For Cameron McKenzie, Chloe Dawson has always just been his younger sister Jane’s best friend—a pesky annoyance who followed him around and acted like he hung the moon. It isn’t until Jane’s wedding to her firefighter beau Chris that Chloe reappears in his life…and she isn’t pesky or annoying anymore. In fact, the beautiful Chloe tempts him beyond reason. But Cam knows he’s damaged goods—not nearly good enough for Lone Pine Lake’s resident good girl.
Chloe’s always dreamed of a future with the dark, brooding Cam, and after they share an explosive kiss, she wonders if her dream could be coming true. Cam’s never stuck around his hometown for long, though, so she makes him an offer: one sweet summer romance with no strings attached. This good girl’s ready for an adventure…one that just might end up lasting a lifetime.
Hmmm, OK. That kind of sums up what I thought of this book. Tempting Cameron is the second in a series by Karen Erickson. I haven’t read the first, so I am not sure if this has coloured my opinion of this book.
Cameron, the hero (and brother of book 1’s heroine Jane) has just returned from a stint as a combat photographer in Afghanistan – I think this is the third one of these I have read this year. He was injured and for whatever reason, his family has been kept in the dark as to what has happened over there. Chloe is Jane’s best friend, the town sweetheart who works as a school teacher. She’s had a Jupiter-sized crush on Cameron for years.
I’m sorry but Cameron was a bit of an ass. Just because he got a little uncomfortable with his own feelings for Chloe, he takes it out on her – throwing her feelings back in her face with all the class of a petulant toddler. Chloe calls him out on it (go you!) and storms off.
I didn’t like that he felt the need to cover it up. Maybe he thought that because she couldn’t remember that he had been an asshat now, he was safe and could pretend to be the all-conquering hero. Cammy, my boy, this NEVER ends well.
Their romance develops during the time from the accident Chloe had after leaving the scene of the asshattery to when it is revealed to her later. There is a lot of teasing, flirting and kissing, a real build-up of sexual tension, one thing I definitely enjoyed. And then….BANG! The door closes. This frustrated me – it’s like dangling a piece of cake in front of my face and then taking it away just as I am about to eat it.
Chloe wasn’t a perfect character for me – I found her to be a little wishy-washy, but I liked her much more than Cameron. He just needs to grow up and lose the “woe is me, I’m a poor middle child” attitude. I love that his sister Mindy pulls him up on this and basically tells him to stop playing the victim.
There were definitely aspects of this book that I enjoyed, particularly the promise of a story between Chloe’s friend Ali and Cameron’s brother Mac. However Cameron and Chloe didn’t really gel as a couple for me and Cameron’s attitude just irritated me too much to truly get into the story.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5
Release Date: 8 April 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in return for an honest review.