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New Release Review! TEMPT ME by Tara Wyatt (Kings of Hell’s Kitchen #1)

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Violent, ruthless, and obsessed, Killian Byrne is a man who rose from the ashes of chaos to make a new life for himself. One in which he does what’s needed to protect the city he’s come to love, even if that means a life of loneliness. He’s damaged and scarred after years as a mob enforcer. Broken. And that means he’s better off alone.

But then he meets Whitney Vanek, a woman who is sunshine to his storm clouds, light to his darkness. She’s everything he can never have.

Over the years, his obsession with Whitney grows, until finally the temptation to make her his proves too much for Killian, especially knowing that Whitney’s life is in danger and he’s the only man who can keep her safe.

Outspoken, charming, and confident, Whitney Vanek has never met a man immune to her charms—until Killian.

And she tries to convince herself that she doesn’t care that he doesn’t want her. He’s broody, grumpy, and more than ten years older than her.

But she can’t deny the chemistry between them despite their differences. And when her estranged father resurfaces, putting her life in grave danger, there’s only one man who can protect her.

And when obsession and temptation become something so much more, everything is on the line.

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I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of mob/enforcer-type romances, but Tara Wyatt just might change my mind with this series!

I freaking loved Whitney and Killian’s story. I pretty much suspected I would from the prequel novella ( Tease Me , included in this book if you haven’t read it yet) but you never know, right? 😉 Fortunately, Tempt Me absolutely did not disappoint. It’s an opposites attract, age gap, she’s-too-good-for-me-because-I-do-bad-things gem; I’ve never been so in love with a fictional character who does bad things for a good reason and isn’t one bit sorry.

Well, he does go to confession regularly. *And* is both honest about his sins and sincerely repentant, so points for that. Side note: Father Stone is perhaps the best fictional priest ever…and that’s not something I ever thought I’d mention in a review. But his attitude and acceptance are *chef’s kiss* fabulous.

Whitney loves and accepts Killian for who he is (once he removes his head from his posterior and allows them to be in a relationship, that is) and it’s darn hard not to do the same–especially when you are also seeing things from his POV and therefore know his motivations. And when he’s using his abilities to protect Whitney or save her from bad guys? I have no words.

Full disclosure–I only read book synopses maybe half of the time, if that. If I have to read it for a Library Journal review, as a contest judge, or it’s an author who’s an auto-buy, I usually don’t bother. So when Whitney’s dad showed up on the scene, I’m not kidding when I say I full on gasped when I realized what was going on. So if you’re someone who *does* read the book blurbs, you might be a little more clued in…either way, Ms Wyatt pulled out all the stops on this one! 😉

And that ending–I’m not sure whether to sigh or fan myself!

The couple of the next book is heavily teased here and confirmed at the end–and I can’t wait to read Kate and Luca’s book!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

My review of Tease Me is here if you missed it.

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