Tempt Me

Tempt Me

by Carly Phillips

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The single dad & the nanny ...

Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter - and despite his good intentions, the little girl's live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn't easy but he's determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia's past comes back to haunt her and she's in need of Austin's brand of protection. Suddenly she's his in every sense of the word -- and he'll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.

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BN ID: 2940158821325
Publisher: CP Publishing LLC
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Bodyguard Bad Boys Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 19,287
File size: 333 KB

About the Author

Carly married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs and has raised two incredible daughters. Carly is the author of over 50 romances and is a Wall Street Journal, NY Times and USA Today Bestseller. Visit www.carlyphillips.com and subscribe to her newsletter for 2 FREE BOOKS and find out where to find Carly on social media. She loves interacting with her readers!

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Tempt Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 star review Tempt Me (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2) by Carly Phillips Where do I start? This is a single father/nanny story about Austin Rhodes, Mia Atwood and an adorable little girl names Bailey (whom I loved). I love alpha males who are strong, sexy and protective, throw on a cute little girl who just about melts my heart and I knew I was in for one awesome read. Both Austin and Mia have fought their attraction for each other, neither wanting cross the line. They share sizzling hot looks and on occasion, some stolen kisses, so can they keep the chemistry between them from exploding particularly since neither of them really want to hold back.? When Mia’s past comes back to haunt her, Austin knows that he must step in and protect not only her but his little girl Bailey. He is protecting on so many fronts, not just Mia’s past but his own as his ex-wife seeks to get custody when her plan to extract more money from him is met with no success. Not only does he have to protect Mia but he needs to protect Bailey from the mother she doesn't know and who doesn't really want her, unless it is as a pawn in her revenge against Austin. The characters were easy to relate to and the steaminess when it occurred, off the charts as Austin and Mia sizzled together. This was one of those books I just didn’t want to put down or have end. This book runs the gauntlet of emotions and when you add in the suspense and danger it is truly a great read. Ms. Phillips has written a story where the characters are strong and well written (Bailey is so cute she almost steals the book) and I will admit I was extremely sad when I finished the book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A second chance love story centered around a great single dad!! Mia and Austin are bound to be a favorite couple for many, and although I liked their story it wasn't my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I am still very happy to have read it and I enjoyed it, I just didn't feel the connection many do. Austin is "older" than Mia and although we know is a slight issue somehow it gets swept away and its not dealt with.They both have troubles from their past as part of their story but then both issues get resolved so quickly it felt like a 60 min cop show, too neat, too fast for me. Even with these issues it is hard not to fall in love with Austin, a single dad who clearly sees his daughter as his number one priority and Mia, a live in nanny who would do anything for this little girl. really enjoyed getting to know Austin and his daughter Bailey was absolutely adorable
Ruza65 More than 1 year ago
4.5* for Book Two in The Bad Boy Bodyguard Series. Single father Austin Rhodes is a part of the Alpha Security Team, and the most important person in Austin's life is his little girl Bailey. He loves being a father, and will do everything to provide for and protect her. He hires Mia Atwood to be Bailey's nanny. Austin and Mia are attracted to each other. They want different things in life so they fight their attraction, until they can't. Carly did it again with this 2nd chance at love story. It is well written, and you are literally rooting for Austin and Mia. I volunteered to review an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Bodyguard Bad Boys Series and for me this series is getting better with each book, I mean what’s not to love about a single dad who also happens to be a hot bodyguard. Austin Rhodes is never doing relationships again the only girl in his life is his adorable little girl Bailey, but he needs a live in nanny and when Mia Atwood takes the job and moves he finds himself struggling to not cross any lines. Mia loves her job and she adores Bailey so she doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardise her job but the attraction and sizzling chemistry is hard to resist. Will these two cross the line and risk it all .... guess you need to read the book to find that out. Carly Phillips certainly knows how to give us characters to fall in love with but once you add in an adorable little girl who has some great one liners you get the perfect story. I read this book in one sitting I was drawn in by the storyline and the strong personalities of all the characters, I needed to know how this love story ended. This book has the perfect mix of romance, passion, angst and a few twists to keep you turning the pages and if you love romance you will want to one click this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have been a fan of Carly Phillips for a long time and have several of her books. She never disappoints me when I dive in but this one was beyond my expectations. There are a lot of single dad books out there and I think this is my favorite. Austin is just trying to right by his daughter, Bailey. Her mother had left because she couldn't handle the responsibility. And thats fine because Bailey is so much better without her. Austin is even working on being home more but still has a job to perform. So he hires Mia to be the nanny. Mia loves children and Bailey has wormed her way I to Mia's heart. She feels for this litle girl who doesnt realize that she doesn't have a mother but looks to Mia like she is. And loves Mia like a mother. That's why Mia fights her attraction to Austin. And Austin fights his attraction to Mia. The two of them are stubborn but I commend them in the same breath. They put Bailey's needs above their own. They are subliminally put together by several people, Austin's mother being one of them and Bailey innocently being another. They deny it until they can't anymore. I lived how the story unfolds. Not only is the sexual tension off the charts but they truly talk to one another and share burdens like a couple would. Austin has to deal with the ex coming back into their lives. Mia has a past in which her life was put in danger and will be again. How they deal with these hard times is a testament of their love for one another. Fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a little bit of adventure and explicit sex scenes. It has some drama but is not a teary story. Love the little girl in the story.
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17939996 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are likable and well developed. The plot intriguing and well written.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Tempt Me is book 2 in the Bodyguard Bad Boys Series but is easily stand alone. Mia Atwood is nanny to single dad Austin Rhodes little girl Bailey. Bailey is an absolute sweetheart. To me, there is just something about a kid being in a story that pulls me that much more into the book. Austin is the type of guy that I admire most. His daughter is #1 in his life. He doesn't even seem to date. This is definitely not the typical nanny/dad romance. Their relationship is strictly professional. Though we get glimpses that they are attracted to each other. Mia's past threatens her present and she tries to leave to protect Bailey/Austin. Austin refuses to let her go. He works for Alpha Security and draws Mia under his protection. I love the intrigue and suspense that this story has. There was a couple times in the story that I was holding my breath waiting the outcome and there was several times that my heart was melting with the interactions between Mia and Bailey. So sweet. And wouldn't you know it, that crazy ex shows back up in the picture too trying to rob them of happiness. Through all the ups and downs Austin and Mia's relationship gets stronger. There is some intense heat. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was so thrilled with their HEA
kJenn More than 1 year ago
Tempt Me is book 2 in the Bodyguard Bad Boys series. I loved this book!! This is Austin Rhodes and Mia Atwood's story. Austin works for Alpha Security and Mia is the live in nanny for his daughter Bailey. Austin was severely burned by his ex-wife and isn't looking for anything. Mia lost both her parents at a young age, lived in foster care until she was went to college and is looking for her HEA. When the past comes up to bite them both, they turn to each other for comfort. As I said I loved this book. The characters were very enjoyable, there was great chemistry between them, and I really enjoyed the storyline. Austin is an alpha male, with a high risk job and loves and dotes on his daughter-- he also has sole custody of his daughter. Mia is a strong intelligent woman, that is always positive and thinks of and takes care of others before herself. I really liked them together as a couple. There were some nice twists in the storyline that I enjoyed. Don't continue reading unless you want some of the story given away. **SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER** One thing that I really was hoping to read at the end which the author didn't do was talk about when Austin and Mia told Bailey and his parents that they were pregnant. I don't know why I felt like this was something important, but to me it was. Just my opinion. Can't wait for the next book in the series!! Hope this helps! Happy Reading!!!
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Tempt Me by Carly Phillips is an entertaining yet sexy read revolving a single father and his daughter’s nanny. Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His ex has cured him of ever wanting love and a relationship, ever again. She’s a real piece of work, so I don’t blame the guy. But, Mia Atwood is his daughter’s live-in nanny and he can’t keep his eyes off of her. Don’t get me wrong, he tries, but it’s inevitable. Mia and Austin have some serious chemistry brewing and it doesn’t take long before they give into their urges and heat up the pages. I loved Mia and Austin together and separately. They were characters with a lot of heart and they make a good team. Tempt Me is one of those stories that you will leave you smiling, long after the story is finished. Definitely a book to keep on you read again list!
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for single dad stories and this one was right up my alley with the nanny being the heroine as well! Austin has been badly burned before and is very reluctant to give a serious relationship another try but there is just something about Mia he can't resist. Mia is fighting her attraction to Austin as well but has her own share of baggage that is dragging her down. Loved that the drama didn't have a chance to drag on in this shorter story. Wished that we could have had a bit more at the end though as I felt it was a bit abrupt. Other than that a fun, romantic, easy read.
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
4.5 tempting stars. Tempt Me was the first book I’ve read written by author Carly Phillips. It was a sweet and sexy read with a small element of conflict. This was a single (divorced) dad/ nanny forbidden romance. Austin Rhodes is a bodyguard who is raising his five year old daughter alone after divorcing his wife. The depth of her betrayal of not just Austin, but his child as well has left an indelible mark upon his soul. He never wants to commit to a relationship again. Sex is fine, but anything more and he shies away from it. Until Mia. Mia Atwood, has worked for Austin for several months, and in all that time, she’s hidden her growing attraction to her boss. It’s so wrong to want him, but she can’t help herself. Mia knows nothing can happen between her and Austin, she needs her job more than she needs the complications a sexual hook up would provide. She’s also still reeling from the trouble caused by her previous employer and certainly doesn’t want to invite any more. Plus, she loves being Bailey’s nanny, the sweet child has won her heart, just as her father could do, if she let him. Ever since Mia can to work for him, Austin’s been living with the temptation she arouses within his body. Even his mind is captivated. He knows it’s wrong, but can’t seem to help himself. He’s held back so far, but a man can only resist for so long. Only the thought of letting Bailey down if Mia was to leave due to his inappropriate behavior, holds him back from pursuing what he really wants. What happens when the lines of propriety get blurred and Mia’s needs become mixed up with Austin’s alpha protectiveness? Can they really have the HEA that Mia desires? Will Austin through caution to the wind and say, Tempt Me? Find out in the sweet, slightly angsty read today.
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is a new series by the author and it is book 2 though I have not read book 1 at all, I totally loved this story and it very easily stands alone. In fact the characters from book 1 are in one scene in this story, so if you skip the first book - you won't have missed anything. This is part of a Bodyguarding series but Austin, our hero is not really a bodyguard in this book. He does more administrative things for his company as he has decided he needs safety over adventure since he is a single dad. His nanny is Mia, and she is beyond great. I loved her and Bailey, Austin's 6 year old loves her too. The two are very attracted but they try and resist but well .... we get a lot of HOT scenes. But this story has a lot of heart. Mia is an orphan and she dreams of babies and a husband. Austin has done that and he doesn't want that future anymore. And that is the real issues between the two and why Mia tries hard to resist Austin. This was a really well written and HOT story with characters I loved and a plot that kept me very interested. I highly recommend if you enjoy nanny/boss romances.
Mags_louise More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable story. With likable characters and an adorable 6 year old called Bailey. That had enough drama, angst, sparks, hot moments, fun and cuteness to really hold my interest throughout. And I'd happily recommend it to others.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Mia is an orphan and loves children, so she becomes a nanny. Her last job her boss was doing illegal dealings. Mia saw and recorded it and help send him to jail. Now she’s a nanny for Bailey, Austin’s little girl. Austin works for Ace Security as a bodyguard and has promised himself never to marry again. His first wife got pregnant on purpose and he married her but she ran off. Now he’s raising his daughter with the help of Mia. The attraction between them sparks and they keep their distance at first but finally give in to it. She knows how he feels about marriage so she breaks it off. But Bailey’s mother is back and wanting money or custody and Austin will do anything to keep that from happening. Mia finds out her old boss is having a retrial and she has to testify again but someone is threatening her not to. Can Austin protect his heart and Mia too? Excellent story. Well told, with characters who are almost real with real problems. Sexy. A cute little girl, a handsome guy and a strong beautiful woman. Crazy ex’s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but I kinda did not understand the authors story close to the end. To not give away the plot, closer to the end there is danger that is so ing toward one of the characters. For some reason the author has the couple running off to a cabin to have sex and send the child to the grandparents. It made no sense in the story. If you're interested in the type of plot I would recommend Sawyer Bennett cold fury series.titled Zack. It has a similar guy/nanny theme but it is a better story and the sex isn't so forced in the story.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and can be read as a standalone without any problem. The previous couple from book one is mentioned and make a brief appearance in this book. Austin Rhodes is a wonderful single father to his precocious 6-year-old daughter Bailey. He calls her Bailey Button, so cute. I really loved his character. He is a good man, father and son. He is a bodyguard and his profession came in handy during a few issues that happened regarding both of their pasts. I won’t get into the twists, so you will just have to read the book. Austin and Bailey are everything that Mia Atwood dreams of but can’t have. Mia grew up in the foster care system from the age of six when her mom died of cancer. She said she was fortunate to be in good homes but still longs for a family to call her own. She put herself through college with an elementary education major and psychology minor. She was a nanny during college and felt that was her true calling. Mia and Austin fight the chemistry that is there until it reaches a boiling point. They have some amazing chemistry and their sexy times are steamy. There is some push and pull between the characters and some mystery thrown in to make it interesting. This was a quick and very enjoyable read. I loved the characters and the writing, I just wish it was longer. I felt the ending was rushed and I was left wanting for more.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Talk about a tempting read. This past week I read Tempt Me by Carly Phillips. I'm going to have to say that I liked this story more than the first book. Don't get me wrong I did like the first book, but I loved Austin Rhodes. He's definitely a swoon kind of hero. Pretty protective those around him, and adores his daughter. Seriously, those seen when he's with his daughter, Bailey, could pop an ovary. Totally lovable. Then we have Mia Atwood, the nanny. She's adores Bailey likes she was her own kid. I love that she tried to avoid her attraction to Austin. She tries to be a good nanny. I enjoyed Tempt Me. There' more to the story than Austin and Mia trying to fight there attraction. There's a little draw that happens. Okay, it's fairly complicated drama that Austin and Mia's past kind of intervene on their happiness. I love that Mia wants to protect Bailey at all cost, even sacrifice her feelings for Austin. Anyway, I really liked Tempt Me. It was a tempting read, because the guy on the cover is pretty yummy. I liked the story. It was a fairly fast read, with a happy ending. I can't wait for more of these Bodyguard Bad Boys. Copy provided by author via RockStar PR Rating 4 1/2 Stars
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--TEMPT ME is the second instalment in Carly Phillips’ contemporary, adult BODYGUARD BAD BOYS romantic, suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for Alpha Security-a spin off from her Billionaire Bad Boys series. This is bodyguard and single father Austin Rhodes, and nanny Mia Atwood’s story line. TEMPT ME can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Mia and Austin) TEMPT ME follows the forbidden relationship between single father and bodyguard Austin Rhodes, and his daughter’s nanny Mia Atwood. For months Austin and Mia have been dancing around one another; their attraction to one another palpable but the fact that Austin was Mia’s employer, and he didn’t want anything to do with a permanent relationship pushed all thoughts to the side until threats of a personal nature found Austin both lover and protector to Mia Atwood. With his ex-wife demanding custody of their five year old daughter, and the upcoming retrial of an embezzler where Mia is the primary witness, Austin finds himself calling in favors to protect the woman and daughter that he loves. What ensues is the building relationship between Mia and Austin, and the potential fall out when Mia believes everyone will be better off is she leaves the area and runs. The relationship between Mia and Austin begins as a business arrangement that turns into something more. Months of family-like togetherness find our couple taking the next step in a relationship that was fated from the start. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Austin’s parents John and Sarah Rhodes, as well as his ex-wife Kayla, and Austin’s daughter Bailey. TEMPT ME is a quick read; a fast building romance between two people who struggle with the past but are willing to take a chance on a future together. The premise is enjoyable and character driven; the romance is sensual; the characters are dynamic, engaging and impassioned.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Tempt Me By: Carly Phillips ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Kristie K Good guys don’t always finish last, as Carly Phillips proves with her newest release… Tempt Me is a captivating tale of a single father, badly burned by the mother of his child and determined not to make himself or his daughter vulnerable by getting involved with a woman…no matter how tempting she may be. Austin Rhodes is a wonderful father, with a heart of gold, and a body for sin. His only apparent weakness is his daughter…until he hires a gorgeous new nanny that has his blood boiling, and his pants tenting. Mia Atwood grew up in foster care from the age of six, and put herself through college, but finding her true calling as a nanny. Her love for children and desire for a family of her own only fuel her passion for her job. When her most recent charge is a precocious six year old that captures her heart, and a boss that threatens to do the same, nothing can prepare her for the roller coaster she’s on. Carly Phillips delivers another incredible tale of desire, loss, fear, and hope with Tempt Me. While a popular genre at the moment, Ms. Phillips is able to add twists and turns that make this tale as unique as the characters she creates. I absolutely adore Austin, both as a father, a son, and as a man. Such a genuine man, with a heart as big as Texas, and a protective streak just as wide. His fears aren’t unfounded, but genuine, and his vulnerabilities are refreshing. Mia is everything I would want in a nanny, a friend, a sister, or a mother. She is a beautiful soul, with a heart full of love for those in her life. Always putting others first, especially the child she is in charge of, Mia is a truly extraordinary human being. The tension between Austin and Mia is nearly unbearable, and the push and pull that follows is both heartbreaking and beautiful. These characters believe in honesty with each other, which is both refreshing and a little…surprising? Most authors crank up the drama, where Carly Phillips just cranks up the real. A truly intoxicating read that I truly enjoyed from the beginning to end. Kristie K
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Fast paced, endearing and spicy! I really enjoyed the next story in the Bodyguard Bad Boys series by Carly Phillips. The characters are super easy to connect with, the plot is intriguing and the chemistry is explosive. There were a few places that could have been built on more, but the characters draw you in to such a degree that you are willing to forgive the quickness of the story. Overall, a great read! Single dad Austin Rhodes would do anything for his young daughter. Have a live-in nanny, finagle his work schedule around his time with her, be there for all of her important moments, anything to keep her happy. When something threatens that happiness, he won't hesitate to strike out! Mia Atwood has been the nanny for a few months now and adores his daughter. The atmosphere of the house is an ideal place to work ... well ... except for the little niggling thing around the edge of the surface ... lust! She can't stop eyeing up his luscious body every chance she gets behind his back, but they are definitely keeping it strictly professional ... well ... until the past comes back to haunt them and he needs to step up and protect her ... then the close quarters might make that professional thing a little tricky!
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from the author. Given his track record with women - specifically his baby mama - Austin doesn't ever want another long term relationship.  No marriage, nothing.  Unlike his live in nanny, Mia, who can't wait for the day to have her own family with kids running all around. Mia grew up in foster care and has always longed for a family of her own  She could almost believe her dream would come true if she could  act on her attraction for her boss and he wanted to become a family.  She knows of his aversion to relationships.  She just doesn't know why he's sworn them off for good.   Once they begin their relationship though - it's all she can do to keep herself from falling for Austin.  Of course then there's trouble.  The type of trouble that has to engage Austin to help keep her safe.   You could have gathered all this from the blurb I suppose.  It's hard to tell you about the story w/o telling you the story.  This contemporary romance has a little bit of drama included.  A single parent who needs love just as badly as the rest of us do - but too stubborn to see in front of his face.  A woman who adores the family she works for but doesn't want to mess up the dynamic.  The story read quickly for me.  The writing is good.  It's a pretty straight forward story. 
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Emotionally thrilling, sexy sweet, action packed single dad burned by love falls for the nanny romantic adventure filled with passion and danger. How could I possibly resist. Austin Rhodes is a gruff, sexy, strong alpha male protective type bodyguard that has been burned by love and is not looking to repeat the process. He just wants to live his life and raise his daughter as best he can until.... Enter the live in nanny Mia Atwood sexy, sweet and so caring she is excellent at her job and tempts Austin like no other. Through in some danger she needs protecting from and he is just a goner... Loved every heart pounding turn in this highly entertaining read.
Wisdom More than 1 year ago
Austin Rhodes is a Security Operative for Alpha Security and a single dad with sole custody of his daughter Bailey. After what they went through with his ex (Bailey's mother), he has sworn off serious relationships. He doesn't really date and never brings women around his daughter. But there is one that he is attracted to. The only problem is that Mia Atwood is Bailey's nanny and deserves more than he is willing to give. She lost her last job when she testified against her former employer for things that she witnessed which resulted in said employer going to prison. She is young and sweet and loves her job. She is also attracted to her boss. However, she would never give into her attraction and risk losing her position. That is until she realizes that Austin is also attracted to her. But as they are trying to figure things out between them his ex returns threatening to take Bailey away unless Austin pays her more money. And Mia finds out that she has to testify against her former employer again because he has been given a retrial. And to top it off, she could swear that someone is following her. Could any of it be connected? This is just what we expect from this author. A story loaded with sexy, fun, drama and love!