Tempted by the Mountain Man by Kelsie Calloway is the first book in the author’s The Men of Black Pine Woods series. This book is apparently a rework of a previous book, having formerly been titled Temptation or Mountain Man Temptation


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I went into this novella not knowing what to expect. I had never heard of this author before, so I had read nothing written by them prior to reading this. I’m not even sure why I picked this one up other than the title and the fact that I was looking for a short romance read at the time. However, Tempted by the Mountain Man (formerly Mountain Man Temptation) is a surprisingly fun twist on the brother’s best friend romance trope and I really enjoyed reading it.

Clementine is an interesting character and she’s where we start our story journey, picking up when Clementine is still in high school and dealing with all the things that accompany that. This includes a poor excuse for a boyfriend and a slight crush on her brother’s best friend, Ridge. Fast forward a few years and Clementine is out of high school and just returning to her hometown, right as Ridge needs her help.

You see, Ridge has just discovered he’s a father and he has no idea what to do about that because he wasn’t expecting to be handed a three-year old little girl that he hadn’t even known existed. Lucky for him, Clementine is well-versed in children, since she wants to open her own daycare, and she quickly offers to help him out, despite there being a lingering bit of awkwardness between her and Ridge.

This was a great brother’s best friend, second chance romance. Not perfect, by any means, but a good solid romance read with characters that are interesting and a story that pulls you along with it. So, if you’re looking for a quick read to whet the palate between larger books, this one might be a good one to check out. I enjoyed it.



RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars








Transport yourself to Copper Cross, a small town nestled in the heart of the Black Pine Woods. Full of rugged mountain men, bears, and plenty of logs to chop, The Men of Black Pine Woods are on the prowl for romance.


Tempted by the Mountain Man by Kelsie Calloway
Series: The Men of Black Pine Woods #1
Published by Self-Published on October 27, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance Short Reads
Pages: 72
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon Purchase
Buy: Amazon | Goodreads
RATING: three-half-stars

Brother's best friend meets younger single nanny for a second chance they never got.

Clementine Peterson thought she was coming home to start her life and open a business. She never expected to run into her older brother’s best friend and his new kid.

Ridge: When a social worker shows up at my doorstep with a three-year-old who looks just like me, I know that my whole life is about to change. I never thought I’d have kids, but looking at Hadley melts my heart. Being a first-time dad at twenty-five to a kid you’ve never met before is hard though. That’s why I need some help. Clementine might be my best friend’s little sister, but she’s the only one I can count on.



Tempted By The Mountain Man is a standalone short romance featuring a single dad and a slow burn second chance romance. Happily ever after guaranteed! ♥


Formerly titled Temptation or Mountain Man Temptation




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About Kelsie Calloway

Kelsie Calloway writes steamy romance featuring mountain men, small towns, and plenty of age gaps. Her books are flirty, dirty, and filled with sweet heroes who know how to please their women.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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