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Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles.

In Tempted by Love:

Years ago, best-selling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune - on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.

Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.

As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret....

©2020 Melissa Foster (P)2020 Melissa Foster

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love this

This emotional story tugs at the heart. Daphne is a single mom with the cutest little girl that steals the whole story. Hayden is funny, loveable and charming.
Jack, "Jock Steele, is handsome confident, charming and oozes sex. but why does he avoid Hadley so much?
Daphne and Jock's connection is fun, flirty, sexy and hot. If Jock couldn't get past his phobia with Hadley, she would have to call it off. Jock had a secret he needed to tell her. If didn't, he knew he may lose her forever.
Jennifer Mac and Brian Pallino both bring depth to each character. They live the story. I can feel each moment of anguish, anger, torment, fear, throughout the story. Thank you for bringing this story to life.
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Fast listen

A book you can’t wait to read or listen to more and more! Great story full of love, romance and a daydream! Off to the next!

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Best Melissa Foster Book!!

I’ve read everyone of her books this one is the best so far!! Love love Doc!

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OH My God! Jock!!!!!!

I can now say that Jock is my favorite Melissa Foster character of all time. He just has it all! Fantastic storyline and great narration.

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Great Book

I so loved it. It was great. great story line had me on the edge of my seat

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Scorching HOT and beautiful!

The summer of 2020 will be remembered for many things - quarantine/pandemic, presidential race, struggles of a wide variety for many BUT, most of all 2020 is the summer I finally got to meet Hadley Zablonski in Tempted By Love!! (PS-she isn’t even the main heroine, her mama is) Hadley is the cutest almost 3 yr old fictional character I’ve ever met. This little girl will wrap you around her precious little fingers with just one little scowl (smiles are reserved for special people, aka Jock Steele). Hadley is the daughter of Daphne. Daphne is the manager/receptionist at Bayside Resort. Daphne has been through some tough times learning to be a single mom, getting divorced from a man who didn’t want to know or want to love a child. Jackson “Jock” Steele is a man still reeling from some horrible events 10 yrs in his past and most recently the death of the man he cared for, Harvey. Jock has a long road ahead of him to be able to put his demons in the past and forge a new path/reconnect with his family who live on Silver Island. Can Daphne and Hadley help Jock find that path? If I’m not careful with all I want to say about this newest love story by Melissa Foster I will be giving away the story and that is not happening. So, just know that you will need tissues for happy tears, OMG tears, you will find yourself in some pretty steamy between the sheets scenes, and completely falling in love with the newest world of Melissa Foster. Sooo many new characters to love and visits/connections with ones you already know and love. I found myself with tears, saying “Oh My Goodness”, and literally bouncing on my toes for this new world. If you love big families, alpha males who will love, protect, and fall hard when they meet the woman meant for them, then you will love this newest world of Melissa Foster, The Steeles of Silver Island. The first book in this new series is Tempted By Love (Jock and Daphne). Each book can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend alI books from Melissa Foster. The Bayside Desires series is the most closely related series. For the audiobook, Brian Pallino’s performance is great, I love the deep baritone, especially for those oh-so-hot between-the-sheets scenes! Jennifer Mack does an equally outstanding performance as Daphne and Hadley. This beautiful love story is great even if you only read the words. But, listening to this story is brought beautifully to life by Brian and Jennifer is a whole new experience. I have come to learn that voice-narrators/actors are so talented because of all the voices they may have to create/perform in a story. Totally recommend this audio not just for the story or the voices but for the whole experience. I received an audio copy in exchange for an honest review. 5-stars easily!! *****

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Enjoy the book

Very enjoyable book was very interesting from beginning to end looking forward to reading thy other characters stories love books its happy ending love the little girl in the book she was so adorable 😊 ❤ she gave the book such a wonderful and happy feeling ! That's why I loved book so much!!!

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Jack “Jock” Steele

Melissa Foster has written an emotional ally involved love story. There were some tough topics dealt with in this book. They were handled beautifully. Keep it up Melissa Foster!!

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4.5 Tempting Stars!

This captivating and emotional romance is a great start to The Steeles at Silver Island series! I love the world that Foster has created that is filled with so much love, quirky and loyal friendships, and lots of steamy passion. Jack “Jock” Steele and Daphne Zablonski's sweet and steamy romance has them helping each other heal from their heartbreaking pasts. Daphne is a dedicated single mom to an adorable little girl, Hadley. Hadley loves Jock, and she tries to be his friend. But Jock's heartbreaking past makes him keep his distance. It kills him to make her sad, and her mother as well. He is so attracted to the sexy single mom, so he must find a way to heal old wounds. Daphne has low self esteem but is so kind and a great mom. I loved how she always put her daughter first and wouldn't consider giving her heart to a man who couldn't love Hadley as well. I loved how their relationship unfolded, how they helped each other heal, and grow stronger. They had so much fun together, and their chemistry was explosive. This heartfelt, and charming story is filled with witty banter, quirky characters, awkward situations, and fiery chemistry. Narrators, Jennifer Mack, and Brian Pallino did a great job bringing these characters to life and making me fall in love with this island community. I loved this fun, emotional, sweet & sexy romance, and want more of these wonderful friends and family of Silver Island!

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Toddlers melt hearts

I have been waiting patiently for Jock's story for what seems like forever. Witnessing this reserved tortured man melt at the hands of a determined toddler was SOOO worth the wait.

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  • 12-17-20

Great Author!

When I first stumbled on this author, I didn't think I'd enjoy the books she writes so much. I thought they would be full of cringe and mushy stuff. I was wrong. The writing is great. I haven't found a single book by this author I haven't liked.

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  • Karen Dee
  • 09-29-20

Sweet romance about second chances

I enjoyed this second chance romance. A single mom trying to raise her little girl and deal with the pain of her past and a single man still trying to heal from his tragic pain. Both of them come together to try and find a way to love again and heal. It was so touching to watch them take their cautious steps to overcome their wounds and learn to trust in the power of love and each other. The little girl was so sweet and added to the overall charm of this book. I love to see a man who is compassionate and willing to talk about his pain and reach out for help.

Overall the narration was very good and I really liked their acting.

This book made for a lovely Sunday listen!

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  • 09-28-20

Jock and Daphne!

Jock has endured a tragic loss that continues to haunt him so even though he has built a new life for himself he is not really living until a single mother and her beautiful daughter come into his life. After the pain he endured he closed himself off to love or a relationship, but they manage to breach the walls he has placed against his heart despite his intentions to keep his distance.

Daphne may have made the wrong choice when it came to her daughter Hadley’s father, but she wouldn’t change a thing as her daughter is her whole world. She is older and wiser now and determined to protect the hearts of both her and her daughter which is complicated by the fact that their enchantment with Jock seems to be one-sided.

This is an emotional story about love, family and new beginnings between two people who have both been hurt in the past in different ways. When Daphne learns about Jock’s devastating loss, she helps him heal by showing that he has no control over what could have been, but he does have the choice about what can be. The narrators did a great job of bringing the emotion and humor of the story to the forefront. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-23-20

Getting to know the Steeles!

Well, I am ready to go to Silver Island! Melissa Foster has done it again. She has me falling for a new family and I love it! We have met Daphne previously, and her adorable daughter Hadley. A single mom, uncomfortable in her own skin. Jock is taken with her, but has issues with children.This won't fly in Daphne's world, Hadley is her everything. Will these two be able to jump the hurdles they face? There are some big ones to get over! I love that Melissa Foster does not only write fantastic romance, but adds relevant issues that are not glossed over. Her characters are flawed, and she lets us feel their pain and deal with the problem right along with them. This one is fabulous, and we find love, redemption, forgiveness and a new family to love, right down to grumpy Uncle Archer. It's a wonderful ensemble cast and I can't wait to hear the next one!

Brian Pallino and Jennifer Mack narrate this gem. These two can bring out all the emotions in their characters, making it sound like we are experiencing the story as it is really unfolding. I enjoyed both of their performances and look forward to more.

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 09-23-20

A Must Read/Listen

Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster is a contemporary romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino. This is the first book in the Steele’s At Silver Island Series.

I absolutely love Melissa’s books. They always pull me in and leave a smile on my face. I loved the relationship between Jock and Daphne. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series My True Love to get Grant and Jules love story.

Jennifer and Brian did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life and I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would highly recommend this book if you love romance books. It will give you all the feels!!!

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 09-23-20

Sweet and swoony

This is such a sweet book only elevated by the two narrators of the audiobook, Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino, Jack "Jock" Steele and Daphne have obvious chemistry (leapt off the pages) but his inability to be close to Daphne's daughter, Hadley, prevents Daphne from opening up to him. Past pain and hurt are the culprits and Melissa Foster masterfully details Jock's pain and eventual movement past the pain to live again. I loved the supportive cast- their family and friends are wonderful. I know that the author has many books across many families and while I've read (and enjoyed) many of them, I always realize after reading one of her books how many I still need to (and want to read). I swooned and smiled throughout this book and I look forward to the next book in the series.

In regards to the narrators of the audiobook, Jennifer Mack was fantastic. I smiled every time she adopted the high voice for Hadley, Daphne's daughter. I loved how she played all the characters, male or female, effortlessly. And Brian Pallino was also excellent, playing multiple characters so well and infusing emotion into these characters and their story. Overall, the narration elevated the story and I really loved both.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 09-22-20

Tempted by Love

Oh man, did this book pull out every single emotion! I had annoyance, anger, sorrow, silliness, pain and the perfect happiness. There is so much to this story that keeps you hooked. I know this is a long book, but I listened to it all in one go because I just needed to see how it ended. Fabulous writing and just as fantastic narration! The little girl voice was perfect!

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