Love is the greatest risk of all.
After seven days in a coma, Hannah Parker remembers nothing about the accident that landed her in the hospital—or how she ended up pregnant with Brannon’s baby, the man she’s loved since high school. Her body and heart have burned for him for years, and when she wakes up, he’s sleeping by her bedside, anxious to keep her safe at all costs. But as Hannah struggles with her amnesia, a threat looms closer—one that could have deadly consequences if she recovers her memories. She will have to trust Brannon completely if she is to keep what haunts her at bay…and their baby safe….
Brannon McKay spent the last ten years fantasizing about Hannah. In his mind, he’s explored every passionate scenario he can think of while, in real life, Brannon took their budding relationship and threw it away with both hands. Hannah doesn’t remember what happened but now that she is awake, Brannon would rather die than watch her walk away again. When Hannah and his unborn child’s lives are threatened, Brannon must stake claim to the woman who has held his heart captive for years…or risk disaster tearing them apart…
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Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader, and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. Her Secrets and Shadows series includes Burn for Me, Break for Me, and Long for Me.
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The Trouble with Temptation
By Shiloh Walker
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2016 Shiloh Walker
All rights reserved.
ONE WEEK EARLIER
William was here.
Brannon fought the terror as he sped down the road.
He's dead. I think.
Moira's words circled through his head over and over in an endless loop. His calm, cool, collected older sister had spoken in a shaking voice and he could hear the panic that had underscored her voice.
Moira was never afraid. But she'd been petrified.
William was here. He's dead. I think. Neve killed him.
His hands shook and he tightened them on the wheel.
If William Clyde wasn't dead, then Brannon would rectify that.
He'd touched his sisters. The son of a bitch would die for it.
Breathing through his teeth, fighting the urge to pound something, he flicked a look at the clock.
When he looked up, he swore long and loud, slamming on the brakes with a force that all but shoved the pedal through the floor of the car.
Joe Fletcher stumbled toward him.
"She's dead. I think ... I think she's dead. I didn't ..."
He sucked in a breath and then went to his knees on the shoulder as Brannon rolled down the window to tell him ...
"Hannah," Joe croaked out.
Nothing else could have gotten through to him. Nothing but that single name. The words penetrated the fog of rage and fear and his aggravation stuttered, veered immediately into a whole new kind of terror.
Hannah. The woman he wanted more than he'd ever wanted anything — the woman he'd walked away from only hours before. His Hannah?
Throwing open the door, Brannon went to haul Joe back to his feet.
"She's dead. Hannah's dead ..." The man wretched, then started to puke.
"Where's Hannah?" Brannon demanded in between spasms. Joe swayed and then lifted his head.
Something in his voice cut through and Joe raised a hand, waved toward the trees on the right side of the road. "She wrecked. I ran off the road and was walking ... she ... she almost hit me and crashed."
Brannon dropped Fletcher and turned, staring at the broken and busted greenery on the side of the road.
The red car was buried in it, all but lost in the kudzu and grass.
That wasn't Hannah's car.
He started to breathe once more as he jogged over. Shayla. That was Shayla Hardee's car.
Okay, it was a bad wreck and as much as Shayla annoyed him, he hated to think of her being hurt. But it wasn't Hannah —
Long, golden brown hair shone through the window.
Brannon's world screeched to a grinding halt as his gaze landed on the blooming red of blood that dripped down her still, lifeless face.
* * *
Chief Gideon Marshall stood in the waiting room of the small county ER.
Small though it might be, the emergency department was state of the art. Gideon suspected there was a plaque somewhere with the McKay family name imprinted on it.
One of the women he loved was tucked away in one of the exam beds, with Ian Campbell at her side.
The other — the one who owned his heart — Moira, sat on a chair a few feet away, her hands clenched into tight little fists while she stared stonily ahead.
He wanted to go to her.
But he couldn't.
"Dead," he said quietly after the deputy on the other end of the phone finished up a quick oral report. "You're telling me you found Shayla Hardee dead."
"Yeah." There was a pause and then Deputy Clayton Hodges said, "Hannah Parker was in Shayla's car when she wrecked. We ... look, chief, we don't know if she was trying to get help or what, but she was driving Shayla's car and our witness said she was driving like a bat out of hell, too. I know Hannah runs out on the path by the river a lot. We're ..." He hesitated and then continued. "We're thinking she saw something, maybe whoever hurt Shayla, and she was running away or found Shayla's keys or something. We don't have an official time of death, but Shayla's been dead a couple of hours. Dispatch had a call at approximately ten thirty-eight. The connection was touch and go, but the call-taker says she thought it was Hannah. Hannah said something about somebody being dead."
"She saw something."
"The sheriff is sending in someone to question her —"
"No point," Gideon said gruffly. "She's ..." He closed his eyes and forced himself to steady out before he said it. "Hannah's in a coma. Doctors aren't sure if she'll wake up at this point or not."
"She'll wake up."
Hearing the low, determined voice, Gideon opened his eyes and stared at Griffin Parker, Hannah's cousin — her only family.
The other man came out of his seat, staring at Gideon with bulldog stubbornness in his eyes.
"Hey, Hodges. I'll get back to you. I'm going to keep a man on her door. We'll talk once you get up here."
He ended the call without waiting for a response.
Eyes on Gideon, he tucked his phone away. "Officer —"
"She'll wake up!" Griffin shouted.
Okay, so much for hoping to remind him to stay focused. Although Gideon couldn't blame him.
"She'll wake up," Griffin said again.
Gideon supposed it was just as much to convince himself as anything else. Moving closer, he caught the other man's shoulder and squeezed. "Okay, then. Okay."
The two men turned as one to look at the doctor, standing in the doorway of the waiting room, one hand on the wall. His face was grim, his eyes dark.
Griffin said nothing, but the way he tensed had Gideon squeeze his shoulder once more.
"She's still alive," Dr. Howard Briscoe reached up and tugged off his glasses, giving them a cursory wipe with a handkerchief he pulled from his pocket. He barely flicked a glance at Griffin, his gaze intent on Gideon.
"What is it?"
The physician inclined his head and stepped back, holding up a badge to the electronic scanner near the door. It slid open with a hiss. "I think it's best if we speak ... privately."
* * *
"Tests show swelling on the brain. Likely the cause of the coma. As she recovers ..." Briscoe grimaced as he stood at the glass window, staring in at his patient. "It's entirely likely she'll wake up as the swelling goes down."
"It's not much of a but." Briscoe nudged his glasses up his nose, an absent-minded gesture of a man who did the same thing a dozen times a day or more. Briscoe was a tall man, rail thin, his graying hair buzzed short. He was going bald, but he'd never been the vain type and didn't attempt to camouflage his slowly receding hairline. His eyes were hazel and studious, and still as grim as they'd been earlier.
"What is it?" Gideon asked when Briscoe tucked his hands into his pockets and continued to contemplate the silent form of Hannah Parker.
"We did some tests. Standard tests for all female patients."
He turned then, staring at Gideon, his gaze briefly flicking to Hannah's cousin, Griffin was her only living relative and he'd authorized Gideon's presence. Having a cop in the family made things easier sometimes.
The younger man looked on, eyes narrowed. He hadn't figured it out yet.
But Gideon had.
"Aw, hell," Gideon whispered. Turning away, he rubbed his hands up and down his face.
"Now wait a minute," Griffin broke in, his voice rough. "Are you telling me ..." His gaze tripped over to his cousin, slid to her belly. There was no so sign of the baby growing there.
Gideon wasn't surprised. He had suspected something was going on with ... well, he was assuming. He was pretty damn sure he was right, too, not that he had evidence — so to speak.
Knowing Hannah was involved explained even more. But this was pretty damn recent — had to be.
"She's pregnant," Gideon said quietly.
Briscoe neither confirmed nor denied. After a moment, he said, "I've heard what happened — or what the police think happened. I know Shayla Hardee was murdered, that Hannah was in the area — or supposedly in the area. Is there ..."
When he didn't continue, Gideon turned to him. "Is there what?"
Briscoe took a deep breath, as if bracing himself to speak. "Speculation is that she was there, saw what happened to Shayla — in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what if Shayla was the one at the wrong place at the wrong time?"
"What are you getting at, Doctor?"
Briscoe scratched his chin. "Hannah is a runner. I see her down at the path along the river all the time when I'm out on my own run. Anybody who knows her is likely to know she'd be out there running. What if she was the target and Shayla was in the wrong place at the wrong time?"
"Doing my job now for me, Doc?" Gideon scowled at the idea of what Briscoe was laying out. He didn't like the idea. At all.
"I'm just explaining that there are ... interesting circumstances," Briscoe said, shrugging. "She's pregnant. Involved in something unusual and she's the only one who could shed light on what's going on."
* * *
He looked like a maniac, busting through the doors — and the truth of it was, if everybody in town wasn't aware of who the wild-eyed man was, it was entirely possible that the sober-eyed uniformed officer would have been moving toward him with a weapon in hand.
As it was, Officer Griffin Parker caught sight of Brannon McKay and curled his lip.
He'd just wrapped his brain around the fact that his cousin was in a coma and then he got slammed with the new fact that she was pregnant and now he had to accept the possibility — slim as it was — that maybe she had been the victim all along.
The last thing he needed to deal with was this prick.
It was respect for his boss and his badge that kept him from turning away entirely.
But Chief Marshall had told him to keep an eye out for McKay and to be honest, Griffin had his doubts about whether or not the bastard would show up.
Looks like the chief called it again. Griffin tried not to let his temper show as he cut McKay off. He didn't want to be out here playing nice with some rich, entitled prick. He wanted to be back there with his cousin. But he was still on the clock and that meant the job came first.
Marshall had given him thirty minutes of personal time to sit with Hannah and get his head on straight, and by the time he came back out here, he had to admit — yes, maybe he could see why the doctor and Marshall were concerned. No, it wasn't likely that Hannah had been the target, but yeah, everybody knew she was down at the park all the time running. Nobody ever saw Shayla down there. She was even known to say that she preferred to do her sweating indoors,thank you very much, where there are showers to be had when it's all done. People could tell the day and time by when her damn red car was parked outside the gym — Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from eight to ten and Thursdays from one to three.
Fuck, Griffin hated himself, but he hoped she'd been the target and not his cousin.
Some weird shit was going on and somebody might be trying to hurt Hannah.
As Brannon McKay came striding toward him, he crossed his arms over his chest and pasted a bland smile on his face.
Nobody was getting back there to talk to Hannah without the chief's okay.
Including Mr. Mega-bucks here.
As far as Griffin was concerned, Mr. Mega-bucks didn't ever need to talk to his cousin again. Unless it was over a child support hearing. Then he could bleed zeroes for being an asshole.
"Hey there, McKay." Griffin gave him an easy smile. Nobody had to know that he felt like punching the bastard. Griffin and Hannah were close. Maybe they didn't sit around and braid each other's hair, but he knew his cousin and the woman was in love with this prick. Brannon McKay probably didn't love anything other than his cars and himself. Maybe his sisters. But Hannah hurt over him.
"Out of my way, Parker," McKay said, the words coming out in a low, nearly soundless whisper.
"Can't do that." He gave a mock grimace. "Hannah's condition is pretty serious." He paused and then added, "I assume you are here to see her. I think your sisters are down the other hallway — unless they've already come and gone?"
"Get out of my way," McKay said again.
Griffin just smiled. "Come on, now. Shouldn't you be sitting with Neve, patting her hand? She could have been killed tonight. Her and Moira both."
McKay just stared at him coldly.
"That's what I thought."
Unblinking green eyes simply held his and Griffin suspected this could continue indefinitely. He crossed his arms over his chest and settled himself more comfortably.
McKay did the same thing.
His suspicion on how long this might last wasn't tested, though.
In the next moment, the doors opened with a light swish behind him, and he heard a familiar voice. "Brannon. Had a feeling you'd show up."
* * *
The affable smile on Griffin Parker's face didn't fool Brannon at all. He had to admit, Gideon's timing was spot-on. If he hadn't shown up, Brannon might have done something stupid. Something like gotten into a fist fight with a cop. He thought he could probably take Parker. He was bigger, and he suspected he was stronger. He had a healthy respect for the skinny, wiry type — he'd seen that sort lay a person out flat quicker than it seemed possible, but he'd tangled with his share of skinny wiry types, plus, he'd seen Griffin taking a go at both Gideon and Ian down at the gym.
It might have landed his ass in jail for a while, but Brannon would have had a chance to see Hannah with his own eyes and know she was alive, breathing.
Gideon had saved him from that particular complication and for a while yet, he could say he still hadn't seen the inside of a jail. As he cut around Griffin Parker, he gave Gideon a hard look. "I'm seeing her," he said flatly.
Gideon inclined his head. "Maybe in a bit. We need to talk first."
That wasn't a no. Running his tongue across his teeth, Brannon debated and then he gave a quick nod. "As long as you keep it short. I need to see her."
"You can't be alone," Gideon advised.
"Fine." As long as he got to see her. His gut had been in a tangle ever since he'd heard the news.
He'd gone to Neve first.
It had taken him too long to get to his sister, because he'd stood by helpless, as paramedics cut Hannah out of the mangled car, then loaded her into the ambulance. The doors had swung shut before he even had a chance to try and leap in.
So he'd had to follow, emergency flashers on. Heaven help the person who tried to pull him over or slow him down.
They hadn't let him into the emergency room and nobody had told him shit. He'd gone to see Neve and Moira, his older sister's words still playing in his head. William was here....
But for the first time in his life, he'd been torn between the love for his sisters and his need for Hannah. He'd clung to his siblings, breathed out silent prayers of relief over their safety.
And all the while, he'd worried over Hannah.
The calls hadn't stopped coming in on his cellphone, either. Apparently Joe hadn't seen the point in keeping it quiet. Half the town knew that Hannah had been driving like a bat out of hell, in Shayla's car and thanks to too many people who didn't have much of anything else to do but listen to a police radio, people also knew Shayla was dead.
Heard Shayla died.
Heard you found Hannah.
You got any idea what's going on?
He just might have smashed the phone into nothingness, but he didn't have the patience to get a new phone.
What in the hell was going on?
Not seeing Hannah was driving him nuts.
Gideon's brusque voice caught Brannon's attention and he looked up just as Gideon gave his officer orders to take over for Ruiz.
Ruiz — an image flashed through Brannon's mind. Petite woman. Hispanic. Short cap of black hair, big dark eyes that should have looked soft, but they were wicked sharp and could go hard as nails in a blink.
Maria Ruiz — cop. She was guarding Hannah. The implication of that hit home, hard.
"You've got cops on Hannah's door," he said softly.
Gideon lifted a brow. "Yes, we do."
"That's my concern, Bran."
Brannon dragged his hands down his face. "Let me see her," he said abruptly.
"We discussed this."
"For fuck's sake," he snarled, whirling on Gideon. "Just walk me by her damn door. I need to see that she's ..." His breath caught in his chest. "I have to know she's okay. That's she ... she's ..."
He couldn't even finish it.
He couldn't say the fear that had taken root inside him when he'd seen her in the car, all that golden hair spilled around her, her face so still. And the blood ...
All of his fears, all of them, had happened in one day.
Raggedly, he said it again, "You have to let me see her."CHAPTER 2
Seven days had passed.
Brannon almost had the art of telling time down to a science, all by the annoying little beep beep beep that came from the monitor in Hannah's room.
He had all but moved into this hospital room.
Hannah lay still on the bed. Her hair gleamed — he'd spent twenty minutes brushing it that morning, and before he left, he'd do it again.
Unwittingly, he reached out and laid a hand on her belly.
She was ...
Clearing his throat, he withdrew his hand. Gideon had been the one to deliver that news, his voice calm and efficient. He'd also been the one to catch Brannon's arm when he staggered under the news, and he'd been the one to force him to sit and listen.
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The Trouble with Temptation is the second installment in the McKays Series however I didn’t read the first one before and I never felt lost or as if I was missing something so it can definitely be read as a stand alone. So, to start I’ll say that the cover had me fooled when I picked the book. Yes, the blurb said everything I needed to know about the story (as a matter of fact that’s the reason I decided to give this book a chance) but that cover just screams contemporary and somewhat “Halmark-ish” to me. Man, was I wrong! This book is full of suspense, angst, twists, and a whole lot of soul-shattering passion. All the characters hit you left and right with their individual emotional depth and complex synergy. After a week in a comma, Hanna Parker wakes up with short-memory amnesia. She doesn’t recall the accident that caused it nor the events of the day that lead to it however, the one person she inexplicable remembers upon setting eyes on him is sexy Brannon McKay. Brannon knows he hurt Hanna, badly, and will do anything and everything in his power to make up for his past mistakes and make her happy, even if that means not coming out clean to her. At the start and because of her condition, he decides to take things slow, so their relationship takes that sweet turn but gradually they take things several notches up and things get more romantic, sexier, and hotter. I loved that Hanna was portrayed as a sensible, sensitive, yet strong-minded woman. She knows there is something Brannon is hiding yet she stays and doesn’t push because she trusts him enough to give him a chance to tell her everything himself. The sub-plot of the story -that of the killer on the run- complemented the story splendidly as it helped it move along; it was after all, the cause Hanna had lost her memory. And the promise of who is the next couple in the third book makes me want to reread this book just to take another look at their steamy yet troubled non/relationship. I had heard good things about Shiloh Walker but never had I imagined that her writing was this amazing. I’m glad I picked this book as my first book by her. Can’t wait to read all her other works and the other two books in these series. ** I was gifted this book by the publishing company in exchange for an hones review **
The Trouble with Temptation picks up slightly before the end of book one. In fact, most of chapter one (if not all) is from Headed for Trouble and actually serves as a pretty good reminder of the events from that book that set the stage for Hannah and Brannon’s story. I feel it’s only fair I disclose that the only reason I recognized the recycling of the chapter is because I reread the last four chapters of book one in order to refresh my memory – which turned out to be unnecessary, but I’m not complaining as I do enjoy Walker’s writing, so it certainly wasn’t a hardship. With that said, book one does need to be read first as this is a series that is building upon itself, and you not only need the background information found there for the series thread, but there are vital scenes the set the stage for Hannah and Brannon’s developing relationship. As I said, The Trouble with Temptation opens with Hannah in a coma after a car wreck. Despite their last encounter, Hannah’s accident serves as HUGE wake-up call for Brannon, who realizes that despite his best efforts, she’s under his skin and in his heart. So he’s decided he’s going to fix the mess he made of an almost-them and make them an actual THEM. His resolve is further strengthened when he learns she’s pregnant and he refuses to let her amnesia keep them apart – in fact, he’s going to take advantage of her memory loss to show her how much she means to him and how dedicated he is to making her happy. While Brannon starts to make a life with Hannah, he struggles with the decision of whether or not to tell her the details of their fight the night of the accident. At the same time, Hannah is struggling with holes in her memory that are filling in far too slowly for her sanity, and even once her memory is largely intact, she still can’t recall the details from that fateful day, the day of the accident and the day she may or may not have witnessed Shayla’s murder. And with the murderer near, keeping an eye on her to determine if she’s remembered that day, her life remains in danger. But when her memories finally return, the murderer is not who turns her life upside down – Brannon is. There is a lot that takes place in The Trouble with Temptation, including the continuation of threads from book one. Not surprisingly, Shayla’s murder produces a plethora of suspects once the police discover her blackmail scheme and the evidence for it. Senator Henry Roberts returns to cause trouble for the McKays, but not before he gets pulled in for questioning regarding Shayla’s murder. Walker does a great job of providing several plausible suspects, and in the scene when it looks like we might discover who is responsible, the author’s redirection skills prove to be superb because she had me doubting my knowledge about a character right along with Hannah. As this is only the second book in the series, we don’t learn the killer’s identity, but we do learn several things about him that left me worried about the McKay siblings’ safety. We got to catch up with Neve and Ian to see how they’re doing and I’m excited to see what’s in store for them next. The stage was also set for what I assume will the final book of the series as Moira is the last McKay standing. But Gideon’s decision has me worried about what Moira (and Gideon) will endure before they finally figure out how to be together. I cannot wait!!! I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
After a brutal accident she can’t remember, Hannah wakes up from a coma. She’s finds out she’s pregnant and has no memory. Once she sees Brannon McKay, she doesn’t remember him per se, but she knows it’s his voice that helped her to wake up. This was an excellent book. The story picks up pretty much where Brannon’s sister’s book ends. It pulls you right back into the town and the new danger they are facing. The characters were very detailed. It’s a pretty long book, but it keeps your full attention the entire time. I can’t wait for the third story. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4 When we left off in book one (which you should read first) Hannah was in the hospital and Brannon ready to fight anyone who stands in his way. I really enjoyed Brannon & Hannah’s story. Brannon is stubborn and unfortunately he has to learn everything the hard way. Thankfully Hannah is a tough cookie and can deal with his stubborn pain in the butt. While Brannon and Hannah are trying to figure out their relationship the mystery that is surrounding the McKay family grows. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
This is Brannon Mckay's and Hannah Parker's story and it's a fantastic one. She's loved him since high school and they've always been combustible together. These two really need to figure out if they fit in each others lives. Brannon is so afraid of getting too close that even though his body aches for her, he still pushes her away. There's an old saying that says "you never know what you've got until it's gone." Well, that saying rings true in this fabulous story. This book has fantastic characters with an amazing story line. Romance is in the air. It may not be the hearts and flowers kind but it still there. We also have that second chance romance floating in the background, which I'm super excited about! This story line has the perfect amount of romance, mystery and suspense. I can't wait for book 3. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
The Trouble with Temptation is the second book in the McKay's series and tells the of the middle sibling Brannon. In the first book, He hooks up with Hannah, breaks things off with her and finds her in a car wreck. This book opens with Hannah in the hospital, with amensia and Brannon learning he is going to be a father. Brannon's world is shaken and he realizes his life is about to change. Hannah doesn't remember her wreck, to Brannon's relief, giving him more time to solidify his relationship with her. What happens when she gets her memory back.... This is a classic suspense romance from Shiloh Walker. I liked the setting, sexy scenes, and plot in general, but wish that the viewpoints were limited to the main characters. If your a fan of a classic southern romantic suspense, you will love this book. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
3.75 STARS----THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPTATION is the second installment in Shiloh Walker’s contemporary, adult THE MCKAYS erotic, romance series focusing on the McKay siblings from the Mississippi town of McKays Treasure. This is winery owner Brannon McKay, and paramedic Hannah Parker’s story line. I recommend reading the series in order as the events in the current story line began in the previous installment and will continue in to book three. There is an ongoing premise of mystery and suspense with regard to the McKay family-someone is out to destroy the family-one member at a time. Told from several third person points of view THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPTATION focuses on the rebuilding of a relationship between Brannon McKay and Hannah Parker. Following a devastating car accident that left Hannah in a coma and eventual amnesia, with no recollection of what happened or her past, Brannon begins to play doting boyfriend once he discovers that Hannah is pregnant with his child. What ensues are several threats against Hannah’s life by an unknown source; a series of deaths and murders all connected back to Hannah’s accident; and Hannah’s heartbreaking discovery that she and Brannon were never meant to be. Hannah has been in love with Brannon since high school, but Brannon never saw Hannah as anything but a friend; his younger sister’s friend who grew into a woman he refused to allow into his life. One night of ‘angry’ passion finds our couple looking towards the future, and the unknown. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive. THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPTATION has a very large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters, including one or two unknown entities and stalkers. The various third person perspectives reveal a developing mystery that affects the people of McKays Treasure and targets the McKay siblings, and in this, I once again, recommend reading the series in order or at the very least have an Excel spreadsheet handy to keep track of the characters and their connections to one another. THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPTATION follows several intersecting plot lines and premises including murder, drugs, affairs and blackmail, that at times, diluted the story line in too many directions, although most have circled back with some sort of connection to recent events. We are witness to the slow return of Hannah’s memories-but a return that keeps Hannah at the center of an assailant’s attention. I have my thoughts about the guilty party but we have no idea if he has already been introduced or not. Shiloh Walker pulls the reader into a story of mystery and suspense; friendship and family; revenge and betrayal. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful, animated and numerous; the romance is a slow climb to a happily ever after –for now.
The Trouble with Temptation, Shiloh Walker Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I loved the first book in this series, and book two picks up where that one left off. Though each romance part is standalone you really need to read book one to get the background as there’s so much more going on here than just a straight love story. Hannah has crushed on Brannon for what feels like forever. At the end of the last book they has a torrid, erotic, steamy encounter, and then Brannon pulled back, got scared when she said she loved him and told her he didn’t want her. It didn’t go down well, and then she became involved in the horrible murder of one of the locals, a lady who had the dirt on many others and was into blackmail. Hannah’s now in a coma from the accident, pregnant, and Brannon realises just how close he came to losing her. That kind of scare forces you to look at yourself and he didn’t like they way he’d treated her, and wants her in his life. He realises now just how much he loves her and he’s determined to keep her in his life. Hannah has lost much of her memory when she recovers and Brannon can’t bring himself to own up to how he treated her...puts it off, hoping she’ll understand why he did it if she gets time to see how he can be now he’s come to his senses - but of course what will happen if she regains her memory before he’s finally owned up. As a possible witness to the murder of Sheena she’s in danger too if the murderer decides she knows too much. Having amnesia isn’t protection – she could regain memories at any time so she’s in danger but no-one yet knows who from. As well as the Brannon/Hannah romance there’s glimpses of the Gideon/Moira one too – the one that so intrigues me. Her ex- the awful Charles, is still slimily inserting himself into her life and hanging round...he’s got such potential!! I love a “good” bad guy or lady. This book is full of people who aren’t what they seem, and knowing there’s a murderer lurking around its fun to try to work out who it is. There’s Sheena’s blackmail clients, a whole tribe of them from small time neighbours who just want to keep liaisons quiet to the local whiter-than-white, Family Values Senator, who’s certainly not the man he portrays publicly. We get glimpses of the murderer, but not enough to work out who it is – well, not me anyway! Its another book that teases and tantalises and mixes a main course of steamy erotic romance with a side dish of murder. On to book three please! Stars: Five, perfect balance of steam, drama and mystery once more ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher
This is one of those times when not reading the first book in a series might have been a detriment. Walker does a good job of filling readers in on the pertinent details of what happened but I think that there are some nuances that are missed. Actually, I have no idea how much of an overflow there is between the two, I’m just guessing based on how much of book 2 I think will impact book 3 and how much I felt like I was missing having only read this book. And I’m warning you now that not everything is wrapped up nicely – it is going to be a requirement to read the next book in order to continue some of the plot lines. There’s an unsolved mystery as well as the next romance, which has already been introduced. The relationship between Hannah and Brannon is addressed completely, though, and very enjoyably. We start the book with Brannon finding out about Hannah’s accident and his realization of how much she means to him. But her amnesia, and the possibility that someone wants her dead, leaves him with a whole mess of complications. And as someone who doesn’t do relationships he’s not really set-up to handle it well :) The threat to Hannah takes up a good portion of the story (and, again, it isn’t resolved so be prepared to read more than this book) but Walker doesn’t ignore their romantic troubles. All of it is blended together very well and none of it feels short-changed. The mystery is vague, with Walker giving you just enough to have you guessing. And since it is unsolved you do feel a little lost at the end as you wait for the next story. But because we get Gideon & Moira’s voices here with a look into their history, that’s going to bring you back for The Right Kind of Trouble as much as finding out who the bad guy is. Wow, those two have a lot of hurts to handle :) (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
This is the second installment in this series and do yourself a favor and read the first book to know what is going on. This book has so many points of view and disjointed scenes it is sometimes hard to keep up and know who is talking and what is going on without becoming dizzy. What we do know is Hannah has loved Brannon for half of her life and is pregnant with his baby but has amnesia and cannot remember the last week of her life before the accident which left her in a coma. This life altering event finally woke Brannon up and made him realize it was time to stop being a coward and step up and take what he wants and what he wants is Hannah. First he has to make sure she and their baby are safe. Overall, I enjoyed this book but I do need to go back and read the first book to know what happened and I definitely am going to pick up the next one to find out who is the killer. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I have to say that this one was a bit of a tough read for me. There is just so much going on past and present, so many characters to keep track of, and it seemed to jump around so much that I felt lost at times. You definitely don't want to read this one unless you have read the first in the series. I read the first book and there were points in the story where I was a bit clueless. It's not a bad read, it has a very interesting storyline dealing with amnesia and all the angst that situation can cause. Just pick this one up when you have quiet time to read and you can really focus on the story without interruption.