Monday, August 12, 2013

Her Favorite Temptation by Sarah Mayberry

Two people facing crossroads in their lives discover friendship and love in this touching novella by fan favorite Harlequin Superromance author Sarah Mayberry.

Leah Mathews has always been the good sister, the favored one who could do no wrong. But as her thirtieth birthday looms, she's ready to step out of her parents' shadow and make changes in her life. Shes even more inspired by the sexy musician who moves in next door and his seize-the-day attitude. And tempted to take comfort in his arms...

Will Jones is facing the prospect of losing the career he loves--and possibly his life--to a sudden illness. When he meets Leah, he feels a powerful connection to her, and flirting with a smart, beautiful woman seems like the perfect way to spend the weeks before his risky operation.

But as their relationship heats up, Leah still doesn't know the truth about Will's situation. Will their bond be strong enough to face the challenges yet to come?

I've never read a book by Sarah Mayberry before but when Dear Author speaks highly of someone's work (and it's available for free on Amazon) I figure that it's good enough of a reason for me to try it - especially when it's a genre I already enjoy. Her Favorite Temptation is a fast, familiar read with two people who don't know quite what to do with their own lives or their sudden feelings for each other. It's one of those few titles where deliberate deceptions (a couple of them in fact) don't entirely derail the romance; there are very good reasons for why Will doesn't tell Leah exactly who he is and they work here. Leah is smart enough that even though she's hurt initially she's willing to listen to his reasons and ultimately be his rock when his mysterious illness starts to have real life effects.

It's a good all around heart-warming type of romance, and while I wouldn't say there are any big surprises the feelings between Leah and Will feel real and their HEA authentic to what they're both dealing with, health and family wise.

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) Her Favorite Temptation 2) Her Favorite Rival (Sept 2013)