Goodreads Review


Gabriel “Gabe” Lewis retired from the NFL and returned home to Cherry Springs. He combined his passion for football with camping and is now the owner of a football camp for teens. His summers are dedicated to spending time with family and teaching his campers about the sport he loves.

Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she’s asked if she’ll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind.

The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble. All Gabe knows is that Zoey is Too Tempting to deny, and he’s determined to overcome the obstacles between them to be the man she deserves.

Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.

After finishing my mind was a mess, my initial thoughts were huh…what are the odds of that happening?

After it marinating and being up since four in the morning I realized it’s not actually that farfetched. Although I still have an inner struggle going on with what was one of my other reactions which was come on, really?

Getting back to it not being that farfetched after all.

Spoiler-ish free review.

Gabe Lewis NFL all round good guy runs a camp for kids. He wants to settle down and have a family. Family is very important to him and each year before camp starts he has a family get together with his cousins. To relax and reconnect. This year is going to be slightly different….

Zoey Zahn famous author and proud geek has agreed to go to camp to look after her nephew as a favor to her sister. She unfortunately gets her dates mixed up and arrives a week earlier. She has always been there for her sister and this time it is no different.

Gabe and Zoey automatically hit it off. She’s invited to stay although the camp is closed and gets to know all of Gabe’s cousins and Gabe himself.

Gabe and Zoey have an instant attraction as I mentioned but me believing in that instant attraction was difficult because it all happens so quickly between them. It goes from attraction, to lust and then to love.

I guess this is meant to happen for the story otherwise it won’t pan out so I guess it does make sense. Somewhat unclear right? Oh well.

But I guess it does make sense as to what is to come. When the cat has been let out of the bag. It’s a sticky situation for all parties involved.  Gabe and Zoey aren’t to blame but Chloe is. I felt for Zoey and if I was in the same position I wouldn’t know how to react or the choices that I would make. Dick move Gabe with the ultimatum. Luckily enough it didn’t back fire at you.

You can tell that Ms. Lopez writes about up close and personal things with very real and everyday life and love. With real ups and downs don’t get me wrong I love it when a good book as ups and downs but throughout most of the book all was hunky dory and then suddenly and 18 wheeler comes out of nowhere. But I’m just not sure about this type of style and if I like it and if it worked for me.

More than anything else I’m very ambivalent about the book so I’ve decided to go with the standard 3 stars. I didn’t love it or hate it and I felt the same about the characters as well. I love the fact that this is a series about cousins and not siblings. Although they are just as close. But it is new and different well for me anyway.

In a way the story is very refreshing although I like to avoid that kind of drama.

On a side note what kind of name is Reardon, I mean it can be shortened to Rear and then to got shortened to ass. What were the parents thinking?

The next book in the series is Reardon & Chloe. Chloe is my main issue. Not too sure about that one to be honest but the idiot that I am I will probably request it.



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