Paige Ellerbee's life is far from perfect after moving back to small-town Maple Creek—there's her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee's; her aging father; and the fact she's practically the only single girl in town. But when Lane Anderson, the town's hot—and young!—new doctor, moves in next door, she wouldn't mind receiving some intensive care…until their first conversation starts a feud.
Lane came to Maple Creek to lay low after inadvertently being associated with a pill-prescribing scandal. When the gorgeous blonde next door asks for his help with a program that could raise eyebrows, he has to refuse. He's been burned in the past when blinded by love, yet Paige's feisty personality has his blood running hot.
When a little matchmaking lands Lane at Paige's best friend's wedding in St. Lucia, suddenly the romantic island vibe tempts them to kiss and make up. A temporary truce might be just what they both want—but forever love might be more than they can agree on.
Each book in the Suddenly Smitten series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 - The Practice Proposal
Book #2 - Tempted in the Tropics
Book #3 - The Marriage Match
About the Author
Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.
Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.
Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C. and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.
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Tempted in the Tropics
A Suddenly Smitten Novel
By Tracy March, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Tracy March
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Sugar-free, fat-free, gluten-free — Paige Ellerbee separated coconut-pumpkin muffins by the half dozen, packed them into bright pink-and-yellow-striped bakery boxes, and quickly labeled them with Sweet Bee's stickers before she forgot which kind was inside. Some of her regular customers would show up for their muffins the second she switched on the Open sign, and that should happen in exactly ten minutes. The regulars got cranky if she opened late. The regulars liked routine.
Paige grinned slyly. Maybe she'd flip the switch early. The mostly older, mostly lovable folks in small-town Maple Creek, Maryland, could use a little excitement.
But before any switch-flipping happened, she had a morning ritual to fulfill. She hummed off-key as she put a couple of warm, sugar-free muffins in a bag, grabbed two large to-go cups of coffee, and dashed out the back door of the bakery into the bitterly cold January air. In five steps she'd reached her dad's barbershop, where the rear door was already unlocked for her. She ducked in, shivering despite her short time outside, and made her way from the stockroom to the front of the old-fashioned shop that had been a central part of her life for as long as she could remember. One of her favorite pictures was of herself as a toddler, sitting happily in the hulking, black-leather barber chair, her dad teasingly dabbing foamy white shaving cream on her nose with a fluffy brush.
"Here comes Trouble," her dad said brightly as usual. He'd lovingly given her the nickname before she was even born. He and Paige's mom had tried for years to have children. They'd pretty much given up ... then Paige had come along when they were both nearly forty. He'd always joked that a baby who waited that long to show up was sure to cause trouble for her parents. And Paige hadn't disappointed.
"Trouble's got your breakfast," she teased. She put the coffees on the countertop, hugged her dad tightly, and kissed his freshly shaven cheek.
"Mornin', little lady," said Ed Warren, the old man who sat in the waiting area. His eyes twinkled as he tipped his gray flannel newsboy cap. He was usually the first of the roosters to show up for the daily hen party at Ellerbee's Barber Shop.
"Mornin', Mayor Warren." Paige handed him a cup of coffee.
He gave her an appreciative and winsome look. She was one of the few people who still called him by his former title — even though he'd been out of office since she was ten. Seventeen years later, most people had reverted to calling him Ed.
Paige remembered when he'd come to Maple Creek Elementary at the beginning of every school year. Several kids had been randomly selected to sit with him at lunchtime, even though none of them wanted to because he made them eat their vegetables. For Paige, it had been fifth grade and carrots. She'd refused to eat them, and she and the mayor had a staring contest that ended with her chewing a mouthful and pretending to vomit. He'd retired not long after that.
Now Paige looked forward to seeing Mayor Warren several times a week and was happy to bake for him — even carrot cake. After fifty-nine years of marriage, his wife had suddenly passed away last year, and he was still learning his way around the kitchen. So far he'd mastered the toaster, but it was still hit or miss with the microwave.
Paige's dad joined Mayor Warren in the waiting area. As soon as he sat down, Paige opened the bakery bag, the paper crinkling, and waved it beneath her dad's nose.
He tipped his head back and sniffed deliberately. "Hmm ... coconut-pumpkin?"
"Right again," Paige said, amazed that he never guessed wrong. He had an uncanny scent memory of his late wife's recipes. Before her mom had died from lung cancer two years ago, she'd been known as the best baker in Maple Creek. In Sweet Bee's, Paige proudly displayed all the blue ribbons her mom had won in the town bake-offs. She'd kept her recipes top secret, sharing them only with Paige and claiming they were the best because there was magic in them — "If you believe," she'd said with a gentle, knowing smile.
Paige and her dad had always believed. Now the people of Maple Creek did, too.
She handed one muffin to her dad and the other to Mayor Warren, who anxiously stared out the window.
"What's wrong, Ed?" her dad asked.
Mayor Warren took the lid off his coffee, blew into it, and cautiously took a swallow. "I got a reminder about my appointment with the new doctor tomorrow morning."
Paige furrowed her brow, hoping it was nothing serious.
Mayor Warren waved his weathered hand. "Just a checkup ..."
"Piece of cake," Paige said, then waited for a second for them to get the joke.
Her dad chuckled. "That's my girl."
"Believe me," Paige said, "a once-in-a-lifetime vacation like Dr. Hartley is taking could make me forget all about baking for a while." Dr. Pete Hartley — who was close to retirement himself, and whose practice was next door to Sweet Bee's — was the only family practice doctor in Maple Creek.
"He's talked about it for years," Mayor Warren said, "but I never thought he'd actually go."
"A month in Europe." Paige imagined all the incredible men she'd meet in France ... Italy ... Spain. She sighed. "That would be a dream."
"But Pete's always been my doctor," the mayor said.
"I'm sure Dr. Anderson will be fine while Dr. Hartley's gone," Paige said. Surely Dr. Hartley had picked someone like himself to take care of his patients for the next month — right?
"I'm not sure I trust a young whippersnapper like Dr. Anderson. He's Pete's nephew, probably just a kid." The mayor took a small bite of his muffin and chewed deliberately.
For some reason Paige had imagined that a Dr. Hartley clone would show up, not someone young. And single?
"I'm sure he'll do just fine." Paige's dad stirred a packet full of powdered creamer into his coffee. He sure knew how to ruin a good cup of joe, but she'd given up trying to convince him to try something better. She liked chunky peanut butter on cold, leftover pizza. He'd never been able to talk her out of that, either, so maybe they were even.
"The young doctor and his wife are renting the house across the street," Mayor Warren said. "Moved in yesterday."
Not single. Oh, well. Paige wouldn't have expected him to be attractive anyway. The only hot young doctors she'd ever seen were on TV.
"Did you meet them?" she asked, a little excited that two people under age fifty had moved to Maple Creek, even if it was temporarily. But her excitement quickly fizzled. The Andersons could be card-carrying members of AARP and Mayor Warren would think they were young.
The mayor shrugged. "I figured I'd just wait till tomorrow morning." He glanced out the window again and something caught his eye. "There he is now."
Paige leaned closer to the window to get a better view, and that's exactly what she got. One look at the new doctor and her stomach flipped like a pineapple upside-down cake. Tall and lean, with a tousle of brown curls, Dr. Anderson strode casually up the sidewalk, dressed in jeans, cowboy boots, and a worn leather bomber jacket.
As he talked on his phone, an easy smile lit his angular face, and Paige would swear she saw twin dimples, but she couldn't be sure from this distance. What she could be sure of was that a TV set somewhere was missing an extremely hot doctor. A hot, married doctor.
Paige glanced at her watch. "I need to head back next door. You got a full day of appointments today?" she asked her dad hopefully. If only the men in Maple Creek had more hair, or if what little they had left grew faster. There was no way the barbershop could stay open if business didn't pick up for her dad.
He smiled and nodded. "About the same. Probably get some walk-ins, too."
"Until then —" Grinning, she wagged her finger at him and the mayor. "You guys go easy on the gossip, okay?"
She headed into the storeroom and was nearly to the back door when the bell on the front door chimed. "Mornin'," a man said with a rich, sexy drawl that stopped Paige in her tracks and drew her back into the shadows just beyond the main area of the shop. The new doctor stood up front with her dad and the mayor. "I'm Lane Anderson — the guy filling in for Dr. Hartley." He tipped his head in the direction of the doctor's office.
Mayor Warren chewed cautiously as Paige's dad set his coffee on the table next to his half-eaten muffin and stood. "I'm Tom Ellerbee." He shook the doctor's hand. "Pleasure to meet you."
The pleasure was all Paige's. Married or not, the hot doctor was the tastiest eye candy she'd seen in way too long.
"My uncle says you give a mean haircut, but I'm just lookin' for a trim," Dr. Anderson said. "How about noon tomorrow?"
Paige's dad was nearly six feet, but he still had to look up at the doctor. "That'll work."
Dr. Anderson nodded and turned his attention to what was left of the muffin in Mayor Warren's hand. "Those muffins smell delicious."
"Sweet Bee's muffins are the best you've ever tasted," Mayor Warren said, and Paige grinned proudly even though they couldn't see her. "And they keep us healthy, too."
Dr. Anderson looked at him skeptically.
Mayor Warren stood, his spine straighter than usual. "There's magic in them."
Paige's dad nodded. "You'll see."
Dr. Anderson glanced cautiously from one of them to the other as if he wondered what planet he'd landed on. "I'm sure there are lots of things keeping you two gentlemen healthy — diet; medications, maybe; exercise; even good genes. But I haven't seen a lot of documented clinical evidence about the health benefits of magic muffins." He shook his head and smiled, seeming to find some humor in what he'd said.
Paige's stomach clenched as her dad and the mayor stared flatly at Dr. Anderson. How dare he waltz in and question the benefits of her recipes or the magic people believed was in them? She stepped out of the shadows and into the main area of the shop, hands on her hips, her chin tipped up stubbornly.
All three men turned to her, wide-eyed.
Leveling a sharp gaze at Dr. Anderson, she said, "If that's the case, doctor, then it seems to me you'd be wise not to comment on things you know nothing about." Paige shot him her nastiest stink-eye, turned on her heel, and left.
* * *
Lane dropped a fat stack of patient charts onto his uncle's desk and sank into the worn-leather swivel chair. The dark wood paneling made the office feel smaller than it was, along with the clutter of books and mementos on the wall-to-wall bookshelves. Some of the framed photos were actually black-and-white and warped, and not in an artsy kind of way.
"Welcome to Maple Creek," Lane said flippantly to himself.
For about the fifteenth time today, he thought about the so-called welcome he'd gotten that morning from the super-hot, super-pissed-off blonde at the barbershop.
You'd be wise not to comment on things you know nothing about.
She had no idea what he knew and what he didn't, and her sassy remark had been a hell of a way to introduce herself. The chick never even said hello. Still, he could see her as if she were standing right in front of him, with her straight little nose in the air, her hands gripping her slender hips. She'd caught him totally off guard with her snippy attitude, the bright pink streak in her hair — pink hair! — and eyes that dared him not to get lost in them, even while she called him out. After she'd left the barbershop, he'd found out that she was Paige, the daughter of the barber, and the owner of the bakery next door.
Great. The last thing he needed right now was a neighbor like her.
After getting settled, he'd seen eight patients, a glacial pace of work compared to his practice in Austin, Texas. There, he'd seen at least thirty patients a day. Their charts had long ago been converted to electronic medical records, meaning no thick files filled with illegible handwriting and waxy old faxes. His office had been sleek and modern, with competent nurses and efficient office staff. When he and his partner, Dr. Stephanie Danner, had earned the Top Docs of Austin award last year — unprecedented for two young physicians in a start-up practice — he knew he'd officially "made it," just as he'd envisioned, and just as his parents had expected. The "official" feeling had barely sunk in before things had fallen apart.
He shook his head, knowing no good could come from dwelling on that now. Worlds away from his practice in Austin, he propped his chin in his hand and opened Betty Jordan's chart, the first patient he'd seen that day. As if to reinforce what he'd heard at the barber shop, the elderly but spry Mrs. Jordan had come in clutching a Sweet Bee's box of muffins with a "sugar-free" sticker and stripes so bright they made Lane's eyes cross. At least the sticker hadn't said "magic," because that would've been really disturbing.
The magic muffin thing had started to make a little more sense, considering the ones Mrs. Jordan had with her were sugar-free. Even so, Lane had wondered if the quirky old woman had been put up to bringing the muffins in. He also considered that she might be trying to fool him into thinking she was compliant with the low-sugar diet she'd been prescribed, actually sticking to it to the point of carrying around appropriate food. But when the nurse had checked Mrs. Jordan's blood, her sugar levels had been good, and she seemed pretty healthy for an eighty-year-old. Ditto for the other five seniors he'd seen.
Lane flipped through Mrs. Jordan's chart and saw that she'd had trouble keeping her blood-sugar levels under control — even with medication — until about a year ago when things evened out and stayed that way.
"I eat one of these muffins for breakfast every day," Mrs. Jordan had said, her blue eyes glimmering. "There's magic in them."
Lane hadn't argued with her, but he had wondered how many people in Maple Creek had been brainwashed with the magic BS he'd heard at the barbershop this morning. Despite Mrs. Jordan's ridiculous belief, Lane gave props to his uncle for helping her improve and for convincing her to take her medicine and eat the right foods. If half of Lane's patients would take his advice and live it, he'd consider himself a success. As it was, most people wanted a pill to fix whatever ailed them, and lifestyle changes simply weren't going to happen. Even so, prescribing a pill for everything wasn't Lane's philosophy and never would be. Too bad he hadn't realized that his partner hadn't felt the same way.
He'd found out too late that Stephanie had prescribed pain pills for nearly every patient who wanted them. When one of her patients had died from an overdose, it had definitely caught his attention. But they treated a lot of people and, sadly, tragedies happened. Several months later, another one of her patients had died the same way, and the victim's family wanted answers. The rest had been a whirlwind for Lane. The Office of the Inspector General and the state's Drug Enforcement Agency had gotten involved, Stephanie's medical license was suspended, and their practice was investigated as a possible pill mill. He'd been forced to close the office, and his reputation had suffered by association. Not only because he had practiced with Stephanie.
But also because he'd been engaged to her.
Lane pinched his eyes closed. How could she have been so careless with her patients? How could she have been so careless with him? He combed his fingers through his too-long hair, thinking it was way past time for a haircut. Back in Austin, he'd worn it short — nearly buzzed — but he'd let it grow out since his practice was shut down, having it trimmed only once or twice. Even so, he was canceling his appointment. No need to make things more awkward by going back into Ellerbee's Barber Shop — or anywhere near Paige.
He blinked open his eyes.
Alice, the lone nurse in the office, stood in the doorway looking concerned. Lane guessed her to be about the same age as his mom. The way she wore her wavy, graying hair pulled up in a big bun made her look older, but her kind expression was what Lane focused on. He could certainly use an ally, especially one with an easygoing manner like Alice's. A flurry of swirling snow patterned her bright-blue scrubs, and she still had a stethoscope slung around her neck even though their last patient left a while ago. "Is everything all right?"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I devoured this in one go! Granted I was on an 8 hour flight, but this book made it a much more happy pleasurable experience and as my husband sat snoring away beside me, I in turn sat swooning and signing over one very delectable and dishy doctor. With loveable characters, a captivating storyline and set in a descriptively beautiful setting, I was once again smitten and loved every page. I would recommend reading The Practice Proposal first though; this book focusses on Paige, and Cole and Liza’s journey continues to evolve and plays a huge part throughout. I loved Paige in the first book, but she really comes into her own in this and you can’t not love her determined, feisty yet sweet nature. As for Lane, well the synopsis wasn’t wrong when it says he could give McDreamy a run for his money. There simply aren’t enough adjectives to describe him and the man had my heart from the start. He and Paige may not get off to the best of starts, but when flung together in St. Lucia, a fling surely can’t hurt… This magical book is filled with romance, flirting, humour, wit, joy, sadness and passion. It pulled my heartstrings yet made me laugh-out-loud and whilst the steamy content stays behind closed doors, the build-up is sizzling. I thoroughly recommend and I can’t wait to visit Maple Creek again to see who will find love next (perhaps Cyn and Trent?)
This is a great book. I loved the characters and the story. My only problem is that it ended too quick. I would have liked more. Can't wait for the next book :)
TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS proves that Tracy March has mastered the art of the sweet romance, delivering a well-written story that is incredibly fun and sweet (without being saccharine) and full of warm fuzzies, but tempered with the right amount of heat to take it a step beyond your usual Bliss title. I’m a bit prejudiced against doctor heroes-- the genius and God complex attitude drives me mad! So I was a bit wary of Dr. Lane Anderson and his by-the-book, uptight ways. After the professional and personal debacle of his practice in Austin, Lane arrives in tiny, sleepy Maple Creek to run his uncle’s practice for a month while he figures out what’s next in his life. Having been burned professionally and personally by his ex-fiancée, he’s quite consumed with re-establishing his medical reputation & ensuring everything he does is completely above reproach and protecting his heart. I can understand his reasons for being so careful and uptight, but it really made me want to loosen him up! Especially since he’s really one of those great doctors who truly cares about his patients. And he saves the day and is ridiculously gorgeous, funny, and sweet. I may be cured of my doctor-hero aversion. Paige Ellerbee was one of my favourite secondary characters in THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL. She’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s hilarious, and she’s full of heart—when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she left her exciting life in DC to move back to Maple. With her mum now gone and her dad’s barbershop struggling, she can’t bear to leave him behind and runs her own struggling bakery in Maple Creek—despite dreaming of home and hearth, hard to come by in a town populated by seniors. She’s the type of character you wish were real so she could be your friend, and the relationships she has with Liza and the Sutherlands are genuine and heartwarming. Her first meeting with Lane is equal parts instant attraction and friction, and the two of them continue to be sweetly antagonistic until they find themselves in the lush tropical paradise of St. Lucia for Liza’s wedding and decide on a no-strings-attached island fling. Their fling is peppered with hilariously embarrassing scenes that had me chuckling the entire time. Of course the fling isn’t really a fling because they both fall for each other but see no way of making it work. That scene at the end where they resolve their differences will have you going “awwwwww!”. Yes, the timeframe from being complete strangers to being together forever is ridiculously short and completely unrealistic, but it’s such an adorably cute, fun journey that it doesn’t matter. I love Tracy’s contemporary voice. It’s fresh, modern, and completely approachable—it doesn’t set out to be anything other than lighthearted and romantic fun, and it reads like any conversation you’d have with your friends. She does a great job of laying the groundwork for the physical chemistry between the characters and conveying passion and sensuality whilst having the actual intimate scenes occur behind closed doors, which greatly helped counter my major gripe with Bliss (or similar) titles and made it a more enjoyable read. TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS is a thoroughly enjoyable, quick read, that will have you laughing AND feeling warm & fuzzy. Definitely recommended for fans of Tracy’s Suddenly Smitten series and anyone who likes their romance of the sweet, lighthearted persuasion—particularly if you like hot doctors. I’m looking forward to the next instalment!
I was given a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved the book. Paige and Lane romance was exciting. I laughed out loud with the thong incident and that it can back again! The town of Maple Creek is the perfect magical town. Good job Tracy. I will be looking forward to your next book.
4.5 stars Tempted in the Tropics was fun, flirty, and romantic. The setting was great, the characters were likable, and I got to see Liza and Cole again! YAY! I liked Paige from the first book, so I was curious about getting to know her better. She was a great character. She's quirky, sweet, and generally a good person. She runs her own bakery and struggles to make ends meet. But, she makes it work, because the town relies on her. Not only does she provide delicious treats, but she really does cater to their dietary needs. I think that shows was a kind hearted person she really is. Then there's Lane. Lane's come into town to help his Uncle out at his practice. Lane is a doctor. After a scandal back at his old practice and a bad break-up, he's come to town hoping to get his life back on track. Paige wasn't part of his plan. Lane is a serious kind of guy, so I felt like Paige was a good fit for her. She's a lot more laid back and go with the flow. She helped him to ease up a bit and enjoy life. There a many things that brought this couple together, but where they fell in love was at Cole and Liza's wedding. Both Lane and Paige are friends of Liza's. Paige is also Liza's maid of honor and Lane is playing music for the wedding. So, as the wedding weekend gets underway, Lane and Paige end up exploring the island and each other. The setting was so romantic, it was the perfect backdrop to fall in love. I love the relationship they developed. Paige and Lane had good chemistry. They also shared some pretty funny moments together that had me laughing. Overall, I loved Tempted in the Tropics. I like seeing how the series is developing. I'm guessing that Trent's book will be next. He's a good friend of Liza and Paige's. He's looking for love and I have a feeling Liza and Paige may be able to help him find a special lady. I love the Bliss line. The books are great and it's introduced me to authors, such as Tracy March. If you like, fun and flirty romances, check this on out! Quotes: ~"It sounds so delicious," she said. "And the way he says it with his Barry White voice and island accent makes it sound like food porn."-Loc 1428 ~"You look...delicious," he said, and hungrily kissed a trail up her neck to her lips. "You're officially my new favorite dessert."-Loc 1579 ~"I want you to know, the magic thing makes a lot more sense to me now." He traced his fingertips along her cheek and swept them beneath her chin. "It's not what you bake--it's you."-Loc 2576
What is more tempting than the tropics? How about a small town girl and a big time doctor (who has gotten his heart broken) trying to figure out what they want... or more like what they NEED from each other there! You will fall in love with Paige and Lane from the first chapter! I don't want to give away the whole book... You need to read it to find out all the sexy (but just the right amount of sexy, not trashy!) details. READ THIS BOOK! This is a love story you will fall in love with! You won't regret it! :)
Great Book! This is a terrific book! The storyline is fresh, modern and engaging. This is a fast-paced read the flows fluidly from beginning to end. The author does an excellent job of creating sexy seduction scenes that sizzle with heat. Bakery owner and pastry chef Paige Ellerbee is a smart young woman with a lot of heart. When she found out her mom was dying from cancer, she returned to her hometown of Maple Creek to help her dad take care of her mom. She decided to stay in town permanently so that she could watch over her dad and be close to her only family member. Unfortunately, the town Paige grew up in is now primarily populated by senior citizens, so meeting men and having a social life is especially difficult. However, the townspeople love her and she finds great comfort in knowing that her "Special Recipes" help to keep them healthy. The town doctor keeps her apprised on which folks require low fat, no sugar, or gluten free items and she alters her recipes accordingly. That is until the local doctor goes on a month long vacation and his nephew, Dr. Lane Anderson, fills in temporarily and refuses to follow the dietary communication process. A month in Maple Creek is just what Lane needs to clear his head. He recently lost his thriving medical practice due to being associated with a prescription drug scandal that his medical partner was involved in. Needless to say, Lane is extremely careful with his doctoring. When Paige and Lane meet, there is an instant attraction and dislike at the same time. However, with some meddling by Paige's best-friend Liza and Sylvia, Liza's mother, they get to know each other and a relationship blossoms. Both attending Liza's wedding to Cole in St. Lucia, turns up the heat and passion. They agree to an island fling, with no strings attached. However, is a fling enough? If you are looking for a well-written, hot contemporary romance, look no further than Tempted in the Tropics.
I loved reading Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March. It was entertaining from start to finish with the perfect blend of romance, laughter, and passion. In the follow up book to The Practice Proposal, Tempted in the Tropics follows Paige and Lane’s story. Paige Ellerbee runs Sweet Bee’s Bakery in Maple Creek and Dr. Lane Anderson is in town to cover for his uncle’s medical practice, which is next door to Sweet Bee’s. The two of them have a rocky start, but a long weekend in St. Lucia changes that… The pacing of Tempted in the Tropics was perfect. Sometimes in contemporary romance there is a lull here or there in the story, but not so with this one! I really had a hard time putting it down because there wasn’t an easy stopping point – I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. The setting was awesome because most of it took place in St. Lucia. If Tracy modeled the resort in the book after one she stayed in, I definitely want to visit St. Lucia! The characters were well developed. Paige is full of spirit and Lane was raised much more conservatively, and is rather “uptight” according to Paige. There are some absolutely laugh-out-loud funny scenes in this book as well as some very sweet and tender “aww” moments. I really enjoyed the romance build up between Paige and Lane because it was so true of their characters. It was Cole and Liza’s wedding (from The Practice Proposal) that brought Paige and Lane to St. Lucia. There was a little matchmaking going on behind the scenes that made sure they had to spend time together to start things off. As with Tracy’s other stories, the intimate scenes were left up to the reader’s imagination. She does a fantastic job giving bits and pieces of the physical chemistry like the soft kisses and touches, the characters thoughts and emotional responses and at the end of the book it was just as passionate and sexy as books with detailed sex scenes. So far it might seem like Paige and Lane had an easy road with their relationship, but that was not the case. There were still questions and doubts, disapproving parents, ex-fiances, family health concerns and potential job failure that really tested their ability to be together. Through it all, Paige and Lane had great friends by their side and continued to be drawn together by the peace they got from one another. The ending to the story was absolutely perfect and allowed me to let out a very happy sigh. If you are looking for a passionate, romantic and very entertaining contemporary romance read, I highly recommend Tempted in the Tropics!
I have yet to read a Bliss book that disappointed me and I doubt I ever will! Tracy March certainly takes you to the tropics in this brand new release, Tempted in the Tropics. It is a fast-paced read that leaves you blushing along side Paige and wanting to venture to a tropical island with a doctor named Lane of your own! I just loved how much Paige cared for her father and the people of her small hometown and how Lane possessed a sensitive demeanor and wasn’t afraid to open up to Paige. You are captivated by their romance every step of the way and you may even find yourself letting out a laugh at some of the embarrassing things Paige endures. This book alone will take you on a tropical adventure and keep you feeling as if you’ve fallen for your very own McDreamy or McSteamy. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this Bliss read! In the upcoming fall and winter months, whenever you need a tropical escape, this is the one to dive into!
Cute story full of love, friendship, laugh out loud moments and tears.
Loved the characters and how you saw the same characters from Practice Propsal
I found this book to be a fun, sweet read. I instantly liked Paige. She was young, energetic, with a big heart - but very independent and not afraid to speak her mind. I think the pink streak in her hair showed that she was a little rebellious and not afraid to have a little fun. Because she was living in a town with mostly retired folks, she liked to liven things up a little. She fits in well in the community, having moved back home to help take care of her mother, who has recently died of cancer. She took over Sweet Bee's bakery and has made a go of it with the help of the town doctor. He lets her know his patient's needs and she bakes up goodies that stick with their dietary limitations. It's a win-win-win. She gets business, patients get to eat goodies, and they get healthier. Until said doc goes on a month long vacation and leaves his nephew, Lane, to run his practice. He doesn't share with him the "partnership" he has with Paige and will not honor it. See, Lane was recently burned by his ex-partner/ex-fiance when it was discovered that she was prescribing medicine that wasn't needed. He was found guilty by association. So, even though Paige and his uncle have covered things technically, he doesn't even want to come close to anything that might look illegal. He might disagree with Paige over this, but the air around them crackles whenever the two of them are in the same room. When they end up on a tropical island for a friend's wedding, they decide to put their differences aside and see where it takes them. I liked the way the author created the sexual tension and situations, without being really graphic about it. She also writes with a great sense of humor - with I find necessary with any romance! This is the second book in the series, and I didn't have the pleasure of reading the first one. I do not think this detracted from this book at all though and would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fun, romantic read!
Fun & Sexy Contemporary Romance * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. A woman trying to keep her bakery from failing clashes with her small town’s temporary new doctor in Tracy March’s Tempted in the Tropics. A swiftly paced, contemporary romance, Ms. March’s characters quickly drew me in and kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. Adding just a touch of humor, the right amount of snarky dialogue and a sweetly, sexy romance, made this a very enjoyable book vacation getaway. Operating Sweet Bee’s bakery helps Paige Ellerbee honor her mother’s memory and keep tabs on her aging father. A young woman who left her busy career in a big town, Paige still longs for adventure and romance. Only in Maple Creek, there’s really no one she’s interested in – at least until the new doctor arrives in town. Then Paige finds herself both attracted and annoyed with the very same man. Taking over his uncle’s practice on a temporary basis, Lane Anderson intends to start his medical career over. Burned by his previous medical partner, who also happened to be his fiancée, Lane intends to make sure nothing gets in the way of his career again. He doesn’t intend to make any mistakes. The scenes between Paige and Lane are fun, full of snappy dialogue and simmering heat. While attracted to each other, they quickly find themselves on opposite grounds because of their secrets; her financial worries about the bakery and his troubles with the medical board. Ms. March does a good job developing both characters and bringing them together over a mutual friend’s wedding, and tropical vacation, which gives them a chance to get away from their problems and give in to their attraction, even though they both agree it’s only temporary. The secondary characters in the story were also well developed and I enjoyed getting to know Paige’s dad, her best friend Liza (the heroine from the previous book in this series) and her assistant “Cyn”. While there is no “villain” in the romance, the secrets they both have keep a wall between them until they learn to trust each other. Will Paige and Lane realize their romance is more than temporary? Will Lane decide living and working in Maple Creek is just what the doctor ordered? You’ll have to read Tempted in the Tropics to find out, I really enjoyed it and I think you will too.
I read and loved March's The Practice Proposal so much I requested a review copy from Entangled, who were obliging enough to provide me with one in exchange for a review. My thanks to them! (As a disclaimer, my review is honest and in no way influenced by my receiving the book from the publisher.) I spent a slow Sunday reading this book, and while I'd already really enjoyed March's writing style, particularly her skill at crafting a relationship dynamic, in the previous book, I was uncertain how I'd feel about this one. I so enjoyed reading the slow buildup of Cole and Liza's relationship, seeing how they waited to have sex until they were ready, that I wasn't sure I'd be as taken in by a book that was founded on the exact opposite dynamic--a sexual fling lasting only a few days. I needn't have worried, because just like The Practice Proposal, the couple felt so real to me that I found myself turning the pages faster and faster, hoping they'd work things out. Paige is just as likable here as she was in the previous book, and though she has a slightly wild side, it's never taken so far as to become grating. It's easy to root for her to find love after she's already spent so many years valuing her parents' happiness before her own. Lane's struggle to trust again after being burned so badly in his previous relationship isn't the huge point of contention other novels would've made it out to be; Paige never presses for the whole story and asks for it at the right time, without having made ghastly assumptions about what it could be, and allows them both time to process the revelation afterwards. The characters were so well-handled it was easy to be taken in by their sexual tension, and though the scene always fades out before the act itself, there's still plenty of steam to be had! Whether it's swimming naked or giving a whole new meaning to the word dessert, there's just such a sense of fun and exuberance, fitting for a book that's based around a vacation. While disapproving parents do figure slightly in the narrative, what Lane and Paige are doing is never made into something shameful or wrong. And while the relationship starts off as purely sexual, that's never all it is; Paige and Lane tell each other about themselves, their pasts and their presents, and make apologies for the wrongs they've accidentally done each other. Overall, Tropics really defied my reservations about the premise and became something I truly enjoyed reading; I came out of it just as eager for another book by March as I had been after I finished The Practice Proposal. I eagerly guessed which character (or characters!) could possibly serve as the hero or heroine in the next book. Regardless of whether or not March does return to Maple Creek, I'll eagerly read anything by her, and recommend this one to anyone who wants a fun, steamy romance to offset that incoming fall weather!
I don't know who was sweeter- Paige or her Sweet Bee's Bakery? Being the follow up to The Practice Proposal, I wasn't sure what to expect from Tempted In The Tropics when I began but I was oh so happily surprised. Paige Ellerbee runs Sweet Bee's Bakery in sleepy Maple Creek. It's a struggling business but she keeps it going with her favorite customers and making "magic" recipes for the elderly townsfolk based on their health needs. That is until her customers' trusted physician Dr. Hartley goes on a once in a lifetime vacation and has his nephew fill in for him while he's abroad. Enter Dr. Lane Anderson who should have his picture in the dictionary under the word uptight. He has his reasons though; his previous practice partner's (and fiancee) actions caused him to be under scrutiny for the foreseeable future and he doesn't want any part of the business between Paige and his uncle. Paige and Lane manage to avoid each other until they find out that will both be apart of a dream wedding in the tropics and that maybe a little vacation fling is what they both need. Tempted In The Tropics is a sweet and heartwarming story. I was just what I needed after coming off my previous read. Tracy March has a wonderful writing style that is equal parts humorous and realistic. I also love the bits of current pop culture that were thrown in throughout the story. The chemistry between Paige and Lane was apparent right from the start. They were quite the opposites but complimented each other in those ways. The ending was a large mix of sad and happy tears all in one and perhaps the best Valentines Ball Maple Creek had ever seen. Tempted In The Tropics is a short, happy read that left me while a smile on my face. Tracy March brought the little town of Maple Creek to life with a fantastic blend of characters.
Tempted in the Tropics was a satisfying follow up to March's earlier The Practice Proposal--we even get to see that book's hero and heroine, Cole and Liza, tie the knot! The fact that they do so at a tropical location is just sugar sprinkled on the top of the muffin...throw in a sassy baker and a dreamy doctor, and you've got a fun way to spend a less-than-tropical autumn evening. I enjoyed the tension between Paige and Lane; the author did a nice job of showing just the right amount of heat without taking it too far. It was great seeing Liza and Cole again--even their pies came back for an encore! The proposal at the end just goes to prove that March really knows how to bring it with that romance staple. Loved it! I can't wait to see what's up next for this series. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It has been awhile since I read The Practice Proposal, the story of Liza and Cole and where we meet Liza's best friend Paige. Who wants to find love but isn't feeling hopeful in Maple Creek where most of the population is over 60. Paige was once a successful pastry chef and came home to take care of her dying mother but stayed there after to be near her dad. So, she opened up a cute bakery called Sweet Bee's located between her dad's barber shop and the town doctor. Which is a perfect location for her because she gets to see her dad daily at the same time she has a pseudo business deal with the town doctor where she helps bake things for his patients that are diet appropriate. This is all fine and dandy until the doctor goes on a trip of a life time and his nephew comes to town to help out. Lane Anderson once had it all then lost it after quite the medical scandal and relationship mishap. Knowing he can't do anything wrong to jeopardize his already shaky foundation, he says no to Paige and her special recipes. For Lane he doesn't realize that this could bankrupt Paige in this already shaky economy, while Paige doesn't realize the true reason why Lane did what he did. All she thinks is that he's an uptight jerk and wants nothing to do with him and his dimples. However, others have different ideas and try to match Lane and Paige together. Paige and Lane have to come to a truce if they are going to survive Liza and Cole's destination wedding. As the truce is in place Lane tries to lighten up and enjoy Paige, which cause them to give in to this quick fling because nothing can become more with Lane leaving soon. Even though it started as a fling, emotions quickly got involved for this sweet couple but life always has complications so to make it work a lot of things would have to change for this sweet duo. This was another cute and endearing story about love when you least expect it.
This was the second book in the series. Cute love story.