Published February 24th 2014 by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)- Add it on Goodreads
When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?
Road trips are supposed to be fun. Or, at least, full of hot sex. For photographer Lilly Grayson, the fifteen-hour drive to her friend’s wedding with Nate Jennings will be neither. Not that Nate isn’t sexy—the man is six-foot-three-inches of mouth-watering Marine. But Lilly’s been there, done that…and he walked away. Now it’s time for a little payback. The kind that’ll make a man desperate for a taste of what he can’t have.
And Nate wants a taste—so badly that he can barely keep his hands on the wheel. But the scars and ghosts of his last tour still haunt him. He can’t give into temptation, not this time. Lilly deserves a whole man—one who can love her the way she deserves to be loved, even if she doesn’t believe it can happen. And that can’t be Nate. Not when he’s leaving again in two weeks, and this time, he’s not sure he’ll return…
Now to be perfectly honest, I was not a big fan of Nate Jennings at first. He was one of those angsty heroes, who seemed to enjoy his misery just a bit too much. On the surface..... Once I got into the story a bit, my sympathy gland went into hyperdrive. I have a special place for military heroes, even above my pnr boys. The thing was, Nate didn't have the ability to see any of the good in himself, only the part he considered to be a huge FUBAR. Usually my typical heroes have confidence out the ying yang, but Nate missed that class because his self esteem was below zero. The thing about people who are hurting from guilt or lack of self esteem, they have a tendency to reflect that off of the ones who want to care for them. Case in point Nate's relationship with his brother and also with Lilly. The thing that saved Nate in my eyes, was the fact that he actually realized what he was doing and was trying to rectify his behavior and overall countenance. Well that and the fact that the man was flat out sexy.
Lilly, now Lilly was a different story. I liked her from the get go. She was a tough, confident woman and knew how to work a nerve and dig out a pound of flesh. She knew when to have compassion and when to say eff you and the horse you screwed to get here. Tempted by the Soldier was a study in the various shades of gray in between black and white. (not in the 50 shades, you pervs) but in what can cause an admirable person to behave contrary to themselves. By the end of TbtS, I was extremely impressed with how Nicolette Day tied some really serious emotional issues into a sexy romance (because it is a HOT story).
With just a slightly heavier hand this could have turned into a preachy tome on PTSD and it's ramifications, instead it is presented beautifully and a manner that can be presented to the masses. Brava, Nicolette, brava.
A mom by day and a romance writer by night, Nicolette Day harbors a weakness for black and white mochas and books that steam up her Kindle screen. She grew up in a one stoplight town where she once upon a time she only dreamed of becoming a writer. Now she lives in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights. If you love young adult romance, check out Nicolette’s alter ego,Tara Fuller !