Once Tempted

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Once Tempted

A Silver Creek Novel

I loved this story because I was immediately pulled into this storyline. I was so saddened to find out that Tess Casari had to go through what she did with her failed marriage, then the death of her estranged husband. I believed the best thing for her to do was to start a new life somewhere else. I personally chuckled when Tess allowed her girlfriend to blindfold her, spin her around and then had her randomly chose a destination on the map with her finger as to where her new home was going to be. I had hoped that being in a new place was the best thing right now for her. She deserved a fresh start and picking Silver Creek, California was a step in the right direction. When she secured a new job as an assistant to Adele Knowles, one of the owners of Silver Creek Ranch and Resort, I loved the immediate connection Tess experienced while meeting Ward Knowles, Adele’s eldest son. Ward would do anything to make certain the family’s ranch was successful and now meeting this beautiful woman named, Tess, made him start wondering why he was feeling the way he was. Of course, these feelings didn’t happen overnight, which was something I truly loved about this storyline. Ms. Moore took her time and allowed her characters to get to know each other before allowing them to even think about attempting something more serious between them. If you’re in the market for a feel good cowboy story, don’t pass this one up!

Tess Casari desperately needs to move on with her life and she needs to allow herself time to heal her wounds from her failed marriage. Making the random decision to move to Silver Creek, California seems like the ideal thing for her to do right now. So she finds herself a job at Silver Creek Ranch & Resort by being an assistant to Adele Knowles, one of the owners of the ranch and spa. However, there seems to be one major obstacle that Tess must get over and that’s the instant attraction she has for Adele’s oldest son, Ward. Maybe Silver Creek will not be so bad after all. Do Tess and Ward finally give into the feelings they start having for each other? Are they both able to let their hearts heal from the prior hurt they’ve experienced?

Book Blurb for Once Tempted

Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.

Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.

Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.00