Don't Tempt Me: A Novel

Don't Tempt Me: A Novel

by Lori Foster

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Don't Tempt Me: A Novel by Lori Foster

Love comes along when it's least wanted 

Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself. 

Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460394366
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 24,850
File size: 577 KB

About the Author

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin's, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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Don't Tempt Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last book I bought by Lori Foster was 6.50, the book before that 5.99 and the one before that 4.99. Now this one is 8.99? Are you kidding me? Does anyone else see a pattern? I like most of Lori's books (the ones where the hero isn't a complete womanizer), and for five bucks I could chance it. But 9 bucks? No way....I'm out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It was sweet and did not need to be too graphic in the sex scenes, as many are today. I liked the play of charcters. I will read future books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this more gentle side of Lori Foster's writing with Don't Tempt Me. It takes a step away from her Alpha type males, and instead gives us a more "normal" type romance with the focus being on the relationship with a great cast of characters you'll want to read more of. That's kind of been a trademark for Foster, making secondary characters you can't help but want stories for, so I'm glad she is going to continue on with this as a new series. It was emotional, and I couldn't help but admire Honor for her inner strength, although it does seem to be her weakness as well. Jason, along with his brother, Hogan, and nephew, Colt, overwhelm her with kindness in a way she has never known before, so I found it to be really sweet how she begrudgingly accepts their help in the most awkward ways. The relationship between Honor and Jason is slow to boil, but the intense attraction is there right from the start. It was well-paced and I loved that it wasn't rushed. Now Lexie's relationship with Sullivan goes at warp speed, so you kind of get the best of both worlds in this book. Overall, Don't Tempt Me just had a feel-good feeling to it. It was written well and I loved the sense of true friendship, family, and trust that was woven throughout it. It's a must-read for all you Foster fans out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was excited for a new book from Lori, but $9.00 is too much for me....when other grest authors are $5 or less. Have to pass on this one.
Rhodes123 6 months ago
Honor Brown pulls up in a U-haul to the house she just bought and catches the attention of the hot men next door. They offer to be neighborly and help her unload, Honor reluctantly accepts the help. Jason Guthrie, handyman, can't stop staring at his new neighbor. He is instantly attracted and wants to get to know his new neighbor better and to do that he must stay underfoot and help her remodel and while doing that he must knock down those defenses she has built around herself. Show her the true meaning of family by his own example of helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew. Sullivan Dean, martial arts instructor, lives across the street from Honor and Jason. When he first spies Honor's best friend, he knows that besides being beautiful that she is trouble with a capital T. Sullivan teaches control to troubled kids and has no time to for Lexie Perkins and her party girl ways but he just can't seem to keep his hands to himself when she's around. When he finally sees that there is a woman with heart behind her flirty nature he can't help but falling in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I forgot how light and fluffy they can be. Now sometimes I’m in the mood for that so it’s not necessarily a bad thing but at the same time I guess I’ve gotten used to a little more substance in my character’s relationship. I did really like Jason and how much he supported Honor and understood that even though she was pushing him away at first it didn’t mean she wasn’t interested, she just had a lot going on. Lexie was also a really great friend so that was nice to see the bond between the two women. And Colt was definitely a sweet and enjoyable young man. I felt cheated out of Sullivan and Lexie’s relationship. We hardly see any of it as Honor and Jason are really the main couple. At first Sullivan was so resistant to the image of a party girl that Lexie gave off. As the reader we see so little their time together I just found it hard to believe they were in love so quickly. Although I love Colt’s character he is nothing like a 17 year old boy, at least not the teenagers I’ve met. He bonded really fast with Honor and this just seemed a little too easy, but not a big deal especially because he was so sweet. Foster also gave us plenty to wonder about with both Hogan and Nathan as future heroes in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the ups and down of family. Great chemistry between characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know it's a great book when you finish it in 2 days. I could not put it down. Now on to the next one ?
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was a sweet read. I want my personal Jason, he was hot! Honor however needed to get over some of her insecurities a little quicker. It was understandable after you read how her horrible family treated her, but still with Jason around, shoot you will find away. Loved Colt, such a sweet kid, and he was a big part of the story, I honest hope Lori writes a book on him, he deserves one. Honor friend was a good one to her, and Sullivan was hot too, I would not have minded moving in to that neighborhood either.
NJ1231 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of family and personal growth. Looking forward to the next one.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars---DON’T TEMPT ME is the first installment in Lori Foster’s contemporary, adult GUTHRIE BROTHERS romance series. This is handyman Jason Guthrie, and hair stylist Honor Brown’s story line. There is a secondary romance building between Honor’s best friend Lexie Perkins, and martial arts instructor Sullivan Dean. Told from several third person points of view DON’T TEMPT ME follows the building relationship between Jason Guthrie, and his new neighbor –the independent, stubborn and feisty Honor Brown. Honor has recently purchased the run-down property next to Jason’s house and is surprised when the neighborhood welcome brigade, consisting of Jason, his brother Hogan, and nephew Colt, offer to help clean up and repair what needs to be done. Jason is a handy man; a carpenter whose attraction to Honor is immediate and intense. As the story line builds Jason begins to notice that his new neighbor leaves her house at all hours of the night leaving Jason to wonder what’s going on in Honor’s life. Honor has a secret, one that is neither dangerous nor dark, but our heroine is a private person who refuses to ask for help when the going gets rough. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the over the top sexually graphic text and imagery. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including a number of Honor’s extended family who have a difficult time accepting our story line heroine –there is so much animosity between the members of her family that it is surprising Honor has let things get so out of hand. We are introduced to Honor’s best friend Lexie who has fallen for Jason’s neighbor across the street- Sullivan Dean. Sullivan is a martial arts instructor who mentors at-risk children and youth. Jason’s brother Hogan Guthrie has hit upon some difficult times and finds himself, along with his seventeen year old son Colt, taking up residence at his brother’s house. Hogan has caught the attention of the local bar owner Violet; and Colt is having some difficulty acclimating to his new surroundings. Nathan Hawley is the local law enforcement officer and we have yet to see any sort of relationship development for him. DON’T TEMPT ME is a delightful story about family, love and friendship. The premise is sexy and romantic; the characters are colorful and eclectic; the romance is heartwarming, hopeful and slow to build. Lori Foster’s DON’T TEMPT ME is the perfect read for a lazy day at the beach.
kathryntesh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and could not put it down. Who needs sleep when there is a new Lori Foster book, right? I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romance. The love story is well written, with believable situations and dialog. Lately I have been reading a lot of Ms. Foster’s contemporary romance novels with MMA fighters as the main characters. This story has a more traditional hero. Jason Guthrie is a carpenter, a jack-of-all-trades (and master of all, too). He has enough on his plate with his job, his widowed brother and motherless nephew who live with him, and helping rehab his community. When Honor Brown moves into the run-down house next door he thinks he is does not have any time for a commitment. Honor just bought a run-down house in a marginally bad part of town, planning to live alone in it. To him, Honor is in over her head and his nature won’t let him do anything but help. Honor resists his attempts to do things for her. She is willing for him to give her knowledge but not for him to do things for her. Being independent is important to her. I think Jason is an amazing guy for figuring out that she wants to do it herself, so he shows her how then stands back to let her do it. A lot of men who want to take care of women don’t acknowledge that sometimes all a woman needs is a little knowledge and she can do anything. The story tells how Honor becomes an honorary Aunt to Jason’s nephew, becomes very close to his brother, and falls in love with Jason. She also deals with difficult personal situations and learns to become friends and neighbors with others in the neighborhood. She has not had a lot of friends and her family has not treated her well. Her community becomes her true family. Meanwhile, her best friend Lexie Perkins is falling for her other neighbor Sullivan Dean. Sullivan used to be a bad boy but has reformed. When he looks at Lexie he only sees Party Girl, not the serious, reliable friend she is to Honor. If he can’t learn to see Lexie as she truly is he will not be able to have a relationship with her. Ms. Foster excels at making the characters and situations believable, and the stories enjoyable. Even knowing the hero & heroine will get their happily-ever-after, I wanted to keep reading to see how it worked out. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
a wonderful romantic read. loved this story.
Luckylady More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...seeing Honor get her back bone with her family and find love with Jason was wonderful. I can not wait for the next book in this series.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Foster is a go to author for me. Her novels are ones that I pick up when I want something tantalizing that I can curl up and loose myself in. This novel definitely fits that bill. It’s cute with a small town charm and a whole lot of emotion. It was emotional draining at times, and absolutely fantastic throughout. The story was exciting and fulfilling, allowing me to escape from reality and into the pages. I won’t go into too much detail here, but I will say that this is a must read novel. Foster’s descriptions bring the characters to life in every possible way. I felt for Honor without pitying her. What she’d been through in her life was more than anyone should ever have to handle on their own. The way that she thinks that she can’t show emotion in order for people to like her broke my heart. Jason was so understanding throughout it all, his strength and compassion allowing Honor to gradually accept him. I loved how naturally these two fit together. On the other hand, Sullivan & Lexie’s whirlwind romance was equally captivating. This was definitely a great start to a series that I’m dying to read more of. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, anywhere, who enjoys some heartfelt romance. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
In this delightful, joy-filled story you get to know the neighborhood hotties and the best friends Honor and Lexie. I enjoyed both of the couples, all the characters were presented in depth and were the kind of people you would love to spend time with. I wish Lexie and Sullivan could have gotten a little bit more screen time. A lot of their relationship was developed outside the pages, and I would have loved to hear more of Sullivan's change of heart. Honor is such a complex person. Her life got a rotten start, but how she has overcome it all, and built her her own destiny, was nothing but admirable. Jason is dreamy, he is patience, caring, protective, helpful, gives Honor space and independence she graves, yet is supportive and accommodating when that is needed. I loved these two together, the sweetness, tenderness, sexiness, all just pouring out of the pages, the humor, fun, and the tragedy and drama that is Honor's family, they were able to face it all together as a team. This is a captivating and charming story, I could feel the lightness and rightness of life as Honor and Jason are together. The loss and drama balance the tale nicely, giving it more juicy bits, as well as the danger that is lurking in the neighborhood. The friends and neighbors stole my heart, this is definitely a series I want to keep an eye on ~ Four Spoons and teaspoon on the side
hnhn More than 1 year ago
A Sweet Simple Love Story, with just a few tangles … Honor Brown buys a broken down old house, right next door to Jason Guthrie, whose house and yard are perfect. Honor has a hard time accepting help, and since the moment Jason set eyes on her, all he wants to do is help. Honor’s strange comings and goings, and strange things happening at her house too, Jason, his brother Hogan and nephew Colt (currently, but temporarily, living with Jason) are determined to help. Sullivan Dean, Jason’s across the street neighbor steps in to help as well, and well – there is Honor’s best friend Lexie Perkins … and she’s trying to get Jason’s attention … on Honor. Sullivan is amused but he doesn’t want anything to do with Lexie … or does he? I love Lori Foster’s stories, she has so many different plot lines, various series and standalones. Each and every one is full of fun, sometimes intrigue but always love and are great reads! Thank you Lori Foster…
kimjda More than 1 year ago
I love Lori Foster. She writes in a way that always makes the reader feel as if they are inside the pages of the book. Don't Tempt me brings Lori back to her roots. This book seemed more like her earlier works such as The Buckhorn series. This book is also almost a story inside a story. There are secondary characters and this author brings their lives into the spotlight. But as Lori always does, there's room for growth in these characters lives. Future books perhaps? I really really want to move to Honor's new neighborhood. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Somehow Honor hit the jackpot when she bought a fixer-upper home in a new neighborhood. Seems as if there are sexy, hunky men around every corner. (Sign me up!) For Lori Foster; Jason Guthrie is a very simple man. He works hard, plays hard and loves fiercely. His only flaw...Wanting to help a woman who's determined to make it on her own. Together Jason and Honor make magic. This new series is heart touching and full of so many feels your heart will ache. Don't Tempt Me is full of warm fuzzy feelings and steamy heat.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
What is better than one of Lori Foster’s romance novels, how about two love stories wrapped up in one awesome package? Don’t Tempt Me is the first book in Lori’s Guthrie Brother’s series. This book was funny, sexy and oh so hot! The main romance in the book is between Honor and Jason. Honor Brown has just bought a new home so she can be closer to her sick grandfather. Her new home is a fixer upper with a huge amount of repairs needing to be made. Between working and helping care for her grandfather Honor has little time to work on all the projects at home and no time for a man or any type of relationship. She can’t deny the attraction between her sexy new neighbor, Jason Guthrie, and herself and finds that the walls she has built around her heart might be just as weak as the ones in her new home. The more these two spend together the more her walls crumble and Honor will have to decide if she is willing to let Jason into her heart. The second story in the book is about Honor’s best friend, Lexie Perkins, and Sullivan Dean, a martial arts teacher and one of Honor’s new neighbors. Lexie is the complete opposite of Honor. Where Honor is shy and quite, Lexie is flirty and the perfect image of what a party girl would be. While Sullivan is attracted to the beautiful Lexie he is determined to stay away. He just wants to help out the kids who need them in his life as a positive role model at his martial arts studio. However, the more these two get to know each other Sullivan sees there is so much more hiding under Lexie’s tough girl exterior. This book was just perfect. I have always been a huge fan of Lori Foster’s and am so excited to be getting a new series from her. I would highly recommend this book to others. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy and fast read and a sweet, contemporary romance. It follows two different couples, Honor and Jason, and Lexie and Sullivan. I didn't mind that, but I did feel that the telling of Lexie and Sullivan's relationship started off strong, but then was kind of forgotten. We weren't privy to all the details of their relationship. The book focuses more on Honor and Jason. And while I enjoyed the romance between Honor and Jason, I found some of the dialogue and conversations a little unbelievable. But overall, I did enjoy the book and the underlying messages. I also loved the secondary characters, especially Hogan and Colt.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Honor Brown hasn't had an easy life. Abandoned by her parents, she was raised by a loving grandfather who she in turn loved deeply. Nevertheless, the issues and circumstances regarding her past have left her rather closed off and determined to be independent and not be a bother or burden on anyone else. That said, her deep love for her grandfather is the reason she finds herself moving in next door to the oh so hot Jason Guthrie, in a house that to most would be better off torn down than lived in. Honor loves the house, and it's location allows her to be close to the center where her grandfather is housed at. Jason Guthrie is taken with Honor from the moment he lays eyes on her, and the more time he spends with her, the more he is determined to get past the walls she's erected to keep herself safe. Their romance is sweet, sexy, sometimes serious, and sometimes funny, especially with all the great secondary characters that are part of the story as well, and I did love them all. Don't Tempt Me is not your typical girl next door love story by any stretch, and Foster provides a really great story for her readers, while setting the stage with the awesome secondary characters for future installments that I can't wait to get my hands on. Definitely check this one out.
MarcieR More than 1 year ago
Lori Foster’s duology, “Don’t Tempt Me”, is a refreshing departure from her recent series that show the seedier sides of life by showcasing her versatility as a writer by embracing a lighter, contemporary feel. The main romance is between new neighbors Honor Brown and Jason Guthrie. Jason is the type of guy who wants to step in and help. Honor is the kind of woman who wants to do things on her own, prove to people she doesn’t need to lean on them. When issues with her family regarding her ill grandfather come to a head, Honor finally starts to let Jason in. There’s a secondary romance, hence the term ‘duology’, between Honor’s BF Lexie Perkins and Jason’s friend and neighbor Sullivan Dean. While there aren’t many scenes between these two, we are given insight into who they are and how they come to be together. We are also introduced to another neighbor Nathan and Jason’s brother Hogan and nephew Colt. There are hints of a possible relationship for the brother Hogan and restaurant owner Violet. This reader hopes there will be a story featuring both Nathan and Hogan in the future. As always, Ms. Foster pens a fantastic story featuring alpha males and independent heroines, and like those other stories, this book will land on your keeper shelf. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from July 02 to 03, 2016 Book Info Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by HQN Books ISBN 0373789726 (ISBN13: 9780373789726) Other Editions (6) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Love comes along when it's least wanted Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself. Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet… My Thoughts Hotness overload! Thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance featuring two very different couples and a myriad cast of secondary characters who quickly proved playing second fiddle does not always mean being an after thought. Honor Brown is for the first time at 29 a home owner, she and best friend Lexie find themselves with a van full of furniture and boxes on move in day when 3 gorgeous men offer their services to make the job easier. Turns out the men are 2 brothers and a nephew, Honor's next door neighbors to she and Lexie's delight. From the get-go Jason, Hogan and Colt Guthrie personify every readers fantasy book boyfriend. The three are ripped, talented, hard working, helpful to a fault and most important all about family. The connection that Honor immediately feels with Jason on move-in day is palpable and unexpected for them both, funny how that works when you are not in a position to really act on it due to other responsibilities At first it seems like Hogan and Lexie are going to find themselves hooking up, they have undeniable chemistry even though it seems to find it’s main outlet in sarcastic jibes at one another. That changes when Lexie lays eyes upon Sullivan Dean. All her previous success keeping things light and simple with the male of the species fall by the wayside when she finally realizes that she has fallen in love with the man. Another delightfully complicated in some ways and simple in others set of romance stories that cement my love for the genre and my appreciation for the talent of this particular author. While there have been those who could not connect with the story or characters that was no problem for myself, instead I was engaged by both from the first chapter on. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]