Title: The Trouble with Temptation
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Series: The McKays #2
Main Characters: Brannon and Hannah
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Sexual Intensity: hot
After seven days in a coma, Hannah Parker remembers nothing about the accident that landed her in the hospital--or how she ended up pregnant with Brannon's baby, the man she's loved since high school. Her body and heart have burned for him for years, and when she wakes up, he's sleeping by her bedside, anxious to keep her safe at all costs. But as Hannah struggles with her amnesia, a threat looms closer--one that could have deadly consequences if she recovers her memories. She will have to trust Brannon completely if she is to keep what haunts her at bay…and their baby safe….
Brannon McKay spent the last ten years fantasizing about Hannah. In his mind, he's explored every passionate scenario he can think of while, in real life, Brannon took their budding relationship and threw it away with both hands. Hannah doesn't remember what happened but, now that she is awake, Brannon would rather die than watch her walk away again. When Hannah and his unborn child's life is threatened, Brannon must stake claim to the woman who has held his heart captive for years…or risk disaster tearing them apart…
Brannon and Hannah were introduced in the first book (and you should really read that one before this one to understand all the ins and outs of all the relationships.) In that first book, there was a ton of sexual chemistry between them. Well, when this book starts out, Hannah has been in a car accident and is in a coma. I loved how that allowed Brannon to become more emotionally entwined with her. Knowing he could lose her makes him face up to the reality of his feelings for her. The unexpected pregnancy just reinforces that need to protect and love her.
But when Hannah wakes up, she remembers Brannon...who he is ONLY...and not any of the specifics of their relationship. He leads her to believe that they are more than they are. She doesn't remember, although she has flashes of something not feeling right. That changes the dynamics of the feeling of their relationship in this book some. There was a LOT of wariness on Hannah's part while Brannon felt more desperate. While that isn't a bad thing, it definitely changed the feel to them as a couple.
I'm a big fan of amnesia story lines, but this built up and up waiting for Hannah to remember when what she has to remember about Brannon specifically honestly didn't feel like as big of a deal as it was made out to be in the story. The entire thing felt a bit anticlimactic to me and I felt like the author tried to make it more dramatic than it truly was. That was my one real glitch as a reader of this story. Otherwise, I really did like it. Although, like I said...it's a complex story line with a ton of characters and plot threads to follow...so be warned.
I'm really enjoying this romantic suspense series...but be warned, while the romantic story line is tied up in each novel, the suspense story line definitely isn't. Also, it's better to read all the books rather than each as a stand-alone because there are a lot of characters. Even for me, having read the first one, I'd get a bit lost with who was who and how it all tied together at times. But the suspense is pretty good. I keep thinking that I have a good handle on who all the bad-guy players are and then Shiloh Walker throws in a twist and I'm left guessing again. Which means I'm dying for the next book...I need to know who's behind it all. Also...I'm ready for that final McKay story...Gideon and Moira...YES!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.