Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

FAR TOO TEMPTING by Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary
Format: PDF
Length: 262 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Edge (October 21, 2013)

Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

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Far Too Tempting follows the story of Jane Black, rock star and Grammy award winning singer who gained fame and fortune singing about her broken heart. She’s under the gun to produce another blockbuster only it’s hard to write about a broken heart when that heart has moved on.

To complicate matters, Jane has recently met Matthew Harrigan – British music critic that hits every one of Jane’s high notes (I read his dialogue in Tom Hiddleston’s voice and he sounded magnificent. I recommend it). As her relationship with Matthew grows Jane finds herself further and further from what her fans and label want: another breakup album.

I really enjoyed this book. Jane and Matthew were both very believable and charming. Their relationship followed a satisfying trajectory, with enough troubles/miscommunications/dramas to keep it interesting. They were not only hot together, but sweet together, too. I absolutely loved Matthew and his humor and earnestness when it comes to Jane. This is a terrific second chance romance as this is the first time Jane has dated since her husband left her.

The husband is the only reason this book doesn’t get five stars. Although I’m certain his storyline has happened to someone in real life, I just found his character to strain my credulity. No one would be that okay with having his ex-wife crucify him in song so thoroughly, I don’t care how much guilt he was carrying. I won’t spoil it for you, but his reason for leaving is quite a doozy.

There are some great secondary characters in this book as well and I love that some of the scenes were set in my home state of Maine. There are references to popular singers like Adele which ground the fiction in the real world without being distracting. I recommend this book for all people who like non-traditional heroines and/or second chance romances.

Favorite Quote:
I want to move on musically, and I want to be happy personally. But those good, floaty, buzzy feelings for Matthew don’t come with any notes; they aren’t paired with music; they don’t elicit melodies. Maybe it’s only the broken part of my heart that can produce a song, not the part that might be finally healing.
And if that’s true, I’m pretty much screwed.

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