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REVIEW ➞ Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster


Years ago, bestselling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune—on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single-mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.

Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.

As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret…

“It’s not a fairy tale. It’s love, Daph. When you love someone – as a friend or as something more – you can’t help but shower them with it.”


I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this book. From the moment I started reading I was completely hooked and I knew this book would be an emotional one.

Daphne is a divorced, single mother and has the most adorable three year old EVER, Hadley. Hadley is her entire life. She always puts her daughter first. I loved their mother/daughter relationship and Hadley will completely steal your heart. Hadley doesn’t smile for everyone, but this little girl will give all her smiles to Jock Steele, unfortunately, he has his own personal struggles when it comes to young children.

I loved the chemistry between Daphne and Jock. There were so super sweet moments between them and some emotional moments, as they both explain their pasts to each other and their insecurities. Jock really wanted to me the man that both Daphne and Hadley need and deserve. The banter between Jock and Daphne was fun, light and hilarious at times. I loved the back and forth between them so much.

Tempted by Love is an emotional and beautiful story that will tug on your heartstrings.  It is also a great start to the Silver Island series. This one is a MUST READ!