Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: "Temptation" by Robin Covington

She needs to be good. Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be. Sometimes bad is so very good. With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl--no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.
My thanks to Netgalley and Burning Up the Sheets, LLC Publishing for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

Kind of bored by this. There's nothing that really stands out about this book that  comes even close to fascinating. We've got the gun-shy guy who's been burned before and doesn't want a commitment. Then we've got the gun-shy career girl who doesn't have time for a commitment. But somehow we know that love will conquer all and they will commit to each other.  At around 60% I found myself asking if I really cared if these two characters would find a way to make it work, and my answer was no. But seeing this wasn't a completely painful read, I decided to stick it out in case of a pleasant surprise.  Did I get it? In a word, no. This book was easy to put down and hard to pick back up, and that is never a good thing.

Max is great. Maybe a little too great. Aside from his fear of commitment, he's pretty much perfection on a stick. Kit? Yeah, she's pretty great, too.  Aside from her tragic past, which she's fought tooth and nail to move above and beyond, she's pretty much all that and a bag of chips.  You see where I'm going with this?  The problem with characters like these is that they're a dime a dozen, and I've already read about thousands of them, and I'm bored of them all!

The plot?  Same thing!  I've read variations of this same outline a thousand times!  Boy meets girl. There's chemistry, they can't stop thinking about each other, there are numerous encounters featuring steamy looks and electric touches.  Something happens to break the happy couple apart, but against all odds, they come to their senses and declare their everlasting love and devotion to each other.  The only thing about "Temptation" that stands out is that the action takes place in Nashville amidst the excitement of the country music industry.  Oh, sorry, forgot about the sex scandal.  That was original.  Or was it?  Wasn't that in an episode of "Nashville"?  Hmmm, this whole book reads like a script from the TV series, come to think of it...

One thing I did like about "Temptation" was that Max and Kit didn't mess around getting to the physical side of things. They were up front about their attraction to each other and decided to go for it straight away. And why not? As long as everyone involved is cool and up front about where a relationship, or non-relationship as the case may be, is headed, then go for it I say.  It only gets messy when those dang feelings get involved! 

Anyway, would I recommend this book to anyone?  I suppose if the synopsis sounds like something you would like, and if you're not tired of the same old cliches, then you will probably enjoy this book.  Just don't expect anything life changing to come out of the experience.

My rating: 2.5 stars

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