10 Harlequin Temptation Reads for Throwback Thursday
As a reader, one of the saddest days I’ve had was the day Harlequin decided to close the Temptation line. So many of my favorite authors came from that line and I devoured the books each and every month. I loved the books so much, I still have over a hundred of them sitting on my keeper shelf and I can still name the title, author, and plot of a few dozen of them.
Here are 10 of my favorite Harlequin Temptation reads, in no particular order.
Santa in a Stetson
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
Santa never looked so good!
Jo Cassidy had always had a weakness for cowboysespecially strapping, sexy devils like Russ Gibson. In one short night, he’d done more than make her weakhe’d loved every inch of her and then walked out. That was it for Jo. Slipping a ring on her finger, she decided to invent a husband. The next time a gorgeous cowpoke crossed her path, she’d be unavailable.
But then Russ showed up on her doorstep Christmas Eve, needing her help. Throughout the snowy, magical night, Jo and Russ found themselves falling in love. But Jo’s strategy for self-preservation had worked too well. Because no matter what she said, Russ still believed Jo was somebody else’s wife .
Samantha Reed is willing to settle into marriage as a trophy wife to a wealthy older man–if it will help her aging father pay off his debts. But not before having her first, last and only fling–cramming a lifetime’s worth of lust into one weekend with the first available guy she finds. And when her car breaks down near a roadside tavern, she sets her sights on the sexy bartender–Mac Mackenzie…the perfect man for her love-him-and-leave-him fantasy.
Only, it never occurs to Samantha that she might fall in love–or that Mac might have a few fantasies of his own….
Adam Grayson, undercover FBI agent extraordinaire, had never hated an assignment so much–or wanted a woman so badly. His new supervisor, Eva Burgess, had quickly become a prominent player in his favorite fantasy. Not that he had any chance with her–his cover as a geeky accountant pretty well shot down any possibilities there. Then she propositioned him…
Alone and expecting, Eva needed to find a husband…at least a temporary one. And with Adam she was certain she’d have no trouble ending the charade. But she hadn’t expected Adam to be so compelling, so sexy…so male. Nor did she guess that she’d start to crave their moments together with a need that took her breath away.
The Heartbreak Kid
by Alison Kent
Electrician Sophie North felt as if she’d touched a live wire the first time she laid eyes on Tyler Barnes. Hardly unexpected. He had a heartbreaking grin, an incredible body, and a thousand watts of cowboy charm. Half the single women in Brodie, Texas, were out to snag him now that he was setting up his veterinary practice.
But Sophie was just passing through. And she’d sworn never to live her life at the mercy of her own passionate nature—not after passion had destroyed her chance for a real family. Nevertheless, every time Tyler came near her response was shocking. Which wasn’t supposed to be happening. Lightning was only supposed to strike once!
by Joanne Rock
Graduate student Madeline Watson can’t believe the university rejected her human-mating-rituals study, hinting a good girl like her can’t handle the racy subject. Okay, so maybe she has a few gaps in her mating knowlege. But she’s changing that by propositioning the campus bad boy Cal Turner. With his expert instruction, she’ll learn the finer points of desire… and how much fun it is being bad.
Mechanic-turned-teacher Cal has to shake a reputation that’s been a lifetime in the making. Which means he can’t risk a public fling with Maddy… and he can’t refuse her oh-so-tempting offer. But he could give her private lessons– just the two of them– studying the art of seduction. Until their passionate sessions overheat the classroom and Cal’s left wondering who really is the teacher.
Ginny Van Saun thought she was alone—until she stepped out of the shower naked and discovered a brawny, handsome, angry man in her room. She wasn’t a people person at the best of times, and his compelling presence was unsettling, to say the least. No way was she going to share her intimate hideaway with such a man!
No way was Logan Macallister going to be run off by some sexy, volatile redheaded intruder! If she wanted to share his place for a few weeks, okay. But it would be on his terms. And after his first unforgettable sight of Ginny, he knew what those terms would be….
Charlie All Night
Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB’s prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he’s willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that’s an added bonus.
Charlie just wants to kick back, play good tunes and eat Chinese food. He’s not interested in becoming famous. But he isinterested in Allie. And after all, what harm is a little chemistry between friends?
But suddenly their one-night stand has become a four-week addiction. Night after night on the airwaves, his voice seduces her and all the other women in town. He’s a hit. It looks as if Charlie’s solved all Allie’s problems except one. What is she going to do when he leaves?
by Lori Foster
Tony Austin had no desire for a wife, but he longed for a baby of his own. What he needed was someone to carry the child and then vanish from his life.
The last thing Olivia Anderson wanted was a husband…and a child. All she was expecting was a night or two of incredibly hot, passionate sex.
It should have been perfect…. Scandalous, but perfect. Only, sometimes passion gets out of control, and love upsets even the best-laid plans.
Tangling with Ty
by Jill Shalvis
Dr. Nicole Mann is simply too busy for romance. Her work as a surgeon consumes her entire world and she prefers it that way. That is, until she meets too-charming-for-his-own- good Ty O’Grady. This sexy architect with his enticing Irish accent has her thinking of something other than medicine. So she’ll prescribe herself an intense–but temporary–round of seduction to cure this Ty fever once and for all.
Stubborn, strong and entirely too desirable, Nicole is Ty’s match. When one hot touch leads to another, and another, this footloose drifter suddenly is thinking of a relationship with a design to forever. So he’s pulling out all the sensual stops and will do anything to show her a temptation that’s irresistible!
by Jo Leigh
THE WRONG BED
TANGLED SHEETS…TANGLED MESS
It had started as a dare. Maggie Beaumont was going to finally do the wild thing with her fiance. At a masquerade party, no less–in costume who would know? Except somehow in the dark Maggie snuck off with the wrong man! He was dressed exactly like her fiance and he never protested once! Even after she loved him senseless….
Spencer Daniels couldn’t believe his luck. He’d returned home to win his ex-wife hack–to convince Maggie not to walk down the aisle. Her sensual welcome was a delightful surprise.
Maggie was in shock–and torn. How on earth could she untangle this mess? Especially when she couldn’t put Spencer’s sizzling touch out of her mind….
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