Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review of Temptation by Robin Covington

She needs to be good.
Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.
He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.
Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.
Sometimes bad is so very good.
With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.


As a fan of stories based in the world of music I was quickly drawn to this story of a young country singer burned out by heartbreak and doubt trying to make a comeback who's drawn to the sexy firefighter who saves her and who makes her enjoy life again.  With two strong-willed main characters, a vividly depicted and cutthroat music world, and lots of super sexy scenes it's easy to get caught up in the lives of Kit and Max and their tumultuous relationship.

Kit was at the top of the country music world before the demons of her past forced her to crash and burn.  She's now trying to make amends to her record company, manager, and many others who rely on her for a paycheck which makes for a life full of constant pressure and may once again lead her to failure.  Being with the sexy Max makes her feel free though as he doesn't have any preconceived notions of who she should be, he lets her be normal.  She feels safe with him and knows he'll always be there to protect her which has her wanting to spend her few remaining weeks of downtime indulging in all sorts of sexual romps with him.  And indulge they do in numerous erotic encounters that scorched the pages!  Outside forces constantly invade and leave them constantly questioning each other, leave them doubting the truth of their feelings which led to numerous on-again, off-again encounters and left me frustrated.  I did enjoy Kit though and found her to be realistic in a high-pressure world.  She had lots of skeletons in her closet, and dealt with some heavy issues, that she was always scared would be revealed and that left me sympathetic towards her.  She was loyal to those close to her which had her struggling to balance her kind of music with what the record company wanted which added even more pressure to her already overwhelming life.  The only time she was truly relaxed was in Max's arms.

Max is an intense young man with a hair-trigger response when it comes to bar fights which has gotten him into trouble.  His long list of sexual conquests has also made him look bad with his superiors which has them jumping at the chance for positive PR when Max saves country star Kit.  He's always had a thing for her and jumps at the chance to be closer on a purely sexual level as past heartache has closed off his heart.  He agrees to three weeks of fun with Kit though which pushes him into the limelight which is something he never wanted.  Something else he never wanted was to have his heart involved and as he starts getting more emotionally connected to her things become more complicated.  With a nefarious paparazzo wanting some inside scoop, and with doubts about his own feelings, theirs is a relationship full of ups and downs and back and forths that become exhausting and frustrating.  The only time they're truly free is when in each other's arms which had me fully embracing their numerous sexual encounters as the outside world slipped away.

From start to finish this was an entertaining story, nothing special or unique, but with compelling characters put in realistic positions.  The music world is vividly depicted with all its inherent pressures which left me rooting for Kit to stand up for herself and make the kind of music she wanted to make her life fulfilling.  Max and Kit have a connection from the moment they meet which just crackles with sexual tension.  Max doesn't hesitate to woo her and loves playing the hero card to win her over.  Much of his time with Kit is spent making her happy and rescuing her from the doubts others put upon her.  He may seem like an unrepentant playboy at first but the more we see him the more likable he becomes for all his charming and caring ways.  This was a super sexy read that left me parched at times which will make fans of erotica happy.  All-in-all this was a satisfying read that was nothing new but had appealing characters that kept me fully engrossed in the story until the last page was turned.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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