness for both books is also terrificSocolor me aan of Cassie and also of this terrific audiobook 5 Cassie Miller has disappointed her parents by dropping out of medical school to pursue a career she prefers so they have cut off all The Leadership Gap financial support She s 24 years old broke and in need of a part time job while she goes to grad school A chanceor Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) free room and board and a nanny job caringor the son of Brook Wellington seems like a perfect it Too bad she can t stop crushing on her new boss and her adorable kid Cassie is a piece of work She s young has her whole life ahead of her and has a very healthy libido She knows she shouldn t cross that employeeemployer barrier She needs this job That she is tempted by her young charge Noah s teachers is not unexpected Problem is Brook seems to be spending and time with Cassie and the sparks of attraction make her eel guilty even considering dating other women Oh temptation what a cruel master you are Wikipedia defines temptation as an immediate pleasurable urge andor impulse that disrupts an individual s ability to wait or their long term goals I don t know which is worse Cassie risking her job with her inability to not lust after Brook or Brook clearly breaking unwritten employeremployee rules of engagement What s a girl in love gonna do I enjoyed this light hearted romp through the emotional minefield of temptations too hard to resist There may be an age and economic gap although Cassie had been raised in a wealthy home so is not uncomfortable with the exclusive lifestyle the Wellingtons occupy but it s clear rom the opening scenes that Cassie and Brook are destined to be than a nanny and working mom Bryant breathes life into her characters making the reader Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, feel all the emotions theyeel conflicted enad and illogical though they may be Cassie s grandmother should have her own book she is so well drawn and her Tressed to Kill few scenes with Cassie make her as memorable as Brook s shy son Noah I may have had some eye rolling moments when every adultemale character Cassie meets turns out to be lesbian but that didn t distract rom my eager voyeuristic desire to see Brook and Cassie acknowledge their attraction This read gave me all the eels I was laughing cringing and teary eyed at various points in this novel and that The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev for me makes it a winner ARC received with thanksrom publisher via NetGalley or review I couldn t escape the eeling that this elt like Swanueen anfic which or me is not a bad thing Twenty our year old Cassie Miller lands a job as the live in nanny to six year old Noah Noah is the son of Brook Wellington heir to an international shipping company He s sweet and smart and Cassie The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School finds it easy to relate to himrom the outset Brook though is beautiful cold and always in controlI don t mind stories with children in them especially children who sleep like the dead in their own beds but so much of the book was about Cassie s relationship with Noah and not enough interaction between Cassie and Brook They didn t talk to each other enough beyond the job stuff and it bothered me I had some concerns about Cassie s age and cou. Nny isn't the perfect solution but it would certainly help and Cassie came highly recommended If only she wasn't so damn attractiveCan Cassie and Brook deny their growing attraction and keep things professional Or will they sidestep propriety and give in to temptatio.