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Monday, February 3, 2020

I Was Lured By The Pretty Cover, I Stayed For The Sweet & Steamy Romance: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee

TEMPORARY WIFE TEMPTATION

by Jayci Lee
Series: The Heirs of Hansol #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Publication Date: February 4th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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With its absolutely stunning cover, Temporary Wife Temptation is a book that just begs romance readers to pick it up. Jayci Lee's debut novel does not disappoint and delivers on the marriage-of-convenience trope beautifully.

To get his meddling grandmother and her arranged-marriage proposals off his back, Garrett enters a deal with the woman in the running for the VP of HR at his company - in exchange for temporarily marrying him, he will ensure that she gets the job that she desperately needs. Garrett Song is not a man of many words. He is somewhat stoic and you just know that underneath that hard exterior is a man capable of intense passion. Watching Garrett slowly unravel around Natalie was a treat, and I may have hollered once or twice when he let his more sexy side emerge. Personality-wise, Natalie was pretty much the opposite of Garrett. She was much more open about her emotions. She recently lost her sister and brother-in-law to a car accident and was trying to raise her baby niece. Unfortunately, she is also in a custody battle with her niece's grandparents. Knowing that being married will make her look better in court, she agrees to marry Garrett. I liked Natalie a lot. She was dealing with all these upheavals in her life, but she handled like a champ - there was no bitterness or complaints from her, only love for her niece. Her outpouring of love balanced out Garrett's more unflappable nature

While the two are determined to view this marriage as a transaction, feelings do develop as readers anticipate. The progression of their relationship felt natural to me and the steamy scenes are very rewarding. As much as I love the sexy times in this book, what I enjoyed reading the most about was Garrett and Natalie's conversations on their shared or different views. You see them open up to each other through these conversations, and oof, my heart! I especially enjoyed all the insight into both of their Korean backgrounds and what that meant to them. The Korean traditions, in particular, were seamlessly incorporated into the storyline. We also have an interesting secondary cast in Temporary Wife Temptation. Garrett's grandmother delighted me with her headstrong, but sometimes soft personality. My only minor quibble is that I would have perhaps liked to see a bit more scenes of Garrett interacting with baby Sophie because truly, who can resist a seemingly apathetic hero coddle over a cute baby?

All in all, Temporary Wife Temptation wasn't just a book with a great cover - the interior is as excellent as the exterior. I'll certainly be picking up the subsequent companion novels in this series as well as whatever Jayci Lee decides to write. I'm a fan.


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