Friday Booktalk – Tempted

tempted by megan hart

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.

And I loved my husband.

But I wasn’t the only one.

Temped by Megan Hart is shipping from Amazon and Barnes and Noble already! This is the third of Megan’s Spice books and like Dirty and Broken, it’s a disturbing, engaging, intense and emotional read. It could just be me but I don’t really think that blurb does the book justice. The book isn’t about James and Alex so much although they’re both integral to the plot. It’s about Anne.

Anne is a compelling character because she’s so real. She’s a wife, she’s got to deal with her in-laws, her household, her job, her life, her husband. She loves her life and then something gets tossed into the mix and it turns her universe upside down. The strength of the book is Anne’s journey. Who she is, what happens to her. How the addition of Alex into her universe upsets the balance.

Tempted is about unintended consequences. It’s about love and connection and in many ways, it’s about what happens when you take a fantasy and make it real. It’s never what you expect and quite often you realize it changes you in ways you can’t take back, you can’t forget.

It’s a beautiful book in many ways. Smart, sexy. Megan is an amazing writer (and yes, she’s my friend but I’m certainly not the only one who thinks so and even if I did, it’s still my opinion). Tempted takes risks. It’s not a typical romance novel at all. In fact, I’d say it’s more a novel with strong romantic elements because the HEA is more Anne’s than anyone else’s.

Anyway, I quite honestly can’t think of too many authors right now with the kind of talent Megan has. It’s pretty awe inspiring sometimes to read something so intensely beautiful and to know from my perspective as a crit partner, just how she constructs her books.

Tempted isn’t lighthearted. It’s intense so it’s not an afternoon of lazy happy reading. It’s not a downer either, it’s just, well intense. It needs some time and attention. But you won’t be sorry.

9 comments to “Friday Booktalk – Tempted”

  1. tvaddictgurl
    December 21st, 2007 at 12:33 pm · Link

    I was going to wait and buy it in the store.. but now I’m tempted (hee hee) to order it and get it before it shows up in stores.

  2. Estella
    December 21st, 2007 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Have to put this one on my ToBuy list!

  3. "Just Megan"
    December 21st, 2007 at 2:41 pm · Link

    mercy buckets, mah share.

  4. Red
    December 22nd, 2007 at 9:00 am · Link

    This looks delicious, I have to read this. I always love your recommends.

    And Lauren I wanted to drop by and wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS! I wish you the best for the holiday and for 2008!! HUGS!

  5. Pamk
    December 22nd, 2007 at 7:52 pm · Link

    sounds like a very interesting read. Now I need to read this one. But am glad you told me it wasn’t a traditional romance. Imo romances have to have a HEA if billed as a romance. But a story or other type books doesn’t necessarily have to have a HEA

  6. april symes
    December 23rd, 2007 at 12:16 pm · Link

    im interested in getting this book now-its different than what i normally read. i went to barnes n nobles yesterday but they didnt have it in stock. i guess to order it to try it 😀

  7. ReadingIsSoMuchFun
    December 28th, 2007 at 10:02 pm · Link

    This is one book I can’t wait to buy. Love the cover and this sounds *HOT* Megan’s books are hot 🙂


  8. Trang
    January 1st, 2008 at 7:32 am · Link

    heee evil grin…just got this from Meagan for review on I can’t wait to get started…but like you said, it needs time, so I can’t wait to have a few hours…maybe once the kids are asleep? hmm we’ll see if I can be strong enough or if the kids will just have to fend for themselves for a few hours 🙂

  9. Trang
    January 1st, 2008 at 7:45 am · Link

    Did I say I edit on screen? Well obviously I should read before I post…sorry Megan!