His Southern Temptation (The Boys are Back in Town Series) by Robin Covington
Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both...
As a Black Ops assassin, "Lucky" Landon has had more than his fair share of close calls. Now he's turned in his sniper rifle for the simple life of his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend's little sister and Lucky's on-again/off-again lover.
Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he's been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.
And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky...
About the Author
On her fortieth birthday, Robin Covington decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the "bucket list" and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can't keep their hands off each other.
She doesn't miss the boy-toy at all.
Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.
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His Southern Temptation
The Boys Are Back In Town Series
By Robin Covington, Alethea Spiridon Hopson
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Robin Covington
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"It's twenty dollars for the lap dance. Ten more for a hand job, twenty extra for a blow job, and thirty for full service. No kissing on the lips, and you gotta wear a condom."
David "Lucky" Landon lounged back on the fake leather couch taking up most of the space in the little room reserved for private lap dances at the Jolly Gent Strip Club, and watched as the young woman rattled off access to her body like it was no more intimate than letting someone borrow her phone.
The girl — no more than nineteen — wore too much makeup behind the Mardi Gras — style mask that all the dancers wore, but even through the narrow slits he noted that her eyes were jaded. His travels around the world had taught him that life was hard when you were poor and uneducated, no matter if you were in Afghanistan or a little town just outside of Elliott, Virginia. This girl was living proof.
He settled back on the seat, watching as the she ate him up with her eyes and lingered on the bulge in his jeans with pointed interest. His dick, normally able to offer up at least a half salute for a beautiful woman, didn't even twitch with interest. This place made his skin crawl. He just wanted to conduct his business and get the hell out of here.
Ebony — the girls at the Jolly Gent had the worst stage names — took his silence as her cue to get up close and personal and convince him she was worth fifty dollars and fifteen to twenty minutes of his time. Quicker than he anticipated, she straddled his lap, crushing her breasts against him and starting a slow grind against his groin. Lucky lifted his hands, careful to look like he was enjoying it for any hidden cameras, but avoiding actually touching what she offered.
Leaning in close, he whispered, "How much does it cost for information on Sarah Morgan?" Grasping her waist lightly when she tensed and pulled back, he continued. "Are there cameras in here?"
She nodded a quick yes against his cheek.
"Well, keep doing what you're doing and make it look good while I ask you some questions."
"You a cop? I'm not looking for any trouble. I've got a little girl to feed —" Ebony's words ended on a half sob.
Lucky rubbed her back, a soothing touch only, but whoever was playing digital Peeping Tom wouldn't know the difference.
"Sssh. I'm not a cop, just a PI looking for some information. I'll pay your full service rate." The girl's tension eased slightly, her movements against his body growing looser as her fear lessened. "I'm looking for Sarah Morgan. She's got family that's worried about her, and I just need to know if you've seen her."
"Nobody knows where she went. That girl had ambition — she was always talking about heading to Vegas and dancing in one of those nice places where the bouncers keep the customers' hands off you on stage." Her voice picked up an edge of excitement with a heavy dose of awe. "They have real costumes and everything out there."
"Uh-huh. I'm sure they're nice. Did Bodean know she was leaving?"
"No, man. It was dumb enough for her to start screwing the boss, but she was real careful not to let him know about her plans." Ebony paused, the hesitation creeping into her mind translating through the slackening of her touch. He was a pro at reading people, and Ebony knew something. She was also wondering if she should tell him. He plastered on what he hoped was his most lady-killing smile and nodded in encouragement for her to continue. Hopefully he could get her to spill without offering more money.
"She was sleeping with Bodean Taggert?" When she leaned in, gyrating and grinding to the low beat pulsing throughout the club, he continued. "Did she stay with him? Move in?" If the answer was yes, then getting into Bodean's trailer was going to be a priority.
"No. She liked to keep him in his place. She made sure she had room to work her other angles."
"Work other angles? You mean other boyfriends?"
Ebony nodded, her expression turning cautious. Her fingers tightened on his shoulders, body tensing like a deer getting ready to bolt into the woods when he was out hunting in his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. Too bad she didn't know that he always got his prey before they knew what hit them.
"So, who's the other guy? Or guys?" Lucky asked as his head started to hurt. If Sarah was screwing around with multiple assholes, then his search radius just grew exponentially. Shit, this pro bono case was taking on epic proportions the more time he spent chasing down this girl.
"Time's up." Ebony focused on a spot over his shoulder as she shot off his lap and started backing toward the opening in the curtain surrounding the space. She hadn't even asked him for her money. One glance at her face and he knew why — she was scared shitless. "No more questions. I already ran my mouth too much."
"Hey, wait. Who's this other guy?" He never took his eyes off her as he drew out his wallet and pulled out the money. He kept his movement loose, always mindful that pervy Big Brother was watching. "There's another twenty in it for you."
Ebony cast another worried glance at the place over his shoulder. He fought the urge to turn and confirm that the camera was located there.
"Look, just give me my money and leave me alone." Ebony scrabbled for the bills, dropping a couple in her haste to get out of this room. She hissed up at him as she bent over to retrieve the cash. "I already told you too much, and these people don't joke about getting even. Look what happened to Sarah."
"Wait." Lucky reached out to grab her arm, but she was fast, pushing back the curtain and letting in the sickly glow from the tacky stage lights and the full brunt of the terrible eighties hair band music blaring out from the crappy sound system. In a flash, she disappeared behind a door marked Employees Only — the one place he couldn't go if he wanted to keep this low-key. Her quick departure had already drawn stares and smirks, so he let her go.
"Shit." Lucky wove through the crowd. It was Friday, and many of the local losers who couldn't get a woman unless they paid her were lined up to spend their paychecks. He ignored the glares from some of the men when he had to shove to get past them. They were all drunk enough that he could take them in a fight, but that didn't fit in with the plan to blend in with the crowd. Spying Jack Cantrell sitting at a table wedged into the back of the room, he slid into the seat next to him, taking the beer he offered.
"Remind me to tell you to fuck off the next time you say a case is going to be easy," Lucky grumbled as he took a swig of his brew.
Jack laughed, his eyes scanning the crowd like the ex-FBI agent he was. "You jumped at this case, asshole. As I recall the situation, I was prepared to decline when you said Mrs. Morgan was so pitiful and then offered to do it for free."
"Well, then I should kick your ass for not talking me out of it."
"You know you're covered in stripper body glitter, right?" Jack asked, the beer bottle tipped up to his lips not quite covering the shit-eating grin.
Lucky looked down. His dark T-shirt was covered in smudges of sparkly dust. He rubbed at his chest and only succeeded in expanding the artificial galaxy around more of the cloth and getting it all over his fingers.
"Damn it, Jack. Next time you're getting the lap dance."
"Hell, no. Kayla would kill me. Or worse ... she'd cut me off. I'm still getting newlywed sex and that would be a real shame." Jack snickered, barely stifling the gut-busting laugh, but unable to stop his shoulders from shaking from the effort. He reached a hand up, his finger pointing to Lucky's chin. "You've got it on your face."
Lucky swatted the hand away, swiping his own fingers across his cheek and groaning at the extra glitter now on his digits. "Damn it. I'm done. Let's get out of here."
Lucky shoved his empty beer bottle away from the edge of the table and motioned for them to leave. Jack stood with him, pushing through the crowd and the stifling haze of sweat, beer, and too much Old Spice. The door swinging shut behind them was like a portal to another dimension, one where the summer air was humid but clean, and the thrumming beat of bad stripper music was second to the chirp of the cicadas.
It took a minute for Lucky's eyes and ears to adjust to the sudden change, but he was alert to any unseen company hidden in the shadows of the parking lot. The gravel yard would be empty until the drunks inside had one too many and came outside to prove their manhood by busting each other's heads open on the hard ground.
"I take it your little private-room interrogation didn't go well?" Jack asked, his gaze curious. "Ms. Ebony didn't fall for your many charms?'
"Hardly." Lucky scanned the lot, making sure they were really alone before he started talking about something that could get his reluctant informant in trouble with her boss. He remembered her mention of a little girl, and he didn't want to be the one who cost her the job.
"Ebony freaked out and bolted, but she did give me some new info before she took off. Here's the big news. Sarah Morgan was sleeping with Bodean."
"Shit, that's disgusting."
"I know. I know." Lucky tried not to heave at the thought. Bodean was a skinny guy with nasty teeth and a rapidly increasing bald spot. Sarah was a pretty girl with green eyes and blond hair. Her crowning assets were a pair of store-bought D-cups earned with two years of tips — according to her mother. Apparently, she was very goal- oriented. "Bodean is a troll, but she was screwing him and someone else on the side. Well, I think it was one other someone. Ebony wasn't clear on that point."
"Who's the other guy?"
"I don't know. That's when she shut up and took off like a deer in open season." Lucky shook his head, clenching his fists in frustration at being so close to good intel. "All I know is that the thought of crossing whoever he is scared Ebony shitless. She said he was the kind of person who got even and implied that's what happened to Sarah."
"Do you think she was telling the truth?"
"I don't think she's a good enough actress to fake that kind of scared."
"So, what next? We've done background checks on the girls and the other employees." Jack fished his keys out of his pocket, using them as a pointer when he spoke again. "Maybe dig deeper into Bodean's finances, see if the money leads us to someone."
"Good idea. I'll keep visiting, but I think we need a woman to try to get the girls to talk. They all clam up like I still smell like a cop."
"Maybe someone from Roanoke PD would like a side job? Be willing to go undercover? I could ask around and see."
"Yeah, that might work. A woman in the same line of work would be able to get them to spill. If Ebony is right, then Sarah might be in real trouble." Lucky paused, thinking through the different scenarios that might play out from this night's information-gathering. "Any cop needs to play it solid. Those girls would sniff out a fake a mile away."
"You got someone else in mind?" Jack asked.
"No." He rubbed a hand over his eyes. They were gritty and tired from too many nights at the Jolly Gent and long days on the farm. "I'll sleep on it. I need to hit the sack."
"Okay, I'm going to head home to Kayla." Jack peered down at his watch, a smile twisting up the corner of his mouth. "She should still be up."
"Whatever. I'm going to a lonely bed in Elliott House." At Jack's quizzical look, he said, "I got roped into house-sitting. Teague doesn't want the house empty when he's in DC so much. He asked me to stay for a while."
"I thought you were going to stay with Beck."
Lucky thought of their childhood friend. Dr. Beckett Sutherland frequently had overnight guests and his condo had crappy soundproofing. Not a great combination when you needed to crash and weren't currently getting any.
"No, Beck has too many visitors as it is." Lucky dug into his pocket for his keys, shaking his head at his temporary state of homelessness. "The only other alternative to house-sitting was moving back in with my folks at the farm."
"Oh, hell no," Jack said.
"Yeah. So, I'll bunk down in Teague's old room and hang out with the generations of dead Elliotts haunting the halls. It'll be like living in a morgue but with a huge flat-screen."
"Do you ever think about her?" Jack asked. He didn't even have to explain whom he meant. They both knew the woman in question. That was the problem with having your best friend also be your first cousin and know everything about you since the day you were born. There was nowhere to hide when those drunken confessions came back to visit.
Lucky sighed, but didn't hesitate with his answer. "Every time I close my eyes, man. Every damn time."CHAPTER 2
You never forgot the sound of a round chambered in a gun three feet away from your head.
Lucky froze in place, his training as a Marine and the years spent in the desert trying not to get his ass shot off kicked in on pure instinct. No sudden moves. Do what they say, and wait for the chance to disarm the asshole and make him hurt.
Sounded like the best Friday night he'd had in a long time.
"Don't move or I'll shoot. I called the police and they're on their way."
Lucky perked up at the sound of his captor's voice — a woman. Not that he for one minute underestimated the power of a woman to take him down, but it did give him some options once he got the gun out of the equation. He hoped she wasn't some kind of secret ninja who could seriously clean his clock before he knew what hit him. Martial arts were definitely not his thing.
He swept a quick glance around the dark room, assessing available things to use as a weapon, and groaned. The place was stuffed to the gills with priceless antiques collected by generations of Elliotts and hauled by some poor schmuck off the boat and all the way across Virginia. If he damaged one little fiber on the expensive rugs under his feet, Mrs. Elliott would have him castrated. With a rusty spoon.
Nope, he needed to try to wrap this up with as few property insurance claims as possible.
"Now, sugar, I think we can work this out." Lucky dropped the tenor of his voice into the low, gravely cadence that usually worked with the opposite sex. It was shameless, but so was pulling a weapon on a guy in the dark. "Why don't you put down the gun and we'll talk?"
"Ha! Save it. You can try to sweet-talk the cops." Her voice was firm, but possessed the lilt of a woman bred in this part of the country. "Sheriff Cantrell will be here any minute, and you can explain to him and your lonely cellmate, Bubba, why you broke in."
Shock snapped up his spine as his head whipped up and jerked around at what she said, instantly noting her mistake about the name of the current sheriff. Who was this chick? She knew the name of the former sheriff but not the new one. Not a current local, then. He shifted and lowered his hands a fraction of an inch. It was gloomy in the darkened room, but in his peripheral vision he saw her hoist the gun up a little higher and lower her finger to the trigger.
"Whoa, buddy. Move another inch and the cops will need to bring an ambulance with them." Her drawl had turned icy and very calm. Not a good sign. Shrieking, hysterical people were easier to deal with because they were sloppy and gave you more chances to disarm them. Unflappable women who knew how to use a gun were the ones you worried about the most.
This one knew how to use a gun.
"Hey, don't get all twitchy. You just surprised me." He held his hands up higher, lacing them behind his head to let her know he didn't mean any harm. For now. He didn't relish the idea of having his ass shot just when he was getting his act together and his family needed his help out of a financial bind. Keeping her talking was a good way to divert her from blowing his head off. "Just so you know, Sheriff Cantrell retired a few years back. Walter Burke is the sheriff now."
"Really? That's fascinating."
"Just thought you'd want to know who you called."
"I don't care if the Easter Bunny is sheriff as long as he brings a car to take your ass to jail where you belong."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read the first book in this series and greatly enjoyed it. This one was good but I didn't get the same I don't want to put it down feel. I think in part is because I really like the whole meet and curiousity in getting to know one another stories. In this they already had a several occasions past. All in all though I love Robin's style of writing but this is probably a three and half star for me.
## Awesome read. I loved both the hero and the heroine. This hero was not just hot, but "hang on while I pick my tongue up off of the floor" hot. They had amazing chemistry. Did I want to smack the heroine a couple of times for not coming around sooner? Oh, hell yeah. But still a fantastic read. And kudos to the author for rewarding her readers with such a satisfying ending. Loved it!
The anxiously awaited story of Lucky and Taylor is finally here! And let me tell you, what a story it is! The story, however, starts long before page one...the history between these two lovers began way back when. Ms. Covington has a way of telling a story that makes the characters leap off of the page and into your heart, where they stay long after the last page is turned. This is the second book in the series of "The Boys Are Back In Town" and I can't wait for the next two books to arrive. Write, Robin, write!
Great story, well paced, well developed characters & lorts of steamy scenes- perfect! Thank you!!!
Taylor is a selfish hag. She knows Lucky has feelings for her and instead of letting him be so he doesn't get hurt by her further, she pushes for an affair she knows will lead nowhere. All she cares about is her own gratification. Don't like her at all.
It had it all, heartwarming southern atmosphere, a strong story plot, very likeable and realistic protagonists, very down to earth and developed main characters with the chemistry between them sweet and passionate; last but not least, the sex was steamy!! Thank you Robin!!!
Good story. Loved Lucky and his devotion to Taylor. A twist I didn't see coming. And a love story worth reading.
Excellent continuing series! Lucky and Taylor make a hot couple! Love stories when the hero and heroine have a history! Mary Jo Burke
His Southern Temptation was such a fun and sexy read! The story of a guy who falls for his best friend's sister is one of my very favorites. I loved that Lucky and Taylor already had a long history and an established relationship. This history has the story beyond the "getting to know you" phase and into the heart of the story, Lucky convincing Taylor to take a chance on love. Lucky Landon is my favorite kind of book guy. He's sexy (of course!), but also a genuinely good guy who cares a lot for his family and friends. Lucky was a former Marine, and had spent years doing covert operations that left him wanting the peace and comfort of him. Over the years, Lucky would meet up with Taylor, the younger sister of his best friend. Lucky found peace in Taylor and now hopes to convince her to stay and take a chance at a real relationship. OH! Here's a biggie (for me): Lucky has dark blond hair. Now this might not seem like pertinent information to some, but for someone who really likes dudes with dark blond hair, it's a huge plus! Don't get me wrong, I like a sexy dark haired guy as much as the next lady, but it seems almost every single book has one. It's always nice to have a book in which the guy is chasing the girl, and the one who wants more. Taylor is definitely a lady who's hard to catch. And she has no interest in a true relationship with Lucky, or so she would like to think. Taylor was fun, a real free spirit who doesn't want to end up in a loveless relationship like her parents. I really appreciate authors who write women like Taylor. Women who are comfortable with themselves, their bodies, and with pleasure. And speaking of pleasure, this book had lots of it! Lucky and Taylor had been hooking up for so long and knew each others wants and pleasures so well. They were intense in their intimate moments, but also had a lot of fun. His Southern Temptation is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a fun a steamy read. I spent a huge amount of time reading and swooning, but just as much time laughing. I haven't read the first book in the series, a companion, but I definitely will. Robin Covington is an author that I can highly recommend and will be excited to read more from in the future.
His Southern Temptation is just as hot as the first book! All the boys are back in Robin's second installment and they don't disappoint. Couldn't put the book down--perfect beach read! Looking forward to the next story in the series!
This was a good solid book. It took me a little while to get into it, but I think part of that was because I had not read the first one in the series, so perhaps there was some history that would have made more sense to me if I had read A Night of Southern Comfort. This was my first book by Robin Covington and I enjoyed her storytelling. The characters are well developed and I really enjoyed Lucky and Taylor. They both had a lot to overcome to find their happy ever after. I also felt like Robin did a nice job of making their feelings and emotions very real. They responded to things in the way you expected and you really wanted them to work. Taylor is not a princess, which I really liked about her. I have an inner bad girl that I never act on so it was fun to live through her a little. She is exactly the type of girl Lucky needs. The intimate scenes were nicely done and were appropriate for both the characters and the story. Robin writes them with plenty of passion but doesn't cross the line into too much detail. I really enjoyed several of the secondary characters and look forward to going back to A Night of Southern Comfort to read Jack and Michaela's story. If you like contemporary romance with great characters, a good plot, and lots of love and friendship, I recommend you try His Southern Temptation.
This is my first book from Robin Covington and the 2nd in The Boys are Back in Town series. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Even tho this was book#2 you didnt feel like it. But now that I know there is a 1 I will be reading that one also. The story is about a military man(I live in a military town in Virginia) from Virginia(see) returning home to help find a girl that is missing and help save the family farm. Things get a little off track when Lucky runs into his on again off again booty call and things pick up where they left off. Only problem is Lucky has fallen for Taylor and she just wants no stings. It's an awesome book. There are so many lines in the book that Lucky says to Taylor trying to tell her how much he loves that that some of them made me go "Awwwwww" and tear up. You know thats a good book if it can do that to you. I cant wait to read #1 and am keeping my eye out for #3!!
I was lucky (pun intended :)) to score an ARC of HIS SOUTHERN TEMPTATION. So very, very glad I didn't have to wait because Covington hit this one out of the park. I won't bore you with a summary b/c there's already one up there. I'll just get straight to what I liked: Taylor. OMG, do I love a bad girl heroine. Taylor's not misunderstood. She's not sorry. She knows what she wants and she gets it. Then there's Lucky who can't help himself when he's around Taylor. He knows she's bad for him, but there's no denying the attraction AND the fact that she can loosen him up like no one else can. I don't get to read a ton of contemporary fiction so it was really refreshing to read about characters who are kept apart because of wounds they gave to each other--not because the world will end or something. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but Covington mined her MCs' histories and personalities for road blocks and it worked brilliantly for me. They felt like real people. Just majorly better looking :)
This is one of those reads that just flies by! Taylor and Lucky have been going in different directions practically their whole life. However every time they landed in the same place at the same time things always got very hot! So when they both ended up in their home town at the same time it didn't take long for that old spark to blaze again. Only problem is that Lucky is all in but Taylor has no intention on staying in the small town. She has plans in Hawaii. Can Lucky convince her that they are meant to be? Or will she leave like she always does? His Southern Temptation Was a great read. It it's the ground running from the first page and doesn't stop until the end. Full of passion, drama, and suspense you'll not want to put this book down. I loved Lucky and how he can be so jaded and hard on the outside but how soft he is when it came to Taylor. He just melted for her and at times made me want to protect him from her. Taylor had me wanting to smack some sense into her. Don't get me wrong I loved her but the way she keeps Lucky hanging on at times got to me. Overall this was a sweet, romantic read with a really HOT guy! lol
This is the first book that I have read by this author. Lucky and Taylor's love story were wonderful. There was action, fun and it was really HOT! The charaters and story lines were really well developed. I couldn't put the book down. I will definately read more by Robin for sure.
LUcky, he knows what he wants Lucky is done with the fast paced life of a special ops Marine and is ready to settle down, going to his hometown with the intent on buying the family farm. When a friend asks him to help him out to find a missing woman, he lands up face to face with the local mob boss with the most unlikely partner. And finds more than he could ever ask for in his hometown. Taylor is a fast paced rebel, according to her aristocratic family, who has no intent on staying in Elliot. She only came back to help sell the family home so she could take the money back to hawaii with her and start her new life and business far away from this place. But everything changes when she runs into her older brothers best friend, who also happen to be her play toy several times throughout the years of her absence from Elliot. I don't hand out 5 stars very often in books but I just had to on this one. It wasn't just the typical love story of the girl comes home and falls back in love with her passed. I loved this book because it had the romance and passion that we all love but it also had twists, plots, and villains. I loved the characters and the setting that the author created! This was an excellent read!!!
Lucky is back in town tired of working for the government and determined to buy his father's farm and settle down to live a quiet life. Taylor is back in town to help pack up her family's belongings before they sell the house. But neither of them was counting in seeing each other again... especially not sharing a house for three weeks... His Southern Temptation is a sexy, sweet and intriguing read. Lucky is all you want in a man. He has a dark past he's trying to forget, but he's determined and boy does he know how to charm a woman. He's equal parts funny, intense, sweet and HOT. Taylor on the other hand is more of a wild child. She's not looking for marriage, just a few weeks of fun between good friends and perfect lovers while they're on the same place. But Lucky wants more... and he's gonna make this three weeks worth it. I can't tell you how emotional this book is. Taylor and Lucky will break your heart, have you screaming in frustration and believing in love all in the same scene. In a way they do want the same: Each other. But they also want to go after their dreams, and that is in different states... let's not forget that Taylor has a bit of commitment issues so yeah... heartbreak is near and constant. The pull they feel for each other is intense, and the way they fit together feels as natural as breathing. Ms. Covington really makes a wonderful job bringing this wild and sweet characters to life and making them real in the pages. The emotions are so well written that you can really connect to the book. The pace is great, with lots of action both in the bed and out thanks to the mob going after Taylor. I really liked that touch to the story, it give Taylor and Lucky a perfect opportunity to decide what to do. The secondary characters add in a funny way to the story.. and sometimes they don't really help them but they make it entertaining. I'm really looking forward to the other books in this series.
Lucky Isn’t Lucky, or Is He? Trouble seems to follow Lucky Logan, even his father says so. So what kind of trouble has found Lucky? Her name is Taylor Elliott. Robin proves that distance makes the heart grow fonder in her new book, His Southern Temptation. A sporadic hot and erotic relationship comes to a head when both Lucky and Taylor find themselves back in their home town. With the ins and outs of Taylor causing complications in Lucky’s plans for the future, the fresh memories of her own parent’s divorce, not to mention her past poor choices in relationship material, Robin has woven a tale that would make the hopeful romantic proud. This story is the perfect blend for a great weekend or beach vacation sizzling romantic read.
His Southern Temptation manages to be a sweet romance with liberal hot, steamy sex in multiple locations and a good measure of suspense. You will absolutely fall in love with these characters. David ""Lucky"" Landon is a former special-ops Marine that has returned to his hometown to take over the family farm. He is staying at the home of one of his best friends when he is awakened by the sound of a bullet being chambered near his head. He disarms the person and finds Mary-Taylor Elliott. Lucky and Taylor have known each other for all of their lives s and had sporadic affairs for the last 10 years. Lucky has been waiting for an opportunity to make their arrangement permanent, but Taylor is scarred by the failure of her past relationships and the demise of her parent's marriage. I enjoyed this turnabout normally the female is pining away loving the male and waiting for him to choose her, but this book is not your typical formulaic romance. Neither Lucky nor Taylor deny themselves the pleasure of each other's body and when Lucky turns up the heat to convince Taylor to stay ----get ready to sweat because this is one Marine determined to accomplish his mission. I loves that Taylor and Lucky genuinely loved each other (by the way he told her he loved her first--Lucky is some kind of alpha man). Taylor even goes so far as to work at a strip club to help Lucky with his case. Lucky is willing to give up his life savings to pay Taylor's ransom after she is kidnapped by a devious businessman. You also get a real sense of Taylor's conflict between choosing to stay for Lucky and returning to Hawaii to own a business. The reader is able to see how the mix of her experience with failed relationships and her mother's failed marriage make her doubt herself and the ability of their relationship to survive. Through restaurant fights, strip club brawls, meddling family members, and a kidnapping Lucky and Taylor realize love is not limited to time or place and other's don't have to understand or approve because their love is a force all its own that will not be denied. This is a story that will resonate with any modern woman that has questioned whether she can really have it all. You will enjoy Taylor as a strong, feisty heroine that isn't afraid of her sexuality and Lucky as a strong hero that risks everything to make himself vulnerable to have the love he's always wanted. Reviewed by Michelle for Cocktails and Books.
I received this book from a publicist in exchange of an honest review. “Lucky” Landon, is a former Black Ops assassin who is finally out of that business and is starting a new slate back at his small hometown. His sexy, smart, protective alpha male that made this book as indulgent as it sounded. The last thing Lucky expected was to end up at gunpoint or that the person at the end of the gun would be his best friends little sister Taylor Elliot, a girl who plagues his mind and up until now his on-again and off-again lover. His Southern Temptation is the second book in The Boys Are Back in Town and although it can be read as a stand-alone, the book leaves much more to be desired. It's steamy, dangerous, funny, exciting, and sinfully indulgent. I have to admit that it was my naughty read of the week, and I whole honestly loved it. Besides the chemistry that flames page after page between Lucky and Taylor, it was fun, witty and surprisingly good. Lucky is now working with Jack in hopes of finding a missing girl brings action and danger to the table including in a form of Taylor Elliot who is trouble with a capital T. The girl has her own dirty little secrets that are hard to keep in a small town, especially were gossip spreads quickly. After stranding her fiancee at the alter and stealing Lucky's car, Taylor fled down after the scandal and is only back now to help her brother sell her parents house. Seeing Taylor was the last thing Lucky expected, but the passion between them is stronger then ever, and the pull becomes simple magnetic when the two end up staying in the same house together. With Taylor butting into Lucky's mission, he ends up with bigger problems on his hands when he has to protect Taylor from the local mob boss who wants her dead and might have connections to the missing girl. I loved the characters and the engaging storyline and I absolutely loved Lucky - a dominant male who knows what he wants and finds ways of getting it - even if it means that he has to seduce Taylor Elliot into staying and not leaving him back for Hawaii. Of course Lucky comes with a big heart. With his dads business on the line he is stuck in a battle that can have him risking it all, including his heart as emotions and sparks continue to fly. Robin Covington really knows how to write a steamy, emotional after hours temptation romance with memorable characters that have me craving for more.