Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sweet Temptations by JC Valentine

Sweetest Temptations
Blue Collar, #1
by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

24675878Initial publication of Sweetest Temptations will be December 2014 as part of the Red Hot Alphas Boxed Set. Official standalone publishing will take place February 17, 2015. 

From USA Today Bestselling Author J.C. Valentine comes a sizzling story about a young entrepreneur, a hot firefighter, and a first date that will change their paths forever. 

Tenacious bakery shop owner Abby is following her dreams. She has everything she could ever want in life—except the fairytale ending. Then she meets Kennedy, a hunky firefighter whose killer smile and easy charm makes her heart pound. But with the kind of danger he faces on the job each day, Abby knows there’s no happily-ever-after in the cards. The harder she tries to hold onto her heart, the faster it seems to slip away, but when a series of mysterious events threaten the future of her business and her life, their happiness may be shorter-lived than she realized.

Someone is out to get her, and it’s up to Abby and Kennedy to uncover who’s behind the destruction. Can they do it before tragedy strikes?

Lindsay! This book was so freaking hilarious!

OMG. It was! I wasn't expecting that!

I honestly wasn't expecting it to be so funny either. I thought it was a great surprise. I was hooked from the beginning!

Same here. I loved the girl scout cookie scene. I died laughing. 

LOL Me too! And then I got pissed cause there was no girl scout at my door! no talking I want those cookies!

LOL. I don't think girl scouts go door to door anymore. I typically only see them outside the grocery store. But I'm with you, I wanted some Samoa cookies! I did have a couple thoughts though....what did she need with all the cookies when she was a baker?! She can make anything she wants! My other thought...what happened to the cookies!? She said they were going to be for the next family dinner but she took a cake. And there was never a mention of the cookies being eaten after that. 

Semantics! Lol.

LOL. Let's talk about the hottest part of the book...I loved Kennedy! He was alpha and perfect and AWESOME!

I know! I loved her initial meeting with him at the bakery. Then, when she met him officially at her sister's house! Omg I was rolling on the floor the whole time! Her niece was hilarious!

I loved their meeting at the bakery. I was hoping that he would how up again. I wasn't expecting him to be at the family dinner. I expected another reject but her sister did good! 

Yeah she did! The only thing about that, I wondered how Kennedy knew the sister's husband? Whatever. The point is, he was there and sparks were a-flyin!

You know, I wondered the same thing! It was said that they had a meeting, but I couldn't figure out what they had to meet about since they're jobs didn't overlap. One of my favorite parts was the BBQ at the firehouse with the guys and how all of them jumped on her when she tripped and fell. I was quite literally ROTFL. 

LOL I loved that part too. And when Kennedy cleaned her boo boo love struck

LOL. That was a pretty hot scene. I liked the mystery/suspense part of the story, but I had a few questions about how the bad guy was able to pull off some of the things. 

I was curious about some events too. I did like that it wasn't obvious right away who the bad guy was though.

Same here. The little old lady was very obvious so I was glad it wasn't her. Especially since everyone else thought it was. Going back to Kennedy, he was like the perfect guy. He was hot, an alpha, protective, a firefighter and he could cook and bake! Where can I find a real life version of him!? 

Dude sign me up too! I loved him! And he wasn't complicated! He said it like it was and he showed interest in Abby from the first! I really liked that. 

Exactly. He wasn't a jerk, he didn't play games, he was hot, he was into her and he let all that be known. I think it's safe to say that this book was a total 5 star read for us! I definitely want to read more from this author. 

Oh me too! And I can't wait to see who the next book will be about! big grin

Narrowing his eyes, Kennedy tore his shirt off and dropped it at his feet, revealing a beautifully sculpted chest and abs that had to be photoshopped, they were that perfect. From there we stripped for one another, piece by piece, until our bodies were fully exposed, leaving nothing to the imagination.
 “Damn, Abby, you’re gorgeous.” Kennedy’s reverent words thrilled me, giving me a welcome boost of confidence. I was a curvy woman, and until this moment I’d never considered that to be an asset. But with the way Kennedy looked as if he wanted to devour me, I was quickly learning to appreciate the body I’d been given. 
“So are you,” I said, drawing my bottom lip between my teeth as I perused his six-foot-three solid muscular frame. Between a pair of solid thighs, his shaft stood heavy and proud, and I licked my lips as Kennedy rolled a condom on. Clearly, he was as ready to get down to business as I was. With a crook of my finger, I called him to me. 
Moving slowly, Kennedy prowled toward me, looking every bit the predator. As he crawled onto the bed and made his way up my body, I leaned back, until my head rested on the pillows and he hovered over me. The darkness in his eyes as they bore into mine was erotic, and I waited for him to make the first move. 
“Tell me what you’re thinking,” he said, his voice a soft murmur. 
“I’m thinking you’re moving too slow.” Grabbing his hips, I pulled him against me. The feel of his hard cock pressing hard against my clit made me breathless. It was big. So big, and I closed my eyes, imagining how it would feel inside of me. 
“So impatient,” he teased, as he flexed his hips, rubbing himself against my slick cleft. I gasped, pressing my head into the pillow as my back arched off the bed. “You didn’t think I was going to show, did you? You thought I stood you up.” 
My eyes flicked opened, locking with his. There was certainty in his eyes, making it impossible to deny the truth. “No, I didn’t think you were coming.”
“You were mad.”
“It was more than that,” he insisted. “I saw it the second I looked at you. Tell me what that was.”
Rolling my eyes, I huffed. “Fine, I was upset. I was looking forward to seeing you, and you didn’t show up. Happy? Now, less talking, more fucking.” Wrapping my hands around his shoulders, I lifted my head to kiss him, but he pulled away. 
“Abby, what do you expect from our time together?”
I have to admit, I was growing impatient. I felt like I’d been waiting for this moment forever, and when I finally found a hot guy to do it with, all he wanted to do was talk. “Can’t we do this after we have sex? All this chit-chat is drying me out.”
As if to call my bluff, Kennedy reached between us and circled his fingers around my sensitive nub, before pushing them inside of me. My eyes rolled back into my head, and I moaned shamelessly. “Doesn’t feel dried out to me.” Kennedy’s cocky smirk made me want to smack him and kiss him at the same time. “Now, tell me. Where do you want this to go?”
His fingers maintained a slow, steady rhythm. I squirmed beneath him, needing more, but realized that he wasn’t giving anything until he got his answers. Frustrated, I growled, “I don’t know what I expect. Right now, I just want this. That’s the only answer I can give you, okay?” 
Time dragged while Kennedy studied me, and I stared back at him, hoping he’d see how desperate I was and put me out of my misery. If he left me hanging, I honestly thought I would lose my mind. Sex wasn’t the be all end all, but after the drought I’d been in, being naked with a man like Kennedy and so close to actually committing the act was something a person couldn’t be expected to come back from easily.

USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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  1. Loved the book. Loved your review. The girl scout cookie scene is one of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments.

    1. Thanks Mitzi!

      Lol, I still think about those girl scout cookies...wish I had some right now! :)

  2. Thank you for such a unique and fun review!

    1. You're very welcome! It was a pleasure to read (and review) it! :) <3