Review: The Right Temptation by Diane Escalera + Giveaway!

Filed in Diane Escalera , featured , Giveaways , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on August 30, 2013 @ 7:00 am 8 comments

Format read: ebook copy provided by the author for review
Series: Book #2 in the Latin Heat trilogy
Release Date: 21 June 2013
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Number of pages: 94 pages
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s WebsiteAmazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Read an excerpt


Can a childhood crush mature into the real thing? Kayla Martinez has recently landed an RN position at a prestigious hospital in her hometown. The new job is everything she’s hoped for, especially when one hot specimen shows up in the ER. She hasn’t seen her childhood crush in years, and considering how much hotter he’s gotten over time, she almost ends up needing resuscitation.

The last thing Nico LaCosta needs is a broken arm. Now his pal’s kid sister wants to soothe his pain, but he’d rather keep his distance so her big brother doesn’t break his other arm. Kayla’s no child anymore, though. She’s one hot-blooded woman, determined to remind him of a mind-blowing kiss back when they were teenagers. Leave it to Kayla to drop by his house unannounced and play Nurse Seductive. A guy has to follow the buddy code, or face the consequences. Still, sometimes giving in to temptation is worth it…

My Thoughts: I have read a couple of Diane Escalera’s stories (Dangerous Desire and Still Hot For You) so I knew I could expect a hot, explosive muy caliente romance and The Right Temptation certainly delivered.

It is the story of Kayla and Nico (cousin of the hero in Diane Escalera’s previous novella Still Hot For You, but there is no other connection, so no worries if you haven’t read that one first, the two stories are complete standalones): they have pretty much grown up together since Nico is/was the best friend of Kayla’s big brother. And although Kayla has been harboring a massive crush for Nico ever since she first discovered guys weren’t all “eww”, Nico has abided by the “thou shall not touch your friend’s little sister” rule.

However, when chance lands Nico in Kayla’s hospital she takes matters into her own hands and decides it’s about time she got what she wanted, and that is Nico. So she takes out all the stops and starts an attack temptation Nico has no chance of resisting.

The story flew smoothly and Diane Escalera’s writing was once again full of heat and sizzling, my problem came from Kayla. She was a heroine I found a bit obsessive:

“Get me something plastic and I’ll hook you up,” Kayla said. She stopped swinging and leveled a look at him. Her wicked smile could’ve shattered the defenses of Homeland Security, let alone his. Kayla didn’t just want to hook him up. She wanted to hook up. Period.


“I’m glad you came. How long has it been, anyway?”
“I don’t know, like four or five years.” Last time they’d talked, she’d just started her senior year in high school. They’d run into each other at the local bodega and he’d actually said a few words. It had been exactly five years, three months and ten days. But he didn’t need to know that.

and at times I had the impression she was/acted way younger than her years warranted with all the “omigod”, “yum” and “hot”, she made me think of a high school girl with an infatuating crush.

Nico was a sexy hero, though in The Right Temptation it is Kayla without a doubt who has the reins in her hands and acted as the mastermind/puppetmaster. Though I admit that to mount such an irresistible seduction she had to be determined, confident and ballsy, maybe my lack of sympathy stems from being envious she has the cojones to go after what wants and really get the man. 😉

Verdict: The Right Temptation was a short and steamy story one could gobble up in one sitting. It has a very determined heroine hell bent on seduction and a hot Latino man trying to do the honourable thing and resist her. If you are in the mood for witty repartee, hot seduction and even hotter lovemaking you should give it a go!

I give The Right Temptation 3 stars!

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Diane has generously offered an ebook copy of The Right Temptation to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us:

Are you a fan of the childhood friends becoming lovers trope? What is your take on Latin men/heroes? Tell us!

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Giveaway ends on 14 September 2013 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • laurie g August 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    yes i am a fan of friends to lovers. i love the exploration of that. and latin lovers are hot!

  • Victoria Zumbrum August 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am definitely a friend to lovers fan. I think that is the best kind of romance. I think latin men look so hot. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • erinf1 August 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    childhood friends to lovers are my fav. Definitely love men of any caliber 😉 thanks for sharing!

  • Mary Preston September 1, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I do enjoy friends to lovers stories. Love the realization. Latin lovers are great in fiction.

  • Maureen September 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I do like stories of friends to lovers. I feel that there are already feelings involved from the beginning so the story seems more emotional usually.

  • Kim Pinch September 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Friends to lovers is one of my favorites. I like the surprise when they find out something new or different about the person they thought they knew everything about.

  • Christine LaCombe September 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Yes, friends to lovers can be really hot and so can latin men. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it.

  • Katja September 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love friends to lovers stories. My boyfriend and I were friends too before we started dating. We’re together for almost 3,5 years now. Even now he’s still my best friend. So it’s nice to read about something I can relate to. And reasding about hot Latin men is something no one could dislike

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