Lead Him Not Into Temptation by M.L. Steinbrunn
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Jennifer MacLauchlan is not who you think…
I’m damaged, but not destroyed.
I’ve been betrayed, but I remain loyal.
The only people I love don’t know the secrets I hold. They wouldn’t want me anymore if they did.
Casen Thompson refuses to acknowledge the world that left him behind…
I may be tattered, but I’m not torn.
I’m trusted by many, but I have faith in very few.
My love for music and the desire for the family I never had is the glue that holds my shattered soul together.
When these two volatile personalities collide, a firestorm of emotions erupts forcing both to face the fears that keep them from everything they have ever wanted. Secrets are unearthed and forgiveness is tested as Jen struggles to accept that Casen might be everything that could fix her.
Will Jen trust herself enough to truly lead Casen into a temptation that he can’t walk away from?
Lead Him Not into Temptation is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.
Jennifer is a strong, resilient woman who has made choices like we all do after experiencing betrayal and loss. She has guarded her emotions and her heart.
Casen appears to be this rock star who falls into the stereotype of loving the entourage, cocky and can get anyone he wants.
I love a book that can pull various emotions from me and this book did just that. I had audible sighs of “awes”, screams of frustration, and just plain chills. The author did a great job pulling the cast of the first book in the series and cleaned up all the predictability that the first book had. I give this one 5 fangs.
Vivian has seen loss from an early age, which causes her to guard her heart. She has to live with the loss every day, in a small town that talks. She decides the best way to get past it, is to leave and go off to college, where no one really knows her or the history that follows her.
Brooks, is the guy that you just know is going to shatter your heart any way you go. He is hot, cocky and screws just about anything that looks barbie.Putting into words what I felt through this book is tough. Initially I felt that the author did not really relate appropriate research in how a five year old is going to react to such a big loss to her perfect world. It frustrates me that someone would really think that a 5 year old has the cognition to decide that she is “never going to let anyone in her heart again” on the day that she suffers her loss. It is not realistic to true development.
As the story progressed, I was intrigued by Viv and Brooks relationship, albeit predictable. The story continued in predictability when Vivian married and moved back home. It had such predictability that I was caught eye rolling numerous times.
That being said, I loved how the author brought the story back around. I knew what was going to happen, just not how. The author threw in a couple of unexpected turns toward the end of the book that saved the rating. I give this four fangs due to the predictability of it. I would have also liked to see a little more heat in the bed between the characters. I hate guessing what happens behind the door.
Colorado native M.L. Steinbrunn is new to the professional literary community, but has been in love with the world of fictional characters and plot twists since she was a child. Writing short stories and reading anything she could get her hands on, it could be argued that her hobby borders on an obsession.
She works full-time as a middle school and high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where she and her husband are raising their three young children. Through education she has enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was her husband who encouraged her to follow her own path and publish her first novel.
She recently published her debut romance novel Forgive Us Our Trespasses, which was released in March of 2014. It is the first in a series of intertwined stand-alone novels. Book two, Lead Him Not Into Temptation will be released in August of 2014.
In her free time M.L. enjoys travelling, Amazon one-clicking, watching movies, chauffeuring her children to their one and half million activities, and people watching.
She would like to add a big thank you to everyone that has been overwhelmingly supportive of this incredibly scary yet exciting journey.
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