Title: Don't Tempt Me
Author: Lori Foster
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Will Damron
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Guthrie Brothers #1
Main Characters: Jason and Honor
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself.
Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet…
It's been a few years since I've read a Lori Foster book, and I had forgotten just how much I enjoy her writing. This book was really, really good. In fact, I did unplanned housework, just so I could keep listening to this audiobook. NOW THAT is the sign of a good book...LOL.
This book is about Honor. She just bought a new house that needs a lot of work. It's in a neighborhood where a lot of the houses need a lot of work, so most of them are lived in by single (sexy) men who are more than a little overprotective. I loved how gorgeous men just kept showing up on Honor's doorstep, but the one she's attracted to is Jason from next door. He lives there with his older brother, who's had an absolute awful year, and his teenage nephew, Colt (who I loved so, so much!)
Honor is a mystery throughout most the book. It's obvious from the discussions that she has with her bff, Lexie, that she definitely has a story. But it takes a good, long while for it all to come out. In the meantime, Honor is finding out what it means to have good neighbors when all the guys gang up to help her out...something that she doesn't particularly appreciate at first.
There's a whole sub-story about what it takes to be family. I loved how all these guys, and Lexie, became Honor's family...her tribe. They take care of her and watch out for her and stand by her. She's never had that and it makes for a really heart-warming story. While I absolutely loved the romance too, I was surprised to find that my favorite part of this book was the neighborhood and how they all stepped up for her.
There's also a great side-romance between Sullivan and Lexie. I enjoyed it, but think it could have easily been made its own full-length romance novel. There was a lot of depth there that the author didn't explore because it was a side rather than the main story.
And yay...I'm so happy to see that this is #1 in the brothers series. Big brother, (was his name Caleb? I can't remember) has such a fabulously angsty story. I can't wait to read more. This book was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend the audiobook version. Will Damron did a great job with the narration.