Once Tempted (Silver Creek Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.
 
Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and ...
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Overview

Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.
 
Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.
 
Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.

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“[Laura] Moore’s first in her new Silver Creek series is packed with plenty of great, realistic dialogue and features two main characters whose actions and choices are easy to sympathize with. The glimpses of the hero’s two siblings will leave readers eager for their stories.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“When I read [Moore’s] books, I'm transported to the peaceful countryside with ranch homes and barns dotting the landscape. Once Tempted has all that and more.”—USA Today
 
“Ward is the perfect cowboy hero for a twenty-first century romance.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Moore is a fantastic storyteller ensnaring your interest from the first page.”—Fresh Fiction
 
Once Tempted is a sexy new read by author Laura Moore that not only gives us a tantalizing tale of undeniable love but also is a great start to a new series that's sure to speak to contemporary romance lovers everywhere.”—The Romance Reviews

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“[Laura] Moore’s first in her new Silver Creek series is packed with plenty of great, realistic dialogue and features two main characters whose actions and choices are easy to sympathize with. The glimpses of the hero’s two siblings will leave readers eager for their stories.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“When I read [Moore’s] books, I'm transported to the peaceful countryside with ranch homes and barns dotting the landscape. Once Tempted has all that and more.”—USA Today
 
“Ward is the perfect cowboy hero for a twenty-first century romance.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“Moore is a fantastic storyteller ensnaring your interest from the first page.”—Fresh Fiction
 
Once Tempted is a sexy new read by author Laura Moore that not only gives us a tantalizing tale of undeniable love but also is a great start to a new series that's sure to speak to contemporary romance lovers everywhere.”—The Romance Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345536990
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Silver Creek Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 16,002
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Moore lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two children, and their Labrador retriever.
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Chapter One

Her husband was dead and she couldn’t cry.

Tess Casari clutched the phone. “Anna, it’s me. It’s over. David died two days ago.”

“Oh, Tess! I’m sorry. Where are you?”

“At my parents’. I needed to break the news and there was stuff I had to arrange—”

“Do you want me to come over? Or would you like to get away for a while? Giorgio is covering tonight’s event so I have the night off.” Giorgio Bissi was the manager of La Dolce Vita, the events planning company where both Anna and Tess worked—rather, where Tess had worked until two months ago.

“I’ll come to your place. It’s been rough going. But I don’t want to talk about it in front of Mom and Dad. You understand.”

“Of course.” Anna’s voice was a well of sympathy. “Come as quickly as you can. There haven’t been too many delays on the lines lately.”

Having grown up in the same neighborhood in Astoria as Tess, Anna knew to the minute how long the subway ride to Manhattan from Queens would be, coupled with a quick walk to the brownstone apartment on Sixty-Second between Second and First Avenues. That’s where Anna lived with her boyfriend, Lucas, an associate at a law firm who logged insanely long hours.

Forty-five minutes later, Tess was outside Anna’s building and shivering despite the unseasonably mild December evening. Distracted as she was, she’d left her parents’ house without thinking to put a coat on over her long sweater and leggings. She pressed the button for apartment number three and Anna’s voice came over the intercom.

“I’m here,” Tess said and was buzzed inside. She stepped into a small entry hall illuminated by a shiny brass chandelier and matching wall sconces. In the corner by the staircase, a Christmas tree was decorated with bright lights, red and gold balls, and a cascade of tinsel. The star perched on its highest branch listed a little to the left. A menorah stood in the center of a long side table. Two of its candles glowed.

The holiday season was upon them, Tess realized with detached surprise. Normally this was her favorite time of year, the hustle and bustle of the streets, the laughter of people gathering together, the delicious food, and, above all, the sense of hope and promise.

Her steps rang out as she climbed the winding marble staircase. Reaching the third floor, she found Anna standing in the door of her apartment. She rushed forward, enfolding Tess in a fierce hug.

“God, I’ve missed you. I’m really sorry about David. Here.” Anna took her hand as though Tess were a child. “Come into the living room. I’ve opened a bottle of wine and made us something to nibble on.”

Anna and Tess had been friends since junior high when they played, or rather made feeble attempts to play, on the same school basketball team. They’d become bosom buddies for the simple fact that neither of them could dribble or pass, let alone shoot an orange ball through a silly net suspended ridiculously high in the air. Why the other girls wanted to race up and down the court in those hideous uniforms was beyond their comprehension. Sister Louisa called them off the bench only when the team was losing so miserably it no longer mattered.

Anna’s family was huge, but the Vecchios always made room at the dinner table for Tess when her mom was either at church or visiting Christopher at the institution, and when her Dad was out drinking at Rosso’s until he was sufficiently anesthetized to come home.

Tess let Anna lead her into the living room with its vintage Kilim rug, burnt gold velvet sofa, and, the pièce de résistance, an ornate Murano chandelier that Anna had inherited from her grandmother. Its crystal teardrops twinkled above them, sharp-edged and fragile. Tess wondered whether the tears trapped inside her looked like that.

Releasing her hand, Anna said, “Sit. Eat. I’ll get the glasses and wine.”

A platter, artfully arranged with paper-thin slices of salami, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and mushroom caps filled with goat cheese, was centered on the mirrored coffee table. Tess knew each bite would be delicious. Like her mother and grandmother, Anna lived and breathed for the making and enjoying of food. She worked as the menu planner for La Dolce Vita but was already planning the next step in her career, fulfilling her dream to open a little trattoria where she could serve exactly what she wanted. She and Lucas had begun scouting real estate in Brooklyn.

For Anna’s peace of mind, Tess hoped she’d be able to swallow a mouthful of the appetizers in front of her.

She sank down on the sofa in the room she knew so well and felt a wave of disorientation wash over her. Everything, here and in the city, was familiar, yet she still felt oddly disconnected. Since receiving the phone call from her estranged husband, David Bradford, two months earlier—the first she’d heard from him in twice that long—telling her that he was in a hospital in Boston, and that the doctors needed to operate on his brain, Tess’s world had flown to pieces, as if swept up in a vicious twister. But rather than landing in a Technicolor Land of Oz, she’d been transplanted to the sterile confines of Mass General Hospital.

From Logan Airport she’d jumped into a taxi, arriving just as the nurses were preparing to take David down to pre-op. Her wild glance took in the older couple standing rigidly by the narrow bed—his parents, she realized—before settling on David, thinner and paler since the day he’d walked out on her but still looking very much like the man she’d fallen head over heels in love with. He’d raised his gaze to hers and offered a single word. “Sorry.”

Then he’d closed his eyes.

She’d barely registered the bitter truth that once again David was going to shut her out and leave her with no answers when the nurse and the aide, with practiced efficiency, transferred David from bed to gurney. Shooting her a quick look of sympathy, they wheeled him away.

And he was gone. That one “Sorry” was the last word he would ever say to her. When she next saw him, David lay in a coma, unresponsive to any stimuli.

The sound of Anna’s heels clicking on the parquet floor drew Tess away from her sad recollections. How grateful she was to her best friend for always being there when she needed someone. Especially now. She straightened and relaxed her knotted hands.

Carrying two wineglasses and an open bottle of Sangiovese, Anna sat down next to Tess on the sofa, poured the deep red wine into the glasses, and passed her one.

“Here.”

Tess accepted the wine gratefully. At least now she had something to fill her hands; she wouldn’t be able to glance down at the pale indentation encircling the second finger of her left hand. Unwilling to add yet another line of sadness to her mother’s face, Tess had continued to wear her wedding ring even after David, without a backward glance, had walked away from their marriage six months ago. She’d removed the ring only yesterday.

How soon would it be until the mark, too, was gone?

“Do you want to talk about it?” Mixed with Anna’s concern was a hint of eagerness.

Tess didn’t blame Anna for her curiosity. It was natural. Were they to switch places, she’d have had just as much trouble resisting the urge to know all the horrific but no less juicy details. And as Tess’s coworker, Anna had been given a front-row seat from the very beginning of Tess and David’s dazzlingly swift romance, the setting a swank cocktail party at a Fifth Avenue duplex with windows on Central Park, which La Dolce Vita had been hired to cater.

“It’s hard to know what to say,” Tess murmured. “Sometimes I wonder how different my life would have been if we’d never worked that event.”

The cocktail party was intended to launch the political career of some mucky-muck, and the first floor of the duplex had been crammed with lavishly dressed socialites dripping in gold and diamonds, and Armani-suited power brokers who lunched at their midtown clubs. Tess had been passing hors d’ouevres among the guests when David stepped in front of her silver tray. Though the other men were just as impeccably attired as he was, David, with his curly blond hair and laughing eyes, was far better looking than many of them. Tess, however, would never have gone beyond acknowledging that he was an extremely attractive man.

It was David who’d appeared smitten, struck by the proverbial lightning bolt. After Tess had offered him a lobster puff, he’d ignored the other assembled guests, stationing himself at strategic points throughout the vast apartment to intercept her as she passed. Later he’d teased that it was her bow tie that had made him fall in love with her on the spot. Looking at it, he’d imagined himself in ten years’ time regaling their children with the tale of how he’d fallen in love with their mother because of her pink and purple polka-dotted bow tie.

That was David through and through: outrageous and totally unpredictable. Heartbreakingly so.

Tess had done her best to politely brush him off and concentrate on serving the other guests, but David had persisted in his attempt to talk to her with such a strangely endearing combination of humor and determination that she’d been charmed in spite of herself. By the end of the evening he’d convinced Tess to have dinner with him.

They’d eaten at a candlelit bistro that served a perfectly seasoned bouillabaisse and talked until the restaurant closed. She learned that he was a journalist and had been invited to the party because he was writing a profile of the political wannabe. David told her it was lucky he’d already gathered more than enough material for the article. Once he’d spotted Tess and her bow tie, he would have ignored Gandhi himself.

David had regaled her with amusing stories about his far-flung travels and the articles he’d written, but he’d also seemed interested in her, asking questions when she spoke about her background and where she’d grown up. He even got her to open up about a topic she rarely shared: the challenge her parents faced in trying to care for her severely autistic older brother, Christopher, and how devastating it had been for them when they could no longer keep him safe and were forced to place him in a private facility.

By now, of course, she wondered how much of David’s interest had been feigned or simply well-honed professional skill. But at the time she’d believed he truly cared. So when he asked her about La Dolce Vita, she’d revealed another aspect of herself, that she loved working at events planning because it gave her the opportunity to create a special, happy moment for people to remember. She needed to know she could make people smile and take away their cares—if only for a short while.

David had reached across the linen-covered table and laid his hand over hers and said that she’d given him a wonderful evening. He hoped it was the beginning of many such moments with her.

Maybe it was the lighting, the timbre of his voice, or the slow sweep of his thumb across the inside of her wrist, or maybe it was the earnestness of his expression when he’d spoken those words. She didn’t know. But she fell. And fell hard.

Because of David’s flexible schedule, they’d seen each other every day. Within a month he’d asked her to move into his SoHo loft. Six weeks after that he’d surprised her by coming to La Dolce Vita one afternoon when Anna and Tess and nine other employees were madly dashing about preparing for yet another high-octane party, this one a book launch for a celebrity’s tell-all memoir. In the middle of the kitchen, where Tess had been helping Anna top tiny Asian crab cakes with paper-thin slices of ginger, David had dropped onto bended knee and presented her with an emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. The rock had impressed even Anna. And Giorgio, who in the hours before big events made Mussolini look like a lackadaisical cream puff, decided the moment called for his best prosecco.

In hindsight, Tess recognized she should have resisted David’s entreaties or at least tried to slow down the supersonic speed of their relationship, but there’d been a magic to the courtship and she’d been enchanted. Clever and dashing, he’d been her very own Prince Charming, and Tess had believed herself the luckiest woman in the world.

But now he was gone and Tess remained bewildered, unable to sort truth from fiction, unable to comprehend why he’d bothered to pursue her in the first place. Why he’d bothered to tell her he loved her. Why the need for so much deceit . . .

She drew a breath. Next to her, Anna was looking at her sadly, helplessly, as if she, too, was remembering the string of events that brought David into Tess’s life. Okay, it was time to block out the endless loop of questions.

“The most important thing is that the doctors assured us that David didn’t suffer,” she said quietly.

“I know you told me that he’d had an aneurysm when they were trying to remove the tumor and then he slipped into a coma. So did he just . . . die?” Her friend’s voice was tentative. She didn’t know how to talk about what David and Tess had gone through. Anna wasn’t alone. There was so much Tess couldn’t talk about, not even with Anna.

“No. He contracted pneumonia.”

“Pneumonia? Gosh. That sounds so . . .” Anna trailed off awkwardly.

“Boring,” Tess supplied. “I know.” She nodded wearily. Boring was the antithesis of David’s character. “The doctors did everything they could, but the pneumonia took hold quickly. While he was in the coma, I sat beside him day after day, watching as the doctors and nurses came in and checked his vitals and performed their tests to measure any sign of responsiveness. During all that time I didn’t truly understand that the coma hadn’t simply robbed him of consciousness. It stole his strength, his ability to fight.”

“Well, he was better at fighting with words, wasn’t he?”

The comment was uncharitable, but Anna had seen how brutal David could be, how he used words the way some men used their fists. Once the marriage had started to deteriorate with the same dizzying speed with which it had been born, Tess would come over to Anna’s—she couldn’t burden her parents with the news that her very short marriage was already on the rocks, not when they’d suffered so much—to fall onto this very sofa, sobbing from the pain of David’s viciousness. Incensed, Anna would pace the room, cursing him with an eloquence that would have made a marine sergeant blush.

Doubtless regretting her previous remark, Anna said, “Still, I’m sorry. What a terrible way to go.”

“Yes.” Raising her glass, Tess drank deeply to banish the vision of the tubes inserted into David’s body and the wires attached elsewhere that had served to keep him in that terrible state for far too long. Although now painfully aware of how little she’d understood her husband, she was certain of one thing: David would have hated being dependent on those machines to keep his heart beating and his organs functioning . . . no matter what his parents wished to believe.

She had no sooner managed to push aside the image of David unmoving and unresponsive in his hospital bed when it was replaced by another one almost as distressing: of Edward Bradford turning to her minutes after the doctor had confirmed David’s death.

Grief had leached the color from Mr. Bradford’s patrician face but his blue eyes blazed, lit with pain and with rage. Removing an envelope from the inside pocket of his suit, he’d shoved it at her.

“Here.”

Uncomprehending, she’d stared at it and then up at the unforgiving lines of his face. “What’s this?”

She’d been on the receiving end of Edward Bradford’s disdain from the first day she met him and his wife, Hope, at the hospital, minutes after David had been transferred to pre-op. He never looked at her without making his contempt clear. Now his thin lips tightened as he sneered. “Don’t pretend you’ve forgotten. It’s the money I promised you. You’ve fulfilled the bargain. You stayed by my son’s side. Take it and go.”

The money. The absurd offer David’s father had made to pay her a million dollars if she stayed at the hospital until David was able to be discharged—an offer so preposterous she hadn’t taken it seriously.

Anna’s voice rescued her from the memory that filled her with biting shame. “It’s terrible to speak ill of the dead, but I’m not sure I can forgive David. How could he have married you without saying a word about the fact that he’d already suffered a brain tumor?”

If that had been the only secret David had kept from her. It now seemed as if everything about their marriage had been based on a lie. The biggest one being David’s saying he loved her.

That was what she got for believing in fairy tales, for believing for even a minute that a dashing, cosmopolitan journalist would fall in love at first sight with a working girl from Queens, sweep her off her feet, and propose marriage within the space of weeks. How could she have thought that she and David would make it, that they would enjoy a happy ever after?

Most likely it was because the David Bradford she’d known during those first weeks had been the most charming man she’d ever encountered. The most determinedly persuasive, too. It was only later, after she’d agreed to elope with him and they’d made their trip down to city hall, that, with the suddenness of a light being switched off, his charm had been replaced by a poison-tipped cruelty. Both extremes, his charm and his hostility, had been equally devastating.
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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    I loved Once Tempted by Laura Moore. After leaving New York for

    I loved Once Tempted by Laura Moore. After leaving New York for California, following the death of her estranged husband, Tess Casari quickly lands a job as personal assistant to Adele Knowles owner of Silver Creek Ranch. A position that quickly changes to events planner. Ward Knowles is the handsome, sexy eldest son of Adele and Daniel Knowles. He meets Tess when he shuts off her smoking car as she pulls up in front of the main house. Both are unwilling to get involved in any relationships; Ward due to the nasty end to his engagement and Tess is still reeling from the death of her estranged husband. Eventually, they start a no strings attached-sex only affair. All is good until Ward's ex-fiancee, Erica, comes to Silver Creek with her step-sister, Carrie and Carrie's fiance, Brian who just happens to be Ward's best friend. Tess is asked to plan their wedding which is to take place in five months. Erica decides she wants Ward back but does Ward want Erica back? Is he happy with the way things are with him and Tess? All I can say is you must read Once Tempted to find out the answers to these qustions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    This book started a little slow but picks up rapidly. Once the



    This book started a little slow but picks up rapidly. Once the action moves to California the reader is hooked. The setting is more real than in any of her books since "Night Swimming". Moore really makes you see the beauty and appeal of the ranch. Laura Moore's usual style of two great characters whose hang-ups prevent them from seeing the greatness of the other at first is very appealing, yet frustrating, you want to shake the characters and tell them to wake up already. The first love scene is halfway thru the book but the sexual tension leading up to it is killer. Too often the sex scenes start to take over a story line (OMG, I'm getting old) but here they add to the story. The heroine is vulnerable and strong at the same time which is a hard combo to make believable and the hero is just plain sexy. I really look forward to reading Reid and Quinn's stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    Highly Recommend the Series

    What a great series. A series about a family-owned working ranch that is a vacation resort. I laughed and cried as each of the two brothers has no trouble talking to his horse, but can't seem to find the right words to say to the women that eventually turn their heads. One woman isn't even a country girl, she's a city girl to the core, and is afraid of animals - even tiny tame ones! Well, um, that changes. I can't wait until the third book comes out. It will be about the youngest sibling, the daughter. I already know that her fierce love of animals trumps everything else, except the love of her family. So, the book about the daughter should be interesting as well. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have. Happy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Great

    Loved the story. Could not put book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed the character developement in this story. The story went along at a very good pace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    ~Welcome to MacLuna Pack! Camp next result!~

    -Comet & Moira

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    By: Laura Moore Published By: Ballantine Books Age Recommended:

    By: Laura Moore
    Published By: Ballantine Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Series: Silver Creek #1
    Review:

    "Once Tempted" by Laura Moore a good read of a contemporary western romance with a cowboy that was some interesting read. The story is of Tess Cesari who had just found out that her husband that she thought she knew wasn't the man he seemed to be. After being separated she was contacted by his parents that is dying from cancer and offered her money she stayed by is bedside until the end. She does, collects her money and then she was told to leave and she does. Tess leaves New York and goes to a small town in California.

    After travelling over 3,000 miles she end up at the Silver Creek Ranch where she meets Ward Knowles and then the story really takes off and this is where I say you must pick up this good read to see what all is in store for Tess as she began working as a assistant(running the ranch's spa and resort) to Ward's mother, Adele. However, were things heating up somewhat between Ward and Tess? With both of these two having trust issues, how will this all play out? Will Tess be able to began a new life again after the death of her estranged husband's? What will come of it all when Ward's ex fiancee comes to the spa? Get ready or more drama with so much emotional baggage and trust issues that will only leave you saying omg!


    If you are looking for a good western romance that is full of entertainment, you have come to the right place for "Once Tempted" will give it all to you. Would I recommend? YES!

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    Laura Moore¿s new Silver Creek series starts off on the right fo

    Laura Moore’s new Silver Creek series starts off on the right foot. Once Tempted is a sweet and tender romance that will pull you in and won’t let go. A cast of lively characters with witty dialogue will leave you eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

    Tess Castelli’s estranged husband has recently passed away and she feels the need to get away for a while. Her friend Anna comes up with a plan to help Tess find just the right destination. With a map and a blind fold, Tess points her finger and it lands on Acacia, California. Tess then decides to pack up and head for Acacia.

    Once she reaches Acacia, Tess starts looking for a job. She is pointed in the direction of the Silver Creek ranch. When she arrives at the ranch, her car is on it’s last leg. It is spitting and sputtering and blowing out black smoke. To Tess’ chagrin a man walks up to the car and puts his hand in the window and shuts the car off. The infuriating man turns out to be the ranch owners son Ward. To say the least, Tess and Ward are off to a rocky start.

    Luckily for Tess, Wards mother Adell Knowles, is looking for an assistant and she hires Tess on. At first Tess has a hard time with ranch life. She has always lived in the city and has never really been around animals. Ward is only too happy to show Tess what living on a ranch can be like. There are sparks between the two from the beginning, but they are both afraid of trying a relationship again.

    They both agree on a friends-with-benefits type of relationship and at first it seems like all is going well for the couple. But as time goes on, it is apparent that the two have feelings for one another. Just when things start to look sunny for the couple, Ward’s ex-fiancée steps into the picture and decides that she wants Ward back. Will Ward and Tess’ love for one another be strong enough to combat a woman on a mission to win back her ex-lover?

    Ward is a sexy, seductive, brooding cowboy. He is just what Tess needs in her life. He is compassionate and insightful. His love for Tess is apparent in all that he does for her. He and Tess have sexual chemistry that sizzles and sparkles.

    Tess is a firecracker waiting to go off. She is brave beyond compare. I don’t know many people who would drive cross-country all alone to start over. Tess deserves the love of a good man and Ward certainly fit’s the bill.

    If your looking for a deeply satisfying love story that is hard to put down, look no further than Once Tempted. Laura Moore writes an unforgettable tale that will keep you entertained throughout. You will be left with a smile on your face!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I liked the book

    Book one of the Silver Creek Series was also about a ranch. Where her Rosewood series is centered around a Virginia Horse Ranch, Silver Creek is a California working Dude ranch.
    Book one, is Ward's and Tess's Story. Both are damaged from previous relationships. And their road to each other is rocky, due to interference from those previous relationships.

    I liked the book. It was very similar to her first series. I will read book too and three to see what happens to Ward's siblings

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    This is the first book that I have read by Laura Moore and I hav

    This is the first book that I have read by Laura Moore and I have to say that I will be following this series. Very well written and a wonderful story. Laura has became another one of my favorite authors. On the Nook it is 326 pages and worth every penny spent on it. Thanks for a great read and I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Awesome

    I loved this authors Rosewood series with three sisters, so I was excited when I just randomly found this the other day...I loved it and can't wait for the rest of this series!

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    Great Book....Loved the animals and the nature....

    Great Book....Loved the animals and the nature....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Sexy & loved the storyline~~

    This book gives in to all emotions! I laughed, cried, hated, loved, admired as well as feeling complete anger and jealousy

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    3.5/5 stars I always enjoy a good Western Romance and this on

    3.5/5 stars



    I always enjoy a good Western Romance and this one didn’t disappoint. Tess is trying to move on with life after her estranged husband dies from a brain tumor. With the help of her friend Anna, she decides to blindfold and spin Tess around then Tess has to place her finger on the map and wherever her finger is she’ll move there. The whole spontaneous of spinning and wherever your finger lands that will be her next home. I loved this idea though I would never be brave enough to do something like that myself. When Tess arrives at a small town there are no jobs available but is guided to the ranch Silver Creek. Just as she pulling in to the ranch her car breaks down and a very sex man helps her in his own way which she thinks he’s rude and has no manners. Let’s just say Ward and Tess had a rocky start of things. As time goes on they decide to have a relationship no strings no expectations. Then throw in a conniving ex fiancée who wants Ward back and horrible in-laws and you got yourself a nice roundup. I know that was cheesy I just had to add it. There were times the author went a little over board with the whole ranching aspects of the story describing in detail things that I didn’t want to know or picture. The birthing of the lambs were not my cup of tea. Overall I liked the story from beginning to the end and with hope that the next book in this series doesn't take to long for its release.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    Unputadownable

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.

    Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.

    Review:
    This book was unputadownable. Filled with angst, drama, and comedy, I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. The heroine Tess, was spunky, tough, and had just enough insight to pick up on things before they happened. Poor thing had her heart broken and I really felt for her. While, at the end, I felt like screaming at her, the entire thing was very nicely played out. Laura Moor has definitely been added to my stalking list. Five out of five stars for a job well done.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    ***This book was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest

    ***This book was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***




    THIS REVIEW INCLUDES SPOILERS




    Just a warning...this review may contain lots of gushing.




    Judging this book by its cover: 
    Holy hotness, Batman.




    Plot/Execution:
    I absolutely loved the plot of this book! It was pretty much a 'scorned woman leaves everything she knows to start over from scratch' story. In this case, it's Tess, and she's left New York City and chosen a random little town in California to begin her new life. She ends up on a ranch, which she knows nothing about. Except that the owner's son, Ward, is hot as hell.




    I thought the pacing of this story was perfect. The characters didn't meet and fall into bed two and a half pages later. I felt like there was a nice build to their relationship. They both were scarred from their pasts, but neither of them were bitter about it. I really liked that aspect of the story, as sometimes I feel as though main characters hold onto things for too long. Tess was a bit skittish, but I feel like she really grew as a character during the story.




    It was a fun to see Tess learning about ranch life and the way Ward coaxed her into trying new things.




    I loved that though Ward wasn't too keen on having a serious relationship again, as soon as he realized how special Tess was to him, he let it go and wanted to be with her. I don't typically like a 'jealous ex-' in a story, but I really think it worked here. I think it gave more depth to Ward's character and helped you see just how much he cared for Tess.




    Also--I love, love, love when one of the characters is from away, and near the end of the story, they return home heartbroken. Mainly because I love it when the other party shows up and declares their love! The scene in this one was set up nicely, and I really love that Ward asked her parents permission before he proposed to Tess.




    I also appreciated the accuracy with which the author portrayed a character with autism. I think a great deal of research went into that aspect of the story. 




    Characters:
    As I said before, I really liked the characters in this story. It was easy to relate to Tess, as I think, at some point, we all beat ourselves up for our past mistakes, and I loved Ward's easygoing nature and how he was so patient with Tess. He never pushed her to reveal more about herself than she wanted to.




    I loved this book and would definitely recommend it if you love cowboy stories or stories about someone starting over!

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    Tess Casari wants to get as far away from her humiliation of her

    Tess Casari wants to get as far away from her humiliation of her failed marriage, she’s looking for a fresh start. She packs up her car, drives 3000 miles and lands in Silver Creek California. She gets a job as the assistant to a ranch/resort owner Adele Knowles. Sworn never to trust her heart on a man again, Tess can’t understand why Adele’s oldest son Ward seems to push all her buttons and gets her heart racing.

    Ward Knowles loves his life on the ranch and he loves his family. He is a hard worker and completely committed to his families legacy, the ranch. He recently had his heart broken by a woman, Erica, who was just after his money and prestige of his family’s real estate. Trust does not come easy for Ward but when he meets the shy but sassy, Tess, an undeniable attraction ignites between them.

    Can Ward and Tess put their pasts behind them and face the future they might find in each other or will their past stand in their way.

    Once Tempted is a wonderfully romantic and heart wrenching story about lost love and learning to trust again. This was a fantastic story, I loved the strong family and friendship bonds that Laura Moore created. Ward’s and Tess’s character development was fascinating to watch but the sub-characters were equally engaging and I look forward to seeing their stories as well. Once Tempted was a great romance that will touch your heart.

    This ARC copy of Once Tempted: A Silver Creek Novel was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books in exchange for a honest review. Publish Date March 26, 2013.

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