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REVIEW: Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake

Dear Ms. Blake:

Tempt Me TonightPerhaps it was a case of missed expectations but Tempt Me Tonight was like a rice cake: bland, airy, but not very sexy.

The story opens with 18 year old Trish not giving up her virginity to Joe. Joe then goes on to cheat on her and Trish vows never to love anyone again. Prologue over. Then comes the first chapter where Trish returns home to help her parents ready their small town business for sale. Trish is a big time defense lawyer in Indy (whose law practice is like none I’ve ever had the pleasure with which to be acquainted) and she's surprised to see how little her home town has changed. For some reason it is not explained why Trish never came home in the past fifteen years to see her parents. They were not estranged and it’s not like she lives sooo far away (like in another country) that visiting was prohibitive.

Trish and Joe see each other in a bar the night of Trish’s return and they still have strong feelings for one another. Trish decides to get revenge for Joe’s 15 year old cheating episode by having sex with Joe and then leaving him. I can tell you that is some real punishment there. Unfortunately, Trish’s cold shoulder lasts less then a day and they continue to have sex. I guess the erotic portion of the romance is that Trish and Joe’s escapades take place in different locations, like the couch, the dresser, a hay barn and a car. I’m not sure whether the love scenes were actually tepid or simply seemed tepid because I couldn’t connect with the main characters. I was surprised that there were a couple of closed door sex scenes – in an erotic romance no less – that I felt were indicative of the overall feel of the story.

This is a slow moving story with little heat. Adverbs were generously sprinkled with “deeply” being the favored one:

  • His eyes fell shut as he suckled her deeply, deeply . . .
  • . . . then his tongue sliced so deeply ouch! sounds painful
  • His lips, suckling slowly, his tongue, tasting deeply . . .
  • The blatant sight combined with being so smoothly, deeply . . .

There is some plot filler here with Joe’s concern over his sister marrying a mobster (totally unrelated to Trish and Joe’s developing relationship) and Trish’s growing unhappiness with her job in the evil big city.

I can’t really say that this is a good erotic romance because there wasn’t much erotic in the book. It’s a serviceable romance story but take out the extra subplots and there’s not much left to the development of the story other than a reading waiting for Trish and Joe to grow up. C-

Best regards,

Jane

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. Karen Scott
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 05:39:10

    I have to say, I much prefer her Lacey Alexander Books from EC, (even though it was virtually one sex scene after another).

    Her Blaze books were ok, but her Avon Red and Warner Forever books left me totally underwhelmed.

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  2. Keishon
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 06:14:12

    The blurb on this book left me underwhelmed. However, it did have one thing going for it when I was looking at it: no vampire or werewolf.

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  3. Karen Scott
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 06:40:34

    However, it did have one thing going for it when I was looking at it: no vampire or werewolf.

    Now that was funny. And is exactly how I feel about non-vamp/wolfie romances.

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  4. Wendy
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 11:21:37

    What is with the ubiquitous “have sex to punish guy” plot? “Oh please, please don’t throw me into that briar patch!”

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  5. Jane
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 11:46:38

    Wendy, that made me laugh as well but kind of signaled what kind of contrived story this would be.

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  6. Ann Aguirre
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 15:01:46

    I haven’t read this, but Wendy’s comment made me laugh. I can’t really see a “sex” as revenge theme because even if you have mind-blowing sex with him once and then never let him have it again, to his mind, he wins. I mean, hello, he had SEX with you, and it was great! What’s not to love?

    The only time I could see this device working is if the sex is really bad, and she does it on purpose. Like biting him really hard, or just laying there and just randomly asking, “What do you think of global warming?” while he’s doing his best to rock her world. Something along the lines of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” where the heroine puts the guy through all kinds of evil shenanigans, like naming his man-tool “Princess Sofia.” That could be pretty damn funny actually.

    *runs off to scribble ideas*

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  7. Ann Bruce
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 17:58:52

    “sex� as revenge

    I suggest handcuffs (e.g. climbing rope, duct tape, whatever’s handy) for the cheater, and another guy to help you with the demonstration. Thus, sex is used for revenge…just not sex with the jerk who cheated on you.

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  8. sanya
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 11:36:23

    This was really bad. Inner bike chick-over and over again, snake tatoo, predictable history repeating, car models with numbers and horse power, cheap cliches, cheap romance novel.

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