Too Temptingby Bethany Lopez
Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she's
Gabriel "Gabe" Lewis retired from the NFL and returned home to Cherry Springs. He combined his passion for football with camping and is now the owner of a football camp for teens. His summers are dedicated to spending time with family and teaching his campers about the sport he loves.
Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she's asked if she'll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind.
The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble. All Gabe knows is that Zoey is Too Tempting to deny, and he's determined to overcome the obstacles between them to be the man she deserves.
Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.
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Rating: 4.5/5 Too Tempting was such a romantic read filled with twists and turns that will leave you wanting for more. From the sexy cover to the synopsis, I was intrigued with the overall plot from the very beginning, and needless to say the story did not disappoint at all. We get to meet two characters whose worlds might look seem different, but they have a lot more common than they originally thought. Right from the start we get to meet Gabriel “Gabe” Lewis a retired NFL player whose fame made him wealthy and a magnet to just about every women out there. Coming back to his home town of Cherry Springs, Gabe was determined to continue doing what he loved the most, and starting his own camp for teens was just what he needed. Now he opens his camp every summer and it is then that he is also able to spend time with his siblings as well. With only just a week away from opening day he is getting ready to welcome the campers when a sudden guest arrives to his camp and everything changes after that. His attraction towards Zoey is magnetic and Gabe can't wait to make her his no matter what, but things don't always turn out like we plan them to and soon a secret threatens to pull them apart. Zoey Zahn never expected to find herself attracted to her nephew's camping coach, but arriving ahead of schedule has put her in a awkward predicament and now she has no choice but to stay in the camp with Gabe and his siblings. Wanting to get some alone time to write proved to be difficult when all she could think about was the chemistry that she had with Gabe seemed to have the minute she arrived. But when the two couldn't hold back any longer things started escalating fast and soon her quiet evenings alone were the last thing on her mind. A sudden relationship started to blossom and as the two started to get to know each other, the more they started to fall in love. Yet, when they were just about to decide what to do next in their relationship, a sudden secret resurfaces that could endanger what they've already built. I truly enjoyed reading Too Tempting, the main characters were funny and cute with each other. There relationship grows rather fast, but it worked well in the story. The twists that we get towards the end were definitely surprising, I did not see them coming at all. It's evident that both characters have their reservations when it comes to trusting other people, for Gabe being in constant spotlight has made him unable to find the right women who likes him for him and not his money. On the other hand, Zoey has almost the same problem, but what she worries about the most is not being good enough for Gabe. Throughout the story we get to see them both grow and in the end they learned to trust in each other if they want to have a future together. All in all, if you are looking for a steamy and sweet read filled with twists than I would highly recommend reading this book. The ending well literally melt your heart! :) ***ARC provided as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.***
Bethany Lopez kicks off a new series (Lewis Cousins) with Too Tempting, and it is a complex romance that is entertaining, sexy and packs an emotional punch. Gabe Lewis is a famous, retired NFL player who now runs a youth football summer camp. Author Zoey Zhan arrives at Gabe’s camp to chaperone her nephew, but she mistakenly arrives a week early, and there’s no nephew or any campers there. Gabe is attracted to Zoey, and when he discovers that she needs someplace quiet to work on her next book, he invites her to wait out the week at the camp with him. She and Gabe fall hard and fast for each other, and their instant lust/love feels a little rushed, but Gabe is an all-around nice guy, so I can see why Zoey might have been a goner from the beginning. As they embark on their heated relationship and things grow serious, real life throws a complication at both of them that neither expected. It could prove to be the roadblock to their happily ever after. Too Tempting’s story wasn’t what I expected - there is no way I could have predicted the twists in the plot, and I love an author who can surprise me in a romance. This is the first book of Bethan Lopez’s that I have read, and I am already looking forward to more of her work. ARC provided by the author’s publicist, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.
Too Tempting is a cute sports romance. Gabe Lewis retired from the NFL and opened a camp for teenagers. He and his cousins go to the camp a week early so they can spend time together. Zoey is a quirky, lonely, writer. She stumbled into the camp early, not realizing she was a week early, and ended up taking up residence in one of the cabin's on the property instead of going to a hotel. A spark is instantly there between Gabe and Zoey, and both of them keep their identities a secret until they got to know each other better. But on the last day of camp, a wrench is thrown into their budding relationship and Zoey had to determine if what they had was worth the risk or if it was time to throw in the towel. The story had an interesting concept. It had a family of cousins dying to spend time together with an unknown outsider thrown into their usual mix. Gabe desired to help teens out because he was genuinely a nice guy. His enthusiasm was catchy and it made me love him. But about halfway through the book, there was an odd twist and I felt like I started reading an entirely different book. I felt like the camp should have been all summer and not rotating the kids out every week. That way, they could still have the drama that went down but it was still in the world the book originally started in. Two smaller issues I had was that although the writing was good, it wasn't great. Bethany kept using "as" as a connector and although it's good once in a while, she started to use it multiple times on a page. And the second thing was even though sex isn't the most important thing to me in a good romance book, a lot of the earlier sex scenes were either abrupt or you were in Zoey's head so much you were throw out of the scene. Then about halfway through, the sex scenes were really amazing and I couldn't stop reading. Their romance started so quickly and was pretty much "love at first sight" and that bothered me but as time went on, I started to adore the easy relationship that grew between them. I also loved how Gabe's cousins made Zoey feel apart of their group. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good sports romance with a twist (even if the twist wasn't for me, others may love it).