Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Temptation on Ocean Drive (The Sunshine Sisters #2) by Jennifer Probst ~ Book Review with Excerpt


Temptation on Ocean Drive, A heart-stirring novel of unrequited love and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst is live!

Young widow Bella Sunshine-Caldwell is focused only on raising her daughter and running the family business, Sunshine Bridal. There’s no time for romance—especially with her fellow wedding planner, Gabe, whom she’s growing increasingly attracted to. He’s too enterprising to stay in Cape May for long, anyway. And too tall, dark, and handsome to be anything but a heartbreaker.

Every woman in town has her sights on Gabe Garcia. The only woman he has eyes for doesn’t seem interested. All he wants is to fall in love, be a father, and settle down. As he and Bella work together on a magical winter wedding, the distance between them closes, the nights grow warmer, and Bella might be seeing Gabe for who he really is: a man worth the effort.

But all it takes is a single rumor for these two hearts’ fragile love story to shatter. And now the happy ending Bella and Gabe hoped for is something they’re going to have to fight for.

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He repeated the question. “I need to know. Why was it easier not to believe me?”

This time, she didn’t hesitate. “Because then I could pretend you weren’t the man I really wanted.”

“And do you? Want me?”

She jerked back. Her tongue slipped out to wet her bottom lip. Her voice was barely a whisper. “Yes.”

He muttered a curse. Then leaned forward, his hand cupping her chin. “I want to kiss you, Bella. I’ve been wanting to kiss you forever, but I need to know it’s okay.”

She stared at him, pupils dilated, ragged breaths panting from her lips, and he knew this moment would be carved out in his mind—the first time he saw her face reflect her open want for him. She gave a tiny nod.

He moved closer. His lips stopped an inch from hers. “No. You need to say it.”

“Yes. Kiss me, Gabe.”

His mouth covered hers.

I spent this past weekend with the Sunshine Sisters and I love them. First I started with LOVE ON BEACH AVENUE where I met all three sisters and knew right from the start that this was going to be an exciting trilogy because watching three single wedding planners find their own Happily Ever Afters is not as easy as you would think. 

After reading LOVE ON BEACH AVENUE, where the eldest sister Avery was the one to get her HEA, I dove into my ARC of TEMPTATION ON OCEAN DRIVE which is about the middle sister Bella. Bella had her happily ever after with Matt whom she loved from a very young age, only Matt was killed in a car accident a few months after their daughter, Zoe, was born. Now with Bella being a widow and a single mother she guards her heart like Fort Knox.

Gabe Garcia is a Cape May transplant, he moved to the small town three years ago and started working at Sunshine Bridals as Avery's assistant but has recently been promoted to take on his own clients. Gabe is what the local magazine calls The Beach Bachelor, a title Gabe hates but it's something he has to deal with. Living in a small town people like to gossip and it seems like Gabe is always made out to be the towns playboy, whether it's true or not. 

Gabe has been in love with Bella for years but she doesn't see HIM, until they start working on a wedding together. 

This story can be read as a standalone but I guarantee once you meet the Sunshine Sisters you're going to want to read each of their stories. I cannot wait to get my hands on Taylor's story which is scheduled to release April 2021.

If you enjoy small town romances, office romances, or are just looking for a good read I would recommend this book to you.

Happy Reading!!!

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed,  joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine—not necessarily in that order.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.

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