Series: The Chatsfield #5
Published by Harlequin Presents on August 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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When the black sheep doesn't get his way!
Franco Chatsfield never lived by his family's rules, and he isn't going to start now. But The Chatsfield's new CEO needs Franco to secure a partnership, and he can't say no. He'll seal the deal and leave. But one woman stands in his way...
Holly Purman has devoted her life to her family's vineyard, and she won't risk it all for a Chatsfield, so she'll give Franco six weeks to prove himself. But working together sends their senses reeling, and when one taste isn't enough, they quickly discover the price of temptation!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, Sydney!
The first title in this year’s Challenge is Trish Morey’s Tycoon’s Temptation. Originally released in 2014, this is book 5 in the Harlequin Presents mini-series, The Chatsfield.
OK, now what did I think of Tycoon’s Temptation?
On the surface of things, Tycoon’s Temptation reads like my catnip. Moody billionaires, enemies to lovers, black sheep – I am all over that stuff like white on rice. However, Tycoon’s Temptation is more than just surface pretty. It was a damn good read.
Franco and Holly are a fantastic pairing. I loved that Franco has the entitled air of the moody billionaire (y’all know I love that), and I also really enjoyed seeing the other side of him emerge – the caring, vulnerable side (always a winner). Holly is great – not backwards about coming forward. She has a lovely innocence without being a complete innocent with no clue about how the world works – there’s some great strength about her. Watching them progress from thinly-veiled hostility, through grudging acceptance, on to acknowledging their attraction, and then becoming lovers… well, that was a lot of fun to read.
Each is keeping secrets, and those drive them to each other as well as apart. The connection between Franco and Holly, while quick in its development, is no less strong and believable than if they’d known each other for a decade. Their romance is hot and sexy, and the divestment of Holly’s virginity was both sweet and steamy. Although I could have slapped Franco for leaving her hanging at first….
There are some great moments of high drama and glitz & glamour in Tycoon’s Temptation, teamed with emotion and passion. The dialogue is smart, witty and real, and the characters colourful. I loved seeing the glimpses of Sydney and the Coonawarra wine region – makes me want to book a holiday.
Tycoon’s Temptation is the first full-length Chatsfield story I have read, however it has made me all the more curious to continue reading.
Tycoon’s Temptation is nominated in the Short Sexy category at the R*BYs, and I wish you, Trish, the very best of luck!