“ At the start of Once Tempted, Tess Casari's husband has just died. He'd been in a coma for two months following surgury to remove a brain tumor. They'd been estranged for months prior to the surgury and the last word he said to her was "sorry."
Needing a clean slate, Tess picks out a spot on a map of California and heads west. The spot on the map: Silver Creek Ranch, a working ranch that also functions as a vacation spot. Tess gets a job from Adele, but gets off to a bad start with Adele's son, Ward.
Ward has been burnt before by a woman. He was engaged once to a woman named Erica, but it turned out that she was a gold-digger and when she realized that Ward wasn't going to be her golden ticket, she called things off. Now his best friend and fiance want to have their wedding at the ranch, and guess who the maid of honor is? Erica the gold-digger.
As Ward and Tess work together, they start a no-strings-attached affair that starts to become serious. They both have insecurities that could bring on the downfall of their relationship before they get a real chance at happiness.
I really enjoyed Once Tempted. Warning to my fellow readers: the author lists amazing sounding food throughout the book, so be sure to have snacks handy. Sudden cravings for Italian food should be expected. I loved Ward, Tess and all of the secondary characters, with the exception of Evil Erica. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.”
Meghan R wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013.