She's a liar. He knows the truth.Teagan Walker gets around. Ask anyone—hell, ask her. She'll own it with a smile. But beneath that smile is a girl whose parents didn't want her. Whose grandparents raised her without affection. Whose struggle with a burning anger threatens to consume her, though she'd rather punch someone in the face than talk about it. With a new job looming, she's determined to work her way into a better life. When she meets the sexiest guy she's ever seen, she decides to kick it off with a bang. And she makes her move.
But he's got moves of his own, and before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she means to reveal—without removing a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He's gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what's the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again.
Except she does.
On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He's the son of her new CEO—and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she's ever told.
Truth & Temptation is the third book in Riley Edgewood's Summer Loveseries, but can be read as a standalone.
5Alec Chambers owns a piece of my very being. 5 kitten, I'm going to love to make you beg stars. Riley Edgewood has blown me away with Truth & Temptation. I liked Rock & Release but crashed into love with this novel. I think Edgewood is like fine wine, continues to get better with time. This book completely captivates you from the very first few pages and part of it is because Teagan is a trip while the other part of it is because Alec is something to behold.
I can probably write this entire review on how much I love Alec Chambers but that wouldn't be fair because the book isn't onlyabout him. Alec is witty, wickedly sexy, confident, charming, disarming, sweet, and vulnerable. He is probably one of the best fictional characters I've ever read outside of Gideon Cross (Sylvia Day), Jackson Stone (J. Kenner), and a few others. While Alec is the total package with the money, power, confidence, and looks, he is human and not some arrogant nitwit. He doesn't see those that aren't as wealthy or fortunate as him as beneath him and he has problems of his own. The most endearing thing about Alec is his stuttering problem! Alec is real and tangible and really someone I think every woman aspires to at least date once in their life. He's the walking dream and Edgewood gives us to him.
Teagan is the kind of heroine that you either really like or really dislike. For me, I really liked her. She's complicated with her own share of secrets that not even those closest to her know. She's like an onion, definitely channeling Donkey from Shrek right now, in that she has many layers that need to be peeled back until you reach the real her. What I loved most about Teagan is how she didn't really run from Alec as much as she could have. She accepted that he wasn't going anywhere and her slipping off into the love trap.
The story really does well to show how the right kind of people can make all the difference. Teagan is a saving grace for Alec in that she doesn't want him for anything other than his kind heart and understanding nature in a world where most just want his money and status. Alec is the first person to truly see Teagan and understand her while making her want to be a better person. They make each other better through understanding, care, and love which is the best kind of story and what I think we all aspire to be. If someone doesn't make you the best version of yourself then you are settling.
Riley Edgewood writes sexy love stories about characters along that sometimes scary, often thrilling path toward self-discovery, where high school years are a few miles back in the rearview mirror and nothing but possibility stretches out on the road ahead.
Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.
Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber, Colleen Hoover, and Cora Carmack.