I am very excited to host this release day spotlight for Tracy March’s new Entangled Bliss release, Tempted in the Tropics. It is the second in her Suddenly Smitten series.
So, what’s Tempted in the Tropics about?
Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.
Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.
But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?
My thoughts on Tempted in the Tropics:
After having read the first book in the Suddenly Smitten series, The Practice Proposal, I was very keen to see what Tracy March had in store for the lovely Paige. I was not disappointed!
Paige is just gorgeous – she is a fun and loyal friend, with a deep love for her family and her community. Her bakery may not be swimming in cash, but she sees the good she is doing by making healthy food for the patients of the local doc. It can’t be easy to have given up the job she had, but it just illustrates the type of person she is.
Then the doc decides to take a break, and in comes his nephew, Lane, who stops the program in its tracks, putting Paige’s livelihood in jeopardy. Lane is using the time he’s in town to reassess his future after a major blow had been dealt to his personal and professional world.
There was an immediate connection between the two, but they didn’t dive straight into instalove (a big bug-bear of mine). Of course when the heroine and hero have mutual friends (Liza, Paige’s best friend, knows Lane from childhood), there is going to be a little matchmaking involved, and when they end up at Liza and Cole’s wedding in St Lucia, this is definitely in evidence. What I did like however is that the matchmaking didn’t reach full-interfering-bully stage, actually allowing Paige and Lane to connect and grow their relationship.
The chemistry between them is fantastic, with the sexytimes more implied than obvious (which in this instance is totally fine).
Even after their truce is called, and they decide to throw caution to the wind and have a fling, the road to their happy ending is not smooth and easy. There was the disapproval of his parents, the concern over the bakery’s future and the spectre of exes to deal with. I thought these conflicts were dealt with really well, and resolved in a happy ending which was simply wonderful.
I’ve got to say the scene where Paige meets Lane’s parents was HILARIOUS! Anyone who has had an awkward first meeting with their partner’s parents will understand – I should know, as my first meeting with my now mother-in-law was on par with this one (but with more clothing).
This was a really fun, sweet story with wonderful characters and a super-romantic location. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what else the town of Maple Creek has in store for us.
The lovely Tracy March is offering some lovely prizes for one lucky winner to celebrate the release of Tempted in the Tropics. The prize is a Tropics Beach Bling prize pack including a charm bracelet, ring and a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card.
Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided below for your chance to be entered.
Here’s a little bit about Tracy!
Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.
Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.
Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.
Where can you find Tracy on the web?
You can learn more about Tracy on her website http://www.tracymarch.com.
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC so that I was able to take part in this release day blast and also in return for an honest review. My thanks to them.