So I would like to start by saying I had the privilege and honor of reading an advanced copy of Fighting Temptation which if you are following is the third book in the Temptations series and the final book. Let me tell you I love love love S.M. Her story telling is amazing and just grabs you and keeps you reading till you reach the end.
I am so excited to be posting an early review and a teaser and a little special message from S.M. at the end of this post. Want to know a little about the series here are the first two books in the series with the links to goodreads and amazon to purchase them.
Gabby Lewis is your all American girl, she’s athletic, smart, and gorgeous and doesn't have a clue that she is. She’s always been a very loyal friend and popular by association, until the end of her high school senior year when her best friend and the guy she thinks she’s in love with betray her. The worse part of it is that her business and embarrassment become the talk of the entire small town she lives in. She takes an early admission to college along with her best guy friend Cade; she’s going to turn over a new leaf in life.
Linc Addison is a star athlete and one of the most sought out quarter backs in the Southeastern United States. He’s the boy next door, who feels like his entire life he’s been used for his talents mainly by his father. The only person he’s ever really been able to count on is his cousin Russ. His high school girlfriend, cheated on him constantly, but wanted to keep him around so she could keep the correct social status. Now that he’s rid his life of her, he’s moved on to welcome the college life.
The day Linc walked in his coed dorm room and saw Gabby unpacking he felt like he’d won the lottery and lost his ability to make complete sentences. She turned around to see one of the most gorgeous creatures she thinks God has ever put on this Earth. Can they break down each others walls, and find the peace they seek with each other; can they take on all of the temptations and obstacles that come their way?
This is the first book in the Temptation Series…
5 of 5 Lying With Temptation
Lying With Temptation is an incredible story about love, loss, and growing up. This story had me laughing and crying and screaming at my Kindle like a loony girl because there was so much going on and so much done to a good person that it reminded me of my high school days and how girls can be cruel and back stabbers. You have to be careful who your friends are. They say keep your friends close but your enemies closer but I say keep everyone close because your best friend can destroy you with the secrets you share with them.
In this case we meet strong, funny, sassy, and gorgeous Gabby who is best friends with Elle. Elle is a hot mess because she sleeps with every guy she wants to and she does not care. So Gabby protects Elle from the other girls who want to kick her butt but then Elle breaks the girl code by sleeping with the one guy Gabby has always wanted Reece. Gabby gives Reece her V card and he just blabs to everyone that she was not good and then turns around and starts sleeping with Elle. Elle and Reece decide they are going to have a relationship right under Gabby's nose. But when Gabby finds out she ends her friendship with Elle and decides to start college early because Reece has started rumors about her losing her V card to him. So Gabby and her best friend Cade decide to start college early.
Cade has football practice so he and Gabby are going to hang out and work out. Then Gabby meets her roommates and holy shiz when she sees Linc she is caught off guard by his looks and his personality. To Linc Gabby is his angel but he has been burned to and he is very cautious when it comes to girls but he is at college with his cousin and his best friend Russ who is a man whore so Linc decides he will hang out with Gabby while Russ goes out. Soon Gabby and Linc form a bond that is inseparable. As Gabby and Linc find their way to each other through the pain they find that there is a rainbow at the end of the rain storm.
Come along and read the greatest love story I have ever read! Team Linc all the way!
Anna Lewis is just tired. She’s tired of being predictable. She’s tired of khaki skirts, sweater sets and pearls. She’s tired of her overbearing mother trying to push the Perfect boyfriend on her. She wants to stand up for herself do normal things kids her age do. She’s eighteen not thirty-eight. With her mother still on her case, an ex-boyfriend who’s an ass that won’t leave her alone, it’s not going to be easy. She was ready to move on with her life, leave the step-ford wife her mother was trying to turn her into behind. The only way she sees of doing that is going off to college. She’s always admired the strength that her sister Gabby radiates and wishes she could be more like her. After Gabby asks her to come to college with her and live in the house with her and her roommates how can she turn it down?
Russ Addison has pretty much always been a football star. Going to college with that status could get him any girl he wants, with no strings attached. That is until he was introduced to her. He was in pure awe over the angel he met last year, Anna Lewis. He was both excited and scared about the possibility of living with her. Her sister and everyone else in the house had threatened him and his balls to stay clear of anything romantic with Anna. He would just have to stay away from her in the romantic sense and be her friend…Her best damn friend. Because he knows he’ll never be good enough to be anything more to her.
After everyone is moved in and ready to start the fall semester, Russ starts to figure out that everything may not be what it seems with Anna. He also realizes that he can’t stay away from her no matter how much he tries. Anna knows she can’t seem to have enough time with Russ and she can’t help but wonder why he thinks so little of himself. Will they be able to stay away from each other or will they have to act on the temptation of each other.
5 of 5 Acting On Temptation
Acting On Temptation is an amazing follow up to Lying With Temptation. I mean I love sequels because I want to know what is going on but this is an EPIC sequel of Russ and Anna.
Please do not read this review unless you have read Lying With Temptation. I have to give a few spoilers to make a point and I don't want to ruin it for anyone.
As we get into Acting On Temptation we start with Russ and Anna's story. Russ was a man whore and hardcore partyer always trying to get his cousin and best friend Linc the golden boy to follow but last year Linc met Gabby who is Anna's sister and fell in love and the two have been inseparable since. As Anna can't wait to be with her sister Gabby and the gang and away from her controlling mother and her controlling ex-boyfriend Jack. Jack still has not gotten it through his thick head that it is over he tries to force Anna into having a relationship and sexual relationship with him and when she fights back Jack is shocked because Anna flees to her sister and Gabby and the gang rescue her.
This is when Anna and Russ really start to develop their friendship and start to fall head over heels with each other. But life has thrown them some curve balls and they are going to have to fight for their relationship because others don't want them together. As they get closer it gets harder for them to be together but at the end of the day Russ and Anna love each other and they know that in order to be together they are going to have to fight like hell to stay together.
Will they be able to keep a relationship once it gets started or is acting on the temptation the wrong thing to do?
Fighting Temptation is the conclusion to this series and I am happy to give you an early mini review. This is just a taste of what I really wrote. Fighting Temptation is Cade and Daria's story and holy HELL what a story it is. If you have been following closely with this series you know that Cade the minute he met Daria wanted her but he had to tread lightly because she put him in his place and told him she was not interested. But Cade being Cade did not stop there he kept at it until Daria broke down and they became a couple. But being a couple was not easy because Daria has a past and when that past comes to haunt them things start to go array.
In Fighting Temptation Cade and Daria will have to fight for the love they have for each other and they will see who they can trust and who they can't trust. Someone from Daria's past will come back in to her life and she will have to make a decision that will impact her life as well as Cade's.
What will she choose Cade or her past.........
Here is a little teaser to go with the picture that S.M. teased us with on her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/S.M.Donaldson.Author
I get a mischievous idea. I know exactly how I’m going to wake her up. I slip down the bed, pulling the comforter back to settle in between her legs. Looking down at her beautiful clean-shaven sex, I smile. I start by licking and kissing my way up her thighs until I hear her moaning. Then, I start to work on licking, sucking, and kissing her slick folds. She makes the sexiest sounds. She shudders and I know she’s come for the first time.
I look up to meet her eyes.
She smiles. “Well, good morning to you, too.”
I lick my lips. “Mmm, good morning.”
I work my way up her body, eventually settling myself in between her legs. Slipping into her folds, I kiss her gently.
“I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
We make love. We aren’t in a hurry; it’s just the two of us, feeling each other completely. We are sharing the most private parts of our soul together. He pumps slowly in and out of me, kissing and sucking across my body. Eventually, our sweat-covered bodies climax.
I roll over and pull her on top of me, brushing her hair back off of her face.
“You’re so beautiful. How did I get so lucky?”
She smiles. “I wouldn’t call it luck exactly.”
“I would. So, what are your plans for today?”
So I asked the million dollar S.M. How do you feel now that the Temptation Series is finished and this is what she had to say......
Finishing up the Temptation series has been a happy and sad moment. I fell in love with these characters. One of the biggest things that I loved about this series is the fact of how much friendship means to this group. Friendship is one of the top ranking things in my life. So for me to be able to make that come out on paper has been awesome. I'm sad to see them go, but come on they deserve a break LOL a little less drama. You never know though where you may catch a glimpse of them next so stay tuned. Mainly I just want to thank everyone who has fell in love with them as much as I did. I hope you enjoy Fighting Temptation as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
I am a new writer. My first novel is out called Sam's Choice my second novel titled Sam's Fight for Freedom will be out by March 1st. I am from a small rural town on Florida's Gulf Coast, I love living here, but I also love to travel. I grew up as a cops kid and my mother worked for the school system...so yeah I didn't get away with much...I am married with one son. I have a very crazy busy life, I still work full time as a dental assistant, I am part owner of an event planning company most of the time I read a book a night and I love to write. Most of the time I feel like I am chasing myself around, but I love my life. Follow me on facebook: www.facebook.com/S.M.Donaldson.Author