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New Release Review! TEMPTED by Lexi Blake (A Masters and Mercenaries/1001 Dark Nights novella)

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When West Rycroft left his family’s ranch to work in the big city, he never dreamed he would find himself surrounded by celebrities and politicians. Working at McKay-Taggart as a bodyguard and security expert quickly taught him how to navigate the sometimes shark-infested waters of the elite. While some would come to love that world, West has seen enough to know it’s not for him, preferring to keep his distance from his clients—until the day he meets Ally Pearson.

Growing up in the entertainment world, Ally was always in the shadow of others, but now she has broken out from behind the scenes for her own day in the spotlight. The paparazzi isn’t fun, but she knows all too well that it’s part of the gig. She has a good life and lots of fans, but someone has been getting too close for comfort and making threats. To be safe, she hires her own personal knight in shining armor, a cowboy hottie by the name of West. They clash in the beginning, but the minute they fall into bed together something magical happens.

Just as everything seems too good to be true, they are both reminded that there was a reason Ally needed a bodyguard. Her problems have found her again, and this time West will have to put his life on the line or lose everything they’ve found.

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Loved this!

Tempted was such a good read. It has just the right mix of swoony romance (West’s initial dislike of who he thinks Ally is makes his fairly quick capitulation all the sweeter) and threatening (to Ally) suspense. The continual juxtaposition of believe women and that’s just how the business is felt spot on–and I freaking loved how many of the characters were 100% in on the “if Ally feels at all uncomfortable, it’s a problem” camp, including the police detective.

(Though that did make it kind of obvious who the culprit was, earlyish on. But I’m not even mad about it, because the way Ally figures everything out and how everyone rallies around her is just so perfect.)

And that epilogue? Even more perfect. <3

Like all of the 1001 Dark Nights books, Tempted works just fine as a standalone. But if you’ve read any/all of the other Masters and Mercenaries books, you’ll really enjoy all the glimpses you get here of other series characters. (Ally’s conversation with Kala! So perfect…)

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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