Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith #Review #AfternoonDelight

Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith #Review #AfternoonDelightTempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith

Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on September 21, 2015
Pages: 98
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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She thinks she’s in love with his best friend when he is the man behind the powerful letters they exchange the whole time he is at sea. However, now Jasper Holland is come home. How will he ever get Gemma to love him after all the lies? Because the letters weren’t a lie…

Oh, the trouble we weave…

Jasper was an interesting character combining the lying and his propensity to misplaced loyalty. I so wanted to smack him for being an idiot and hurting the sweet, innocent woman he loves. Fortunately, I don’t have to because Miss Gemma was no wilted flower. This ginger beauty showed some fire and brought big, sexy Jasper to his knees and begging for her to forgive him.

They shared alternating narration and a strong mutual attraction even as Jasper’s lies and machinations come out. Gemma isn’t the staid maidenly type she appears.

I would have liked more development, but this was more quick, hot, and ready to serve now style. For that, it was just right.

This story was fast and on the shorter side and was a little different than I expected, but it’s perfect if you want a one-sitting read that offers a scorching hot historical romance.

My thanks to the author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #319 HR

Historical Romance #95

About Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Okay–I have to know why she writes her books by the light of her smartphone flashlight. Why not just turn the lights on? Or get one of those light thingies that clips onto something?

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • Now that is a very good question, Stephanie! 🙂

  • This one sounds like it would make for a good read on a cold night.

    • A fast one, but it would definitely warm up your insides. 😉

  • 98 is short indeed

    • Very! Definitely one for when one is in the mood for fast and to the point.

  • Ahh good for the heroine! Sounds like a fun one 🙂

    • It was fun. I got so mad at him and then was glad when she took him to task.

  • I can understand the urge to smack him for hurting her, I always feel that nothing good comes from lies like that, but it does sound like things work out in the end. It sounds like one of those hot and short reads that can be a lot of fun when you’re in the mood for them.

    • Oh, he made me so mad the way he wouldn’t stand up to his friend and just tell her the truth. I struggle when someone says they love someone and won’t be honest with them. But he eventually made the right choice and she made him pay a little. 😉

      It would usually not be my thing b/c I like slow developing stories, but once in a while I’m in the mood for a quick resolution.

  • Oh this looks really good. I love those short and fast reads especially when they are done right.

    • You don’t get to many ‘quickies’ in historical romance so it was nice to be offered this one.

  • Sometimes these short reads are perfect for in-between and I do love a rogue

  • 98 pages is a short one! This reminds me of that old Steve Martin movie Roxanne and Cyrano de Bergerac-where the guy tells his friend what to say to the girl he loves even though he loves her too.

    • He is a bit of a rogue, but he does love her and it is hard to see her think he is someone else who doesn’t love her at all.