Dodging Temptation

Dodging Temptation

by Avery Flynn

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ISBN-13: 9781943892846
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 1,167,926
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Dodging Temptation

Retreat


By Avery Flynn, Alethea Spiridon Hopson

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Avery Flynn
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-369-3


CHAPTER 1

Five miles into an eight-mile short run and Dodge Loving had hit his stride. Nothing could touch him right now. Not his younger brothers who were driving him nuts. Not his mom who meddled in everyone's life. And definitely not the anvil-heavy worry about every fucking thing that could go wrong at The Retreat Spa and Resort that weighed down his shoulders most days.

It was too early in spring for the Wyoming sun to be set to scorching, but still he'd soaked through his wicking T-shirt and shorts. Small clouds of dust puffed up around his feet as he rounded the dirt path's bend. The Retreat's main lodge loomed up ahead. Large, imposing, and made from foundation to roof of locally quarried stones and timber, it was a log cabin on steroids. It stood in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming with its own private access roads, landing strip, and helicopter pad. When the rich from either coast wanted to get away from it all, The Retreat was their first choice for a reason.

Privacy. Luxury. Freedom.

That's what The Retreat promised and what Dodge made sure each guest received, especially Garth Hampton. The aging rock star had arrived last night from his latest stint in rehab looking like death warmed over and reeking of desperation. Dodge had set him up in a private cabin half a mile from the main lodge. Glancing over his left shoulder as his feet thumped against the earth in time with his controlled heartbeat, he could see the cabin's roof behind the tree line. Like everything else at The Retreat, the cabin was a fifteen on a ten-point luxury scale.

The sun reflected off something in his peripheral vision. The sixth sense for trouble he'd developed running roughshod over his brothers stabbed a path up his spine. Knowing better than to ignore it, he paused his stride, took in a few deep breaths, stretched as if he was ready for his cool down, and covertly surveyed the area. All that stood between the resort's running path and the private landing strip were wildflowers in full spring bloom, a few trees, several bushes, and the occasional tumbleweed, nothing that could explain the glint of light.

Glancing up at the main lodge, he brought his right arm across his chest until his shoulder muscles protested. Pivoting on his heel, he switched stretching arms and turned so he was facing the landing strip. That's when he saw it again. The sun reflected off something in one of the bushes next to the path. Dodge sprinted over fast enough to scatter a couple of quail to the sky and reached through the branches. Greasy hair. Pasty skin. Creepy vibe. It only took a second to realize he'd caught himself a trespasser of the worst kind.

Fucking paparazzi.

He wrapped his fingers around the camera strap curled around the guy's neck and yanked him to his feet.

"The fuck, man?" The man tried to wriggle free.

In response, Dodge tightened his grip and pulled until only the man's tiptoes touched the ground. With his telephoto lens, ketchup-stained T-shirt, and three-day beard, it wasn't hard to guess the guy's occupation. It didn't happen every day, but paparazzi snuck in often enough, trying to grab a million dollar shot of one of The Retreat's guests, that spotting the vermin at a glance — or first grasp — had become second nature.

"This is private property," Dodge said.

"Oh come on." The photographer's eyes bugged out a little. "I'm just doing my job."

In violation of the "No Trespassing" signs posted liberally around the perimeter. "Spying on The Retreat's guests?"

The man reached into his bramble-covered pants and pulled a twenty out of his pocket. "Look, take this and walk away. No one needs to know."

Like too many idiots, this guy assumed Dodge wasn't in charge. Was it because he was only thirty? Because his skin was about twelve shades darker than the vast majority of people in Wyoming? Could it be the sweat-soaked running shorts? Whatever the reason, Dodge didn't care. He'd play along to find out what the jerkwad wanted and kick him out on his fat ass. He plucked the money from the other man's fingers. "So who are you poking around looking for?"

If the press knew Garth Hampton had gone straight from rehab to The Retreat to write his next album, the shit would hit the fan. The Retreat was known for protecting the privacy of its ultra-rich guests. He couldn't let that track record get dinged or the deal with The Brasch Group to take The Retreat global with locations in some of the hottest vacation spots in the world would fall through, along with his efforts to ruin his bastard of a grandfather's hotel chain.

Jonathan Kerry owned a lot of businesses, but it had all started with the hotels, and they were what he cared about the most. Times were tough, though, and his grandfather's hotels were barely hanging on; they were desperate for an influx of cash from The Brasch Group. One they weren't going to get. Dodge couldn't wait to see the results of a year's worth of wheeling and dealing that would result in Kerry Holding Unlimited's hotels going belly up. It was past time the old man paid his debt, and Dodge was determined to collect.

"What business is it of yours why I'm looking around?" the paparazzi asked.

Bravado didn't go far when your feet were barely touching the ground. Dodge tightened his grip, and the man sucked in a wheezy breath as he clawed ineffectually at Dodge's fingers.

"Fine!" he managed to get out.

Dodge dropped him to his feet and waited. It didn't take long.

"Harper Conners." The photographer rubbed the back of his neck where the tightened camera strap had rubbed his skin raw.

He knew The Retreat's guest list like his youngest brother knew supermodels' dimensions. The name didn't ring any bells. "Who?"

"Damn, I really am in the sticks. Her family has more money than Midas, and she slapped her cheating senator husband silly on national TV during one of those mea culpa press conferences about eight months back. Ring any bells? How about the leaked audio of her leaving the best I'mgoing-to-make-your-life-miserable-if-you-don't-sign-the-quickie-divorcepapers-now voicemail on her husband's cell phone? It's only played on every cable news outlet from here to Timbuktu for the past month. Come on, chief, you can't be totally clueless."

A vague memory shook loose. Red hair, big brown eyes, and an ass that made men do stupid, stupid shit without ever wondering why. "She's not here, so you best be on your way before I call in security."

The man rolled his eyes and adjusted the camera strap around his neck. "No offense, chief, but I know my job. She's here working as some sort of consultant."

Relief loosened his shoulders. Since he did all the hiring and firing at The Retreat, he'd know of any consultant on staff. "Wrong."

"Check it out." The photographer pushed a few buttons on his phone and brought up an email.

Certain phrases stuck out: The Retreat Spa and Resort, rare cowboy diaries, book auction, May Loving. His stomach lining evaporated. His mother had hired her. Of course she had. Why should this surprise him? "Shit."

"And the tabloids are willing to pay top dollar for any photos as long as it's the exclusive first get." The paparazzi leaned in and lowered his voice. "I can squeeze a few bills in it for you if you can get me closer. If someone gets it before me, all deals are off. It's only money if it's the first."

What a moron. "You won't believe how close I can get you." Dodge pressed the Bluetooth button on his smart watch with one hand and grabbed the photographer's upper arm with the other.

"Security," The Retreat's head of security answered.

"Hey, Frank. Meet me on the running path east of the main lodge. I got a snooper."

"On my way, boss."

The smug, hey-bro grin slid off the man's face like sloppy wet eggs off a plate. "Boss?"

"Dodge Loving, president of The Retreat and despiser of low-life paparazzi." He tightened his grip on the man's arm and smiled. It was about a hundred degrees colder than the aw-shucks grin he gave The Retreat's guests, and the photographer shivered in his tight grasp. "Can't say it's good to meet you, asshole."


If Harper Conner couldn't hide from the world in a library in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming and figure out how to become a new and improved version of herself, then she needed to hand in her ninja card — and she wasn't about to do that any time soon, at least not until the ink dried on her newly signed divorce papers.

So she'd work, plot, and plan in the library. Cataloging and authenticating the more than two hundred books in The Retreat's cowboy library could take a ton of time, but she'd only been hired for two weeks. It wasn't as long an escape as she wanted, but it still allowed plenty of time for the world to forget what a naive idiot she'd been, so when she went back to Washington they'd see her as the tougher, ballsier version she'd become. Not that everyone would accept the new her, which she knew from the near daily reminders from her mother, who never met a blatant spousal infidelity she could ignore.

But alone with the musty scent of old books and the light filtering in from the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Retreat's library, Harper could escape and plan her transformation. Books had always been her safe haven, and the job offer from May Loving couldn't have come at a better time. She settled into her chair, several tall stacks of books hiding her from view, and she eased open a small leather-bound journal. The writing was faded and cramped with a few girlish curlicues that gave away the writer's gender, if not her devilish nature.

Belle Starr had earned her nickname The Bandit Queen. She'd rustled cattle, stolen horses, and bootlegged whiskey on the western frontier, thumbing her nose at authority for years before dying in an ambush, killed by her own double-barreled shotgun.

"Ain't life a bitch?" she muttered to herself.

"You have no idea," a male voice said from the other side of the stacks.

Harper's surprised yelp bounced off the high ceiling, and her heart slammed against her ribcage as she jumped up from her chair. A man stood just inside the library's door. Tall — at least six-foot-four — he had warm brown skin, thick muscles, a movie star face and moss green eyes that sent a jolt of electricity beaming straight down to the center of her cherry red panties. He'd scared the bejesus out of her, but that didn't account for the awareness keeping her feet nailed to the ground. Sweaty, in running clothes, and more than a little bit pissed off, he had an aura of power and danger that twisted girls up and left them begging for more. Harper inhaled a shaky breath. She might need to sit down.

"I'm Dodge Loving." He stalked forward, all business. "Are you Harper Conner?"

That name sounded vaguely familiar. Because it's your name, Harp. Pull it together. "Yes."

He hesitated, seemingly searching for words on the wide hardwood planks that made up the floor, before raising his head and straightening his spine. "You're fired."

"What!" Her knees gave out, and she plopped down into the chair. Thank God she had plenty of padding on her ass, or the force of her crash landing might have broken her tailbone.

"You're on the first flight out tomorrow. We'll arrange for a car to take you there right away." He peeked over her book wall. "How quickly can you be packed?"

His blasé attitude cut through her shock. Pretty boy, mean attitude, wasn't that just her luck? Why did everyone assume she'd just kowtow to any and every authority figure? Sure, she'd spent her entire life up until six months ago with her toes planted firmly on the company line, but she'd crossed it, big time, and she wasn't going back. She'd made up her mind to take a strategic retreat from public life to learn how to become the new Harper, and this job, getting to do what she loved, was about as perfect for that purpose as possible.

With greater difficulty than she liked, she ignored her all too keen awareness of Dodge and leveled a glare at him that had silenced even the toughest bully at boarding school. "You can't fire me. Your mother hired me."

Her death look had absolutely no effect on Dodge, probably because he never looked up from his smartphone to see it. "She has nothing to do with The Retreat's daily operations. She should have told you that."

A loophole! "I'm not here on The Retreat's behalf. She hired me to authenticate and catalog her private collection of cowboy books for possible auction. You can't fire me, only she can."

He opened and shut his mouth several times.

"You being here isn't going to work." Dodge paced in front of the desk, so tall she had no trouble watching him above the stack of books. "Do you know what I found in the bushes?"

Harper crossed her fingers under the desk. "Quail?"

He rolled his eyes. "No. A slimeball photographer intent on getting photos of you."

Probably the same one who'd hacked her email right after her divorce became final last month. Why couldn't people just leave her the hell alone? "I assume you got rid of him."

That stopped him in his tracks. "Of course." He said it as if the universe wouldn't even allow another possibility.

Dodge Loving might be a Type A asshole, but in this instance he was her Type A asshole. She'd hated dealing with the press since the first time her mother had dressed her in something frilly and itchy before her dad plopped her down in front of the cameras for his failed presidential run. That her dad hadn't become president that time, or the next time he'd run, didn't lessen the press attention on her family, and they'd crowned her as some sort of political princess. Add to that the fiasco from eight months ago and the slap heard around the world ... and yeah, she'd rather eat her own arm off than talk to the press. The fact that Dodge had gotten rid of one of the slimy bastards made her almost like him despite the fact that he was trying to fire her. She relaxed in her chair. "Thank you."

It hadn't been easy getting this job, and she wasn't giving up on it now. She'd been on six interviews before the offer from May Loving dropped in her lap. No one else in the conservative rare book field wanted to hire the woman whose name had become shorthand for a pissed off scorned political wife with a vendetta, but May hadn't cared. She'd said something about the universe having a plan, and that was that. Harper had gone to the airport and found the Loving family jet ready to whisk her off to The Retreat.

"You still need to go." Dodge continued to tap away on his phone. "He said there'd be more bottom-feeding reporters coming and we can't have that here. Our guests require utmost privacy."

And there probably would be more. Paparazzi replicated like gremlins after midnight. "Good thing I have all of these books here to keep me busy and indoors away from prying eyes or telephoto lenses — and you, of course, to watch out for me."

He kept tapping away on his phone, obviously confident she'd bend to his will. "If you're going to stay here, then you'll need to do an interview so they'll stop lurking around the place."

Her stomach lurched. "Absolutely not." The ironclad employment contract she'd signed clearly stated she'd lose her job if she did any interviews. Her boss, Simon, at Graveson Brothers Books, was militant that she bring no negative attention to the firm because of her past and, unlike what most people seemed to think, she didn't have millions tucked away in her bank account. Hell, she barely had a thousand dollars in her quickly dwindling savings account. And her boss all but promised that even a whisper of scandal and her employer's parent company, the Boston-based Kerry Holdings Unlimited, would use all of its many corporate attorneys to rain hell down upon her until she drowned. She couldn't afford to lose this job.

His head snapped up and he palmed his phone before going perfectly still. His muscular chest didn't even rise with his breath. The pompous ass had probably trained his organs to obey his every mental order. Five seconds. Ten seconds. Thirty seconds. She wasn't going to yield, but that didn't mean she wasn't going to squirm. Beads of nervous sweat gathered at the nape of her neck. Belle's diary wavered in her hand. She gulped down the urge to acquiesce. Old habits die hard, but she was determined to kill that one until it was dead.


(Continues...)

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Dodging Temptation (Entangled Indulgence) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Candi714 More than 1 year ago
What a great first book of a new Trilogy by Avery Flynn!!!! This book has it all, funny, snarky, sexy, great characters, intrigue and down right great writing. There is not a book that this girl has wrote that I didn't love. I truly enjoy all her stories and look forward to many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved Dodge & Harper. Need Griff & Stone's stories.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Falling in love over ice cream in Wyoming? Only Avery Flynn could do it! DODGING TEMPTATION is a lovely romance between an Afro-American cowboy and a reluctant political celebrity, Dodge and Harper, who are both very enticing characters. Everything we love about Ms. Flynn is there: a fast-paced story, funny banter, great characters all-around, many sexy moments, and oh-so-sweet love! And let’s not forget chocolate chip mint ice cream! A good time will be had by all!
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Tempting Dodge Loving is trying to get backing for his retreat from the same company his grandfather is trying to get backing from. Dodge has a revenge plan against his grandfather and wants to keep all paparazzi away but Harper is there and they are following her. dodge is trying everything to get rid of Harper, but could it be that they belong together? Avery Flynn has again made you love another family and can't wait for the next installment. This is the first of the trilogy and was a great start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Harper and Dodge’s story. At first I thought I wouldn’t like it but kept reading and began to really enjoy the chemistry between Harper and Dodge. I loved the way their relationship developed and was rooting for them to make it. I would definitely recommend this book. I also look forward to reading more books from Avery Flynn.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes striving for revenge can blinker you to enjoying life’s opportunities. In this contemporary romance, Dodge Loving is determined to thwart his estranged Grandfather’s plans for his hotel chain by making the resort of his own family win a highly prestigious and lucrative deal. However, for that to happen, everything needs to be running smoothly and security is key to maintaining the privacy of the resort’s clients. When he discovers a member of the paparazzi hiding he’s determined to get to the bottom of the problem, even if it means throwing out the young lady employed by his Mum to catalogue her rare cowboy diaries. That young lady is Harper Conner and she’s equally determined not to let the paparazzi know any more about her - she’s spent most of her life in the spotlight, doing what is expected of her by her high powered political family but she’s had enough of that life. Their initial meeting is hotly confrontational but that’s just the prelude to hot encounters of a totally different nature! Can she melt the CEO and show him how to live life to the full or will old habits and pressure prove too much for this couple? This is another story by this talented author with feisty. provocative main characters, equally stubborn and determined to succeed against the odds. It is a steamy romance with sizzling hot attraction, a exclusive resort under siege from the paparazzi and revenge all playing significant roles in the plot which has elements of both suspense and humour in it, keeping the reader both entertained and enthralled. I enjoyed escaping into this story and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone looking for a story where suppositions, accusations and feelings of betrayal as well as an ageing rock star all contribute to the developing romance. Seeing that this is the first in a series, published back in 2014, I was quite looking forward to reading about how Dodge’s Mum endeavoured to find love matches for his brothers but I can’t find any sequels - but I’ll keep on looking! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Dodge and Harper have serious attraction from the start. Dodge is practically drooling from the first time they met. Harper is not sure she can spare him the time of day. With outside forces helping the attraction to go from a spark into a flame - can they still resist? The hot scenes are worth reading, that is for sure! Harper has a job to do and has no time for a playboy with arrogance issues. Dodge and Harper ultimately want the same thing. Don't they? I found this book to be a fun read. I was a little put off at the characters attitudes. I felt they were a bit selfish. Overall has enough to make it worth the while. ***This ARC was given by Netgalley and its publishers in return for an honest review only.
SexyVixenReader More than 1 year ago
Woohoo sexy cowboy love. Dodge and Harper are just fun together.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
Dodge Loving is determined to seek revenge on his grandfather for a wrong he committed years before Dodge was even born. Dodge has worked years for the day he can rub his and his families success in his grandfather's face and the time has finally come. In competition against his grandfather's company, all Dodge has to do is close this one multi million dollar deal and his grandfather's enterprise will fall. Everything is going according to plan until the day Harper Conner showed up. Harper just wants a fresh start away from her ex-husband and the media. Being raised by her parents in the media spotlight Harper is used to having a life with no privacy but after her ex publicly admitting to having an affair Harper can't seem to find any peace. When offered a job by May Loving to catalog and appraise her rare cowboy diaries Harper was ecstatic. What better way to stay out of the spotlight than at an exclusive high-end resort in the middle of nowhere Wyoming. Things were going great for Harper until the day Dodge walked into the library and fired her. The sparks between these two ignite into a hate turn love relationship that will leave you laughing and begging for more. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun contemporary romance. Great start to a new series and can't wait for the next installment. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars I really enjoyed Dodging Temptation. The storyline was entertaining and held my interest from start to end. Loved the characters, Dodge and Harper had great chemistry/attraction, I enjoyed seeing them get together and loved how Dodge slowly let his guard down and open up to Harper. A major plus for me was the secondary characters, loved Dodge's brothers and can't wait to read their stories in the Retreat series. They made me laugh with their banter and antics. I also loved and admired Dodge's mother May, she had a beautiful forgiving heart, all she wants is for her boys to find love and happiness. This was a beautiful love story between two very stubborn feisty people who found love when they least expected, I highly recommend this book.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever been disappointed with one of Avery Flynn's books, and this is no exception! Dodge is a bit of a jerk and it frustrated me the way he was plotting his way around Harper. As he gets to know her, the attraction turns into something more, but in his obsession of getting revenge against his grandfather, he almost loses her. Harper has been through a lot with both her ex and her parents and lost herself in the process. It was great to see her being true to herself and become her own person. The chemistry between them is great. Wonderful introduction to the Loving family - their mom is too cute. Looking forward to Dodge's brothers stories - can't wait to see who their mom matches them with. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Mmmmm...the loving brothers--the poor guys are named after old cowboy towns (Dodge City, Tombstone, and Fort Griffin) and think they're all confirmed bachelors, but their mother is one determined matchmaking woman. And whoa. Did you get a load of the abs on Dodge? I mean, really. I'm pretty sure it's genetic, and I am so ready for Stone and Griff's covers. I mean stories. ;) Dodging Temptation reads a bit more like a Brazen novel than an Indulgence--not that I'm complaining. It is chock-full of smexy scenes, many involving various pints of ice cream, whipped cream, and cherries (bonus!) Neither Dodge nor Harper feel they're in any position to fall in love--Harper's disastrous marriage has just ended, and Dodge is too busy plotting revenge against his bigoted grandfather and planning world domination to be slowed down by something as frivolous as love. But fortunately his mother--and the universe--have other plans. For a guy who didn't have time for romance, Dodge definitely pulled out all the stops when it came to showing off his Wyoming home to Parker. Private helicopter ride over the Grand Tetons? Check. Romantic picnic for two--with ice cream sundaes--on an isolated island? Check and check. It all makes it a lot easier to forgive him when he's being a butthead. And a butthead he will be, eventually. Because he's got to close his business deal, and he's got no time for love. Did he mention that already? But resistance, naturally, is futile. May Loving and the universe are forces that cannot be ignored. Fortunately--so, HEA--here they come! (And can I just say that in my mind when Dodge is galloping off on his horse at the end he's shirtless? Or at the very least, his button-down shirt is completely unbuttoned. Because, day-um. What a nice visual ;) ) Bring on Stone and Griff's books--I'm ready! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Tempted and feels so good A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review* Dodge Loving wants revenge on his grandfather because of what he did to his mother ( his daughter) – he disowned her just because she married a black man and had a child by him. Dodge is very successful and smart but he doesn’t feel that way when it comes to that old man so he sets out to prove it to him in the middle of a multi-million dollar deal in competition with his grandfather and dare not have anything put this deal at risk. In the middle of the hotel where the deal is going on, Harper Conner shows up to work for Dodge’s mother . She has left her previous life behind- the one where she slapped her senator ex-husband on live TV and now the paparazzi are after her. Hoping that by working with May, Dodge’s mom, things would be better, she wasn’t prepared for Dodge to have such a dislike for her. Yet there is chemistry between them. YET it wasn’t that immediate connection because Dodge had this need, this burning feeling to get his grandfather right where he wants him and Harper and her problems will prevent that. Harper is wanting to be anonymous and NOT cause trouble…slowly and surely she gets Dodge to see her for who SHE IS, not what her past is but it took time and it almost took her leaving him before they have their HEA. I cant wait for the other Loving brothers to get their books because I can tell they have stories waiting to get out there. My rating: 4.4 stars ****
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Dodge Loving runs an ultra private resort/retreat in the middle of Wyoming. His grandfather runs a hotel that is in dire need of a cash influx. They are competing against each other for a place within the global resort company, The Brasch Group. Nothing will stand in the way of Dodge making sure his grandfather loses EVERYTHING because of the way he disowned Dodge's mother many years ago, when she married a black man. Is his need for revenge making him more like the old man than he wants to admit? Then his mother hires Harper Conner and he can't keep his eyes or hands off her until he finds out she works for his grandfather's company. Is she a corporate spy? Can he trust her? Dodge is one fine looking cowboy/businessman. I think he gave up too easily on Harper. For as close as they got, I didn't feel the deep feelings from Dodge that he should have had. I felt the fun and sexy rendezvous in the kitchen, in the hall, and in the library, just to name a few, but no truly deep "love" feelings. Still, a very steamy and sexy romance with a fantastic cover! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Mandi0129 More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn has a way of making her characters feel like real people. The interplay between the Loving brothers (pun intended) was so much fun and made me laugh out loud at a few points. I wanted to cheer Harper on as she was learning to be a new version of her through the whole book. Dodge was HOT HOT HOT in a sexy, grumpy funny way. Quick and easy read, would definitely recommend it!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars---DODGING TEMPTATION is the first installment in Avery Flynn’s contemporary adult RETREAT romance series focusing on the Loving brothers-Dodge, Stone and Griff Loving, and the family owned Retreat Spa and Resort where A-listers, the famous, and infamous venture for privacy, luxury and freedom. This is eldest brother and resort CEO Dodge Loving, and newly divorced Harper Conner’s storyline. Told from dual third person perspectives DODGING TEMPTATION follows the building relationship between Harper and Dodge, and Dodge’s plans to sign a deal for The Retreat to go global in the hopes of taking down the man who he believes destroy his mother’s life. What ensues is an acrimonious introduction between our leading couple when Dodge discovers her connections to the man he is hoping to bring down. Harper Conner’s newly minted status as a young divorcee finds our heroine struggling for a direction in life, and with it comes the tenacity and ball busting attitude when Dodge Loving makes it his mission to remove Harper from The Retreat Spa and Resort. Harper is an employee of his mother, and his mother’s attempts at matchmaking place Harper and Dodge in the direct line of fire. But Dodge wants nothing to do with the ex-wife of a scandalous senator-she brings too much trouble and notoriety to the quiet solitude of The Retreat Span and Resort. The paparazzi have staked a spot outside The Retreat in the hopes of a getting an exclusive with some of the famous visitors. The relationship between our couple is fraught with accusations and perceived betrayal. Dodge and Harper believe that each other has an agenda, and with it comes the disheartening realization that everything about their growing connection has been a lie. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the over the top graphic erotic imagery. There is some definite heat in the kitchen, and the library. The secondary and supporting characters include Dodge’s brothers Stone and Griff, as well as their long suffering mother who has made it her mission to see that each of her sons finds his happily ever after. But it is May Loving’s past relationship with her own family that fuels the animosity and hatred building up in her eldest son. He is a man determined to destroy the past but with it will come hardship and heartbreak. The ultimate in rock star rehab notoriety comes in the form Garth Hampton-a man whose own demons have become fodder for the paparazzi tabloids. DODGING TEMPTATION is an entertaining and sexy story that tests the waters of racial discrimination in the face of family history and letting go of the past. The premise is evenly paced while the build-up of conflict between Harper and Dodge is a foregone conclusion. The characters are engaging, energetic and oft-times a point of humor especially where it concerns the relationship between Dodge, Stone and Griff-brotherly love is all about the teasing and loving revenge. The conflict resolution is rather abrupt, in my humble opinion, with a look to the future one month later. May Loving is once again on the search for the women to tame her younger sons. Congratulations to Avery Flynn on the release of DODGING TEMPTATION-the first book in her new RETREAT romance series.
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Dodge Loving and Harper Connor will take you on one heck of a ride. Enemies turn to lovers in this page turner. The chemistry is off the charts and the sexual tension is at an all-time high. Avery Flynn definitely knows what will entice her readers. I couldn’t put this book down, it was that good! Make Dodging Temptation your next read!!!
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
You really can't go wrong when you pick up a book by Avery Flynn and this book proves that again! This book is about Dodge Loving and Harper Conner. Dodge is the extremely driven and successful owner of a ranch in Wyoming that caters to celebrities and the upper class. Harper is a political princess whose marriage has ended because her Senator husband cheated on her and she refused to stand by him. Harper accepts a job at the ranch and sparks instantly fly between her and Dodge. I love that Harper refused to be a doormat for her husband and was able to leave that life behind her. I love strong woman characters and Harper is definitely that! I love the Lovings! I loved their family dynamic. May Loving is a different sort of woman but you can sense the love for her family. The relationship between Dodge and his brother's Griff and Stone was great too! I can't wait for more from this family! I would definitely recommend this book!
AuroraDawn5 More than 1 year ago
Harper Connor has come to the Retreat to authenticate May Loving’s priceless collection of original cowboy diaries. She loves the work and needs the money. The fact that the location is about as far out of the limelight as you can get is a definite bonus for a political daughter and wife who’s just gone through an ugly and very public breakup with her cheating politician husband. Dodge Loving is a man on a mission. He’s spent months trying to negotiate a deal with a leading hotel conglomerate to turn the Retreat into an international chain. In order to do that, he needs to guarantee the privacy of his guests, especially now that he has an aging rock star, fresh out of rehab hiding out at the resort. When he finds out the paparazzi are there looking for a story about Washington royalty Harper Connor, his first thought is to get rid of her before she can do any damage and so in true Donald Trump style, his first words to her are “You’re fired.” Unfortunately Harper works for his mother and she’s determined to stay to finish the job she started. Dodging Temptation is a classic tale about that thin line between love and hate, an exploration of the scientific fact that opposites attract. Avery Flynn has penned a thoroughly entertaining story with a complete cast of larger than life characters, witty banter, steamy hot sex and melt your heart romance topped off with a surprise finale that could only happen in Wyoming. If you like romance stories with strong, alpha males and feisty heroines who don’t take themselves too seriously, you will love Dodging Temptation.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
4.5 I really enjoyed this book! Dodge and Harper are wonderful together The uptight Dodge and the wanting to finally be herself not who everyone else wants her to be have to find their way through politics and parents to be together but its so worth the trip! Can not wait to see what happens for the other brothers hehe Gotta Love a match making mom :D
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Once again a book by Avery Flynn, that I could not put down. A new family in Wyoming that readers will fall in love with. Dodge Loving, is seeking revenge on his grandfather on a deal of a multi billion dollar luxury resort when a Harper shows up with paparazzi on her tale. Harper is seeking a hide out, a low keyed job after slapping her senator ex husband during a press conference. Dodge is not liking this added publicity to the resort, but Harper is enjoying her new job. Even though there is animosity between these two, sparks start to fly and they can't keep their hands off each other. With the help of his meddling mother, May, she will make sure they fall in love. I have fallen in love with this family, can't wait to see who the next story is about. May was a hoot! I highly recommend this book!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn writes a hot steamy book. She glues you on page one all the way though to the last page. I could not put the book down until I finished. There is revenge, money, paparazzi, cheating, hot sex and a plot. Dodge and Harper have so much chemistry in Wyoming at a luxury resort. I do not want to tell any spoiler of the book, so please buy this book and read it. This is my first book written by Avery Flynn and it will not be my last. She has a way of making you connect with the book like are in the story. I was given this book by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Dodge Loving has been on a lifelong quest for revenge against his grandfather for disowning his mom because she married below her station and a black man to boot. Dodge's plan is to hit his grandfather where it would hurt the most - financially - and he's on the verge of inking a deal that would do just that, a deal to partner with an investor to expand his highly exclusive and private resort, in direct competition with his grandfather and he cannot allow anything to jeopardize his hard work, especially not a publicity magnet like Harper Conner. Harper Conner broke the unspoken code of conduct by slapping her now ex-husband on national TV and refusing to stand by his cheating behind and she just wants to be left alone by the press. The resort in faraway Wyoming is the perfect hideout to avoid publicity as well as work on the first step to her hard won independence - her job authenticating old manuscripts and she is definitely not going to let the attractive owner chase her away. Dodge's laser focus on his revenge plan has made him bitter and much like the grandfather he despises and has also left him with no time for romance, much to his mother's dismay. In her opinion, Harper is the perfect solution to that problem and she is willing to help that along, without much concern for boundaries which results in lots of hilarious moments. Dodge and Harper's clash of wills and initial hostility hides a mutual attraction but not for long, because they can't keep their hands off each other and their attraction bubbles over into lots of steamy encounters. DODGING TEMPTATION is a fun and sexy read, with enjoyable, entertaining characters and a lot of laugh out loud moments. Did I mention the steam? Thanks to Dodge, Harper discovers and explores her kinky side very thoroughly. While Dodge initially gets involved with Harper as a means to manipulating her to do his bidding, all those late night conversations over ice cream show him that he's wrong about her. But will Dodge give up his quest for revenge in order to keep the girl just when it’s all about to come together? I'm loving this new crop of political wives and girlfriends who have taken a page from Jenny Sanford's playbook and refuse to stick by their cheating partners. Harper has been groomed all her life to be the perfect political wife and has never deviated from that path until The Slap. Now she's all about herself first, taking charge of her life and determined to make herself happy and I loved it! I love the glimpses we got of the entire Loving family and its dynamics and I especially love Dodge's mom, May. I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what she has planned for an encore for her sons. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Avery Flynn’s Dodging Temptation is filled with a lot of things, and all of them are good. At the heart of the story is the romance between Dodge Loving and Harper Conner. Dodge runs his family’s luxury retreat, and desperately wants to solidify a deal that will allow their business to flourish, while decimating his grandfather’s rival business at the same time. Harper is a “Political Princess” who is trying to start anew after being publicly humiliated when her Senator husband was caught having an affair. Harper is at the retreat to hide, and assess the value of some books in the retreat’s library. The pair are polar opposites. Dodge is a typical Alpha male used to getting his way, while Harper used to be a pushover. Dodge is a workaholic, while Harper is working for the first time in her life. He’s abrasive, and she’s charming. How can these two opposites find love? Well, as they say, “Opposites attract.” I really loved watching these two bicker and lust for one another. They’re chemistry is red hot, and you could almost feel it leaping off the pages. I thought Flynn developed their relationship very well, and I didn’t even care how fast they got together. It felt real and natural under the circumstances. I also loved the backstory surrounding Dodge’s animosity regarding his grandfather, and thought that added something extra and unexpected. So much so, that I wish this was the first book in a series. With the family history, and Dodge’s crazy brothers, Avery Flynn has managed to create a lot of potential in just 148 pages. Do I Recommend? Most definitely! Dodging Temptation was incredibly good. The world building, characters, and plot were very well-developed. The romance was believable, and left me wanting to see more of Dodge and Harper. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. This book kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Dodging Temptation is a super spicy romance that will leave you ready for the next book in the series. Harper is in hiding from all her ex-husbands political scandals. All she wants is to keep her head down and do the job she was hired for. Dodge's long lived dream of destroying his grandfather's empire for disowning Dodge's mother is on the line. When paparazzi discover Harper is at The Retreat, the second they meet there's an attraction. Neither are wanting a relationship yet they just can't stay away from the other. Dodge's mother, May, who is determined to help move things along in the love department for Harper and Dodge is funny and cute as a button. Avery Flynn has started this series off with a bang and I can't wait to find out which love match comes next. If you're looking for a super sexy romance with hottie mctotties that will melt your heart I would recommend checking out Dodging Temptation.