Monday, March 29, 2010

Tempt Me If You Can by Janet Chapman

My thoughts:

Tempt Me If You Can is the second book in Janet Chapman’s series about the Sinclair family. I don’t know how many books she plans to have as she only has one brother left but with her highlander series she ended up moving on to the children of the highlanders so the series could go for a while. I vaguely recall reading The Man Must Marry, which was book one, but didn’t really recall any of the details until pretty far into this novel when the plot of the last one was mentioned. Not having read the first book won’t hamper your enjoyment of this one, but I do wish she had reviewed the last one a bit sooner because I spent a lot of time trying to remember what happened in the last one.

In this book Benjamin Sinclair gets a mysterious letter telling him he has a fifteen year old son he has never met and knew nothing about. He hires a private detective and discovers that the claim in the letter is true. He travels from New York to Maine to get to know his son in disguise and discovers that the town still blames him for an explosion that occurred and killed a man, his son’s grandfather, when he was in town with an environmental group. During the course of getting to know his son and the aunt who is raising him, as his mother disappeared ten years ago and has not been heard from since, he finds himself being drawn to Emma who has been raising his son Michael since she was 19 or 20 years old. Along with the romance between these two there are also a couple of mysteries. What happened to Kelly and why has she never contacted her sister or her son? Who blew up the dam that killed Kelly and Emma's father? What are the strange coordinates found in one man's room for? By the end of the novel these things are resolved.

I enjoyed this book. Janet Chapman is a resident of Maine and each of her books that I have read have been set there. She makes it sound like such a beautiful place. Each time I read one I am left thinking it would be a nice place to visit. The state is very large and not very populated and has both coasts and beaches and large forests and mountains. Lately it seems I’ve read quite a few books set in Maine, maybe the universe is trying to tell me something! I received this book as part of Pocket Books Blog tours for review purposes.

Product Details
Pub. Date: February 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 368pp
ISBN-13: 9781416595441
ISBN: 1416595449


When an anonymous letter stuns shipping magnate and confirmed bachelor Ben Sinclair with the news that he has a teenage son, he's determined to make good on the past. But Emma Sands doesn't trust him. The beautiful, fiery blonde has raised her nephew in the peaceful woods of Maine since he was five, and just because fifteen-year-old Michael is the spitting image of his tall, handsome father doesn't give Ben the right to march in and change their lives forever. Or so she thinks, until his return mysteriously unearths a dangerous small-town secret. With Michael's help, Ben will do whatever it takes to prove to fiercely independent Emma that he can be the fearless protector she never knew she wanted...and the passionate lover she always thought she could resist.

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