Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Book Review: Tempted by a Kiss, by Anna Durand

Tempted by a Kiss, by Anna Durand
Published 2016 by The Wild Rose Press

About the Book:
Mel Thompson just dumped her cheating ex after two years together. Now she's determined to understand the allure of casual sex by having a steamy fling of her own at a notoriously raunchy underground club. When her best friend, Adam Caras, catches on to her plan, he makes a surprising offer to derail her. If she wants a hot fling, he'll give it to her.

Who better than Adam, renowned lady-killer, to demonstrate the erotic pleasures of a one night stand? Sex could ruin their friendship, but after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.
My Take:

I'm so glad I won a copy of this novella in a recent Summer Blog Hop, because I haven't been reading a lot of short stories lately and probably would not have purchased this one. My mistake because this is an absolutely absorbing short tale of lust and love and sizzling hot sex. This first person POV romp is pretty steamy, thus shorter was probably better, so as not to melt my e-reader.

Our heroine Mel has just dumped her longtime boyfriend after finding out he'd been cheating on her for years. The tip-off? A treasure trove of explicit sex tapes she discovers on his cell phone that the scumbag kept of his extracurricular encounters. Ewww. She heads out to celebrate her 30th birthday alone, hoping to find a one-night stand to erase the memory of her ex once and for all.

Mel's best friend from childhood is Adam, a hunky firefighter with quite the reputation as a lady's man. He shows up just in time to thwart her pickup plans and offer an alternative of his own: a one night stand with him. Ultimately he wants more out of Mel than one pleasurable night of passion, which becomes more clear to her (and to the reader) as this steamy story progresses.

Anna Durand creates tension and longing with every word, truly a master of the genre.  Well written characters with deep and complex emotions despite the short nature of a novella. I enjoyed every minute of this tale and look forward to reading more (and longer) works from Ms. Durand in the future.

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  1. Super hot cover, Anna! Best wishes on sales.

  2. Hot Cover! Hot Blurb! Hot Review! Good luck Anna.
    Anni xx

  3. Lovely review, Anna and Katie. Many happy sales.

  4. Excellent review to tease one to buy the book. Loved the melt my e-reader.

  5. Awesome cover and a sizzling hot book! Beautiful presentation, Katie, as always!!!

  6. Hot cover ,fanning self> great quick sizzling read. Katie, great review.

  7. Ooh I didn't know it was a novella! That sounds like a fun read. Thanks for a great review :-)
    Kimberly Keyes


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