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ARC Review: Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

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Far Too Tempting
   by: Lauren Blakely

Publication Date: Oct. 21, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Edge
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the author and publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 262 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

I absolutely love reading books about musicians, the business, and the impact it has on their personal lives. I think it all stems back to my obsessive boyband phase in high school. I seriously loved reading about the music, touring, and how they would find that balance between their personal and public lives. I also wanted to be a singer for the longest time, so I suppose that also has to do with it. Anyways. One of my favorite things about this book is that I thought Lauren did such a great job of making this realistic for us. Our main character Jane, is a musician who has just hit the big time with her notorious breakup album. The book opens up with her winning a Grammy! Yet, while Jane is on a music high, she quickly comes down after realizing that she needs to stay on top of her game- which means writing more songs and laying down tracks for her next album.
Sounds pretty reasonable for an indie-artist, don't you think? In order for Jane to keep the spotlight, she needs to keep the music coming, not let there be a lapse between albums. Because as soon as you wait- the new next big thing is already on their way up and your just a shadow of yesterday.
I really liked Jane. She definitely needed this music burst to help her and not just professionally, but personally too. After having two mediocre albums and then having her husband break things off with her, Jane really needs a pick me up. Her husband leaving really left with her some confidence issues and this positive reinforcement is a great start for her. Jane is now a single mom and I loved her scenes with her son, Ethan. I haven't read too many books where the MC has a child and I really enjoyed that addition. On the night of the Grammies, Jane runs into Matthew Harrigan, a music journalist for Beat magazine. After exchanging some flirtatious banter, he tells her he wants the first interview with her after she wins. Matthew is one of NYC's most eligible bachelors- he's sexy, talented, and BRITISH. Yes, that's right. I do love me a man from across the pond! Matthew gets a hold of Jane and convinces her to meet with him for an exclusive interview. Jane is definitely wary of journalists- especially since her and her ex's story has been leaked to the media. However, Matthew is persistent and determined, and Jane is completely attracted to him.
Their relationship is definitely riddled with sexual tension and want, but Matthew knows it would be wrong to pursue Jane while he is supposed to be writing an exclusive on her. Yet, after a taste of the forbidden fruit, he can't help but go back for more. For the first time in a long time, Jane finally feels desired again. After the rejection of her husband, she craves someone to show her how beautiful and sexy she is- someone who wants all of her and wants her desperately. She finds that in Matthew. Jane is finally letting the chains of her past heartbreak fall away and is letting her heart slowly be healed by Matthew. However, Jane has been dubbed the Queen of the Broken Hearts. She poured every emotion, every hurt feeling into her last album and now that she is no longer that broken, hurt woman- she finds she's having trouble finding inspiration for new music.
She desperately wants Matthew to be her muse, to bring out new emotions about falling in love and letting her heart be mended. She is not having very much luck. She starts to question herself and lets self-doubt creep in- what if she's only destined to be the Queen of Broken Hearts?
As for side characters, I enjoyed Owen, Jane's brother. You can tell the two are very close- he positively encourages her, not just as her brother, but as another professional in a tough business (he's a writer). Aiden, Jane's ex, is just not one you can hate. Blakely created an ex who is not vindictive and horrible. On the contrary, Aiden is a good guy and a good father to his son. He hurt Jane deeply and for so long, she felt it was because she was inadequate and wasn't enough for him. The truth is, Jane had nothing to do with it. Aiden was not honest with himself for a long time and tried to make something work that simply couldn't. While he may have handled it slightly insensitively, Jane realizes in the end she cannot hold a grudge against him for being his true self.
"I would have told them that I didn't stop wanting you the second you left me. That even though you might have still loved me as a friend, as a person, I was still in love with you, and I thought it was all my fault that you didn't feel the same way. I thought I wasn't good enough. I thought I wasn't pretty enough or sexy enough or interesting enough. But it's not my fault." (e-ARC 204)
Jane's self reflection and commitment to move forward is what makes her such an awesome protagonist for me. I felt for her as she really struggled to write music again. She simply needed to take a step back and let herself open up to all the possibilities of music. Music is in her heart and it soothes her soul- there's no way it was going to give up on her.
I enjoyed this story- I didn't connect as much with Matthew as I have some of Lauren's other love interests from previous books, but I did still enjoy them as a couple and liked seeing their relationship progress and overcome the odds stacked against them.

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  1. Great review. This sounds like a good one. Thanks for the honest thoughts.

    1. Thanks Shane! I really enjoyed this one! Lauren is one of my auto-buy authors!

  2. 1) Cover love to the extreme! 2) This sounds awesome! You had me at music. I have heard great things about this author, I need to make time for her soon. Great review!

    1. YES! I am SO in love with this cover! It's gorgeous! And I LOVE Lauren's books Teresa! She is one of my auto-buy authors. And she pumps out books like it's nobody's business! So I never have to wait long for more!

  3. I love the premise of the story! It sounds fun and not like something I read every day. I love that you had intense love for boybands! Great review, Jessica

    1. Hahaha-oh Andrea. If only you knew of my intense love... it wasn't love- it was borderline obsession. ROFL. I look back now and shake my head and laugh. This was definitely a fun story- Lauren is my go-to girl for when I need a light, fun, sweet read.

  4. Great review girl! I loved Jane too and the music in this book was amazing! While I agree that it wasn't my favorite Blakely book (That goes to Playing With Her Heart), I definitely still enjoyed it and the characters. It made me so sad when Jane felt she could only have love and happiness or music. I wanted to tell her she can have it all and I'm glad she finally realized it.

    1. YES! I think Playing With Her Heart was my favorite too, because I was such a theater junkie! I felt so bad for Jane, and I hated she felt that way too!

  5. Oh, my. This is being added to the reading list immediately! You had me at musician, and I LOVE that the MC has a son -- that will be such a unique addition to the story! "Music is in her heart and it soothes her soul- there's no way it was going to give up on her." <--- *dies* Beautiful review, Jessica! Love it!

    1. Yes! I loved that too! While her son didn't play a huge part- it was still cool to read about a MC with a kid! And thanks girl! You just made my day with your comment! *squishy hugs*

  6. I love a book with good sexy tension ;) Heehee The characters sound nice, and so does the story ling. However, it's so hard for me to get into musician related music, when it deals with the business and such. I don't know why... But this book definitely sounds like a nice read!!

    Great review!! :)

    1. Thanks Magen! I am all about sexual tension! It drives me crazy but I feel it's so necessary! :D


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