Tempted in the Tropics
by Tracy March
A Suddenly Smitten Novel
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 180 Pages
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The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them.
Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.
Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.
But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?
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A woman trying to keep her bakery from failing clashes with her small town’s temporary new doctor in Tracy March’s Tempted in the Tropics. A swiftly paced, contemporary romance, Ms. March’s characters quickly drew me in and kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. Adding just a touch of humor, the right amount of snarky dialogue and a sweetly, sexy romance, made this a very enjoyable book vacation getaway.Operating Sweet Bee’s bakery helps Paige Ellerbee honor her mother’s memory and keep tabs on her aging father. A young woman who left her busy career in a big town, Paige still longs for adventure and romance. Only in Maple Creek, there’s really no one she’s interested in – at least until the new doctor arrives in town. Then Paige finds herself both attracted and annoyed with the very same man.Taking over his uncle’s practice on a temporary basis, Lane Anderson intends to start his medical career over. Burned by his previous medical partner, who also happened to be his fiancée, Lane intends to make sure nothing gets in the way of his career again. He doesn’t intend to make any mistakes.
The scenes between Paige and Lane are fun, full of snappy dialogue and simmering heat. While attracted to each other, they quickly find themselves on opposite grounds because of their secrets; her financial worries about the bakery and his troubles with the medical board. Ms. March does a good job developing both characters and bringing them together over a mutual friend’s wedding, and tropical vacation, which gives them a chance to get away from their problems and give in to their attraction, even though they both agree it’s only temporary.The secondary characters in the story were also well developed and I enjoyed getting to know Paige’s dad, her best friend Liza (the heroine from the previous book in this series) and her assistant “Cyn”. While there is no “villain” in the romance, the secrets they both have keep a wall between them until they learn to trust each other.Will Paige and Lane realize their romance is more than temporary? Will Lane decide living and working in Maple Creek is just what the doctor ordered? You’ll have to read Tempted in the Tropics to find out, I really enjoyed it and I think you will too.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided.