Title: Tempt My Heart
Author: Danielle Jamie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 2 2014
Published By: Lavish Publishings
Hosted By: Scandalous PRomotions (Sacndalous Book Blog)
Brittan McKenna’s life was perfect. After getting engaged to her high school sweetheart her happily ever after seemed to be all planned out. However after 9/11 her fiancée drops out of college to enlist; Brittan’s life takes a swift turn. After enjoying a heartfelt reunion with Cane when he returned from his first tour, her joy was short lived as tragedy struck. Cane was killed in the line of duty during his second tour in Iraq. However after years of longing and pining for her dearly deceased, will her heart be able to beat again for another? Will she be able to take a leap of faith?
On the day Cane died, Brittan believed her heart had died along with him.......or so she thought until her passion for music causes her to blaze a new trail testing fate and “tempting tomorrow”.
Eight years marks the anniversary of Cane’s death when Brittan sets eyes upon Jordon; a guitarist whose shrouded in mystery and a world class bad boy for her bands opening act, Tempting Tomorrow. Will he have that spark to set Brittan’s heart a light? Does he have what it takes to win her heart and to make her love again?
Falling for a rock star is a dangerous game, but it’s a hopeless task when you both have hidden demons.
For Jordon love does not exist... not until he meets the lovely Brittan who has the power to tame the untameable beast inside of him.
Will Brittan open her heart to love or will she sabotage the relationship before it even has a chance?
September 27th 2005
One thing I love about my job is the view. I’m not talking about the ocean ten feet outside Ocean Side Dive’s doors. I’m talking about my girl Brittan. She’s waitressing tonight while I’m bartending and there’s nothing I love more than standing behind this bar and watching my girl walk around in her daisy dukes and bikini top.
Don’t get me wrong. I hate that every other guy in this place is enjoying the view too. But I know I’m the one who gets to slide those jean shorts off tonight and untie that triangle top and watch it fall to the floor as her perfect breasts beg me to run my tongue over them.
I need to chill the fuck out on the dirty thoughts or I’ll end up taking a break and dragging Brittan to the back of the bar and having my way with her.
Checking my watch I see we still have two more hours until closing.
It’s going to be a long two hours.
“Hey, can I get a pitcher of beer off tap.” Alexa, one of the waitresses here asks drawing my attention away from Brittan.
“Sure thing, comin’ right up.” Getting to work I quickly fill the pitcher of beer and hand it off to her just as I spot Brittan making her way up to the bar with her note pad in hand.
Leaning forward onto my forearms I flash her a panty dropping grin, “Hey, baby, what do ya need?”
Setting her note pad down on the bar she folds rest her arms on my shoulder as a small smile dances across her gorgeous full lips. “I need six Coronas for the group over by the stage.”
Tonight’s Karaoke night at the bar and we’ve got a pretty good crowd. Nodding towards the two women on stage right now obliterating the Spice Girls and I think they by pasted drunk an hour ago.
“Here ya go, babe.” Handing her the tray of beers, I nod towards the two girls on stage, “I think you need to jump up there and show them how it’s done before everyone’s ears bleed from the horrific singing going on right now.”
Brittan lets out the sweetest laugh as she stuffs her notepad in her back pocket with one hand and balances the tray with the other.
“If this place wasn’t so damn packed, I would jump up there in a heartbeat, but there are too many thirsty people in here tonight wanting the flow of beers to keep coming.”
Leaning over the bar I press a quick kiss to her lips that are smirking against mine. Pulling back I giving her a questionable look as I glance around the room and slap my hands on the bar. “I’m telling you right now, every single person in this bar would give us their waitress for three minutes to give you time to jump up on that stage and sing a song for us.”
Rolling her eyes as a small smile plays on her lips she spins on her heels and sashays her way over to deliver the beers to the fellas waiting on her.
The girls are just finishing up their song so I take this as my chance to get everyone’s attention.
“Hey!” I shout holding my hand up in the air, “I think Brittan should get her fine little ass up on that stage and sing us a song, what do y’all think?”
The entire bar erupts in chants for Brittan to sing.
Making her way back over to the bar, she stops in front of me setting her tray down along with her notepad and pencil and furrows her perfectly arched brows at me, “You are one sly son-of-a-bitch ya know that right?” Before leaning up on her toes and kissing me.
As she heads towards the stage I shout across the bar at her, “I know, and it’s just another reason why you love me.”
The instant her feet hit the small stage her face lights up. Brittan never looks more gorgeous then when she’s performing. She lives and breathes music. I know she tries to pretend she enjoys school and the idea of teaching music one day, but she never gets that sparkle in her eyes like she does when she’s on stage or talking about being on stage.
Going through the karaoke book she selects her song and gets the music set to play before grabbing one of the mic’s and greeting the crowd, “Well since my boyfriend got me up here I think it’s only fair to sing one of his favorite songs.” I can’t help but take notice at the sarcasm dripping in his voice.
Oh God. Not. That. Song.
Hitting play, Mmm Bop by Hanson starts blasting throughout the bar.
Shaking my head I rub my fingers over my buzzed head and watch as she shakes her sweet little ass on stage while belting out Hanson. Everyone is laughing hysterically as she goes into full on performance mode singing this God awful song as if it’s her favorite fucking song.
Breaking into a fit of giggles, she stops the music and holds her hand in the air, “Okay….okay, enough joking aside. Y’all want me to sing, I’ll sing. I just needed to have some fun torturing the love of my life over there.”
Everyone turns towards me with shit eating grins on their face.
But I’m the one laughing because I know every one of these fuckers now have that catastrophe of a song stuck in their fucking heads too.
She’s evil. Pure evil. But God I love her.
Brittan spends the next almost four minutes belting out, I’m Just a Girl by No Doubt and getting the entire bar reenergized helping the last two hours fly by. I don’t think I’d love my job as much as I do if I wasn’t able to spend the evening tending bar with my girl right beside me. Being apart on that last tour in Afghanistan, away from her for a whole year was torture, but her unfaltering love for me got me through it. Now I’m cherishing every single moment I have with her because you never know when that next phone call will come.
Amazon Bestselling Author and a mother of 3 wonderful kids. Madison 10 Bailey 6 and Finn 2. I run a successful online boutique, Bailey Booper’s Boutique; many of my items featured on Teen Mom 2.
I live in a small town in NY with my husband of 11 years, enjoying my happily ever after. My perfect day is spending time at the beach, I love the Ocean. I’m an outdoorsy type of girl; every chance I get I’m outside walking or running around with my kids.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember but I finally decide to peruse my dreams of sharing my stories with the world when I published my first Novel Irresistible Desire back in March 2013.
I had to share that deleted scene with you. I thought it was awesome and as much as I wanted to share one of the other excerpts that I was given to choose from, I knew that if I didn't share the deleted scene, you would most likely never get to see it. I couldn't let that happen!
If you read the synopsis then you know that Cane dies. I thought this scene was an excellent way to show you how awesome the relationship between those two were before that happened.
Tempt My Heart was a heartfelt, tear jerking, rock and roll romance and so much more.
As I mentioned in the previous statement, you will cry. It is inevitable. Have tissues at hand. While crying is not an option for some scenes, it is not the only emotion that will be evoked by this book. :-) You will laugh, you will swoon, you will probably be angry once or twice, and you be cheering for Brittan and Jordan too!
I just posted the other day that I have trouble relating to characters that use drugs. That wasn't the case with Brittan and I think it was because it wasn't all consuming in the story. The fact that she was trying to get clean helped, and the fact that she was using to feel numb. By having her character use drugs so that she didn't feel tells us just how depressed and heart broken she was. She normally wouldn't have touched drugs but she was broken, lonely, lost and in unbearable and unspeakable pain that no one understood. She tried to put on a brave face for others but she couldn't deal with her pain. She didn't know how.
When she finally meets a man that made her feel something, she was scared shitless. She was also amazed that she felt something after so many years. Then of course there was guilt. She felt so much guilt it was unbearable. She felt like she was cheating even though Cane had been dead for eight long years.
I really liked Brittan's character. I liked Jordan even more. He was so sweet when he was being himself. ;-) The chemistry between the two of them was off the charts. I especially like the part where they played what is your favorite song. OMG it was so hot.
Tempt My Heart was hot but it was more about the story than the sex. What an emotional story it was!
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I would recommend it in a heart beat. I thought it was outstanding and I will be looking for more books by this talented author.