Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review ~ TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS by Tracy March


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?



REVIEW

TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS is a story of new acquaintances turned enemies, turned lovers. It's an enjoyable read until you get to the Tropical part of the story.  From there the book becomes a heated love affair.  Okay, it becomes a little more than heated.  Who knew dessert could be so mind blowing?

Paige Ellerbee, the owner of Sweet Bee’s bakery, has given up her life to move back to her hometown of Maple Creek, Maryland; a small town full of elderly people.  Paige initially returned to help take care of her mother who eventually dies of cancer and now she stays because she can't bare to leave her father alone.

Lane Anderson is a man trying to recover from the deceit of his former fiance and partner.  Lane’s professional reputation has taken a very hard hit and he desperately needs to repair it if he wants to continue to practice medicine.  Lane is given the opportunity to get back into practicing medicine by his uncle Pete Hartley, the only doctor in small town Maple Creek.  Pete and his wife are planning on taking a month long vacation to Europe and ask Lane to take over the practice while he is away.

Paige and Lane’s first meeting at her father’s barbershop turns out to be a little irritating for both, to say the least.  But it definitely made them think of the other throughout the day.  If the first meeting was irritating, then the second is downright bloodshed.  Okay, so no blood was actually shed but Paige definitely wanted to send the arrogant, holier than thou Dr. Anderson packing.  It turns out Uncle Pete has been sharing medical information with Paige, in order to make sure his patients eat a little better and stick with his treatment plan.  Lane thinks this borders on violating privacy laws.  He refuses to continue this agreement, thus making a struggling Sweet Bee’s struggle even more.

Things get interesting when Paige and Lane each accept a dinner invitation from Mrs. Hawthorne.  She’s like the Queen Bee of Maple Creek and she isn’t someone you want to cross.  Neither knows the other has been invited and the dinner turns out to be a wedding date/venue announcement for the wedding of Paige’s best friend, Liza and Cole from THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL.  Paige of course will be the maid of honor. Liza, Clay, and Liza’s mother want Lane to come along as well and play his classical guitar.  Are you smelling a setup?  You should.  

Once Paige and Lane get to the paradise location, they agree to put all of their differences aside temporarily to make sure the wedding goes smoothly.  The beauty and magic of the island turns out to be just what these two need in order to set aside their differences.  A short-term tropical romance turns out to be too tempting for these two to pass up.  What ensues is what romance is all about.  What should have only lasted three or four days is enough to make these two question themselves and what they are willing to give up for each other and the chance to have a perfect love.

Now, when it comes Tracy’s Suddenly Smitten Series I tend to cry for personal reasons.  I am more than happy to say that things do work out in the end, but it’s touch and go for a moment.  When it comes to romantic proposals, no one does them better than Tracy March.

Rating: 4

Release Date: September 9, 2013
Book Length: 192 pages
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Bliss
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook


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