Sweet Temptation

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Sweet Temptation

Angelina has loved Micah Hudson for years. She loved him when she was 16 and he was married to Hannah and sharing Hannah with Angelina’s brother David. She knew how much he loved his wife though and just being there was enough. Three years ago when Hannah and David died in a car accident, Micah left Miami never checking on Angelina. Once a year Micah returns to Miami and even though Micah doesn’t know it’s her, Angelina is able to show Micah her love.
Micah has no desire to ever love another woman again. When his best friends little sister shows up in Houston, he’s shocked that she’s grown up and where he found her. She shouldn’t know about places like The House much less participates in the activities there! Of course, until he realized that it was David’s little sister Micah was ready to take Angelina home with him and not for a platonic night! 
Angelina only knows that she wants Micah and with him she feels safe. She’s come to Houston not only to find Micah and make him accept her as a woman but she’s on the run from a stalker. At 23, she’s willing to accept any terms Micah gives her as long as she can stay.
Can Angelina get Micah to agree she can stay? Will she be able to elude her stalker or will he find her? Will Micah ever see Angelina as anything more than his best friend’s teenage sister, much less learn to love her?
This is the fourth book in Ms Banks “sweet” series. While it can be read and very much enjoyed without having read the previous books, it would be so much better having read them. All of the characters from the previous books are in this one interacting with Micah and Angelina. 
The characters are done extremely well. They aren’t cardboard cutouts and without flaws. Instead, the come across as good friends with lives and interests of their own. Each has their own personality and style giving them interest to the reader.
This story is more than just a romance; it’s also a mystery. Who is stalking Angelina and how are they locating her so quickly. She can’t imagine whom it is and the police can’t seem to help. The notes are getting more threatening but he steps over the line when he starts involving Angelina’s new friends.
As with all the “sweet” books there is a lot of very graphic sex. This book’s sex scenes are edgier than the previous ones. It’s as if they are pushing the line between erotic pain and abuse, though it does not cross over it. In places it was as if Micah was doing what he said he would, take whatever Angelina offered without giving anything back. It was almost as if Micah was punishing and pushing Angelina in order to deny what he was feeling for her.
What is apparent through everything is the trust Angelina has in Micah. She knows he will never hurt her, physically or emotionally. He will never push her further than she can safely go and he will always be there. What Micah has to learn is trust is a two way street and occasionally taking what is considered a submissive position to fulfill your needs doesn’t make you a submissive. If anyone can teach him that it’s Angelina!
Once again, Ms Banks presented a book that I couldn’t wait to read and then couldn’t put down. I got so wrapped up in the story that I became oblivious to everything else. You know almost immediately that Angelina and Micah are going to come together and you also know that it’s not a joining that will come together easily. Pressed to the wall and fighting for all he’s worth, Micah learns that love is worth the pain.

Book Blurb for Sweet Temptation

He was a by-the-book cop who broke the rules in the bedroom... 
Micah Hudson has painful secrets he's run hard from. He has new friends, a new life, but he's about to be confronted with the one person who reminds him of all he's tried to forget--Angelina, the sister of his oldest friend David. She knows everything about his past, including how he and David fell in love with the same woman, and how they decided the best way to prevent her from tearing them apart was to share her between them. But then a terrible accident left Micah alone... 
She was willing to do anything to make him see the woman she'd become... 
Micah lost the two people who meant the most in the world to him. Angelina lost her only family. And she kept her deepest secret close to her heart. Her love for Micah. No longer willing to wait, she decides it's time to go after him and bring him to his knees. She knows his secrets, his desires, his kinks and fetishes, and she'll use whatever it takes to reel him in. Behind the easygoing, loves women exterior lies a man with dark needs and passions. She can give him what he wants. But will he decide she's what he needs? 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.75