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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (183 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Kennedia

Devon Carter was her first; now newly wed Ashley wants their passion to last. But her dreams of true love are crushed by the discovery that their marriage is another of Daddy's business deals. Her strategy: act the part of perfect wife and make Devon love her.

But Devon misses the bubbly, no-holds-barred woman his wife used to be. Who is this Ashley with the steely demeanor of a society wife? And will he find a way to rekindle the fire in her eyes…especially now that she's pregnant?

Charming romance with emotional turmoil sums up Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss by Maya Banks. This light read had my emotions engaged after the first page, I wanted to reach out and smack the hero of the story and then I wanted to scream at the heroine to turn and run the other way from this creep.

Devon Carter is a driven man who has worked hard to get ahead in life and everything he has ever wanted is at his fingertips. He just has to marry the daughter of the man whose company he wants to merge with his. Nice plan, it’s just too bad an innocent woman who knows nothing about it is in the middle. I really wanted to hate our hero for this lesson in idiocy, but throughout the story readers are shown that Devon isn’t really a bad guy and he really does love his bride to be, come wife. Devon thinks he needs to change his wife to make her the perfect partner for him; he doesn’t realize what a treasure she already is until it is too late. Devon loves his wife just the way she is, he just hasn’t figured it out yet and it was enthralling to watch him discover his true feelings for Ashley.

Ashley Copeland is an optimistic and effervescent woman who loves deeply and innocently. She was a character that immediately stole my heart with her zest for life and exuberant personality. I felt every emotion she portrayed throughout the story and my heart broke for her when it seemed her dreams of happily ever after were not coming true. Ash was one of those characters that I totally empathized with and wanted her to be happy so badly. I wanted to protect her from Devon right from the beginning and watching her trying to transform herself to what she believed Devon wanted just made me mad. I cheered for her when she discovered she doesn’t need to be anything but what she is. Ashley was such a wonderful character with depth and spirit.

Ms. Banks’ prose is sweet and charming in this romantic story of deception and its effects on a relationship. This story was fast paced in the beginning and moved rather relaxed throughout however I did find there were times when it dragged. Nothing significant but the conflict was somewhat repetitive. Ashley needs to be what her husband wants in order to gain his love and Devon doesn’t know what he wants until it is gone. Ms. Banks pens dialogue that is authentic for her characters and kept this story progressing at a leisurely pace. The plot was beautifully written displaying the characters growth throughout. The ending was sweet and satisfying leaving me with a smile on my face and lightness in my heart for the characters and their happy ending.

Maya Banks has written a charming romance with characters that tug the heartstrings of her readers. Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss is a lovely story that will have readers searching for more tasty treats by Ms. Banks.