Too Much Temptation ~ Lori Foster

  • Title: Too Much Temptation
  • Author: Lori Foster
  • Series: Brava Brothers #1
  • Genre: Romance
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Own copy
  • Reviewed by: Erica
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Grace Jenkins has had little experience with men – feeling too awkward and insecure to free the passionate woman inside her. But that hasn’t stopped her from dreaming about Noah Harper. Gorgeous, strong and darkly sexy, his rough edge beneath the polish promises no mercy in the bedroom. When Grace learns Noah’s engagement has ended in scandal, she shyly offers him her support and her friendship.

But Noah’s looking for something extra…Noah wants Grace – badly. He wants to possess those curves that go on forever, to savor her sweet innocence, to take her to the limits of white-hot desire…again and again. What he doesn’t want is anything more complicated than that, and he knows Grace is a woman who deserves better. Grace, however, knows exactly what she wants – the kind of ecstasy only Noah can give her. Brazenly, she accepts, and Noah promises to make all her secret fantasies come true…

Review: I was clearing out a cupboard at work and found a stack of random romances. Since no one claimed ownership I took them under my wing, and this one was the first of those I read.

It’s light and fluffy, so in that respect it’s exactly what I want in a romance. Not too much thinking, not too complicated, and (very important), some pretty steamy sex. In fact, when I started reading this book I figured it would end up being a good four stars at least.

Where it all went wrong was in characterisation. The plot is all much of a muchness. There’s the hero, Noah Harper, who ends his engagement with Kara when he finds her in bed with another man, then discovers that rather than being angry he’s relieved. There’s Grace Jenkins, secretary to Noah’s grandmother Agatha, who is an insecure virgin secretly in love with Noah. Her insecurity stems from her weight, since she’s on the plump side, but despite the entire cast of the whole damn book continuously reassuring her that she’s sexy and desirable and beautiful, she keeps going on about how fat she is. Believe me, that wore me down pretty quickly. Kudos to the author for writing a plump heroine, but don’t make her all self-assured when Noah tells her she’s sexy, then make her go back to saying ‘omg I’m fat and ugly’ the moment he turns his back.

Noah himself was better: dark and sexy and with a rampant libido. Within two chapters he’s got Grace promising to be his sex slave, but the whole thing just derailed when he kept thinking how amazing and wonderful and beautiful Grace was, but never then thought ‘duh, maybe I love her!’. I get annoyed when men are supposedly that stupid.

The most annoying character, however, was grandmother Agatha. Domineering, overbearing and with that I-know-better-than-you streak that sets my teeth on edge. I get that a 78-year-old used to getting her own way will have a hard time changing that character trait, but her thought-processes generally made me want to strangle the old crone. Still, I suppose that made me invested at least.

Read this if you want steamy sex and a plot that doesn’t require much thought; just something to while away an afternoon.