Tempted by Love
by Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Book #3 in the Montana Heat series
Number of Pages: 384
Romantic Suspense M/F
Read 9/9/19 to 9/10/19
Alina Cooke—little sister of his two best friends—is the last woman DEA agent Jay Bennett should be waking up next to on the day of her brother’s wedding. But their powerful attraction ignited a powder keg of desire, and their once simple friendship has just become impossibly complicated.
Alina’s always been steady, focused, and lived on the safe side of life. Jay is totally devoted to his dangerous job. She knows a future with him will be filled with worry that one day he won’t come home. She’s done it with her brothers. She’s not sure she can face that uncertainty with the man she loves. Yet being in his arms is a bad idea they keep repeating, again and again.
When Alina is run off the road, Jay fears his job has made her a target. But the threat in Alina’s life is closer than they think. As the enemy gets more ruthless, Alina proves she’s no easy target and Jay will do anything to bring them down. Because surviving and being together is the only thing that matters.
Man, Jay and Alina burned hot and fast. Their chemistry is intense!
This story crosses over with the last book in this series, True to You. I’m letting you know that right away because I got a bit confused when the scenes with King started popping up. It’s been more than a year since I read that book so it took me a minute to remember that Alina comes up in discussion with King and Jay in that book and my foggy brain finally realized the timelines of the two books ran parallel.
Although Alina and Jay have every reason to stay away from each other (he’s best friends with her very overprotective brothers), they just can’t seem to resist the pull. In the beginning it’s sizzling hot. After that first weekend it’s still hot, but gets sweeter and sweeter. Both characters have always wanted to settle down and they’re both ready. Jay has never found anyone who understands his work and his schedule. Alina has never felt the connection and mutual respect she wants in a relationship. That changes when they decide to give their chemistry more than a roll in the hay chance.
On top of the chemistry and affection the two have, there’s a lot of action in this story. While the reader knows what’s going on, Jay and Alina do not. Because Alina is dating a DEA agent as well as both of her brothers being DEA agents, when she is hurt it’s hard for anyone to look beyond her being hurt because of them and their jobs.
I enjoyed how the pieces of this story fell into place. As always, I appreciate Jay and Alina acknowledging the speed of their relationship. Sometimes when you know you know. And I’m okay with that.