Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Review ~ A NINE-MONTH TEMPTATION by Joanne Rock

A Nine-Month Temptation (Brooklyn Nights, #1)
by: Joanne Rock
Series: Brooklyn Nights
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
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She’s having a baby with her boss’s brother in this scandalous Brooklyn Nights novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Joanne Rock!

One night rocked their world.

Now can they tame their passion for their baby’s sake?

Ever since their mind-blowing encounter months ago, fashion CEO Roman Zayn hasn’t stopped hungering for Sable Cordero. But as a rising star in his brother’s design studio, the intoxicating celebrity stylist is strictly off-limits. Even when Roman discovers Sable is pregnant and steps in to offer support, further intimacy between them feels forbidden. But resistance to an attraction like theirs just may prove futile…

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

A Nine-Month Temptation is the first book in Joanne Rock’s Brooklyn Nights series. The series is about three creative women living in a Brooklyn brownstone, becoming friends, and trying to become successful in their chosen careers.

In A Nine-Month Temptation, passion and love are no match for a closed-off widower and a divorcee who initially fight their instantaneous attraction. After a miscarriage and divorce, Sable Cordero moves from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to New York, to pursue her dream job of being a fashion stylist. She lands an internship in Manhattan with Zayn Designs, working with up-and-coming designer Marcel Zayn himself. Marcel is the powerhouse behind the designs, but his older brother Roman is the mind behind the business.

Roman Zayn spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where he’s the CEO of Zayn Equity, a global wealth management company founded by his grandfather. Things between Roman, Marcel, and their grandparents have been strained for years. However, Roman uses his position at the equity firm to help Marcel and his dream of being a designer and owning his own studio and flagship store come true.

Roman makes a surprise late-night visit to his brother’s studio expecting to find Marcel jamming to music. What he finds instead is Sable all alone and dressed in a dress made for sin. He thought keeping his distance from her for the last three months would provide enough time for him to curb his attraction to her, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Sable is equally attracted to Roman. They both acknowledge their attraction and agree to one night together, with no expectations or strings attached. Two months later, Sable is shocked to discover she’s pregnant. When she tells Roman, she’s surprised by his response and his following actions.

A Nine-Month Temptation wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I liked the characters of Roman and Sable. Their passion was undeniable. I enjoyed the flow of the story. I'm just not sure I bought into Roman's realization he was in love. It seemed a little fast and/or forced. I loved that readers were introduced to the future heroines of the Brooklyn Nights series. I’m definitely looking forward to reading their stories. I’m disappointed that we probably won’t see any more of Marcel. He’s really a great character. A Nine-Month Temptation deals with death, the loss of a soulmate, infertility, and miscarriage. But it shows that life goes on and that love finds you, even when you aren’t looking for it.


“Wealth doesn’t solve every problem. It doesn’t even begin to make up for a lack of love.”

“Anyone could throw around words like “love,” but only special people backed up the idea with actions.”

**Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. Also purchased a paperback copy personally.**

Rating: 4

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The Brooklyn Nights Series:

Ways to Tempt the Boss releases August 24, 2021

The Stakes for Faking It releases October 26, 2021

USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. The author of over one hundred romances in a variety of sub-genres, she enjoys small-town family sagas as much as high-drama glitz and glamour. Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories including the Romantic Times WISH Award, the Snow Globe, and multiple Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. After receiving her Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Louisville, Joanne went on to teach writing, film, and fiction at colleges in KY, UT and NY. She enjoys sharing her passion for the arts at creative writing workshops, career fairs and with aspiring writers she meets online.

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