Temptation by JD Hawkins
Release Date: August 29th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Model: Collin V.
What happens when the boy you’ve wanted your whole life finally wants you back?
I’m used to taking what I want, being the best at what I do. During the day, I make big bucks as New York’s premiere consultant. At night, I can get any girl I lay my eyes on. I thought this life was what I wanted: working hard and playing harder–with penthouse apartments, luxury cars and bottle service every weekend. After six years in the city, I know I’ve been living like a monster for too long. I need to get my act together. I need to find something real. I need to come home.
LA means family and a fresh start. My parents and my friends who are close enough to be siblings.
Melina is nerdy smart, with a challenging sense of humor and legs for miles. It’s so hard to describe her…enigmatically beautiful. I’m sure there’s a word for it in French. But I know there’s a naughty girl hiding behind that shy smile that I’m dying to drag out.
There was always something between us. I never forgot her laugh, never could get her off my mind. Nobody ever seemed to notice how my body would react when I was near Melina, how much more focused I became—maybe not even Melina herself. But this time it’s different.
The more time we spend together, the more I wonder if there was something there all along. After so long in the fast lane, I don’t know if I can handle settling down. But seeing Melina’s passion, I’m tempted beyond belief.
I have to admit it: temptation is hard to resist.
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What I, initially, found most interesting about J.D. Hawkins’ newest release is that its title implies a particular kind of temptation, especially since it’s a romance novel, but as soon as I started reading Wyatt Hyde and Melina Stapleton’s story, I got the feeling that what would entice both characters goes way beyond a sexual connection.
The fact that these longtime friends haven’t spent much time together in the past 8 years doesn’t mean that Wyatt and Melina haven’t thought of one another often and despite the lack of communication, when Wyatt returns to Los Angeles, contemplating laying down roots in the very place he grew up, the role that Melina could possibly play in his life weighs heavily on his decision and is far more tempting than he could have imagined.
Wyatt’s determination to take his life in a new direction works in Melina’s favor as well because he helps her to step outside of her shell…to move from behind the camera and become the self-confident and independent woman he knows is underneath this beautiful, shy woman. Melina is a heroine who readers will relate to and even though Wyatt is partially responsible for her transformation, Melina does the work and believes in herself, allowing her to take risks and give into the chemistry that has always been between her and Wyatt.
So many times unrequited love really isn’t unreciprocated; it’s just bad timing or a missed opportunity that fortunately comes back around, and that’s exactly what happens for Wyatt and Melina, but now that it’s their ‘time,’ they need to decide how far they’re willing to go when it comes to their feelings for each other and the temptation to not only give one another their bodies but quite possible even their hearts.
I really liked the journey that J.D. Hawkins took his characters as well as his readers on in Temptation. The fact that Wyatt recognized just how far off track his life had become and made the decision to go back to his home town and find a new way to live each day better than he was illustrates that Wyatt’s a man of character…a man who might have went on tilt a little bit but now has a clear perspective on how he wants to move forward, both in his career and in his relationships, and Melina is his perfect partner-in-crime, and as they help one another to grow as people what’s between them also grows into something that neither one of them is willing to give up.
4.5 Poison Apples
I go dizzy, feeling so faint I need to close my eyes for a minute before I can do anything but bask. Wyatt strokes my hair slowly, the rough-but-cool touch of his hands bringing me back to life, and when I open my eyes I see him lying there beside me.
Suddenly the haze clears and I feel my stomach sink like a stone. The full magnitude of what just happened forming like a beast on the horizon.
“Oh god…I can’t believe we just…” I mumble.
“Yeah…” Wyatt replies with a lazy grin. “We did.”
The anxiety comes fast, flooding into that empty space left by orgasm.
Wyatt. My childhood crush. A friend I share with our families, our entire group. My new, albeit temporary, boss. As amazing as it felt in the moment, the myriad ways in which this was a horrible idea come out from wherever they were hiding an hour ago.
How could I be so reckless?
And how the hell are we going to keep this a secret?
About the Author
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Austin, TX. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including LA, New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.
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