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Monday, January 16, 2017

SNSBAH BLOG TOUR: Undeniable Temptation by Eden Summers (Review + Giveaway)

I am so sad to see this series end. The Reckless Beat guys have provided endless laughter and entertainment for a little over three years and I just REALLY don't want to let these characters go. It's been all about the humor, which probably says a lot about me. Lol, anyway, I'm super thrilled to have been a small part of this promo tour. I think I've done one for each book in the series! If you haven't had a chance to check out the series, the first book, BLIND ATTRACTION is currently FREE and you can add the audio on Amazon for only $1.99!

About Eden:
Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm.

She lives in Australia with a young family who are well aware she's circling the drain of insanity.

Eden can't resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Eden Summers
Release Date: January 16, 2017

Haunted by a kiss.

With his destructive marriage behind him, Ryan Bennett can no longer deny his insatiable attraction to the one woman in control of his future. He needs her. Craves her. She’s the only glimpse of happiness through the building drama in his life and yet one drunken kiss has pushed her further away.

Tormented by what’s at stake.

Leah Gorman’s management contract states she can never act on her feelings for any members of the Reckless Beat band but Ryan has always owned her heart. No matter how long he’s held her captive with his deep soul and easy friendship, he’s off limits. End of story. If only her heart would get the memo. She can’t resist him. Even when their attraction gets in the way of her job.

The price of love is high. Is it worth the cost?

With Leah’s career on the line and Ryan’s reputation in tatters, ignoring their attraction may prove safer than risking everything they hold dear. They have to decide what matters most—their years of friendship, or a chance at love that will destroy them both if they can’t make it work.

I felt like I needed a tissue, a cigarette, and a shot of tequila after I read this book. It was so good and satisfying to see Ryan, the last member of Reckless Beat FINALLY get his happy ending with Leah, who just so happens to be one of my favorite characters of the series!

What’s it About? It’s been a long time coming for Ryan and Leah and now that Ryan’s marriage is over he can’t stop thinking about Reckless Beat band manager Leah. Leah’s contract is crystal clear about not getting involved with any member of the band but she’s always loved Ryan and now that he’s determined to be with her, she’s not sure she can stand firm in her decision to keep things platonic. It’s chaotic, it’s hot, and it’s risky for both Ryan and Leah but at least one of them is convinced it would be worth it.

Describe the hero in five words: Selfless. Generous. Passionate. Talented. Determined.
Did you like him? Absolutely!
Why? Ryan is the guy who would bend over backwards to make the people around him happy even at the cost of his own happiness. He was the opposite of lead singer Mason, but at the same time he had the same ability to deliver snark and insults to match Mason. Ryan’s tender heart was one of the best things about him because despite everything, he was still vulnerable to being hurt and manipulated through his emotions. His emotions didn’t make him weak at all though, I felt he had more depth because of those emotions. He wasn’t as closed off as the other guys of Reckless Beat and I loved how he owned up to his feelings for Leah almost from the start. He wasn’t in some sort of man-denial and he didn’t try and explain away the chemistry as just lust or him getting “back on the horse” after his marriage exploded. This was a guy who knew what he was feeling and that was that.

Describe the heroine in five words: Stubborn. Loyal. Bold. Intelligent.
Did you like her? Hell yes!
Why? Leah is a character I’d love to emulate. She’s brassy, tough, doesn’t take crap from anyone including the men she’s been managing for years both on and off stage. She can take the guys’ teasing even when they’re walking that fine line between Safe and The Point of No Return. My favorite thing about her was that she could talk like a man and think like a woman one minute, and then pull a reverse where she talked like a woman and thought like a man. It honestly was the only way she could keep her sanity around the guys. She was a professional woman who didn’t whine about her job, didn’t expect perks or any kind of special treatment because she was a woman. Her ball busting attitude and sharp mind only added to her appeal. She was a special character that despite all her professional talents had such failings in her personal life. She was scared to take chances on her personal feelings and that made her more than just a business machine. Her flaws and insecurities gave her life in my eyes and I loved her more for it.

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? Ryan and Leah have had that special something between them from the very beginning. They were friends for the longest time but none of the guys in the band were fooled. These two fell in love long before the start of Undeniable Temptation. They had me in their corner from the get go, and I was rooting for them all the way. Their story was sweet, it was angst ridden, and it was H-O-T.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Pfft, Undeniable Temptation wouldn’t be a Reckless Beat book without Mitch, Mason, Sean, and Blake. These guys love each other as much as they annoy the hell out of each other. They say inappropriate things all the time, they make fun of each other, they fight, they snark and I just eat it up like a kid in a candy store. I don’t know what that says about me but that’s one of the things I’m going to miss about these books the most: The juvenile relationship these guys have. On the surface it may look like they never grow up, and are never serious but if you take the time to read between the lines, the love, friendship, and loyalty they have between them is amazing. I could have a field day with quotes from these guys alone.

How “Lost” did you get in the story? So lost I started this book at 7 a.m. and didn’t put it down until I finished it at 11:00 p.m. that same day. I had to snarl at a few people for interrupting me and I dropped Hayley’s kibble all over the floor twice because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing during feeding time. She had no complaints.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. I can’t think of a better way for the Reckless Beat series to end than with Ryan and Leah’s story. It was well worth the wait and while I may have shed a tear or two to see them go, I’m glad I didn’t pass up the chance to review the first book all those years ago because this series took me on such an amazing journey with some of the funniest characters I’ve ever met.

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