Monday, January 9, 2017

Too Tempting Review

      Too Tempting by Bethany Lopez
(Lewis Cousins, #1) Contemporary Romance - Now LIVE!
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TOO TEMPTING Synopsis:Gabriel "Gabe" Lewis retired from the NFL and returned home to Cherry Springs. He combined his passion for football with camping and is now the owner of a football camp for teens. His summers are dedicated to spending time with family and teaching his campers about the sport he loves.
Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she's asked if she’ll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind.
The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble. All Gabe knows is that Zoey is Too Tempting to deny, and he's determined to overcome the obstacles between them to be the man she deserves.
Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.

Gabrielle's 3.25 STAR Review:

***I received this arc in exchange for an honest review***
Too Tempting is a cute sports romance. Gabe Lewis retired from the NFL and opened a camp for teenagers. He and his cousins go to the camp a week early so they can spend time together.
Zoey is a quirky, lonely, writer. She stumbled into the camp early, not realizing she was a week early, and ended up taking up residence in one of the cabin's on the property instead of going to a hotel.
A spark is instantly there between Gabe and Zoey, and both of them keep their identities a secret until they got to know each other better. But on the last day of camp, a wrench is thrown into their budding relationship and Zoey had to determine if what they had was worth the risk or if it was time to throw in the towel.
The story had an interesting concept. It had a family of cousins dying to spend time together with an unknown outsider thrown into their usual mix. 
Gabe desired to help teens out because he was genuinely a nice guy. His enthusiasm was catchy and it made me love him.
But about halfway through the book, there was an odd twist and I felt like I started reading an entirely different book. I felt like the camp should have been all summer and not rotating the kids out every week. That way, they could still have the drama that went down but it was still in the world the book originally started in.
Two smaller issues I had was that although the writing was good, it wasn't great. Bethany kept using "as" as a connector and although it's good once in a while, she started to use it multiple times on a page. And the second thing was even though sex isn't the most important thing to me in a good romance book, a lot of the earlier sex scenes were either abrupt or you were in Zoey's head so much you were throw out of the scene. Then about halfway through, the sex scenes were really amazing and I couldn't stop reading.
Their romance started so quickly and was pretty much "love at first sight" and that bothered me but as time went on, I started to adore the easy relationship that grew between them. I also loved how Gabe's cousins made Zoey feel apart of their group.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good sports romance with a twist (even if the twist wasn't for me, others may love it).
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

     
 
A1nt0F1SfnL._UX250_Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.
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