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New Release Review! GUARDING TEMPTATION by Talia Hibbert

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Protective. Obsessive. And rough around the edges.

James Foster knows the rules: you don’t fall for your best friend’s little sister. Nina is too young, too reckless, and too busy saving the world to be tied down by the commitment he craves.

If he was smart, he’d stop wanting her. But she’s the one thing on earth James just can’t quit.

Fierce. Principled. And impossible to resist.

Political campaigner Nina Chapman is sick of one-time things. She wants forever, and she wants it with her brother’s best friend—but James still sees her as a child to be coddled.

So when a controversial article lands Nina in hot water, she finds herself under his protection and under his roof. It’s a shame James doesn’t want her in his bed, too.

…Or does he?

Warning: this red-hot novella contains one radical leftist heroine, one over-protective hero, one annoying childhood nickname, and a shared apartment with only one bed. Also, Brexit. But not too much, I promise.

Please note:a version of this novella was previously published as Resisting Desire in the Rogue Nights anthology. This version has been revised and expanded to double its previous length.

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Loved this one!

I actually read the earlier version of this that was included in Rogue Nights (it was my first read from Talia Hibbert!) and thought it was pretty good–I remember thinking, yeah, this is a decent story, but… and at the time I don’t think I could have told you exactly what the “but” was. It’s been a while since I read that version, so I also can’t tell you what she changed between that one and this (I mean, obviously it’s longer. I can’t tell you what was changed, though), BUT…OMG, it 100% makes all the difference!

There was no *but* about this version of the story–it was fabulous! A friends-to-lovers, big brother’s best friend (though big brother is off the page) story with a *slight* suspense-ish aspect, I 100% loved Nina and James’s story. I liked that though it is a brother’s best friend story, it doesn’t depend on the whole your brother will kill me for even looking at you schtick. (Seriously, once everyone is consenting adults, why would siblings care as long as no details are shared/seen?) Though it is true that better communication would have sped things along here, Ms Hibbert makes it work without drawing things out too long (I mean, it is only 114 pages long–how much drawing out can there be? Still… 🙂 )

We see just enough of Nina’s friends Jasmine and Rahul (hero and heroine of Wanna Bet? ) to make me bump their book higher up on my TBR–and having a teaser excerpt at the end of this book didn’t hurt, either. Just take my money, Ms Hibbert! 😉

And now for some reason, I really want a cupcake. Since I can’t have my own James, I guess that would make a decent consolation prize… 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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