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Within Temptation (Sons Of Temptation Book 1) by [Holmes, Tanya]
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Category: Romantic Mystery/Romantic Suspense. This is not erotica or romantica. This is a romance centered around a murder mystery.

Heat Factor: 3 out of 5 -- The sexual tension is high, and the burn is slow. Sex is character-driven, rather than plot-driven.

Love, betrayal and murder in a small town…

Twelve years after her mother's murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson.

The man she sent to prison.

Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he's concerned, digging into the past won't replace the years he's lost or erase the hell he's lived. Now that he's free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories. But he never counted on falling in love.

"Memories flooded my mind, of the quiet riot he was, of the secret crush I’d had on him, and the extraordinary friendship we’d shared so many years ago. As fast as those images came, others replaced them. I was thrust back to the crime scene, back to Mother’s corpse and the shirtless eighteen-year-old roaring obscenities while Sheriff Gray and a deputy dragged him away in handcuffs."--- Within Temptation

Within Temptation is the 1st in a trilogy of standalone romance novels in the 'Sons of Temptation' series.

WARNING: Contains strong language, sexual situations, violence, drinking, and drug use.


"Within Temptation is a taut, intelligent, polished romantic suspense. And with a beautiful balance between a murder mystery, family secrets, and a budding romance between two childhood friends…As a romantic suspense this is impressive. As a debut it's amazing... Highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense/mysteries and contemporary romance." (4 1/2 stars) -- Jill's Reviews

"Totally Loved Loved Loved." (5 stars) -- Nichole, Sizzling Pages Romance

"This book had everything and the sexy time was done right. I don't like multiple pages of sex where the scenes become more about endurance and shock value than good ole' fashioned sensuality. TH writes her sexy time with a fierce and focused rawness. It reminded me of Linda Howard where the sexy time makes a much larger impact because of the way it's written not how long it is. Tons of sexual tension...lots, I loved that build up." (5 stars) -- Choice Book Reviews

"Great debut! I have no nails left. This is a murder/mystery/suspense/love triangle/young love/romance that had twist after twist up until the very end!! And Trace was pretty damn sexy!! A partly Latin man that can dance AND kick some ass! What's not to love?!?" (4 stars) -- Nessa, Rebel Book Chicks Blog

"Wow, this was such a diverse and complex read!!…Ms. Holmes does a fantastic job in portraying the intricacy of this plot and the characters that from the moment you start it, you will not be able to put it down!" (5 stars) -- Kawehi Reviews

"Ding Ding Ding…we have winner!!" (4.5 Riveting Stars!!) -- Karla, Swept Away By Romance Blog

"The plot twists were fantastic, as well as the chemistry & sexual tension between Trace and Shannon. Up until the last paragraph, you're not sure how it will end. If you like edge of your seat reads, definitely pick this book up!" (5 stars) -- Jennifer, Two Sassy Chicks Blog

"I was hooked from the first page of the book to the last page of the book & even then I wanted more." (5 stars) -- Stephenee, Nerd Girl Reviews

"Wow, this is one of those books that had me waking up in the middle of the night just to read another chapter." (5 stars) --Tbird, Crystal's Many Reviewers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 992 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Virtual Acquisitions (9 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K91U118
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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WOW this is a debut novel by author Tanya Holmes, I found the writing attention grabbing, beautiful and poetic at times.

"When I moaned, he fisted my hair, his powerful hips never missing a beat, until the inner tightening began, until the world burned away and shattered beneath him, crying out his name."

So Trace has been in prison for 12 years, he's just been released and he runs into Shannon. Shannon helped convict him 12 years ago for killing her mother. But now all grown up Shannon fears that Trace was an innocent man.

"The world was closing in on me, just as it had twelve years ago... when Shannon Bradford accused me of murder."

This review will be short and sweet, it's a suspense so each step you take with the characters is a step to figuring out who the real killer is and I don't want to take anything away from the journey you go on with Trace and Shannon.

Trace comes back home after getting out of prison and is met with a town who calls him the Butcher Boy, he is shunned and anyone helping him is given a hard time.

"His was a name synonymous with death. A name fightened children whispered swapping campfire stories. His legend still haunted Willow's Corner and Temptation, West Virgina - New Dyer too for that matter."

There is a lot going on in this book but it's set out perfectly, your on a ride and it's taking you each step further and further and your slowly uncovering the clues along with Trace and Shannon, as well as reading about them falling or realizing they fell for each other a long time ago. Shannon was only 13 when Trace 18 went to prison for her mothers death, she has some memories return that she didn't even know were missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected surprise that I COULD NOT PUT DOWN! 15 May 2014
By Pantextual - Published on
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Just finished Tanya Holmes’ “Within Temptation”--a romance/suspense book that is shock full of surprises. The biggest surprise was how well done this debut indie novel is. I read A LOT of books, particularly those in the romance genre published by traditional publishers and by self-pub indies. In some cases, the differences between traditional vs self pub are drastic in terms of the final product. In other cases they are not.

“Within Temptation,” breaks the mold. It has all the makings of a bestselling romance/suspense novel—in fact I could imagine every twist and turn of every scene being turned into a movie. Holmes’ writing is so fine-tuned, that her ability to turn a phrase often took my breath away. This breakout novel has the potential to get noticed and noticed big-time. The big publishing houses have real reason to be concerned, because self-published books of this caliber could be real game-changers.

Trace Dawson is the perfect sizzling, tortured bad boy your mother warned you about—out on parole, he’s determined to clear his name and determined to claim what’s his, and that’s Shannon Bradford, whether Trace will admit it right away or not.

Shannon Bradford is a vulnerable, lovely, young blonde who, at first, doesn’t know which end is up, because her filthy rich, conniving family has done a magnificent job of directing every piece of her life. She’s so confused she doesn’t even know whether Trace, the boy she loved as a teen, was actually her mom’s murderer or not.

There is so much meat in this book, and by meat I mean that this story has real depth. Sure it’s also one steamy, slow burn of a romance novel, but there’s so much more to it. The characters are incredibly well-developed and we really get to know them (and learn to absolutely HATE some of them, for all the right reasons). The story is a wild, rollercoaster ride with just enough curves to keep us on our toes. I could not put this book down—not to eat, not to sleep, heck, not for anything!

Buy it. You’ll blast through it, and be starving for the next one in the trilogy. I can’t wait for it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Read! Suspenseful, Sensual and Satisfying to your Brain. Purchase this Book it is so worth it! 4 March 2015
By RedRobin Tweeting about Reading - Published on
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Five star rating for me on this book. I love that it took place in WV, which is where I am from. Tanya really captured the country ways of a small town. Gossip is all that they have sometimes so it really did spice up the story. The way she brought you into the story with Trace and leaving the prison had that hook. You want to know why he was there, why he was going back to that place, why the billboard rattled his nerves. Then the story of the crush and how it blossomed into love. The suspense was great because you were always wondering who really did commit the murder. It was very sensual but not over the top. You could feel love between Trace and Shannon building and it captured your heart. What a man this guy, he could do anything mechanic, carpenter and bad ass protector. Then to take all those qualities and bring them into passionate but gentle dance Thid part is what made my heart melt. Shannon I loved her tenacity and spunk with her family. She had finally had enough. So please read this book you will not be disappointed. Fantastic start for a new author. Outstanding that a debut book could have so much depth. Tanya Holmes is definitely on my list of authors that I will purchase books the instant they become available.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 17 May 2014
By PBlack - Published on
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Loved it!
Imagine a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in small-town Temptation, West Virginia, complete with a Mrs Robinson-esque momma to rival Maleficent herself.
But this is no Disney fairytale. Prince Charming (Tattooed ex-con Trace) and Aurora (Shannon - good natured, beautiful and filthy rich – think Cher from Clueless) have more in common with Heathcliff and Catherine in their tragic, star-crossed passion.
Throw in a smattering of ‘Dirty Dancing’, roll it in a little ‘Murder she wrote’ mystery, and family drama to rival ‘Dallas’ at its peak. Season with the grittiness of ‘Banshee,’ play it all to the tune of ‘Uptown Girl,’ and ride it on home to the inevitable HEA on the back of a Harley ... and you get some idea of what you’re getting into.
There is an element of cheating (the heroine is engaged, not to the hero) so be warned if this is a no-go area for you.
Yes, the characters and scenarios veer into cliché at times, but this book was a pleasure to read. Well paced, lovely writing style, twisty plot kept me turning pages, and excellent character development and descriptions to boot. What’s not to love? Go read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 19 May 2014
By Debbie - Published on
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This was a great book. I loved both Trace and Shannon. It's one of those stories that hooks you from the very first chapter and keeps you reading until you've finished. There's love, murder, lies, blackmail, secrets, and so much more.

Trace is wrongfully convicted for a murder he didn't commit. Twelve years later he's released and the first person he sees is Shannon, the daughter of the lady murdered. Part of Shannon's testimony is why he was found guilty, but she was only fourteen at the time and he eighteen. The town's people are giving Trace a hard time, but Shannon takes up for him. She's from money and her family has pull, so of course rumors start. But Shannon has started remembering things from her past and realizes something's not right. She works to persuade Trace into helping her find out what really happened.

Shannon was in love with Trace when they were kids, and even though there was an age difference, he cared for her as well. The chemistry between these two now is undeniable. But the problem is, Shannon is engaged, and although he's older and always gone, Shannon thinks she loves him.

As Trace and Shannon look for the truth, their feelings become stronger. But will Shannon break things off with her fiance for the guy convicted of her mom's murder? Will they discover who the real murderer is? What other secrets are being hidden? This book will keep you guessing and will surprise you.

Really great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 9 March 2015
By Danielle A Cup and A Book - Published on
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I. Loved. This Book. Want proof? I was so excited to read this book I, wait for it…I PAID FOR IT. Yup, cheapo Danielle paid full price for a book. Within Temptation is a wonderful suspense novel that will keep you guessing and your toes curling.

Trace Dawson was sent to jail twelve years ago, for a murder he didn’t commit. When released from prison, Trace just wants to move on with his life. But can small town USA let him………I’m from small town USA – so that’s a no. That is not a spoiler, that is common sense.

Shannon Bradford feels compelled to find out what really happened between her mother and childhood friend that night. No matter how much Trace pushes her away, Shannon won’t give up. Knowing Trace probably harbors resentment for her part in his arrest. he isn’t really pushy, she just needs to know. I think we can all relate in some small way to the desire, the all-consuming need to know the truth.

Trace. Oh Trace you are such an awesome hero! And hot to ^^ yeah? Anyhoo, why is Trace great? Well, definitely bitter about his imprisonment – rightfully so don’t ya think? – he never crosses the line to douches-baggery. His feelings and actions are always understandable. More importantly, he is believable. Trace’s thoughts, emotions, and actions are realistic – not over-the-top – an endear the reader to him.

Shannon is a great counter part for Trace. The obstacles she faces are awful and her connection to Trace is, well, complicated. Shannon, while a bit naïve and inexperienced, is a strong woman. She knows something is wrong and does everything in her power to get to the truth and fix what she can.

The supporting characters are just as well written – leaving your skin crawling, your heart breaking, and your mind reeling.

If you are looking for a story filled with mystery, conspiracy, a search for justice, and a hot romance, well, click the buy link already!