Review: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee (2020)

Heirs of Hansol, Book 1

Heat Factor: Once they finally give in to their temptation, it gets pretty steamy

Character Chemistry: They are hot, driven, and living together. What else do you need?

Plot: Exactly what you would expect from the title 

Overall: Now I understand why people read category romances

This book is deliciously trope-tastic. Here are all of the tropey things, where the only response is BECAUSE OF COURSE. I cannot type these sentences without ridiculous capitalization. Apologies in advance. 

The characters:

  • Garrett, our hero, is an Emotionally Closed Off alpha hero who must Remain a Bachelor for the rest of his days because of some Other Woman who Done Him Wrong.
  • Garrett is Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking. Also, when he breathes, his pulsating pectorals strain the seams of his shirts. (Maybe he should look into a new tailor?) 
  • Natalie is the hottest woman but she Doesn’t Know She’s Beautiful.
  • While technically not a virgin, Natalie is Extremely Virginal but also Intrinsically Seductive.
  • There’s a Cute Baby who never does things like scream for two hours in the middle of the night or spit up all over Natalie’s silk blouse. While the baby is not a Secret Baby, the baby is part of the reason for the whole fake marriage, so there’s the whole Get Married to Make a Family thing going on. (Sidenote: If you have kids, please please please make a will so your wishes about who should care for them if you die is in writing.) 

The plot:

  • They have a Fake Marriage of Convenience for Reasons but are sooooooooo tempted by each other. And then once they give into the temptation, there is All the Angst, because it’s Not Real.
  • They can’t actually Talk to Each Other about their relationship, but must Assume the Worst.

The pièce de résistance:

  • The Grovel. Which, I must say, is excellently executed. 

All of this might sound ridiculous, but it was also extremely soothing. There were no surprises. I knew exactly what was going to happen, and every beat was familiar. Even some of the turns of phrase were familiar, particularly when Lee describes the intimate moments between Garrett and Natalie (not just the sex, but the way their eyes meet or the electricity when their fingers touch).

Lee executes all of this familiarity deftly; nothing felt stale. So reading this book was like putting on my coziest sweater and curling up in a reading nook, which is the best feeling in the world.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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