Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Tempt My Heart by Danielle Jamie

 Title: Tempt My Heart
Author: Danielle Jamie
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for honest review


Brittan McKenna’s life was perfect. After getting engaged to her high school sweetheart her happily ever after seemed to be all planned out. However after 9/11 her fianc√© drops out of college to enlist; Brittan’s life takes a swift turn.During his tour she tried to stay strong and hold onto the hope that he'd soon return to her, but then the unthinkable happens and she gets the news every military spouse prays they never have to hear.

On the day Cane died, Brittan believed her heart had died along with him...or so she thought until her passion for music causes her to blaze a new trail testing fate and “tempting tomorrow”.

Eight years marks the anniversary of Cane’s death when Brittan sets eyes upon Jordon; a guitarist whose shrouded in mystery and a world class bad boy for her bands opening act, Tempting Tomorrow. Will he have that spark to set Brittan’s heart a light? After swearing off love will Brittan allow herself to feel again after years of trying anything to numb her pain and heartache?

Does Jordon have what it takes to win her heart and make Brittan love again?

Falling for a rock star is a dangerous game, but it’s a hopeless task when you both have hidden demons.

For Jordon love does not exist... not until he meets the lovely Brittan who has the power to tame the untameable beast inside of him.

Will Brittan open her heart to love or will she sabotage the relationship before it even has a chance?


Tempt My Heart is a standalone romance novel by Danielle Jamie. This is a heartbreaking story about a girl named Brittan. This story spans several years. In the beginning, Brittan meets a sweet boy named Cane and falls in love. They eventually get engaged and plan their lives together. Everything is perfect. After 9/11 happens, Cane feels that it is his duty to enlist in the military and fight for his country. This decision ends up costing him his life, and Brittan's life spirals out of control. I'll admit that the first ¼ of this book is very hard to read. It's very sad and emotional. The author does a tremendous job at making you feel Brittan's emotions about losing the love of her life. I even had tears in my eyes and I'm not a crier.

About ¼ of the way into the book, we finally meet Jordan. It's been 8 years since Cane's death, and Brittan is still having trouble dealing with it. At this point in her life, Brittan has a very successful career with her band. They are getting ready to start a new tour, and Brittan meets Jordan – the guitarist for the band that will be their opening act. I just have to say that I hate the way these two meet. I don't really understand why Brittan is the way she is. I mean, I understand that she doesn't want another relationship because she feels like she would be cheating on Cane – but yet she sleeps around with everyone! She is constantly having one night stands and then feeling guilty about it afterward – but she continues to do so. When Brittan and Jordan first meet, it's only minutes until his hand is in her panties. Personally, I like a little build up before characters get to that point.

Brittan tries to keep Jordan away after their first hookup, but he is determined not to stay away. No matter how hard Brittan tries, she can't resist him. She really struggles with her feeling for him, because she feels like she shouldn't be having feelings for any other man. Jordan is really sweet and patient with her. He knows her history and is really understanding. You would think that he would feel like he was constantly living behind Cane's shadow, but it's not like that at all. He understands that Cane's memories will always be part of Brittan's life. She even still wears Cane's ring, but Jordan doesn't seem to mind.

This book has a good message to it – it's possible to have 2 soul-mates in one lifetime. I'm sure this is a hard concept for people to believe when they are grieving, and I hope I never have to deal with this issue. I did feel like there was something missing during the second half of the book. I guess since Brittan and Jordan's relationship started out sexual, there was nothing to look forward to and it took the excitement out of seeing their relationship build. Overall though, it's a good book. There are some very steamy parts so I don't recommend it to those who are squeamish about sex scenes.

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