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Tempting as Sin (Sinful, Montana Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B076BRKP7Z
- Publisher : Bellbird Publishing (1 June 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 4135 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 139,728 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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WARNING: pretty steamy, NSFW if you’re listening to the audible.
Easy five stars for me.
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Rafe Blackstone - Hollywood actor famous in movies for his role as a werewolf - brother of Jace from Book One in the series.
Lily Hollander - owner of lingerie shop, Sinful Secrets, in Sinful, Montana - twin sister of Paige from Book One in the series.
Their first meeting was mutual attraction, unscripted, but the writing was on the wall. But later, instead of it all leading to heaven, it all went to heck when they both realised who the other one was and that they each thought the other had a nasty motive. That was the beginning of Lily and Rafe.
Rosalind James brings us the story of Lily Hollander, owner of lingerie shop, Sinful Secrets in the town of Sinful, Montana, and twin sister of Paige from Book One in the series; and Rafe, Hollywood actor famous in movies for his role as a werewolf, and brother of Jace, now engaged to Paige, from Book One in the series.
When he first met Lily in a bar, Rafe had been playing at being someone else, someone other than the well known actor who was recognised everywhere he went. They hit it off and made plans to meet again. However, between times, they discovered who they really were, or at least in Rafe's case, who he thought Lily was. He thought Lily was Paige at first, messing around on his brother Jace, and meeting strangers in bars. When Rafe confronted Lily about it, Lily realised Rafe wanted to split up Paige and Jace because he was being protective of his brother and thought Paige was a gold-digger catching Jace on the rebound.
So, of course, when Lily and Rafe met again in Sinful, Montana, they already distrusted each other and things were a little awkward to say the least. Rafe was "undercover" learning to ride for an upcoming movie role and also hiding out from the press who had been making millions from coverage of a recent video tape his ex had released. Lily is back home in Sinful, trying to build up her business, being her soft, pretty self, not at all trying to be pretty in order to attract Rafe, nope. No, really, she wasn't doing that. But, there he was, running his eyes over every inch of her, even when she was wearing chicken poop covered overalls. Infuriating man...
Then Bailey comes into Lily's life. Bailey is a young girl of eight or so who appears near Lily's cottage one day with her dog when Lily is working in her garden and they start chatting. Lily suddenly finds herself part owner of a scruffy dog called Chuck who endears himself to everyone he meets, including Lily. Chuck had been sleeping under the trailer belonging to Bailey's grandmother, much to said grandmother's annoyance. So rather than risk him being taken to the pound, Lily "share adopts" him, along with Bailey and with Rafe's help, they take turns staying with Chuck throughout each day.
Lily is still hurting from the nightmare that was her marriage to a well known actor (who is very easy to hate by the way) and she realises she should really know better than to get involved with another Hollywood name. Lily tries so hard not to like Rafe, but she is fighting a losing battle. She only had to see his sweetness around people, around animals and around her, and she is falling hard. Rafe finds himself having to remind himself just who Lily is - his future sister-in-law - and that she is out of bounds. That doesn't stop his heart from getting involved though. Rafe is gorgeous, so protective of his brother, of Lily and everyone who is lucky enough to earn his friendship. But Lily and Rafe have a roller coaster of troubles and joys to ride before they can truly be together - will they get their happy ever after?
This is another great story from Rosalind James. Fantastic characters and heart felt emotions. Rosalind conveys the warmth and closeness between Lily and Rafe so very well and the love scenes are beautiful. Tempting As Sin is Book Two of the Sinful, Montana series by Rosalind James and is a M/F romance with no cliffhanger. It is told from dual points of view, with occasional passages from Bailey's point of view.
Lily is the twin sister of Paige from Guilty as Sin and Rafe is the younger brother of Jace from the same book. In the epilogue of the first book we saw that Lily and Rafe had already met and clearly did not get on. This book starts three weeks earlier than that epilogue and explains the backstory to all the antagonism.
Fast forward a few months, Rafe's ex-girlfriend is stirring up trouble by circulating edited videos which make it look like he is at the very least intimidating, if not abusing, her. He decides to leave Hollywood and hide out at his brother's cabin in Montana whilst learning how to ride a horse for his next film in which he plays a rural sheriff.
Lily is an interesting dichotomy, the ex-wife of a famous Hollywood actor, she owns a lingerie shop in Sinful, Montana but also has a small free-holding on which she raises chickens and dwarf goats and grows her own fruit and vegetables.
Their beginnings are a romance trope, a night of stepping outside their comfort zones, assumed identities and insta-love, which falls apart when they realise they are about to become in-laws. When they run into each other a few months later they have each had time to reflect and realise they each behaved badly - slowly a romance develops involving a stray child, a goofball dog, secret identities and humiliating riding lessons.
I absolutely adored the first book in the series and I did enjoy this book but I have to say I didn't like it as much as the first book. However, I am not sure how much my views on this book have been coloured by: (1) reading Rosalind James' blog; and (2) reading the early chapters on the blog. I felt that this book lost its way and (maybe) went in a different direction to the way Rosalind James originally intended (I believe that the release date was delayed, although that may have been for personal reasons) and so the first 25%-33% of the book felt sort of rudderless to me, like Rosalind James didn't know where it was going. But, as I say, I may be projecting what I inferred from reading her blog onto the book.
Lily and Rafe are two genuine, caring, lovable people who have been burned by the plastic Hollywood lifestyle, too kind for their own good. Add in a big, dopey cross-breed dog, a gun-shy neglected child and the uncanny twin sense and you have a funny, sweet, charming romance featuring adorable characters.
The next day he turns up at his brother's house boat, to find that same woman trying to get in. He assumes she is Paige, and from the previous evening with her decides she can only be after Jace's money, and is really quite rude to her. Then Jace and Paige arrive from their morning run, and he discovers his error, the woman he had spent the evening with was Lily, Paige's identical twin. Instant frost! Lily is not prepared to forgive and forget. They manage to be civil to each other when they all go to Australia to meet the rest of Jace's family, but that is it!
Lily returns to her life in Sinful, Montana; looking after her goats, chickens, her garden and her lingerie shop, and her life returns to normal. The heat turns up for Rafe, his ex-fiancé puts a video out on the internet to get back at him, and which gives a very wrong impression of him. He needs to hide away until the storm blows over. The one place he expects to be able to do that is Jace's cabin, close to Lily's cottage in Sinful. She hears he is coming, but thinks they will be able to avoid contact. And then ... she meets an eight year old child called Bailey, who is trying to look after a stray mutt of a dog called Chuck ... and this turns out to be a total life changer for both Lily and Rafe.
There is a lot of story in this book, some of it very funny, some of it absolutely heartbreaking, some of it unexpectedly exciting in an 'Oh My Goodness' type of way. Rosalind is very good at ratcheting up the tension, and the emotion. Bailey is a wonderful character, and is so true to life. Chuck, the dog isn't bad either! Secrets come out along the way, a few tissues might be required to stop the tears! A really satisfying ending, with a delightful twist. Rosalind's stories get better and better! Well worth reading, worth more than five stars!