Book Review – Tempted by Megan Hart

by Maryse on February 19, 2012 · 14 comments

in Megan Hart

Tempted

*side-eyes the cover*. Blink. Blink blink. *grins* Tee hee!! *blush*

Ummmm… hehe. I don’t really have to tell you what the book is about… do I? We all know Megan writes erotica. Yep. She does. And this is quite… erotic. Hard to tell by the cover, but I can assure you, it is. (can you hear my sarcasm? Can you? LOL!)

(btw: there’s a bunch of shocked/confused/intrigued blinking going on in this one. And not just by the reader). I laughed each time the characters *blinked*, because I could see them, perfectly.

*glances over shoulder to see if anyone is watching*

Okay. Let’s be honest. It is what it appears to be. Judging a book by it’s cover in this case will result in a fairly accurate assumption.

HOWEVER. Megan, as Megan writes, goes deep. Deeper then just a few super-sexy romps in bed. Because this book explores temptation in an almost realistic light. It’s hot. It’s all-consuming. It seems like a great idea at the time, on the outside, in the moment, at least (even though alarm bells are sounding in the background). And even though it could end up all wrong, the characters can’t deny the attraction, and their more basic instincts are acted upon. They act as if they are trying to hold back, but the constant titillation and flirting plays each of them, and this is an easy game to get into.

Not so much, though, when the stakes are incidentally raised. When emotion suddenly plays a part in the game.

Because you see, Anne and James have been married for a few years now. They have a seemingly perfect marriage, and Anne counts her lucky stars each day to have a husband like him. They seem to adore each other, and their love, while not all consuming, is what Anne thinks is a perfect love. An appropriate love. A true and healthy love. They are great for each other, and while like in all marriages, they have their little bumps in the road…

James is an intense butterfly, flitting from focus to focus and giving each his undivided attention. It’s flattering when it’s you. Not so charming when it isn’t.

… she believes their love is real, and that’s all that matters.

Until Alex arrives. Alex is James’s long lost best friend. They have history. Even bad history, although she doesn’t quite know what that is. But years later, Alex is a guest in their home, and while on the “outside” everything is polite and congenial, she sees James in a whole new light.

“A few weeks? Here?” I didn’t mean to sound unwelcoming, but…

“Yeah.” James’s grin was small and secret , for himself. “It’ll be great. You’ll love Alex, babe. I know you will.”

He looked at me and was, for an instant, a man I didn’t know. He reached for my hand, linking our fingers before he took them to his lips and kissed the back of my hand. His mouth caressed my skin, and he looked up at me over the top of his kiss, his blue eyes with excitement.

But not for me.

He’s “Jamie” to Alex, and he’s picking up some of Alex’s more wild ways, acting like “boys”, and there seems to be a closeness between Alex and James, that even she has not experienced with James in the past. James almost seems to worship Alex.

“What’s Alex like?”

“He’s like the lake.”

“Tell me.”

James shifted, the bed dipping as he moved and tugged the covers with his feet. “Alex is… deep, Anne. But he’s shallow in places, too, when you don’t expect it. I guess that’s the only way to put it.”

And Alex is something to behold. Confident, rich, sexy and an obvious bad-boy, he doesn’t come from a steady, more “well-to-do” background like Jamie did. In fact, Alex and Anne seem to have more in common regarding their bad childhood memories.

It was all fine with me, that veneer. The shiny reflection that kept anyone from seeing what was underneath, the eddies and currents and depths of the truth. It was, after all, what I was used to.

Jamie, loving both Alex and Anne more than anything in the world… has an “easy and fun” proposal for her. Nothing serious. Just… them.

But when a “little fun” over the course of a few months begins interrupting their normal, happy life, everything is put into question.

“What is it about him?” I whispered the question so he could pretend not to hear it.

He heard me. He didn’t answer, but he heard. We looked at each other. I didn’t like the sudden distance between us, in a moment when we should have felt closer than ever.

It’s not all romance and sexy interludes. After all… she is living with TWO men, who occasionally… well… are slobs, and do the men things that we like to forget when reading “romance”. I love that this, is explored by the author.

… I sometimes felt like the third wheel, not privy to their in-jokes, or moronic forays back to adolescence. It was sometimes like living with Beavis and Butthead.

And of course there’s the emotional aspect. The new connections that are forged and the changes that are a result. And not just between Anne and Alex. But what exactly happened, once, between Alex and Jamie? The past comes back to haunt them all, and the present reality keeps intruding on their private world.

Something to explore, if you’re intrigued. But this… this one had me discombobulated, and well… unsettled. I couldn’t put it down, but how I feel about it is still up in the air. Daring, scary, exciting, uncomfortable, and it sort of drowns you, emotionally.

4 stars

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie February 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I have to admit Maryse, I cringed throughout this book. It left me feeling uncomfortable. As the story unfolded and I could see where it was leading I kept urging them to walk away. Xxx

Smut Bitch February 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Can I just say, I am not a huge Megan Hart fan. Don’t get me wrong, she writes EXCELLENT stories that just suck you in and make you THINK. But she’s too dark for me most days. I read to be happy, I like that new falling in love feeling, and while I don’t mind some angst along the way, I don’t want the main characters to make me want to slit my own wrists, which Megan’s stories often make me want to do.

I did read Tempted. I did rather enjoy it, I think I rated it 4 stars. I didn’t like the ending though, it left me feeling….less than satisfied. I didn’t want to see it end in a permanent menage, but I didn’t really like who Anne ended up with. I wanted him to end up with the other guy, but that was before I started reading so much m/m romances, now, I’d probably want the two guys to end up together, lol!

But anyway, original point- I just can’t help the feeling that Anne settled for safe, and would end up unhappy later on down the line. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe I should read the books that come after this one that Anne pops up in, to tell myself how wrong I am.
(or maybe other readers can tell me if I’m wrong or right? Save me the angst?)

Maryse February 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Jackie… I read it while you guys were visiting :) Well, when I wasn’t with you guys, that is. Jimi Ann mentioned it was one of her favorites, so I HAD to read it. And yes, this one had me VERY uneasy.

Smut: LOL! Love the name :) Yep. You definitely have to be in the mood for this “genre”. Everything is explored, and it’s not always pretty, but then there are such beautiful and bright uplifting moments that I am so into these.

Again though… this one. I mean… no matter what… how could it end? Lots of ways, but would ANY way have been the right one? Ya know? Still on the fence, but since I couldn’t put it down, and it had me so intrigued, I gave it 4 stars, too.

Smut Bitch February 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Well, I see YOU actually reading the books that these characters pop back up in, so you can let me know if Anne stays happy with her decision, lol!

Maryse February 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m there for ya, Smut!! :) LOL!!! As soon as I get to them again, I’ll message you!

Becky February 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I just finished Tempted today. It wasn’t my favorite Megan Hart book, I will continue on and see if I like the rest of them…. but this is one I definitely would not have bothered to read if I knew it ahead of time it was going to be like this. I found it dark and overall a book that left me feeling………. flat.

Jodi February 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I agree with what Becky and Jackie said I really didn’t like Tempted. Like Becky said, it just left me feeling flat..

I did read Dirty and Switch and really enjoyed them.

Smut Bitch February 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

One of these days I have to get back on the Megan Hart train. I read Dirty (that’s the one with Elle and Dan, right?) and Tempted just never read any more.

You really have to be in the right frame of mind to read her stories, and, even coming from an ardent Christian Grey fan, I’m not often in the right place to read Megan Hart’s type of stories.

But your reviews are kinda making me want to give her another shot, and I’ve been debating on what to read next,so, maybe.

Oh, and my friends call me Bitchie!

Maryse February 19, 2012 at 8:49 PM

LOL okay Bitchie! That has me laughing, for real.

Next, I’d say Broken. It is the one I loved the most, so far, and you’ll see Dan and Elle again in that one.

BUT… as in all Megan Hart’s… this one is light, dark, light and dark again… and then… maybe light? I’m not telling’ ;) hehe

Cece February 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

So I’ve read ‘um all except Deeper, finished with Broken….don’t ask why….and *Intense* ! Tempted made me feeling odd at the end as well…like it wasn’t the true HEA. But then read Naked and was a little more satisfied.

You have to give up the secret from Stranger…..who was it from Broken??????

Maryse February 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I emailed it to you, Cece ;)

Becky February 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m curious too. I think I might know who it was, but if I’m correct they didn’t actually make an appearance so much as were offhandely mentioned, and not even by name. Maybe you can email it to me too? LOL

Krystal February 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

it was a good book but the ending left me .. unsettled.. i needed more.. maybe reassurance with Jamie and Ann .. or the three of them working it out.. something.. lol… i need to go read another book to “recover” .. I’m a lil use to having happy endings.. lol

angie (from England) September 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I absolutely adored this book :-)

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