Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster Book Summary
Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles.
In TEMPTED BY LOVE…
Years ago, bestselling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune—on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single-mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.
Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.
As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret…
More Steeles at Silver Island are coming soon! Publication order subject to change.
TEMPTED BY LOVE (Jock)
MY TRUE LOVE (Jules)
ALWAYS HER LOVE (Levi)
ENTICING HER LOVE (Sutton)
CAUGHT BY LOVE (Archer)
WILD ISLAND LOVE (Leni)
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"When it comes to contemporary romances with realistic characters, an emotional love story and smokin' hot sex, author Melissa Foster always delivers!" The Romance Reviews
"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading." NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" NYT Bestseller J. Kenner
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely
"I highly recommend this book to fans of Nora Roberts...and fans of a sweet story filled with heat and heart." - Tia Bach, author
"Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorites...reminds me of Jill Shalvis' books and they are my benchmark for contemporary romance awesomeness." - Books Like Breathing
"I highly recommend the Snow Sisters all the Braden and Remington books...They remind me of the McCarthy of Gansett series and The Green Mountain series..." - I Love NY, Reviewer
Tempted by Love (Melissa Foster) Book Reviews
This is why I read romance!Once again I am reminded of why I love to read romance. This book is absolutely fantastic! It’s sweet, heartwarming and emotional with a nice healthy side of sexy. It’s even silly and funny at times which I love. As with all of Melissa Foster’s books, family and friendships are at the very heart and soul of everything. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, as Jock and Daphne swept me up in their special story along with little Hadley too of course. I adored their journey to their HEA so very much!! It is real and pure and just filled my heart up with love and fed my soul. Jack “Jock” Steele may be tortured by traumatic events in his past but that man will definitely make you swoon! Daphne’s daughter Hadley was drawn to him from the moment she met him as you’ll find out this was not the easiest thing for Jock at first. Hadley is a definite scene stealer, because there is just no way you can help but to be swept up by her. She is absolutely adorable especially with “Her Dock”. Jock is a work in progress but so good for Daphne. He really sees her and is so drawn to her and Hadley but she is hesitant at first for obvious reasons. I love Daphne. She is so supportive and helps Jock face his past, fear and guilt. She is so strong and such a wonderful mom to Hadley. She is protective, sweet, good and kind and I just love her for Jock. He’s been through so much but with Daphne and Hadley’s help, he is finally able to really love deeply and live again. Their chemistry is as big as their love becomes and they really know how to heat things up. Jock treats Daphne and Hadley like they are the most precious things on earth and I fell so hard for him!! This was just a beautiful story with a wonderfully satisfying HEA..Score: 5/5
Wonderful start to the Steele stories!Love the new spin off series! Melissa Foster has a way of writing stand alone stories that easily combine in each series with crossovers too! Daphne is a single mom with an almost 3 year old that dreams of finding romance and love. She knows what she wants and won’t settle for anything less. Jock (a nickname that stuck, also known as Jack) is a writer and caretaker who has his own tragic past that keeps him far away from small children. After a year of trying to forget his attraction and desire for Daphne, he decides to overcome his triggers to have a relationship. He also decides to mend relationships with his family. Relationships take work, but Daphne and Jock love their work!.Score: 5/5
Sets your heart racing!Ba-dump, ba-dump, ba-dump.......Melissa Foster’s new series has just set my heart to racing. Wow, what an incredible story. The first book in “The Steeles at Silver Island” series features Jock Steele and Daphne Zablonski. These characters were introduced in the Bayside series and other characters from the series also appear. Meeting the family and friends of Jock was so endearing. This grief and pain felt by both Jock and Daphne is so well written it is palpable. But the metamorphosis of these characters as they heal is what Melissa Foster truly excels at writing. This is a touching, heartfelt story with a most beautiful HEA..Score: 5/5
Love and LustYou’ve got the guy. You’ve got the girl and you’ve got the kid. This is great combination for a story that will provide you with all the emotions you would need. Laugh, cry, stamp your feet and cheer for that happily ever after. The scene moves to Silver Island with Jock Steele first up.trying to overcome a torturous past he comes home to Silver Island. However, is new neighbor and adore child are a distraction he wasn’t looking for. Will she be the muse he is looking for or will she be so much more. As I’ve always said about a Melissa Foster book there is family. Whether by blood or by circumstance. You also find hot alpha males. That’s just an added benefit. As always, Melissa has written a book that will keep you reading until the very last page..Score: 5/5
Silver IslandJack/Jock Steele was a great guy, with a little broken heart over the death ok his friend and sons death. He left home on Silver island and move to the cape to help and old man Harvey to be a caretaker for ten years. After Harvey’s death. Jock felt lost except that he had his eyes on the most beautiful woman Daphne and her daughter Hadley. After a trip traveling or a year he still thought of Daphne. But after the trauma of the accident of his friend and son, he was afraid to be around kids. Jock battles his fears and Daphne loved him through it. A beautiful, loving story that I definitely enjoyed. Happy reading..Score: 5/5
A special king of love!The summer of 2020 will be remembered for many things - quarantine/pandemic, presidential race, struggles of a wide variety for many BUT, most of all 2020 is the summer I finally got to me Hadley Zablonski in Tempted By Love!! (PS-she isn’t even the main heroine, her mama is) Hadley is the cutest almost 3 yr old fictional character I’ve ever met. This little girl will wrap you around her precious little fingers with just one little scowl (smiles are reserved for special people, aka Jock Steele). Hadley is the daughter of Daphne. Daphne is the manager/receptionist at Bayside Resort. Daphne has been through some tough times learning to be a single mom, getting divorced from a man who didn’t want to know or want to love a child. Jackson “Jock” Steele is a man still reeling from some horrible events 10 yrs in his past and most recently the death of the man he cared for, Harvey. Jock has a long road ahead of him to be able to put his demons in the past and forge a new path/reconnect with his family who live on Silver Island. Can Daphne and Hadley help Jock find that path? If I’m not careful with all I want to say about this newest love story by Melissa Foster I will be giving away the story and that is not happening. So, just know that you will need tissues for happy tears, OMG tears, you will find yourself in some pretty steamy between the sheets scenes, and completely falling in love with the newest world of Melissa Foster. Sooo many new characters to love and visits/connections with ones you already know and love. I found myself with tears, saying “Oh My Goodness”, and literally bouncing on my toes for this new world. If you love big families, alpha males who will love, protect, and fall hard when they meet the woman meant for them, then you will love this newest world of Melissa Foster, The Steeles of Silver Island. The first book in this new series is Tempted By Love (Jock and Daphne). Each book can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend alI books from Melissa Foster. The Bayside Desires series is the most closely related series. For the audiobook, Brian Pallino’s performance is great, I love the deep baritone, especially for those oh-so-hot between-the-sheets scenes! Jennifer Mack does an equally outstanding performance as Daphne and Hadley. This beautiful love story is great even if you only read the words. But, listening to this story is brought beautifully to life by Brian and Jennifer is a whole new experience. I have come to learn that voice-narrators/actors are so talented because of all the voices they may have to create/perform in a story. Totally recommend this audio not just for the story or the voices but for the whole experience. I received an ARC and an audio copy in exchange for an honest review. 5-stars easily!! *****.Score: 5/5
“I love who you are and who I am with you.”Daphne thought Jock was handsome and thoughtful and was drawn to him from the moment she first saw him. She noticed everything about him and her heart skipped a beat when he was near. A romance was brewing between them but they were both afraid to love again. Jock wanted so badly to experience the love that resonated from Daphne and Hadley, but he was hesitant about getting too close to them. Jock needed Daphne and Hadley to warm his heart and open his eyes to a chance at love. It was so romantic that Jock felt Daphne was his angel sent from God to help him leave the darkness behind him. Little Hadley, with her precocious personality and bright smile, accepted Jock for the man he was and opened her arms to him unconditionally. She saw him as her hero even before her Mom did. There was an unexplainable bond between Jock and Daphne, as if a magnet was drawing them together. It was inevitable that they would begin to spend time with each other, sharing stories, laughing and falling in love. Jock was very caring and thoughtful when it came to Daphne and Hadley’s feelings. He knew Daphne’s favorite muffin and brought Hadley cute toys as a way to show how special he thought she was. Hadley adored him for some reason and he tried very hard to establish a connection with her. The scenes where they played with Hadley and fussed over her made me smile and pray that happiness would surround them. Jock knew that he wanted Daphne and Hadley in his life and I admired the strength he found to chase away his demons so he could be the man worthy of their love..Score: 5/5
Love is possibleI loved Daphne and Jock’s story. Hadley knew they were meant to be a family, and in her little ways helped it happen..Score: 5/5
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Omg - Absolutely love Daphne, Jock & little HadleyDive into the world of Melissa Foster with her new series. Daphne & Jock have both had a ton of heartache, now it’s time for love. Jock finds it hard to be around kids, he doesn’t stand a chance against little princess Hadley. Will Jock & his brother Archer find peace. Read along as Daphne & Jock overcome the grief and heartache of the past to have a fantastic future..Score: 5/5
Tempted by LoveJack “Jock” has been struggling with the demons of his past for a long time and when Daphne and her daughter Hadley come into Jock’s life he feels a strong connection to them but can not seem to move forward from his past. Daphne finds Jock handsome and funny but the fact that he can not be around Hadley is a big concern to her. Will Daphne and Hadley be able to help Jock heal or will his demons keep him from happiness? Tempted by Love is the first book in the new The Steeles at Silver Island series. Melissa Foster truly knows how to elicit every emotion from you while reading. I cried happy and sad tears as well as smiled so big it hurt. The relationship between Daphne and Hadley is amazing, Hadley is too adorable and reminded me of my boys when they were young. I loved the playfulness and chemistry that is between Jock and Daphne and how their relationship bloomed from a friendship into something unforgettable. Another emotionally beautiful story that tugs on your heartstrings. I am looking forward to more of the Steele family..Score: 5/5
4.5stars-heart breaking and emotional4.5 stars—TEMPTED BY LOVE is the first instalment in Melissa Foster’s contemporary, adult THE STEELES OF SILVER ISLAND erotic , romance series- another spin off from the author’s LOVE IN BLOOM series. This is writer Jack ‘Jock’ Steele, and event planner/single mother Daphne Zablonski’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jock and Daphne) TEMPTED BY LOVE follows the building romance and relationship between twenty six year old Event planner / singles mother Daphne Zablonski, and author Jack ‘Jock’ Steele. Daphne Zablonski is a single mother whose attraction to author Jock Steele is tempered by Jock’s reactions to her three year old daughter Hadley. Believing Jock dislikes children, especially her daughter Hadley, Daphne struggles with her attraction to a man who may be all kinds of wrong in Daphne’s life until Jock reveals the truth behind his reluctance including the death of his former girlfriend and unborn child years earlier. Having spent ten years lookI got after an aging philanthropist, Jock is lost upon Harvey Fine’s death, another death he struggles to move beyond. Meeting Daphne Zablonski gave Jock thoughts about a new beginning but Jock continued to battle the demons from his past, until a small three year old child fell in love with our story line hero. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Jock and Daphne, and the potential fall-out as history starts to repeat itself. Daphne Zablonski’s husband left when their daughter was seven days old. A single mother, working as a receptionist, scheduling vacation rentals, Daphne’s heart focused on event planning but when her boss had no plans for expanding his business, Daphne struggled with a direction in life. With her daughter her first priority, Daphne knew it was only a matter of time before something better came along, including the love of a man who continued to star in her fantasies. Jock Steele’s guilt over the death of his girlfriend and unborn child continue to haunt his days and night. Falling for single mother Daphne Zablonski meant having to face his demons in the guise of a three year old child. Slowly, succumbing to the love and spontaneity of Daphne’s daughter, Jock knew he could overcome his previous losses until everything begins to spiral out of control. The relationship between Jock and Daphne begins as a friendship threatened by Jock’s inability to accept Daphne’s daughter. One year would pass as our couple lusted after one another-from a distance-until Daphne decided she had had enough. The $ex scenes are intimate erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a very large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including both Daphne and Jock’s immediate and extended families, friends, and several of the couples we have met in previous story lines and series. TEMPTED BY LOVE is a heart breaking and emotional story line of love, loss, acceptance and moving forward. The premise is captivating and impassioned; the romance is captivating and seductive; the characters are broken, dynamic and charismatic. Melissa Foster has another hit series in the making ..Score: 5/5
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