Within Temptation by Tanya Holmes ~ 5 cups
Category: Romantic Mystery/Romantic Suspense. This is not erotica or romantica. This is a romance centered around a murder mystery.
Heat Factor: 3 out of 5 — The sexual tension is high, and the burn is slow. Sex is character-driven, rather than plot-driven.
Love, betrayal and murder in a small town.
Twelve years after her mother’s murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson. The man she sent to prison.
Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he’s concerned, digging into the past won’t replace the years he’s lost or erase the hell he’s lived. Now that he’s free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories. But he never counted on falling in love.
Set in a sleepy little town during the dead of winter, this award-winning romance novel is a tale of one woman’s quest for truth and a man’s struggle to forgive….
This story is the first in a trilogy of standalone romance novels in the ‘Sons of Temptation’ series.
I. Loved. This Book. Want proof? I was so excited to read this book I, wait for it…I PAID FOR IT. Yup, cheapo Danielle paid full price for a book. Within Temptation is a wonderful suspense novel that will keep you guessing and your toes curling.
Trace Dawson was sent to jail twelve years ago, for a murder he didn’t commit. When released from prison, Trace just wants to move on with his life. But can small town USA let him………I’m from small town USA – so that’s a no. That is not a spoiler, that is common sense.
Shannon Bradford feels compelled to find out what really happened between her mother and childhood friend that night. No matter how much Trace pushes her away, Shannon won’t give up. Knowing Trace probably harbors resentment for her part in his arrest. he isn’t really pushy, she just needs to know. I think we can all relate in some small way to the desire, the all-consuming need to know the truth.
Trace. Oh Trace you are such an awesome hero! And hot to ^^ yeah? Anyhoo, why is Trace great? Well, definitely bitter about his imprisonment – rightfully so don’t ya think? – he never crosses the line to douches-baggery. His feelings and actions are always understandable. More importantly, he is believable. Trace’s thoughts, emotions, and actions are realistic – not over-the-top – an endear the reader to him.
Shannon is a great counter part for Trace. The obstacles she faces are awful and her connection to Trace is, well, complicated. Shannon, while a bi naïve and inexperienced, is a strong woman. She knows something is wrong and does everything in her power to get to the truth and fix what she can.
The supporting characters are just as well written – leaving your skin crawling, your heart breaking, and your mind reeling.
If you are looking for a story filled with mystery, conspiracy, a search for justice, and a hot romance, well, click the buy link already!
About Tanya Holmes
Tanya Holmes is a former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She’s happily married with children and loves reading, writing, and a good cup of coffee—but not necessarily in that order.
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