Tempted by the Soldier
by: Nicolette Day
Release Date: 2/24/14
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Hot)
Tagline: When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?
When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?
Road trips are supposed to be fun. Or, at least, full of hot sex. For photographer Lilly Grayson, the fifteen-hour drive to her friend’s wedding with Nate Jennings will be neither. Not that Nate isn’t sexy—the man is six-foot-three-inches of mouth-watering Marine. But Lilly’s been there, done that…and he walked away. Now it’s time for a little payback. The kind that’ll make a man desperate for a taste of what he can’t have.
And Nate wants a taste—so badly that he can barely keep his hands on the wheel. But the scars and ghosts of his last tour still haunt him. He can’t give into temptation, not this time. Lilly deserves a whole man—one who can love her the way she deserves to be loved, even if she doesn’t believe it can happen. And that can’t be Nate. Not when he’s leaving again in two weeks, and this time, he’s not sure he’ll return…
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My Review: 5 stars
I loved this book. Nate and Lilly can't stand each other, right? Wrong. They are so attracted to each other, it's kind of crazy. They get their relationship off on the wrong foot and it stays that way for too long. Which just drives up the crazy longing, want love/hate that they have for each other too far. One road trip worth every memory that's made, and opening themselves up to each other just a bit is enough to make them each acknowledge what they have and want from the other. Nate thinks he's too broken, and feels the need to redeem himself in his eyes for things done in the past as a Marine. He also doesn't feel worthy of anyone caring for him, that's why he pushes people away. Lilly wants to have that connection, but doesn't want to end up like her mother, so she pushes people away. Are you seeing some similarities here? What they both don't realize is that what they want is in front of them, they just have to open themselves up and take a risk. I really connected with the characters in this book, they're too real not to. I loved the way that Nate explained things in his head to himself, and that was eye-opening as well. Nate's living with a huge case of survivors guilt and needs to let go. Lilly really is the brave one in this relationship, because she does open herself up, but then shuts right back down when she feels that she's been lied to and used. Nate has to figure out how to save what he realizes he has with Lilly before it's too late. I loved Nate and Lilly together, they made each other whole and better. I loved, loved, loved the end of the book. That was fantastic, and I can't wait to read more from Nicolette! This is the first book I've read from her, but it certainly won't be the last.
A mom by day and a romance writer by night, Nicolette Day harbors a weakness for black and white mochas and books that steam up her Kindle screen. She grew up in a one stoplight town where she once upon a time she only dreamed of becoming a writer. Now she lives in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights. If you love young adult romance, check out Nicolette’s alter ego, TaraFuller!