Review: Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen

Review: Your Tempting Love by Layla HagenYour Tempting Love by Layla Hagen
Series: The Bennett Family #5
on February 14, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Christopher Bennett is a persuasive man. With his magnetic charm and undeniable wit, he plays a key role in the international success of his family’s company.

Christopher adores his family, even if they can be too meddling sometimes. . .like when they recommend him to employ Victoria Hensley‘s decorating services for his new apartment in an attempt to set him up with her. Christopher isn’t looking to settle down, but meeting Victoria turns his world upside down. Her laughter is contagious, and her beautiful lips and curves are too tempting.

Victoria Hensley is determined not to fall under Christopher’s spell, even though the man is hotter than sin, and his flirty banter makes her toes curl. But Christopher is her client, and she knows better than to get involved with clients. Besides, Victoria isn’t looking for love. After her parents‘ death, Victoria is raising her much younger siblings, and she can’t afford any mistakes.

But Victoria and Christopher‘s chemistry is not just the sparks-flying kind, but the downright explosive kind. Before she knows it, Christopher is training her brother Lucas for soccer tryouts, and reading good-night stories to her sister Chloe.Victoria wants to resist him, but Christopher is determined, stubborn and. . .oh-so-persuasive.
When their attraction and connection both spiral out of control, will they be able to risk it all for a love that is far too tempting?

I loved Hagen’s Your Inescapable Love, so I was very excited to read more from her Bennett Family series. Your Tempting Love was the next one I picked up. While it was sweet and fun, I, unfortunately, didn’t love this one as much as Your Inescapable Love.

Your Tempting Love is about Christopher Bennett, who is part of the large Bennett family. He’s been away for awhile, helping his family’s business expand abroad. But he’s happily back in San Francisco, and needs someone to help furnish and decorate his new apartment. In steps Victoria Hensley, a home decorator. Although Victoria and Christopher are extremely attracted to each other, Victoria is determined to not get involved with a client. But, of course, she can’t resist Christopher forever, and ROMANCE!

It wasn’t difficult at all to like the two protagonists. Victoria has a lot on her shoulders. Her parents passed away suddenly, and Victoria took on the guardianship of her siblings, some who are still very young. On top of that, she’s trying to get her business up and running, and to meet the demands of social services. It’s so clear that Victoria loves her siblings dearly, and is doing her best to help them out. Victoria is a kind, hard working woman, and I couldn’t help but love her.

Christopher Bennett was wonderful, too. Although he’s part of a very wealthy family, he works hard at the Bennett Jewelry business. He’s gorgeous, but also kind. He’s not an asshole, and he doesn’t have an air or entitlement that I really liked. I also loved how he was so happy to help out with Victoria’s siblings, partly, of course, because he wanted to get with Victoria, but also because he’s nice and wanted to help the kids out.

Victoria and Christopher made a good couple, for sure. I will say that some of what was intended to be banter towards the beginning of their courtship felt a bit stilted. There were times that Victoria would blurt stuff out, and it felt so unnatural. I just couldn’t imagine someone, especially someone like Victoria who was very competent, word vomiting like she did at times. The “banter” felt more like an attempt by Hagen, than something actually realistic. But, besides that, I really did want Victoria and Christopher to be together.

Another small gripe – the tension between Victoria and the social worker checking in on her family felt so ridiculous, and just something there to add some kind of conflict to the story. It felt like the social worker just took a dislike of Victoria and was out to get her. I’m not a social worker, but even if he didn’t like Victoria personally, it was clear how well she took care of the kids. I would think that a social worker, who I always thought was a profession that kept someone very busy, wouldn’t waste time giving Victoria a hard time.

So, while it took me a bit to get into Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen, ultimately I did enjoy this. It was sweet, and both Victoria and Christopher were easy to like. Although their actions didn’t always feel realistic, I still liked them and rooted for them.

three-half-stars

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