Title: Tempting Levi
Series: Cade Brothers #1
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Off-limits never looked so tempting…problem is,
she’s my ex’s little sister.
Cade men are known for two things: arrogance and competitiveness. I grew up in
one of the wealthiest, most dysfunctional families in Lake Tahoe, and all I
wanted was to get the hell out. I thought I’d succeeded. Until an accident
burned up my firefighter ambitions. Then Dad died and left me in charge of the
family’s luxury resort.
Now I’ve got financially uptight advisors telling me what to do, and I need
someone I can trust working at my side. The perfect candidate walks through the
door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and that mass of wavy blond hair
she tries to contain.
The only problem? She’s my cheating ex’s younger sister.
Hell no. The last thing I need is another Wright female in my life.
But Emily’s good at the job, and she seems trustworthy. I should ignore the
desire I have for her. But after all I’ve lost, I’m tempted by what I can’t
have and ready to stoke the flame that smolders between us. As long as this
Wright sister doesn’t betray me the way the last one did.
Then again, I always liked playing with fire.
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She climbed to her feet and leaned into him, tracing the
scar above his eye. “I like this scar.”
He chuckled and dropped his cheek into her hand. “Glad it
pleases someone. It didn’t feel too good when it happened.”
“I don’t like it because you were hurt. It’s just—it brought
you to me. And it reminds me that you’re not the same person I met years ago.
That we’ve both changed… However”—she grinned saucily—“scars are pretty
He tugged at her top and kissed her collarbone, tickling her
with his lips, because the naughty man had quickly discovered a sensitive spot.
“My scar looks hot, does it?”
She laughed as he continued to pepper her skin with light
kisses. She lifted her shoulder in defense. “Very sexy.”
“Hmmm, don’t give me ideas, Emily, or I won’t let you go
Men of Lake Tahoe Series
RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing
career in 2014 with her first contemporary series, Men of Lake Tahoe, making it
onto romance bestseller lists. In 2015, she launched, Fates Divided,
the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls
“…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about
sexy men in Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins
addictive stories filled with heart and humor.
When she isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding
herself with chocolate, Jules spends her time with her husband and two children
in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the
ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
I received a complementary copy of this novel and decided to review it because I honestly enjoyed it.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Levi Cade is facing a challenge he’s never faced before. After his father dies and leaves him in charge of the family business, Levi has to don a suit rather than the firefighter’s gear that he planned to wear for the rest of his life. But a career ending injury has Levi giving this desk job a chance. His father has also left him a new assistant in the form of Emily, Levi’s ex-fiancé’s sister. He can respect her skills, but he’s going to stay away from her body… or at least, that’s his plan.
This book has a lot going for it. The writing is smooth, the dialogue is engaging, and the pace is brisk without being rushed. This is a solid start to a new series with all of the Cade brothers coming across the page as unique and interesting. It’s obvious that there are a few books from a previous series, as a couple of the guys are already paired up with their soul mates, but I think that’s great. I’ll look up those books and give them a try since I enjoyed the author’s writing style.
For me, the best part of this book is getting to see the insecurities each of the main characters struggle with. Emily feels like she’s always been in the shadow of her beautiful half sister, never realizing how attractive she is in her own right. Despite that, she is still a confident character in regards to her business credentials and her innovative ideas. I love that complexity. Likewise, Levi is a self-assured leader, but he struggles with his own feelings of inadequacy. He’s so concerned about doing the right thing that he often says the wrong thing. Each character is flawed and I love it.
Lastly, I really love how the novel is interesting and contains conflict without over the top drama. The storyline could have easily dissolved into an episode of Jerry Springer, but Jules Barnard takes it into a heartfelt and authentic direction instead. I think the resolution at the end of the novel is somewhat convenient, but developed in such a way that I’m happy with the way everything turned out.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 special)
Yes, this is definitely worth buying at the low price of 99 cents. It’s a nice story that will definitely make you smile in the end.
Something else you might enjoy:
Try Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie. I love Crusie’s books and always enjoy a good laugh with them.