Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss (Pregnancy & Passion #3) by Maya Banks


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
Devon Carter was her first; now newly wed Ashley wants their passion to last. But her dreams of true love are crushed by the discovery that their marriage is another of Daddy's business deals. Her strategy: act the part of perfect wife and make Devon love her.But Devon misses the bubbly, no-holds-barred woman his wife used to be. Who is this Ashley with the steely demeanor of a society wife? And will he find a way to rekindle the fire in her eyes...especially now that she's pregnant?
MY TAKE:
I was looking for a romance, and the premise sounded like what I was looking for.

In Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss, Devon Carter has to seduce and marry Ashley to secure a business deal with her father. When Ashley finds out, she is furious. Will they ever get their happily-ever-after?

Well, it certainly was as advertised. Devon is a man who has no illusions about love but certainly has a head for business and climbing his way to success. Ashley, on the other hand, is quite flighty and naive. As you can expect, Ashley loves him more at first, and she is devastated when she finds out that she's part of a business deal.

The timeline is a little compressed so days and weeks pass by sometimes. I would have loved to see more examples of Ashley trying to be more up to Devon's expectations before she reached her breaking point. I felt like there were only a couple of instances or so, plus some of their friends' comments, that everything felt rushed and some of the effect is lost when Devon finally realizes how he feels.

Pretty much everything here happened as predicted. Usually, I would be bothered by that, but since it was more or less what I was looking for, it was an okay way to pass the time.

THE GOOD:

  1. Ashley's friends are nice.
  2. The romance is hot.
  3. It unfolds pretty much as described in the premise. 

THE BAD:

  1. Ashley can be irritating at times. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You like stories of forced relationships that become real.
  2. You like alpha males.
  3. You like stories wherein the male realizes what a jerk he has been and makes grand gestures to win the heroine back. 

RATING:
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