Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 3rd 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Reading Challenges: 2017 New To Me Challenge, Backlist Reader Challenge
A sizzling, contemporary romance…
Former Marine Scott O’Callaghan got into a fair amount of trouble as a teenager, but now he’s grown and runs a respectable auto body shop. After eight years in the military, he’s left his troublemaking past behind him. Unfortunately for him, the sheriff of his town has it out for him no matter how much he’s cleaned up his act.
When he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, no one is more surprised than him when straight laced Michaela Miller provides him with an alibi. An alibi that’s a complete lie. Determined to find out why his sexy next door neighbor helped him out, he puts himself in danger of losing something he’d never considered. His heart.
It turns out that Katie Reus’ books are really perfect for me when I’m in a reading funk. I always enjoy her books, and even if they aren’t AMAZING, they keep me entertained and turning the pages. That is the kind of book I have been needing this year. Reading funks suck, and this one is particularly persistent. Anyway, I decided to read Tempting Alibi because it was a novella written by Katie Reus. And it did want I needed it to do (kept me reading) but it wasn’t really a standout or special.
Tempting Alibi is a novella, and a very quick read. It’s about Scott O’Callaghan and Michaela Miller, who are neighbors. I do love neighbor romances. Anyway, the town sheriff doesn’t like Scott because he was a mischief maker as a teen. It’s kind of crazy, really, because that was years ago, and Scott has since been in the Marines, and is now a respectable business owner. Scott has been admiring Michaela from afar, and she’s been doing the same thing. When she stops in his shop, and the sheriff accuses Scott of a crime, she steps in to give him an alibi. And from there romance.
Scott and Michaela were both very easy to like and root for. There wasn’t a lot of angst, or back and forth between the two, and I really appreciated that. Both Scott and Michaela were pretty honest with each other, and I love when the main characters act like grown ups.
The suspense aspect, if you could even call it suspense, was only so-so, but that was okay. The whole thing about the sheriff believing Scott was no-good seemed pretty silly and not that believable. Tempting Alibi is only a novella, and I kind of resented having the sheriff’s POV in this book. It wasn’t about him, and I would have liked a little more time with the hero and heroine.
Overall, I enjoyed Tempting Alibi, but it wasn’t anything special. While the hero and heroine were cute together, they were not standout characters. And I didn’t enjoy the sheriff’s POV in this novella. But still, it was a cute read, perfect for a reading funk.
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