Monday, October 21, 2013

ARC Review: Far Too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

Title: Far Too Tempting
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Entangled: Edge
Publication date: October 21st 2013
Source: Received eARC from the author (Thanks so much, Lauren! <3)
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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?

(Image and summary taken from Goodreads)


It's not news that I'm a huge Lauren Blakely fan so I had pretty high expectations for her and this book... and she definitely delivered. I don't think there will ever be a time when I'll ever be disappointed by anything she writes because she always manages to surprise us with her ingenuity when it comes to writing. Far Too Tempting is yet another proof of how great of a writer Lauren Blakely is, she has definitely done it again. This book doesn't just appeal to readers because it's a romance novel, it's about forgiveness and being able to realize your own self-worth. Reading Jane's journey to that discovery was both enlightening and heartwarming. And hot. Did I mention that it was hot? Because it was. Super. *fans self* Oh, and emotional too but we'll get to that later.

I think being known as the Queen of Break Ups will put pressure on anyone, just ask Jane Black. Having just won her very first Grammy after a few albums that didn't do so well, she finally hit the jackpot when her husband split up with her and she decided to write an album about broken hearts because happy and in love music apparently doesn't sell anymore. So now, Jane is being pressured to write more break up songs but what if the Queen of Break Ups... isn't so broken up anymore?

This is where things get shakey, while Jane may still be filled with lingering resentment towards her ex-husband (they ended in really, really bad terms, in Jane's part), it seems that her mind chose exactly the moment she got a Grammy to block itself. There's a huge expectation for her to write even better songs but the question is how? I applaud Jane's evasion tactics because she's like a freakin' ninja. She deflects her producer person so stealthily. Haha! But seriously speaking, Jane is a great woman but she's definitely not perfect. She's still trying to get over what her ex-husband did to her and forgiveness is a difficult process, you know. I honestly felt sorry for her because there are actually women who have been through what she went through and I'm sure some real life readers might actually be able to relate. You see, Jane's dilemma is tangible enough that it affects even the readers, that's the magic of Lauren Blakely's writing. She gets you to relate to her characters, that's why you'll really sympathize with Jane and what she's going through.

Matthew. Oh, Matthew. He is one of the most supportive and engaging men I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. He is such a great complement to Jane because even though he's known as the most critical music critic out there (yes, he's criticized her past works before... badly) he still urges her to try her best to do even better. Matthew doesn't pressure her to be someone who she doesn't want to be. He challenges her and they just mesh so well together because of their obvious chemistry. I could literally just swoon over Matthew throughout this whole review but I won't. I promise. Point is, Matthew is not only a total hottie *winks at Matthew* he's the kind of guy that even though he isn't exactly perfect, he's perfect for Jane and that's all that matters.

Far Too Tempting will not only tempt you, it will coax you in with its beautiful and entertaining prose that will leave you begging for more. Lauren Blakely gives us a novel that isn't just all about the romance, it's learning how to get over something we thought we'd never recover from because through it all, we're never alone. I loved this book and I don't doubt that you will too!


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