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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review: Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March

Title: Tempted in the Tropics
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled Bliss

About the book: The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them.

Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.

Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.

But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?


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My thoughts: I found this book to be a fun, sweet read.  I instantly liked Paige.  She was young, energetic, with a big heart - but very independent and not afraid to speak her mind.  I think the pink streak in her hair showed that she was a little rebellious and not afraid to have a little fun.  Because she was living in a town with mostly retired folks, she liked to liven things up a little.  

She fits in well in the community, having moved back home to help take care of her mother, who has recently died of cancer.  She took over Sweet Bee's bakery and has made a go of it with the help of the town doctor.  He lets her know his patient's needs and she bakes up goodies that stick with their dietary limitations.  It's a win-win-win.  She gets business, patients get to eat goodies, and they get healthier.  Until said doc goes on a month long vacation and leaves his nephew, Lane, to run his practice.  He doesn't share with him the "partnership" he has with Paige and will not honor it.  

See, Lane was recently burned by his ex-partner/ex-fiance when it was discovered that she was prescribing medicine that wasn't needed.  He was found guilty by association.  So, even though Paige and his uncle have covered things technically, he doesn't even want to come close to anything that might look illegal.  He might disagree with Paige over this, but the air around them crackles whenever the two of them are in the same room.  When they end up on a tropical island for a friend's wedding, they decide to put their differences aside and see where it takes them.

I liked the way the author created the sexual tension and situations, without being really graphic about it.  She also writes with a great sense of humor - with I find necessary with any romance!  This is the second book in the series, and I didn't have the pleasure of reading the first one.  I do not think this detracted from this book at all though and would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun, romantic read!

~I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Entangled Bliss in exchange for my unbiased review.~


About the author: Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town. 

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