Review: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee

Posted February 4, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee
Temporary Wife Temptation

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Series: Heirs of Hansol #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin Desire
Released on February 4, 2020
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

I can always be enticed by a fake engagement ala arranged marriage scenario.  But add other elements such as traditional Korean family, office romance, and new to me debut author…I had to snag it.


Temporary Wife Temptation is the first of the Heirs of Hansol series about a traditional Korean American family in the fashion industry.  The first to get his story is promising businessman Garrett Song who honors his family right up to the point his grandmother announces she has arranged a match between the heir of her company and the heiress of an old money Korean family in the same industry.  Garrett got burned early by love when his mother passed away leaving their family destitute and then the one woman he gave his heart to crushed it.  He has no plans to marry, but he does want the CEO position in the family company and a contract with another business who values a married family man over a swinging bachelor.  Time to find a temporary wife…

Natalie Sobol, daughter of an American GI falling for her Korean mother and then not wanting a thing to do with his two daughters, a mother and sister passed away, and now a legal fight to adopt her sister’s daughter, knows a thing or two about not wanting to chance the pain of a permanent marriage.  Yet, her chances of adopting her niece grow exponentially if she has the powerful Song name and a husband to lend a certain cachet before the social worker, paternal grandparents, and the judge so a temporary husband is just the thing.

Only, Garrett and Natalie discover that pulling off the deception for others is simple compared to the deception going on in their own hearts once they are together.

All the things I was anticipating when I picked up this book took place.  I liked both Garrett and Natalie and bought into their personal reasons to come together and it was fun seeing them fight the spark of attraction that grew deeper as they were together as a couple, partners in reaching their goals, and even as parents.  The illusion became fact and, of course, that was the conflict of the story since both had reasons to fear something permanent, too.  I loved learning more about Korean traditions which were there as background and even motivations at times without feeling cliche or dabbed in.

The romance went from sensual to steamy even while this pair were fighting attraction.  The big moment was there and just as painful as I imagined, but it was a wake-up call to them both particularly Garrett who resisted love most of all.  He blew it, but he did have a little help.  He was stubborn and I wanted to kick him in the pants, but his sister and bestfriend lit a fire under him.  Incidentally, looking forward to their story.

I really only had one niggle.  The transitions were abrupt.  The story would leap from one scene into the next in abrupt breaks in time where the old scene ended without resolution and the new scene showed it resolved in the interim and moved onto something new.  I still got a sense of the romance development and how things came to be with the business and family stuff, but it was in summary after the fact at times.  Some I didn’t mind, but others I felt needed to play out before my eyes so I could connect better with the story.  Not a huge issue, but it was there.

In the end, this was a quick read full of spicy romance, engaging characters, and a fun fake engagement-marriage that hit the spot.  I would recommend this for those who enjoy contemporary romance with a spicy Asian flavor in the sophisticated business world.

My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #8
Literary Pickers #19 fake mates
Romance BINGO #11 contemporary romance

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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.

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Angie Elle
1 year ago

I can see how the abrupt transitions could pull you out of the story. I’m glad you were able to enjoy it overall. I love the ‘marrying to get custody’ trope. There was a Harlequin Book called The Baby Battle that I read years and years ago, I think the author was Shannon Waverly. It was about a custody battle (I don’t remember the specifics,) but I do remember ugly crying for days after I finished the book. In fact, I think I still have my original copy!

Great review, Sophia.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Yeah, it was one of those things when facing a new to me author, but sometimes important stuff happened off scene as a result that I wanted to read in the moment.

Oh wow, that one really touched you. Something about having a young child involved that ramps up the emotions.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Adding to my TBR list! Sounds so good!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was. They were so good together and I loved seeing them being a family with her niece. His grandmother and sister were great characters.