Tuesday, October 25, 2016

[Release Day Blitz + Review] Tantalizing Maria by Helen Hardt


Tantalizing Maria (The Temptation Saga) by Helen Hardt
 Releases: 25th October 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Last of the Temptation series - all books are standalone reads




SYNOPSIS:


Maria Gomez married her lover's brother to give the baby she carried the name and future she deserved. Now she is widowed, and her oldest child's father―the only man she ever loved―has returned. 

In prison for a crime he didn't commit, Jefferson Bay never forgot the beautiful woman who betrayed him with his own brother. When DNA evidence proved Jeff's innocence years later and he was released, he vowed to find Maria and seek his revenge. 

The passion between the two has never died, but can they learn to trust each other again?




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MY REVIEW:


4 Stars!

I Felt Lost, but it was My Fault

Picking up a series at book seven, the final book no less, isn't a smart idea. While it states it can be read as a standalone, I felt I would have gotten so much more out of the story if I'd read the previous books. 

Helen Hardt gives her readers quite a menagerie of characters in Tantalizing Maria and I took the book for review because of that blurb. Her lovers, brothers baby? So Jerry Springer-esque, I had to see what was up. Maria did marry her lovers brother and had good reason for it, or so she thought. Now that the lover is back in the picture under terrible circumstances, she's of course rethinking the entire situation, as is he. 

There is a lot of time between this couple and we go from the present to the past to see how Maria and Jeff came to be and then didn't. The whole situation was nuts from beginning to end and I will admit to skimming some of the present parts, predicting how it was going to turn out.

The book is well written and seems to complete the series, however wasn't a great fit for me. Because I have only read the one book, I had no real connection to these characters.





MEET THE AUTHOR:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. 

She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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