Review: Tempted by Megan Hart

Filed in Megan Hart , Review , The HEA Lover Posted on May 24, 2010 @ 3:04 am 10 comments

Format Read: Print
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Release Date: January 1st 2007
Publisher: Spice
Formats Available: Ebooks, Paperback
Purchasing Info: Good Reads, Author Website, Amazon, Book Depository

Book Blurb:

I had everything a woman could want.

My husband James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit.

The first time I saw my husband’s best friend, I didn’t like him. Didn’t like how James changed when he was around, didn’t like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere. But that didn’t stop me from wanting him. And surprisingly, James didn’t seem to mind.

It was meant to be fun. Something the three of us shared for those hot summer weeks Alex stayed with us. Nobody was supposed to fall in or out of love. I didn’t need another man, not even one who oozed sex like honey and knew all the secrets I didn’t know, the secrets my husband hadn’t shared. After all, we had a perfect life. I loved my husband.

But I wasn’t the only one.

My Thoughts:

I keep saying that I hate crying while reading a book, well I DID cry a lot while reading Tempted…but as Susi would say ‘that’s the good kind of crying’. And she was right, I did cry but I feel better for having read this book.I saw this covers online months ago and I thought it was just GORGEOUS but I didn’t go any further. I had to wait till a very addicted to Megan Hart’s books someone I know, recommended it to me to decide to get the book. And let me tell you it’s even prettier in real, it looks like a piece of Art.
This is the second book I read from Megan Hart and it was a wonderful story. I think the main ‘thing’ about her books, is that it feels real…it’s all those little things that reminds you of your everyday life (not that I have a sexy Alex in mine…yet). I’m not sure I can explain this book, but I can try.
Anne has a ‘perfect’ life, she has a great husband and everything else…or so she thought. When she meets her husband long time best friend who was abroad for years for the first time, everything changes. She loves her husband James, and she thought she knew him…but Anne realize that he’s a different person when Alex is mentioned, he gets sparks in his eyes, something she’s never seen before. I won’t spoil anything by saying that the three of them get very close during that summer (it’s all in the blurb), I love the chemistry between them. I won’t lie to you I found it odd that she agreed to have hot sex with her husband and his friend (a near stranger to her!) just like that, but then it all clicked together.
Alex and James have history. They had a fight years ago and Anne thought they never talked again. She doesn’t even know why they fought, so when Alex decides to come home and James invite him to stay for a few weeks she’s very confused. Alex is HOT…well James too, but Alex oozes sex! I loved how ambiguous the feelings between Alex and James are…I was captivated, I wanted to know what happened and why he really came back. Most of all I wanted something to happen between the two of them! There I’ve said it, I wanted M/M love! lol But I’ll settle for a hot threesome *wink*, Anne is literally in the middle!
James is not the same man when Alex is around. When they are together they act as if they were teenagers again, they smoke, they drink, they play videogames, they go skinny dipping…It’s like James is finally himself, as if he wasn’t really free and open with Anne. He was the perfect husband, but the man he becomes when Alex is around is not the man she married. James is what brings them all together, Anne and Alex both love him, and it was frustrating to know Alex wanted more, wanted him. You could feel the frustration in their love making….Alex often wanted to watch Anne do things to James *Le sigh*
Megan Hart knows how to grab you from the start. I loved that there’s a lot of things happening in this book beside the ménage. Anne has to deal with family crisis (a lot of them!) and it’s not pretty. I got to love her 3 sisters, they all have some kind of drama going on and it’s captivating. I wanted to know what would happen to them next.
I’m not usually a big fan of flashbacks because they tend to slow down the storyline, but in this case I loved discovering Anne’s past this way. Not only that but the whole book is based on getting the past by fraction. We don’t get the whole Alex/James history at one time, we get it piece by piece as the heroine finds out about it. (yes I know I’m obsessed with the whole James/Alex thing).
Anyway, until the very end I wasn’t sure I would like how it was going to end. It’s not the HEA I would want for them, but it’s the most realistic. Anne made the good choice but it’s still heart-wrenching. Tempted is beautiful story, and I can’t recommend it enough. Now I can’t wait to read Alex’s Story, Naked.
I give Tempted 5 bookies
I bought this book myself
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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • SusiSunshine May 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Wonderful review hon! I so agree with everything. I adore this book perhaps you noticed that from time to time.
    Can't wait to hear what you think about Naked.

  • pattepoilue May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    You like Megan Hart books? What a coincidence, i didn't know about that *grins*

  • SusiSunshine May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Ha ha ha! You can be so funny LOL!

  • joder May 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I always cry when reading Megan's books! They always pack an emotional wallop. And this book was a wonderful read. You described its wondrousness perfectly.

  • SusiSunshine May 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

    @joder I totally agree. And yes she makes me cry every time but I love her for that.

  • pattepoilue May 25, 2010 at 2:06 am

    @joder @Susi see? I told you…the good kind of crying! lol I'm afraid to read Naked for this exact same reason 😉 But Alex deserves my tears! lol

  • SusiSunshine May 25, 2010 at 5:36 am

    He does hon! Sooooooooooo good!

  • Kaetrin May 26, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I can guess who Anne ends up with if Alex's book is Naked!! LOL!
    I really like Megan Hart's writing but I find I have to be in the mood for it. When I am, it's like, wow, why did I wait so long to read this? but when I'm not I don't connect and get bored. I bawled my eyes out in Broken but I had to have 2 goes (and months apart) to get into it. Dirty was amazing. Because I know she is so good, I like to wait until I'm bringing my A-game to the read.
    I will have to re-open this one I think!

  • pattepoilue May 26, 2010 at 6:07 am

    @Kaetrin I haven't read Broken or Dirty but I've heard they are really good. This is my second book from this author and I loved reading Switch…but Tempted was even better! I cried a lot though lol. But I understand how you feel you can't read Megan Hart's books without being 100% focused on it.
    *sigh* I can't wait to read Naked

  • SusiSunshine May 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Okay I know I'm a crazy but I adore her books. I start her books and can't stop till I read the last word. I love Broken and Dirty was wonderful too. But I say that about all her books so just ignore my babbling.
    Shutting up now or I will at least try to. 😉

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