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Tempted in the Tropics: A Suddenly Smitten Novel

Tempted in the Tropics: A Suddenly Smitten Novel

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by Tracy March

Paige Ellerbee's life is far from perfect after moving back to small-town Maple Creek—there's her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee's; her aging father; and the fact she's practically the only single girl in town. But when Lane Anderson, the town's hot—and young!—new doctor, moves in next door, she wouldn't mind receiving some intensive

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Tempted in the Tropics: A Suddenly Smitten Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
I devoured this in one go! Granted I was on an 8 hour flight, but this book made it a much more happy pleasurable experience and as my husband sat snoring away beside me, I in turn sat swooning and signing over one very delectable and dishy doctor. With loveable characters, a captivating storyline and set in a descriptively beautiful setting, I was once again smitten and loved every page. I would recommend reading The Practice Proposal first though; this book focusses on Paige, and Cole and Liza’s journey continues to evolve and plays a huge part throughout. I loved Paige in the first book, but she really comes into her own in this and you can’t not love her determined, feisty yet sweet nature. As for Lane, well the synopsis wasn’t wrong when it says he could give McDreamy a run for his money. There simply aren’t enough adjectives to describe him and the man had my heart from the start. He and Paige may not get off to the best of starts, but when flung together in St. Lucia, a fling surely can’t hurt… This magical book is filled with romance, flirting, humour, wit, joy, sadness and passion. It pulled my heartstrings yet made me laugh-out-loud and whilst the steamy content stays behind closed doors, the build-up is sizzling. I thoroughly recommend and I can’t wait to visit Maple Creek again to see who will find love next (perhaps Cyn and Trent?)
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I loved the characters and the story.  My only problem is that it ended too quick.  I would have liked more. Can't wait for the next book :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS proves that Tracy March has mastered the art of the sweet romance, delivering a well-written story that is incredibly fun and sweet (without being saccharine) and full of warm fuzzies, but tempered with the right amount of heat to take it a step beyond your usual Bliss title.  I’m a bit prejudiced against doctor heroes-- the genius and God complex attitude drives me mad! So I was a bit wary of Dr. Lane Anderson and his by-the-book, uptight ways. After the professional and personal debacle of his practice in Austin, Lane arrives in tiny, sleepy Maple Creek to run his uncle’s practice for a month while he figures out what’s next in his life. Having been burned professionally and personally by his ex-fiancée, he’s quite consumed with re-establishing his medical reputation & ensuring everything he does is completely above reproach and protecting his heart. I can understand his reasons for being so careful and uptight, but it really made me want to loosen him up! Especially since he’s really one of those great doctors who truly cares about his patients. And he saves the day and is ridiculously gorgeous, funny, and sweet. I may be cured of my doctor-hero aversion. Paige Ellerbee was one of my favourite secondary characters in THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL. She’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s hilarious, and she’s full of heart—when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she left her exciting life in DC to move back to Maple. With her mum now gone and her dad’s barbershop struggling, she can’t bear to leave him behind and runs her own struggling bakery in Maple Creek—despite dreaming of home and hearth, hard to come by in a town populated by seniors. She’s the type of character you wish were real so she could be your friend, and the relationships she has with Liza and the Sutherlands are genuine and heartwarming. Her first meeting with Lane is equal parts instant attraction and friction, and the two of them continue to be sweetly antagonistic until they find themselves in the lush tropical paradise of St. Lucia for Liza’s wedding and decide on a no-strings-attached island fling. Their fling is peppered with hilariously embarrassing scenes that had me chuckling the entire time. Of course the fling isn’t really a fling because they both fall for each other but see no way of making it work. That scene at the end where they resolve their differences will have you going “awwwwww!”. Yes, the timeframe from being complete strangers to being together forever is ridiculously short and completely unrealistic, but it’s such an adorably cute, fun journey that it doesn’t matter.  I love Tracy’s contemporary voice. It’s fresh, modern, and completely approachable—it doesn’t set out to be anything other than lighthearted and romantic fun, and it reads like any conversation you’d have with your friends. She does a great job of laying the groundwork for the physical chemistry between the characters and conveying passion and sensuality whilst having the actual intimate scenes occur behind closed doors, which greatly helped counter my major gripe with Bliss (or similar) titles and made it a more enjoyable read. TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS is a thoroughly enjoyable, quick read, that will have you laughing  AND feeling warm & fuzzy. Definitely recommended for fans of Tracy’s Suddenly Smitten series and anyone who likes their romance of the sweet, lighthearted persuasion—particularly if you like hot doctors. I’m looking forward to the next instalment!
DebbsM1 More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved the book. Paige and Lane romance was exciting. I laughed out loud with the thong incident and that it can back again! The town of Maple Creek is the perfect magical town. Good job Tracy. I will be looking forward to your next book.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Tempted in the Tropics was fun, flirty, and romantic. The setting was great, the characters were likable, and I got to see Liza and Cole again! YAY!  I liked Paige from the first book, so I was curious about getting to know her better. She was a great character. She's quirky, sweet, and generally a good person. She runs her own bakery and struggles to make ends meet. But, she makes it work, because the town relies on her. Not only does she provide delicious treats, but she really does cater to their dietary needs. I think that shows was a kind hearted person she really is.  Then there's Lane. Lane's come into town to help his Uncle out at his practice. Lane is a doctor. After a scandal back at his old practice and a bad break-up, he's come to town hoping to get his life back on track. Paige wasn't part of his plan. Lane is a serious kind of guy, so I felt like Paige was a good fit for her. She's a lot more laid back and go with the flow. She helped him to ease up a bit and enjoy life.  There a many things that brought this couple together, but where they fell in love was at Cole and Liza's wedding. Both Lane and Paige are friends of Liza's. Paige is also Liza's maid of honor and Lane is playing music for the wedding. So, as the wedding weekend gets underway, Lane and Paige end up exploring the island and each other. The setting was so romantic, it was the perfect backdrop to fall in love. I love the relationship they developed. Paige and Lane had good chemistry. They also shared some pretty funny moments together that had me laughing.  Overall, I loved Tempted in the Tropics. I like seeing how the series is developing. I'm guessing that Trent's book will be next. He's a good friend of Liza and Paige's. He's looking for love and I have a feeling Liza and Paige may be able to help him find a special lady. I love the Bliss line. The books are great and it's introduced me to authors, such as Tracy March. If you like, fun and flirty romances, check this on out! Quotes: ~"It sounds so delicious," she said. "And the way he says it with his Barry White voice and island accent makes it sound like food porn."-Loc 1428 ~"You look...delicious," he said, and hungrily kissed a trail up her neck to her lips. "You're officially my new favorite dessert."-Loc 1579 ~"I want you to know, the magic thing makes a lot more sense to me now." He traced his fingertips along her cheek and swept them beneath her chin. "It's not what you bake--it's you."-Loc 2576
ccitygirl More than 1 year ago
What is more tempting than the tropics? How about a small town girl and a big time doctor (who has gotten his heart broken) trying to figure out what they want... or more like what they NEED from each other there! You will fall in love with Paige and Lane from the first chapter! I don't want to give away the whole book... You need to read it to find out all the sexy (but just the right amount of sexy, not trashy!) details. READ THIS BOOK! This is a love story you will fall in love with! You won't regret it! :)
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a terrific book! The storyline is fresh, modern and engaging. This is a fast-paced read the flows fluidly from beginning to end. The author does an excellent job of creating sexy seduction scenes that sizzle with heat. Bakery owner and pastry chef Paige Ellerbee is a smart young woman with a lot of heart. When she found out her mom was dying from cancer, she returned to her hometown of Maple Creek to help her dad take care of her mom. She decided to stay in town permanently so that she could watch over her dad and be close to her only family member. Unfortunately, the town Paige grew up in is now primarily populated by senior citizens, so meeting men and having a social life is especially difficult. However, the townspeople love her and she finds great comfort in knowing that her "Special Recipes" help to keep them healthy. The town doctor keeps her apprised on which folks require low fat, no sugar, or gluten free items and she alters her recipes accordingly. That is until the local doctor goes on a month long vacation and his nephew, Dr. Lane Anderson, fills in temporarily and refuses to follow the dietary communication process. A month in Maple Creek is just what Lane needs to clear his head. He recently lost his thriving medical practice due to being associated with a prescription drug scandal that his medical partner was involved in. Needless to say, Lane is extremely careful with his doctoring. When Paige and Lane meet, there is an instant attraction and dislike at the same time. However, with some meddling by Paige's best-friend Liza and Sylvia, Liza's mother, they get to know each other and a relationship blossoms. Both attending Liza's wedding to Cole in St. Lucia, turns up the heat and passion. They agree to an island fling, with no strings attached. However, is a fling enough? If you are looking for a well-written, hot contemporary romance, look no further than Tempted in the Tropics.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March. It was entertaining from start to finish with the perfect blend of romance, laughter, and passion.  In the follow up book to The Practice Proposal, Tempted in the Tropics follows Paige and Lane’s story. Paige Ellerbee runs Sweet Bee’s Bakery in Maple Creek and Dr. Lane Anderson is in town to cover for his uncle’s medical practice, which is next door to Sweet Bee’s. The two of them have a rocky start, but a long weekend in St. Lucia changes that… The pacing of Tempted in the Tropics was perfect. Sometimes in contemporary romance there is a lull here or there in the story, but not so with this one! I really had a hard time putting it down because there wasn’t an easy stopping point – I had to keep reading to find out what happened next.  The setting was awesome because most of it took place in St. Lucia. If Tracy modeled the resort in the book after one she stayed in, I definitely want to visit St. Lucia! The characters were well developed. Paige is full of spirit and Lane was raised much more conservatively, and is rather “uptight” according to Paige. There are some absolutely laugh-out-loud funny scenes in this book as well as some very sweet and tender “aww” moments. I really enjoyed the romance build up between Paige and Lane because it was so true of their characters. It was Cole and Liza’s wedding (from The Practice Proposal) that brought Paige and Lane to St. Lucia. There was a little matchmaking going on behind the scenes that made sure they had to spend time together to start things off. As with Tracy’s other stories, the intimate scenes were left up to the reader’s imagination. She does a fantastic job giving bits and pieces of the physical chemistry like the soft kisses and touches, the characters thoughts and emotional responses and at the end of the book it was just as passionate and sexy as books with detailed sex scenes. So far it might seem like Paige and Lane had an easy road with their relationship, but that was not the case.  There were still questions and doubts, disapproving parents, ex-fiances, family health concerns and potential job failure that really tested their ability to be together. Through it all, Paige and Lane had great friends by their side and continued to be drawn together by the peace they got from one another. The ending to the story was absolutely perfect and allowed me to let out a very happy sigh. If you are looking for a passionate, romantic and very entertaining contemporary romance read, I highly recommend Tempted in the Tropics!
Heather_Anne11 More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read a Bliss book that disappointed me and I doubt I ever will! Tracy March certainly takes you to the tropics in this brand new release, Tempted in the Tropics. It is a fast-paced read that leaves you blushing along side Paige and wanting to venture to a tropical island with a doctor named Lane of your own! I just loved how much Paige cared for her father and the people of her small hometown and how Lane possessed a sensitive demeanor and wasn’t afraid to open up to Paige. You are captivated by their romance every step of the way and you may even find yourself letting out a laugh at some of the embarrassing things Paige endures. This book alone will take you on a tropical adventure and keep you feeling as if you’ve fallen for your very own McDreamy or McSteamy. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this Bliss read! In the upcoming fall and winter months, whenever you need a tropical escape, this is the one to dive into! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story full of love, friendship, laugh out loud moments and tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and how you saw the same characters from Practice Propsal
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 I found this book to be a fun, sweet read.  I instantly liked Paige.  She was young, energetic, with a big heart - but very independent and not afraid to speak her mind.  I think the pink streak in her hair showed that she was a little rebellious and not afraid to have a little fun.  Because she was living in a town with mostly retired folks, she liked to liven things up a little.   She fits in well in the community, having moved back home to help take care of her mother, who has recently died of cancer.  She took over Sweet Bee's bakery and has made a go of it with the help of the town doctor.  He lets her know his patient's needs and she bakes up goodies that stick with their dietary limitations.  It's a win-win-win.  She gets business, patients get to eat goodies, and they get healthier.  Until said doc goes on a month long vacation and leaves his nephew, Lane, to run his practice.  He doesn't share with him the "partnership" he has with Paige and will not honor it.   See, Lane was recently burned by his ex-partner/ex-fiance when it was discovered that she was prescribing medicine that wasn't needed.  He was found guilty by association.  So, even though Paige and his uncle have covered things technically, he doesn't even want to come close to anything that might look illegal.  He might disagree with Paige over this, but the air around them crackles whenever the two of them are in the same room.  When they end up on a tropical island for a friend's wedding, they decide to put their differences aside and see where it takes them. I liked the way the author created the sexual tension and situations, without being really graphic about it.  She also writes with a great sense of humor - with I find necessary with any romance!  This is the second book in the series, and I didn't have the pleasure of reading the first one.  I do not think this detracted from this book at all though and would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun, romantic read!
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Fun & Sexy Contemporary Romance * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. A woman trying to keep her bakery from failing clashes with her small town’s temporary new doctor in Tracy March’s Tempted in the Tropics. A swiftly paced, contemporary romance, Ms. March’s characters quickly drew me in and kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. Adding just a touch of humor, the right amount of snarky dialogue and a sweetly, sexy romance, made this a very enjoyable book vacation getaway. Operating Sweet Bee’s bakery helps Paige Ellerbee honor her mother’s memory and keep tabs on her aging father. A young woman who left her busy career in a big town, Paige still longs for adventure and romance. Only in Maple Creek, there’s really no one she’s interested in – at least until the new doctor arrives in town. Then Paige finds herself both attracted and annoyed with the very same man. Taking over his uncle’s practice on a temporary basis, Lane Anderson intends to start his medical career over. Burned by his previous medical partner, who also happened to be his fiancée, Lane intends to make sure nothing gets in the way of his career again. He doesn’t intend to make any mistakes. The scenes between Paige and Lane are fun, full of snappy dialogue and simmering heat. While attracted to each other, they quickly find themselves on opposite grounds because of their secrets; her financial worries about the bakery and his troubles with the medical board. Ms. March does a good job developing both characters and bringing them together over a mutual friend’s wedding, and tropical vacation, which gives them a chance to get away from their problems and give in to their attraction, even though they both agree it’s only temporary. The secondary characters in the story were also well developed and I enjoyed getting to know Paige’s dad, her best friend Liza (the heroine from the previous book in this series) and her assistant “Cyn”. While there is no “villain” in the romance, the secrets they both have keep a wall between them until they learn to trust each other. Will Paige and Lane realize their romance is more than temporary? Will Lane decide living and working in Maple Creek is just what the doctor ordered? You’ll have to read Tempted in the Tropics to find out, I really enjoyed it and I think you will too.
TutorGirlx3 More than 1 year ago
I read and loved March's The Practice Proposal so much I requested a review copy from Entangled, who were obliging enough to provide me with one in exchange for a review. My thanks to them! (As a disclaimer, my review is honest and in no way influenced by my receiving the book from the publisher.) I spent a slow Sunday reading this book, and while I'd already really enjoyed March's writing style, particularly her skill at crafting a relationship dynamic, in the previous book, I was uncertain how I'd feel about this one. I so enjoyed reading the slow buildup of Cole and Liza's relationship, seeing how they waited to have sex until they were ready, that I wasn't sure I'd be as taken in by a book that was founded on the exact opposite dynamic--a sexual fling lasting only a few days. I needn't have worried, because just like The Practice Proposal, the couple felt so real to me that I found myself turning the pages faster and faster, hoping they'd work things out. Paige is just as likable here as she was in the previous book, and though she has a slightly wild side, it's never taken so far as to become grating. It's easy to root for her to find love after she's already spent so many years valuing her parents' happiness before her own. Lane's struggle to trust again after being burned so badly in his previous relationship isn't the huge point of contention other novels would've made it out to be; Paige never presses for the whole story and asks for it at the right time, without having made ghastly assumptions about what it could be, and allows them both time to process the revelation afterwards. The characters were so well-handled it was easy to be taken in by their sexual tension, and though the scene always fades out before the act itself, there's still plenty of steam to be had! Whether it's swimming naked or giving a whole new meaning to the word dessert, there's just such a sense of fun and exuberance, fitting for a book that's based around a vacation. While disapproving parents do figure slightly in the narrative, what Lane and Paige are doing is never made into something shameful or wrong. And while the relationship starts off as purely sexual, that's never all it is; Paige and Lane tell each other about themselves, their pasts and their presents, and make apologies for the wrongs they've accidentally done each other. Overall, Tropics really defied my reservations about the premise and became something I truly enjoyed reading; I came out of it just as eager for another book by March as I had been after I finished The Practice Proposal. I eagerly guessed which character (or characters!) could possibly serve as the hero or heroine in the next book. Regardless of whether or not March does return to Maple Creek, I'll eagerly read anything by her, and recommend this one to anyone who wants a fun, steamy romance to offset that incoming fall weather!
dearbrighton More than 1 year ago
I don't know who was sweeter- Paige or her Sweet Bee's Bakery? Being the follow up to The Practice Proposal, I wasn't sure what to expect from Tempted In The Tropics when I began but I was oh so happily surprised. Paige Ellerbee runs Sweet Bee's Bakery in sleepy Maple Creek. It's a struggling business but she keeps it going with her favorite customers and making "magic" recipes for the elderly townsfolk based on their health needs. That is until her customers' trusted physician Dr. Hartley goes on a once in a lifetime vacation and has his nephew fill in for him while he's abroad. Enter Dr. Lane Anderson who should have his picture in the dictionary under the word uptight. He has his reasons though; his previous practice partner's (and fiancee) actions caused him to be under scrutiny for the foreseeable future and he doesn't want any part of the business between Paige and his uncle. Paige and Lane manage to avoid each other until they find out that will both be apart of a dream wedding in the tropics and that maybe a little vacation fling is what they both need. Tempted In The Tropics is a sweet and heartwarming story. I was just what I needed after coming off my previous read. Tracy March has a wonderful writing style that is equal parts humorous and realistic. I also love the bits of current pop culture that were thrown in throughout the story. The chemistry between Paige and Lane was apparent right from the start. They were quite the opposites but complimented each other in those ways. The ending was a large mix of sad and happy tears all in one and perhaps the best Valentines Ball Maple Creek had ever seen. Tempted In The Tropics is a short, happy read that left me while a smile on my face. Tracy March brought the little town of Maple Creek to life with a fantastic blend of characters.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Tempted in the Tropics was a satisfying follow up to March's earlier The Practice Proposal--we even get to see that book's hero and heroine, Cole and Liza, tie the knot! The fact that they do so at a tropical location is just sugar sprinkled on the top of the muffin...throw in a sassy baker and a dreamy doctor, and you've got a fun way to spend a less-than-tropical autumn evening. I enjoyed the tension between Paige and Lane; the author did a nice job of showing just the right amount of heat without taking it too far. It was great seeing Liza and Cole again--even their pies came back for an encore! The proposal at the end just goes to prove that March really knows how to bring it with that romance staple. Loved it! I can't wait to see what's up next for this series.  I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Loved it!
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Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I read The Practice Proposal, the story of Liza and Cole and where we meet Liza's best friend Paige. Who wants to find love but isn't feeling hopeful in Maple Creek where most of the population is over 60. Paige was once a successful pastry chef and came home to take care of her dying mother but stayed there after to be near her dad. So, she opened up a cute bakery called Sweet Bee's located between her dad's barber shop and the town doctor. Which is a perfect location for her because she gets to see her dad daily at the same time she has a pseudo business deal with the town doctor where she helps bake things for his patients that are diet appropriate. This is all fine and dandy until the doctor goes on a trip of a life time and his nephew comes to town to help out. Lane Anderson once had it all then lost it after quite the medical scandal and relationship mishap. Knowing he can't do anything wrong to jeopardize his already shaky foundation, he says no to Paige and her special recipes. For Lane he doesn't realize that this could bankrupt Paige in this already shaky economy, while Paige doesn't realize the true reason why Lane did what he did. All she thinks is that he's an uptight jerk and wants nothing to do with him and his dimples. However, others have different ideas and try to match Lane and Paige together. Paige and Lane have to come to a truce if they are going to survive Liza and Cole's destination wedding. As the truce is in place Lane tries to lighten up and enjoy Paige, which cause them to give in to this quick fling because nothing can become more with Lane leaving soon. Even though it started as a fling, emotions quickly got involved for this sweet couple but life always has complications so to make it work a lot of things would have to change for this sweet duo. This was another cute and endearing story about love when you least expect it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
JBChase More than 1 year ago
This was the second book in the series. Cute love story.
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After i let jack think about what the heck world27 was, i went to my office and sat down in the big chair facing the huge screen on the wall. I commanded the screen to show him admiral garkentar. His ugly face popped up on the screen. I told him what had happened with the battle and the aliens from 27 winning the starship over, his face paled. He said they werent going to make it without retreat. The antides had them cornered inbetween the intergalactic message way of the three huge planets. They only had a few starships left. The reason you couldnt er the beeps from ours is because the antides ble this as all around the area that dissabled the beepers. Were doomed for vuctory, so were retreating. Be there in a coupe days sir and wirpth a boom, the screen went black. Next part coming!!!- darksunstar