Tempt Me by Shiloh Walker
February 15, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Rocki Monroe is owner of the lingerie shop, Lush & Lace. She sells corsets and other classy pieces of lingerie to make women of all shapes and sizes feel special. She has worked hard to make this shop successful since her husband’s death five years ago. To honor his memory, each year she holds a masquerade charity benefit at her shop.
Cole ends up attending the benefit with his fiancé Mara, who is opening up her own lingerie shop. His fiancé wants the name of Rocki’s designer, and will do anything to get it. Although engaged to be married, Cole looks at Mara and doesn’t recognize this cold, selfish woman anymore. Sick of her attitude, he breaks things off with her at the benefit and in a rash move, bids to go out on a date with Rocki. They have instant chemistry and are both drawn to each other. Unfortunately, Rocki’s past is going to haunt her again. Eleven years ago she had a stalker, and now she is receiving threats again. This time though, she has Cole to turn to for support.
Tempt Me is a hard book for me to rate. I liked it, but at the same time there was not really any moments, nor characters that really caught my interest. It is a pretty straight forward story of instant attraction, with a little suspense from the stalker. Rocki is a nice heroine and I liked the fact that she is a widow who is still grieving her husband. She still wears his ring sometimes and he is on her mind a lot. I believed she was ready to move on and I liked her attraction to Cole.
Mara is a bit much to take. She is super bitchy, and you can’t help but not like her – but she seemed a little over the top. It was a lot to take in a short book to watch Cole break up with his fiancé and fall in love with another woman by the end of the story. There is not any conflict between Cole and Rocki within the story – only outside conflict of the stalker and Mara. Cole and Rocki’s relationship seemed too nicely tied up.
But like I said, I liked this one. Rocki takes a chance on romance – she has this brave side of her that comes out that I enjoyed. I just don’t find myself thinking about this one after “The End.”