Lori Foster has become my go to author for a bit of suspense, laughter and romance. Alpha men who love the strong women in their lives and aren’t afraid to admit they love them. What’s not to love! So when Don’t Tempt Me comes up on NetGalley, I jump at the chance to read it. In this story we get one main big romance with a side of another story – 2 stories for 1!
Honor Brown doesn’t realize just how over her head she is when she buys a run down house in an area with incentives to home owners to rehab the house and neighborhood. Pulling up to her new home, she takes out a garbage can while three handsome neighbors watch on and come to investigate. She doesn’t want their help nor does she feel she needs it. All she wants it to make a home from her own hard work, not accepting help from anyone. She wants to do this one her own.
Jason Guthrie grew up in this neighborhood and knows Honor has bitten off more than she can chew. He runs his own business from his garage, while also helping rebuild the neighborhood he loves. What he doesn’t need is a woman coming in thinking she can do it all and won’t accept his help…or his brother’s….but sometimes his nephew’s help is acceptable. Jason knows Honor is hiding something, but being the alpha man he is, he steps right in and pushes Honor to realize accepting help doesn’t mean you are weak.
The two dance around each other. Honor doesn’t just have a house to contend with, but also a family which puts more stress on her that is ever necessary. Although a lot of Honor’s stress at times is self made from the experiences of her life. Jason for his part, tries hard to support her, but also relieves some of her stress. Unfortunately, I grew tired of Honor after a while. She thinks she can do anything – great – but she lacks the knowledge and strength to do somethings, but won’t admit.
Now, Jason – why yes I will take me a side of Jason – he is a guy you grow to love. A little surley, a lot of working with his hands, sexy as Hell and someone to hold you when all you need to do is cry your heart out. He’s the rock of men and one that every heroine should get. One sticking point is he feels Honor is hiding something and in reality I felt she didn’t know him enough to spring what was going on to him right away. Oh, girls, the way he moves in bed will have you forgetting all that.
Supporting characters round out the story with a little side romance between Lexie (Honor’s best friend) and Sullivan (Honor’s neighbor across the street). Hogan is Jason’s older brother and he has some baggage that needs to be dealt with along with is son, Colt. Colt endears himself to my heart over and over in this book. He knows how to handle Honor without even trying to handle her. It was so sweet to watch.
For a Lori Foster book, this was just ok. I guess I have grown to love this author so much that everything hits out to the park, but it just didn’t happen with this book for me. Honor was more irritating than endearing and Jason at times was too alpha instead of accepting. While I enjoyed it, I can’t say it is my favorite Lori Foster book.