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Tempt Me Tonight

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by Toni Blake

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He was her first: the first man she longed for, the first man she truly desired. Then he betrayed her and broke her heart. Now her revenge will be oh-so-sweet . . . and hot!

Trish Henderson has returned home to Eden to take care of some family business . . . and some personal business, as well. Though she's achieved remarkable success as a high-powered


He was her first: the first man she longed for, the first man she truly desired. Then he betrayed her and broke her heart. Now her revenge will be oh-so-sweet . . . and hot!

Trish Henderson has returned home to Eden to take care of some family business . . . and some personal business, as well. Though she's achieved remarkable success as a high-powered Chicago attorney, Trish has never forgotten her small-town high school sweetheart, Joe Ramsey, or the devastation of heartbreak.

Now she's come face-to-face with the gorgeous sex god Joe has grown into, and she's determined to get him out of her system once and for all—and maybe take a little revenge, too. And this time, she has all the power. After all, where is it written that only men can explore and enjoy a physical relationship without commitment? Her plan: seduce him for just one night, then walk away . . .

But there's just one problem. Trish is about to find out that one night with Joe may never be enough . . .

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Tempt Me Tonight

Chapter One

Halfway between Cincinnati and Indianapolis, south of I-74, set God's country. Trish supposed many thousands of rural or dramatic landscapes had been referred to using those same words, but she hadn't known that when, at the age of seven, she'd sat perched on her Grandpa Henderson's knee and he'd told her she was looking out at God's country in all its splendor. All she'd seen was a wide cornfield, a line of trees, and the horizon, feeling—even then—the vague urge to somehow look beyond it all, to whatever was on the other side of the picture. And she never came home to Eden, Indiana without remembering the love of the place she'd seen in her grandfather's eyes on a day when she'd really been much more focused on the fact that she'd scuffed her new black patent leathers coming out of church. A girl had to be concerned about her shoes, after all.

She wondered now if Grandpa Henderson, God rest his soul, would see the irony or humor in the fact that she was driving toward a bar on the outskirts of God's country—the Last Chance Tavern. Last chance for a beer before entering God's country, she supposed. Or before leaving it.

"Here—turn here," Debbie said next to her.

Trish's stomach churned lightly as she angled her Lexus into the wide gravel parking lot dotted with cars and a few pickups. She really didn't want to be here. "And we're coming here, again, why?"

Debbie shoved a lock of thin brown hair from her face. "Kenny wants to see you, and it's pool night."

Trish nodded dryly, resisting the urge to point out that Kenny had the entire next week to seeher. "Well, we wouldn't want Kenny to miss pool night."

Debbie blinked, looking miffed. "Kenny works hard and looks forward to Friday nights when Mom keeps the kids."

"Sorry." Trish sighed, feeling at once guilty and justified. She didn't want to be here because she simply didn't fit here anymore. She knew it to the marrow of her bones—but despite the fact that she regularly dealt with hardened criminals from all walks of life without flinching, she felt an absurd dread faced with strolling into the Last Chance. She scrunched up her nose. "I guess I just would have enjoyed . . . dinner or something—more than this."

"You can come over and watch the boys hurl mashed potatoes at each other one night next week if you want. But Friday night is pool night."

Trish parked beneath a security light mounted on a large pole, choosing a spot a few car widths from a large pickup sporting mudflaps embellished with chrome silhouettes of naked women. She tried not to let Debbie see her grimace, but those mudflaps always gave her the creeps. It was as if they said women were just nameless, faceless sex objects. Bleck. Then she flinched slightly. Please don't let that be Kenny's truck.

As she got out, pushing the button on her keychain to lock the doors, Debbie made a face over the roof of the car. "This is home, Trish—not Indianapolis."

Trish raised her eyebrows. "No one steals things from cars here?"

Looking as smug as Trish felt, Debbie shook her head. "No—they don't."

Which was when it hit Trish—they probably didn't. Even now. Not in Eden. There might be bars and chrome women on mudflaps, but she supposed that, in a sense, it really was still God's country. "Oh. Guess I forgot that for a minute." But she still left the car locked.

Over the years, home had become an entirely relative term in her life—this was where her parents lived, and where Debbie lived, but it wasn't her home anymore. She'd been back countless times over the years—every Thanksgiving and Christmas, sometimes for a Sunday dinner with relatives—yet this was different. This was the first time she'd actually come to stay for awhile. A week or so. This was the first time she hadn't just whizzed in and out of town for a day, or maybe an overnight stay that included a quick visit with Debbie and Kenny. This was the first time she'd be here long enough that she'd have to see people. People she hadn't seen in forever. People she'd never expected to see again. Double bleck.

"Rowdy Lancaster owns this place now," Debbie pointed out as they trod through the gravel toward the front door of the flat, one-story building painted a dull shade of brown. Through cloudy windows glowed mini-Christmas lights strung around neon beer signs, and a muted Garth Brooks song echoed through the walls.

She remembered Rowdy as a good-natured boy with red hair who'd raised 4-H award-winning calves in high school. So maybe saying hello to him wouldn't be awful. "I always liked Rowdy," she offered, trying to cheer herself up. Then, three steps from a heavy-looking steel door sporting the stenciled words Last Chance, she posed the question she'd been trying to be too mature to ask. "Who else will be here?"

Debbie began rambling off a list of names that conjured vague images from high school, explaining that a couple of them worked at the plant with Kenny, and concluding with, "That's pretty much our Friday night crowd."

And Trish's stomach hollowed. At the strange realization that . . . life had gone on here. All the same people were still here—only grown up now, living their lives. Debbie and Kenny had a "Friday night crowd" made up of people Trish barely knew, only remembered dimly from her past. How had that happened? How had she ended up knowing so little about her best friend's life?

It wasn't as if she'd thought life in Eden had come to a grinding halt at her departure, but she supposed she'd been so caught up in her own existence all this time that she'd somehow forgotten everything else. And walking into the Last Chance was going to give her a taste of something she hadn't thought about in a very long while—the life she'd once planned to lead here. Bleck to the tenth power.

Tempt Me Tonight. Copyright � by Toni Blake. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel—nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA®-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels, her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller's Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors.

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Tempt Me Tonight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truely life related. I could truely imagine this story coming to life as i read. The fact that it was some what erotic but not over the edge. But also had a true love story was awesome. I just loved this book and if anyone could recommend a book like it I would greatly appreciate it.
Catherine20 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I read what was available on the online preview and once the book arrived to my house, I didn't put it down until I was done. A wonderful younge romance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to take on vacation. I was looking forward to reading in the airport, on the plane, and on the beach. About 2 days before vacation I opened the book to check it out in the 10 minutes or so before bed. Well... I didn't put the book down until it was finished '4:30 am' This ofcourse had to be on a work night but only getting 2 hours of sleep was ok with me because I just couldn't wait to turn the page. The only problem was after that I didn't have a book to read on vacation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joe and Trish were high school sweethearts. They were two young hearts that loved one another and had big plans for their future. Trish, planned to leave for college but always knew she¿d return for the love of her life. Unfortunately, a confused Joe commits a brutal act of betrayal on Trish¿s last night in town. She leaves heartbroken and determined to guard her wounded heart and never see Joe again. Years later Trish returns home for her first extended trip since that night years ago. As soon as she rolls into town she runs into a sexy as sin, the years have been really good to me, Joe. It¿s obvious he¿s enjoyed his share of women but she quickly learns the chemistry is still there between the two of them as well. She wants Joe but on her own terms. The plan: enjoy one night with him then walk away. Much easier said than done. Joe doesn¿t plan to make it easy on her. Trish is the only woman he¿s ever loved and this time he doesn¿t plan to let her slip away so easily. I love Toni Blake¿s passionate, sexy, heartfelt writing. She writes magically enabling her readers to feel exactly what her characters feel. In Joe she wrote a hero that is real, down to earth and so sexy you wish for a chance to snatch him away from Trish. I think Trish¿s emotions were true to how a woman in her situation might feel. I understood her hurt and fear to let go of the past. I know I would feel that same way. On the other hand I was half in love with Joe myself and begging her to give him another chance the first time she laid eyes on him again. Tempt Me Tonight drew me in from page one. I devoured the book. I drank a couple glasses of ice water in the steamy parts, my heart thumped wildly in other parts and in the end I cheered out loud for Joe and Trish. This is a book not to be missed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about second chances in love and life. Trish and Joe had been trough a lot, but when the past catches up with the present the attraction and chemistry between them can¿t be denied anymore. Will their love be strong enough to let go of the past and try and start building a future? Toni Blake has crafted another great love story! I couldn¿t put this book down! This is a great romantic story with a LOT of heat and heart! Absolutely love the story line and the refreshing characters. Great job Toni!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
When her high school sweetheart Joe Ramsey betrayed her breaking her heart, Trish Henderson left Eden, Indiana the first chance she had. Over the subsequent years Trish became a successful Chicago attorney, but her heart never fully mended.---------------- Trish comes home temporarily to help her parents with their restaurant. She decides as a scorned woman to obtain revenge by seducing Joe and dumping him after she has her way with him. Her theory is that by using and abusing him she will flush him out of her system and finally move on no longer comparing men to the teen imprinted on her soul. However, her plan works to perfection except for one minor problem she still loves Joe.--------------- Although the underlying theme of this second chance at love romance has been used frequently, Toni Blake refreshes her contemporary tale with torrid scenes that seem plausible considering the lead couple¿s attitudes towards one another. Readers will understand how come the relationship between Joe the hunk and Trish the still salivating female evolves from the scorned woman with a thirst for vengeance into a thirst for the man who was once the boy she loved as a teen.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many unnecessary details sex scenes were good but i prob. Wont be readg this book again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toni does a very nice job of creating characters you love in a great story with a HOT romance. AWESOME!
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
When do you become aware that you've come across a true-gem-of-a-book? Could it be when you're talking to yourself. Answering the characters MANY questions. Reacting towards their response. Crying profusely due to the GUT-WRENCHING emotions being poured across the pages. Laugh your A** OFF. And above all, become completely INFURIATED when the Hero/Heroine DO NOT take your advice. All the while, committing this WILD, TRAVESTY in PUBLIC, NO LESS! Having a few people STARE at you, wondering when you'll be returning to the Mental Hospital you've ESCAPED from. ALL IS WORTH THE EMBRASSMENT W/THIS NOVEL & SEVERAL OTHERS WRITTEN BY MS. BLAKE. IN THIS NOVEL, WHO EXACTLY IS STAKING REVENGE ON WHOM? Joe or Trish? Every chance I had, my mind was engrossed on the situation between these two EXTREMELY STRONG-WILLED Individuals. WELL DONE MS. BLAKE NOTHING LESS THAN 10 STARS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Toni Blake. She is a great author.
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One of my top favorites! Loved it!!
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I am a book hog and enjoy so many, but I couldn't get into this. It was so boring. I'm just mad I spent $7 on it and don't want to finish it. I have never not finished a book. It's very one dimensional.
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I read it in a day. It was "ok". The wow wasnt there. All in all its a good read
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I love contemporary romance books. This books was great coukd not put it away! Loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author, steamy and a great storyline!
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