Monday, January 16, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Too Tempting (Lewis Cousins #1) by Bethany Lopez


Too Tempting by Bethany Lopez

(Lewis Cousins, #1) Contemporary Romance - Now LIVE!


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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.

This book started off strong, I loved the family bond between Gabe and his cousins. Zoey is adorably awkward, but it works for her. The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is pretty hot, and they seem to hit it off right from the start. They're both keeping their identities a secret from the other at first since they want the other to like them just for being them, not for who they are to the public. A good portion of the book is dedicated to the camp and we get to see their relationship flourish with the promise of continuing even after camp has concluded for the summer. 

For me, the story seemed to take a strange turn at the end of the camp when a huge bombshell is dropped on everyone that directly affects both Gabe and Zoey. As for Gabe's reaction, I applaud his choices. What I didn't like was his pretty much giving Zoey an ultimatum. Yes, the news was shocking for everyone, but he could have at least looked at the situation from her perspective and realize how weird the whole scenario is and just give her the time to come to grips with the new trajectory of her life. In that aspect he came off as a total autocrat instead of just discussing her fears and worries. This arc to the story could have been more angsty if Gabe didn't seem to summarily dismiss Zoey's feelings about everything. I am looking forward to Reardon's and Chloe's story, especially given the bit of knowledge we learned about them in this story.



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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.
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