Temptation Bay

Temptation Bay

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by Anna Sullivan

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Anna Sullivan brings us the first book in her witty new contemporary romance series set off the coast of Maine.


Maggie Solomon has always been one of Windfall Island's favorite daughters. A beautiful, passionate charter pilot who loves this remote Maine island, Maggie has never cared much for


Anna Sullivan brings us the first book in her witty new contemporary romance series set off the coast of Maine.


Maggie Solomon has always been one of Windfall Island's favorite daughters. A beautiful, passionate charter pilot who loves this remote Maine island, Maggie has never cared much for outsiders-until her latest passenger arouses the curiosity of the town . . . and something hot and irresistible in Maggie. With his long, lean looks and razor-sharp wit, the man is temptation itself.

Cop-turned-PI Dexter Keegan is on a covert mission to solve the case that will make his career: uncovering the identity of the Stanhope heir, kidnapped nearly a century ago. No one on this fiercely protective island can know what he's doing, not even the spirited, blue-eyed beauty who infuriates-and excites-Dex. As the desire between them ignites, Maggie becomes the key to the case . . . and the target of an unknown enemy. Now Dex will do anything to protect the woman he's come to love-even risk his own life.

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Publishers Weekly
Sullivan’s contemporary debut deftly combines intrigue, romance, and witty banter. Maggie Solomon is a no-nonsense pilot who ferries people between Windfall Island, off the coast of Maine, and the mainland. Dex Keegan, a passenger, claims to be a lawyer, but he won’t reveal why he is nosing around Windfall Island. The sparks between Dex and Maggie fly despite the many offers he gets from other women on the island, and despite her resolve to not let any man hurt her. Hired by the tremendously wealthy Stanhope family, Dex is looking for a possible descendant of Eugenia Stanhope, who was kidnapped as an infant over 80 years ago. But someone doesn’t want the heir to be found, and Dex’s interest in Maggie puts her in danger. The mystery behind the Stanhope heir and the sizzling passion between Dex and Maggie propels this page-turner forward to its explosive conclusion. (Dec.)
RT Book Reviews
"4 stars! Sullivan brings a sensational sense of place to her first Windfall Island novel, immersing readers in the Maine island and its fascinating population - most notably her heroine, whose fortitude and no-nonsense exterior cover a heart of gold. Sullivan builds the tension between her lead characters and crafts a relationship so compassionate and reciprocal it is simply irresistible."
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"Sullivan's contemporary debut deftly combines intrigue, romance, and witty banter...the sizzling passion between Dex and Maggie propels this page-turner forward to its explosive ending."—Publisher's Weekly"

4 stars! Sullivan brings a sensational sense of place to her first Windfall Island novel, immersing readers in the Maine island and its fascinating population - most notably her heroine, whose fortitude and no-nonsense exterior cover a heart of gold. Sullivan builds the tension between her lead characters and crafts a relationship so compassionate and reciprocal it is simply irresistible."—RT Book Reviews

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Temptation Bay

By Anna Sullivan

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2013 Anna Sullivan
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ISBN: 978-1-4555-2535-5


Portland Tower. This is N277HK requesting approach."

"N277HK hold your position. We have outgoing."

"Roger that, Portland Tower, holding," Maggie Solomon said from the cockpit of her AS355 Twinstar helicopter, hovering at a safe distance and altitude over the Maine coastline east of Portland International Jetport.

She didn't mind hovering. Things were so much more appealing from the air. Less ... messy. A little distance was never a bad thing. A fitting rule of thumb, she thought, for life in general.

"You got a fare, Maggie, or just cargo?"

"It's a suit, so I guess it depends on your outlook."

The radio was quiet for a few seconds while the controller dealt with the outgoing traffic, which turned out to be a small commercial jet taking off. "Roger that, N277HK," the controller said once the plane was airborne and safely away. "By suit I take it you mean some sort of corporate stiff."

"Lawyer." Maggie patted her control panel lightly. "I'll have my baby fumigated later."

A slight laugh crackled through the radio static. "Come on in, one thousand."

"Roger that." Maggie brought the 'copter in for a landing, and saw her fare, standing at the edge of the tarmac like one of those Easter Island statues she'd seen in National Geographic. Inscrutable expression, oddly compelling, just a little scary.

Most people hunched automatically, instinctive fear of thirty-five feet of rotor blade edged with stainless steel spinning at approximately 400 rpm right about head level. Dexter Keegan just stood there, not moving, even though the wind was fierce enough to scour the paint from the buildings, not to mention mold his suit to his body—his long, lean, nicely muscled body. The kind of muscles that came from a gym, she told herself, and when she realized she was staring, she took a good long look at the suit again, because the suit, with its crisp white shirt and almost military cut, instantly put her back up.

Too bad, because she liked looking at him, in spite of the bland lawyer expression that said "trust me," and made her want to do exactly the opposite. His hair was dark and just a bit too long, his features a shade too handsome, and his attitude struck her as self-confident, with an edge of swagger. Swagger irritated the hell out of her.

His gaze found hers through the chopper's windows, dark eyes cool and shadowed. There were depths there, Maggie thought, and despite her better instincts, she found herself intrigued. Maybe if he relaxed enough to get out of that suit he'd be worth a fling. She didn't have them often, and not with anyone she could get seriously involved with. But this man didn't strike her as being any more interested in entanglements than she was. Entanglements were a while off in her life plan.

She powered down the helicopter and put on her business face as she climbed out. "Dexter Keegan?" she said, holding out her hand.

He took it. "Call me Dex, Miss ..."

"Solomon," Maggie said, taking her hand back and telling herself he hadn't held it a bit too long. And that she hadn't been flattered by it.

"You have a first name?"

"Yes." She stepped around him to retrieve his luggage.

"I'll get that."

"Part of the service," she said, shouldering the hanging bag and snagging the roller. She noted the quick flash of irritation that crossed his face and remembered her first rule of operation: make the customer happy. Word of mouth traveled a long way in the blogosphere, and he looked like a guy who knew his way around a cutting phrase.

And maybe the keyboard was mightier than the sword in the twenty-first century, but she'd be damned if she let the potential for bad press compromise—

He reached for the suitcase. She nipped it away. "Really," she said through her teeth, "It's no trouble."

"Something to prove?" he said equably.

Maggie shrugged, a lift and drop of one shoulder. She always had something to prove. And if it rankled that Dexter Keegan had read her so easily, at least she looked away before he saw the little snap of peevishness in her eyes because she was attracted to him, and she didn't want to be.

But that wasn't his fault.

So she handed him the shoulder bag—compromising as much as she could manage—and waited until he stowed it, then lifted in the roller and secured the luggage net.

She opened the passenger door and stood back while he climbed in, and nearly took a right to the jaw when he reached for the door handle just as she leaned in to buckle his harness.

He lifted both hands, his expression missing only a pair of waggling brows.

"I need to make sure it's properly latched," she said, adding in a deadpan voice, "Wouldn't want you to fall out," cinching the straps tight before she stepped back. "I'd hate to have wasted the trip. Fuel is an ugly price these days," she said before she secured the door and headed around the front of the Twinstar.

He gave her a look through the glass, mostly amusement. At least the man could take a joke, she allowed, and by the time she'd boosted herself into the pilot's seat, she was almost optimistic about having to spend the next twenty minutes with him.

She completed her pre-flight checklist before slipping on her headphones, unhooking the ones hanging behind the passenger's seat and handing them to Keegan. "All set?" she asked him.

"You're driving."

She smiled, just a little, and put him out of her mind. Or rather labeled him, which amounted to the same thing. Instead of an attractive man he was simply a tourist. She knew how to handle tourists.

"Portland Tower, N277HK requesting clearance."

"N277HK, this is Portland Tower. You're cleared for liftoff. Keep it under a thousand, Maggie, I'll hold traffic until you're away."

"Roger that, Portland, and thanks."

"Maggie," her passenger said.

She ignored him, grasping the stick on her left that lifted the bird and the control lever in front of her that moved them forward. Her feet were already resting on the pedals that served as the rudder, determining the pitch of the tail rotor and turning the helicopter left or right. In a choreography that was as natural to her as breathing, she lifted the Twinstar off the tarmac and put it into a smooth turning climb that took them out over the Atlantic coastline, her spirit soaring along with the bird.

She loved this, loved that weightless moment when she hit altitude and leveled off, when her stomach dropped out and she went a little breathless and a lot awestruck. No matter how often she flew, plane or helicopter, it was never anything less than pure magic. Utter freedom. It was the only time in her life when she was truly at peace and absolutely her own woman because she'd built a thriving business around something she loved, something she never allowed to be just business. And even though she knew Mr. Dexter Keegan could see the childish delight on her face, she didn't care. She simply let herself feel.

When she reached the height and distance she wanted, she checked in with the tower, reported her stats, and was given the all clear, meaning she was out of range to present any impediment to airport traffic.

"If you look to your right there's a wonderful view of the city of Portland, Mr. Keegan," she said.


"If you have some time on your way back through, the Old Port district is a great way to spend a day," she continued evenly, more at ease than she ever was on the ground.

"I doubt I'll have time for shopping and sightseeing."

Maggie glanced over at him, and saw a veteran flier, calm and relaxed. To all appearances. What she felt from him was different. What she felt was alertness, energy, focus. His eyes never stopped scanning the skyline, and yet she felt like she was being watched.

She didn't comment' those were personal observations, and personal observations invited personal questions. Instead, she swung the Twinstar wide in the usual flight pattern, and lost herself in what she loved.

"The extreme point of land below us is Cape Elizabeth," she said, filtering the radio chatter and keeping an eye out for birds from the other charter services that worked the Portland area. "As we move northeast, you'll see dozens of islands, large and small. In all there are nearly 3,000 islands along the Maine coast. Only Louisiana and Florida have longer coastlines."

"Fascinating," he said, with a tinge of sarcasm Maggie told herself she'd imagined, as when she looked over she didn't see it on his face.

Then again, self-control was a vital tool in his line of work, and winning or losing might hinge on how good a show he put on. "I can lose the spiel, but I have to stick to the flight plan."

His eyes shot to hers, boredom sharpening into irritation that was quickly smoothed over. "Lot on my mind," he said, the practiced, chagrined smile making it an apology as well as an explanation.

Maggie had nothing to say to that, so she said nothing.

"For a tour guide you're not very talkative."

"I get the feeling you prefer it that way."

"I don't want the spiel," he corrected her. "I'm not against conversation in general though, and since I'm the customer, and it's your policy to make the customer happy ..."

"It's not usually this difficult," she said, and she'd ferried some pretty wobbly fliers in her time as a pilot. Then again, an airsickness bag wouldn't solve this problem. Maybe a cold shower. Or a bullet. She glanced over at him. A silver bullet. And maybe some Holy Water. Dex Keegan had wolf written all over him, wolf with a veneer of civility, which was a devastating combination. What woman didn't want a gentleman in the dining room and a beast in the bedroom?

"What's going on between the headphones?" Dex wondered into the silence—silence being a relative term in a helicopter.

"Thwarting gravity."

"Nope, flying for you is like driving for most people. You do it without even thinking."

"How about landing, can I think about that?"

"Sure, but you weren't thinking about landing, either."

"I'm beginning to think about crashing."

Dex chuckled, and it was such a rich, infectious sound she couldn't help but smile. At him. That wasn't good. Especially when she caught the glint in his eye. That glint told her he thought he'd won. Which meant she'd lost.

Maggie hated losing. "Mr. Keegan, why are you baiting me?"

He sat back in his seat, and just when she thought she'd gotten the last word, he said, "I'm a lawyer. It's what I do."

She slanted him a sideways glance. "You cross examine every stranger you encounter?"

"You're more likely to get truthful answers when you keep people a little off balance, don't give them time to think."

"So I'm not just a liar, I'm neither smart enough nor imaginative enough to lie on the spur of the moment."

"Everyone has an agenda," he said mildly.

"Including you, Mr. Keegan?"

"Including me. But you knew that already."

"Very cynical."

"It saves time."

Maggie huffed out a breath, as much humor as derision. "Suppose you ask your questions, and I'll do my best not to mislead you. Or at least confine my lies to the little white kind."

He laughed, full out this time, a contagious peal of sound that tugged at some part of her she had no intention of acknowledging. She didn't so much as smile, tempting as it was.

"Tell me about the island."

It surprised her enough to have her glancing over at him. Their eyes met, held. The air between them began to ... sizzle, she admitted, before she turned away. And warned herself not to look at him again—or at least not to get so caught up it took her a moment to remember where she was in the conversation. She recovered admirably, she decided. "I figured you knew all about the island, seeing as you have business there."

"It would be helpful to get the impressions of a native."

"Isn't it a shame I left my grass skirt and coconut bra back at the hut."

"I've been to Hawaii," he said, although the once over he gave her, complete with the kind of speculative edge that said he was imagining her in the bra, gave her a nice little ego bump. "I'm more interested in what Windfall Island has to offer."

"Windfall," Maggie echoed, and although she knew he had ulterior motives, suspicion couldn't drown out the surge of warmth she always felt. Windfall Island wasn't just a dot on the map' it was, simply, home.

Her father had meant it to be a prison when he'd banished her there. He'd never know the amazing gift he'd given her, could never understand what it meant to love unconditionally. Windfall was hers' it had been since the day she'd set foot there.

"You strike me as a man who does his homework," she said, "but if you want a firsthand account, I can give you the island's background, tell you how it got its name, that sort of thing."

"I'd rather talk about the present."

"Not big on history?"

He shifted a little in his seat, and she could feel his eyes on her. "Is there a reason you don't want to discuss the island?"

"Oh, I don't know, because I feel like I'm getting the third degree? I'm your pilot, not your witness."

It was his turn to use silence as a response. He settled back in his seat, eyes forward again, oozing nonchalance.

Maggie glanced over at him, not buying it.

"I'm really just trying to get a feel for the place," he finally offered.

Maggie smiled a little, fondly. Growing up, she'd never really felt she belonged anywhere. That just meant she got to choose her home, and she was lucky enough to have been welcomed with open arms to Windfall Island. The place might be peopled with the truly eccentric and the downright loopy, but there was no place on Earth she'd rather live. "Windfall has to be experienced."

"That's my intention."

"And I'm happy to provide transportation."

"It's a small community, a small, close-knit community. And I won't be around long enough to—"

"To what? To waste your time getting to know people?"

"Maybe you missed the part about my time crunch."

"No, I got that loud and clear," she said, shooting him a wry grin. "Just like I didn't miss your reason for coming to Windfall, because you didn't give me one."

"Can't," he corrected, "On the instruction of my client."

Maggie snorted. "That sounds like a line."

"It is a line. From the Bar Association."

"Have they met you? Because you do fine without a script."

"Be careful, I think you just complimented me."

"That wasn't a compliment' it was a commentary on your ability to prevaricate."

"Yeah, I'm taking that as a compliment too."

"Well, prevarication is probably a required course in law school. I bet you got an A."

"You just can't help yourself, can you?" He sat back, crossed his feet at the ankles. "Keep the compliments coming' I can take it."

She grinned over at him, caught him grinning back, and when her pulse scrambled she turned forward again. Before he could see it too. And comment on it. Not that she couldn't fend him off—once she got her nerve endings to stop throbbing so her brain could kick back in. She just had to stop thinking about how much she liked the shape of his mouth, not to mention the rest of him—including his brain, which she was finding delightfully agile. Probably like his body.

She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, dug for strength.

"Admit it," he said in his richly amused voice. "You're enjoying this."

Maybe, Maggie thought, but she didn't like being called on it, especially with Dex Keegan's brand of smug confidence. In fact, it pissed her off enough to want to put him in his place. "You want to know about Windfall? These aren't the families who came over on the Mayflower looking for religious freedom. You won't find any Brewsters or Bradfords or Aldens in the phone book. Windfall was settled by outcasts, by escaped slaves and shipwrecked sailors, some of them just one short step up from pirates. They took native American women for wives, and they're proud of that heritage, proud enough to make native an insult."

"I didn't mean—"

"It was the way you tossed it off," she said, still riding that defensive surge. "They didn't build stately mansions on huge tracts of land, and every man of every color was free, or as free as possible on an island run with an iron fist. It was a hard place inhabited by hard people."


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Meet the Author

Anna Sullivan was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, the seventh of nine children, whose claim to fame was reading five books a week in grade school. Needless to say, her obsession with the written word only grew from there-despite a short, and misguided, foray into the world of computer science (the "sensible" job path). She still lives in Michigan, with her husband, three children and two dogs whose life of leisure she envies but would never be able to pull off.

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Drea_Reads More than 1 year ago
The verbal sparring between the heroine and hero snagged my interest right away.  I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Maggie has a chip on her shoulder almost as big as the island she lives on. Having a father who was disappointed she wasn’t a son has turned her into a sarcastic, jaded workaholic. Yet she’s happy on her island with her airport and charter business because she has the family she’s picked. P.I. Dex needs to find a wealthy family’s missing baby—a decades old cold case that could make his career. He’ll need prickly Maggie’s help to crack the secretive islanders and his case. Dex may discover more than a missing heir—he might find love. The verbal sparring between the heroine and hero snagged my interest right away. Maggie’s backstory makes her strong, prickly character with a gooey heart believable and the father drama peppered in sells it. There’s several plots packed in here and most of it is resolved. Though we never meet Maggie’s mother. I would have liked to see a little closure there. And unfortunately we don’t discover who the missing baby is in this book. That plotline is stretched on into another book…maybe more. However that doesn’t take away from this story’s enjoyment. I give this a solid 4.5* for the sparring and hot love scenes.
Schemar More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story and interesting characters! Great dialogue between Maggie and Dex. Would have given it 5 stars but I was caught off guard when the story suddenly ended without resolving the main mystery. Seems to be a trend that you have to wait for the next book(s) for all the answers.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Take one sexy hunk, working undercover to solve a mysterious kidnapping that took place almost a century before, bring him to the close-knit community of Windfall Island and kick in one beautiful, hard-headed and independent local favorite and watch the fur fly! Maggie is distrustful of outsiders, protective of her island and her attraction to Dex is something she is determined to fight. Meanwhile, every woman on the island wants Dex’s attentions, but there is just something about Maggie that draws him in. When she becomes a key to solving the mystery and her life is in danger, Dex will stop at nothing to protect her. Too bad they seem to mix like oil and water. Can they set aside their prickliness long enough to 1)solve the mystery or 2) just admit their feelings and go with it? Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan is pure entertainment, from the classic bantering between the two main characters to the quaint “small town” attitude of the island’s residents. This isn’t a soft and cuddly romance, but it is steamy and often the chemistry is off the charts! If you enjoy when the hero has an uphill battle with most of the characters, and amazing one-liners, you’ll find that you won’t even mind of the mystery isn’t completely solved! I received a review copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing)in exchange for my honest review.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
This book was crazy good! I took a chance on a new author when offered the opportunity to give an honest review in exchange for the ebook from NetGalley. I am so glad I did!! There is so much to like about TEMPTATION BAY I hope I can put it into words to make you understand this is a Must-Read!! The premise is that Private Investigator, Dex Keegan, comes to Windfall Island to investigate the unsolved or cold case of a missing heiress who was kidnapped at 8 months old about 80 years ago. He shows up on the island claiming to be a lawyer, but gives away nothing about why he's there or who is client is. The mystery drives the locals, who are already all about the gossip that tourist and "outsiders" bring, crazy and they all take their turn at trying to get the scoop out of him. Especially the women, because he's single, tall, dark, mysterious, gorgeous, sexy hunk of man and they literally fight over him. This causes all kinds of hilarious scenes. Let me just make it clear right now, the dialogue in this book is so well done. Witty, snarky, sneaky, sexy, a little dirty in the appropriate moments and yeah, LOL funny! I have never high-lighted so many quotes on the interchanges between the characters in a book so much in my life. And it's not just the dialogue and banter between the H/H, it's all the characters. They are a sharp group of people that, unfortunately for Dex, are not easy to pull one over on and they love tormenting outsiders. Windfall Islanders are descendants of several generations of tough people who survived under harsh conditions in any way they had to in order to provide for their families. The current community is no exception and just as tight. And silent. Dex finds he gets nowhere with his questions until he enlists the local favorite girl, Maggie Sullivan, to help him. Even though Maggie wasn't born on the island, she is a loyal and protective local girl all the way. She can fly anything and owns the local airport and Sullivan Charters, with two airplanes, a helicopter and two boats. She is pretty much the island's link to the outside world. She is tough, beautiful, sexy, full of confidence and attitude, and all walled in against risking her heart and being vulnerable to a man. The latter thanks to being raised by a cold, SOB of a father, a general with too much ambition who has let her know she is a female thus a disappointment to him, since the day she was born. She has been in Temptation Bay since she was a teenager and has found the family and love she never had at home with the people of Windfall. She will do anything to protect them. Growing up in the General's home kept her on her toes, made her wary, and very suspicious of other people's motivations. So right away, she knows a lawyer means trouble for someone on the island and she doesn't trust Dex. Dex on the other hand, almost immediately recognizes Maggie's strong influence with the other residents. That is when he's not being turned on by her snarky attitude, witty insults and refusal to give him the time of day. The sexual chemistry between these two is off the charts and when they finally get together it is so steamy and emotional!! They both fight it for their own personal reason, but it’s clear to everyone he wants her bad. The chase is fun to watch and provides plenty of opportunities for great humor. Bottom line? Ms. Sullivan is a very clever and talented writer. Temptation Bay is enjoyable to read from beginning to end and as funny as it can be, it is no piece of fluff. There are some intense emotional scenes, examples of great loyalty and friendship, betrayal, suspense, attempted murder, and catfights! A very well-rounded, well-written book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read of hers & I am so impressed. Tragedy, love, suspense and the surprises! I have read: book 1. Tempatation Bay Book 2. Hideaway Cove Book 3. Secret Harbor ALL of them are 5 Stars. I cannot find more of her books and I want MORE! Patty v
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Allison Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This book has several things going for it: It’s set on an island in Maine (which I love), the author has created very strong characters, and I liken the story as having a “Nora Roberts-esque” voice. I LOVED this book, and I’m dying because the next book in the series is not out until next March! Maggie Solomon has lived on Windfall Island since her teen years, when her overbearing Navy officer father banished her and her mother there because Maggie wouldn’t fall in line with his orders. She has an ordered life, one she loves, where she runs the local airport, flies charters on her airplane and helicopter, and is fiercely protective of the islanders. Maggie’s orderly life is thrown a curve when she flies in “lawyer” (but really a PI), Dex Keegan. He’s very closemouthed about what he’s doing on this tiny island, and won’t tell her anything until, in frustration, he has to take her into his confidence to get her help. He’s trying to find descendants of a baby kidnapped during prohibition, and that person is going to end up very rich. But he can’t ask questions outright because he’ll either have a flock of pretenders descend on him, or it could mean death – for him or the not-so-lucky Stanhope heir. And sure enough, someone is out to stop Maggie and Dex from finding the truth. But what no one foresees, least of all Maggie and Dex, is that these two are drawn to each other. Yes, they drive each other to distraction, contention, and arguments, but there’s a bone-deep passion between them. Anna Sullivan, the author, has a great voice. She pulled me into the story from the first paragraph, and wouldn’t let me go until I finished the book. She has created very strong characters – people you want to get to know in real life. They are strong, quirky, and talk like real people. The dialog is excellent – Maggie’s snarkiness comes to life! The story is told from two main POV characters – Maggie and Dex. But a few times there are other minor characters telling the story. I believe the author has set it up this way as they will become the main characters in subsequent books. Besides a great love story, there’s a compelling mystery. WHO is the Stanhope heir? While one mystery is solved in this book, that compelling question is not (aargh!). The author also writes incredible love scenes – it is at those times that her “Nora Roberts-esque” voice shines. The love scenes are far more than insert A into slot B. They are written with heat, passion, and most of all EMOTION. As an aspiring author myself, I know how difficult that can be, and this author has a gift for love scenes. So to summarize – GO! Now! Read this book! You won’t regret it.
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series by author Anna Sullivan. Never heard of her? Me neither, but never fear, this isn't a brand new author. She has been writing for years under the pseudonym Penny McCall. So feel free to jump right in with an experienced author who knows how to spin a story.  Maggie Solomon is a pilot. She has loved flying since she was a child and worked hard to own and operate her own charter business. When her father, a general in the Navy, sent her and her mother to live on Windfall Island as punishment, it backfired.  Maggie was accepted and for the first time had a family that showed it cared about her, since her mother's side of the family had been some of the first settler's on the island. Now Maggie runs her charter business from Windfall and gives back to her community. Dexter Keegan is a former Special Forces, former cop, and now a PI. He was hired by a lawyer friend to help find the missing Stanhope heir. A child that went missing some 80 years prior.  Recent information suggested that the child wasn't killed, but may have actually ended up on Windfall Island. However since a ransom was never demanded, the family has been left wondering.  Dex arrives on the island posing as a lawyer, hoping to find out what happened to Eugenia Stanhope and if there are any heirs to the massive fortune.  This book was a slow start for me. The book started with a prologue, some rum runners finding a baby girl stashed in their small boat that they have just rowed across 12 miles of ocean, in the middle of the night. She is shivering and cold and they aren't sure what to do with her, when the boat they had just came from explodes. Fast forward to present day with Maggie picking up Dexter in her helicopter to bring him to Windfall Island. Dex is playing a part and Maggie doesn't really want anything to do with what she a suite visiting her island. But as the story unfolds, it really picks up speed. I loved the dialogue between Maggie and Dex, as well as the other characters. Once I got a couple chapters in I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry folks but this book did not deserve a 4.5 rating. Got as far as page 206 and just lost interest . I totally did not like Maggie's character. I get that her father is a cold & heartless man but why did she need to be such a witch to Dex. I don't mind reading a series with a cliffhanger but not to have a conclusion to Eugenia's kidnapping is ridiculous. Sorry Ms. Sullivan, I really did try to like this story.
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My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Temptation Bay (Windfall Island #1) by Anna Sullivan, private investigator Dex, posing as a lawyer, heads to Windfall Island in search of a long lost heir.  Before he even gets to Windfall Island, he is distracted, attracted and intrigued by Maggie.  Helicopter pilot Maggie calls Windfall Island home, and is very protective of the place and the people there.  As soon as she sees Dex, she is conflicted because she is attracted to him, but doesn't trust him. Dex's mission on Windfall Island is top secret, he doesn't want anyone to know why he's really there.  As he unsuccessfully searches for answers, he is more and more drawn to Maggie and the desire to be with her.  Maggie feels the magnetism between them also, but refuses to give in to it.  She does her best to avoid Dex.   Dex soon realizes he's going to need help to find what he's looking for though, and it's Maggie he turns to.  Reluctantly, Maggie agrees to help Dex even though it will mean spending way more time with him...And as they do, they become closer.  Somewhere between pushing him away and denying her feelings, Maggie finds herself in deep with Dex. As a new kind of relationship starts to develop between Maggie and Dex, someone knows what they are doing.  Someone who doesn't want them to find answers and will do anything to stop them. Temptation Bay is really two stories that come together.  Maggie and Dex's relationship, and Dex's search for a missing heir.  Anna gives us romance with a lot of conflict between Maggie and Dex, and a very intriguing mystery.  I love the setting of Temptation Bay, the small island population and all the quirky characters who live there.  Anna does a great job of bringing Windfall Island to life.   I did  find it difficult to identify with or feel much for Maggie.  Yes, she has her past issues and secrets...but she is all grown up now, and the way she acts and treats Dex at times did not reflect positively on her character.  Maggie is very aggressive where I found Dex to be much more laid back, even if he is full of secrets himself.  He is open that he has them and his reasons for not revealing them.  Sometimes I was full of wonder that Dex actually still wanted to be with Maggie.  The chemistry between them is undeniable though, and Anna write this well as they find their way together. The mystery part of Temptation Bay was a bit slow to get going, and a bit difficult to get into because so much of the book is about the turmoil of Maggie and Dex's relationship.  It is a solid plot, and I found myself wanting more of that! Anna does a great job of concluding Temptation Bay so that part of the story finishes, but there's still more to be told, without a cliffhanger. I'd recommend Temptation Bay to romance readers who like a lot of conflict between characters, a mystery, and a great setting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What's up?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but the main point of the story was never dealt with. The book suddenly ended without any answers. Strange..am wondering how many books of sullivans i have to read before i find out the answer to who is the heir
Anonymous More than 1 year ago