web site hit counter Mixing Temptation - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Mixing Temptation

Availability: Ready to download

After a year spent living in hiding—with no end in sight—Caroline Andrews wants to reclaim her life. But the lingering trauma from her days serving with the marines leaves her afraid to trust the tempting logger who delivers friendship and the promise of something more. Following an accident that nearly robbed him of his hopes for the future, Josh Summers believes life has After a year spent living in hiding—with no end in sight—Caroline Andrews wants to reclaim her life. But the lingering trauma from her days serving with the marines leaves her afraid to trust the tempting logger who delivers friendship and the promise of something more. Following an accident that nearly robbed him of his hopes for the future, Josh Summers believes life has given him a second chance. He wants to settle down with the woman who stole his attention and his heart. And he’s willing to wait until she’s ready to be more than “just friends.” When fear of discovery leaves Caroline pretending to be his date, Josh tempts her to try the real thing—a relationship built on trust, not lies. But then the past threatens and Caroline must risk everything—including her freedom—to bury her demons before she can take a chance on happy-ever-after.


Compare

After a year spent living in hiding—with no end in sight—Caroline Andrews wants to reclaim her life. But the lingering trauma from her days serving with the marines leaves her afraid to trust the tempting logger who delivers friendship and the promise of something more. Following an accident that nearly robbed him of his hopes for the future, Josh Summers believes life has After a year spent living in hiding—with no end in sight—Caroline Andrews wants to reclaim her life. But the lingering trauma from her days serving with the marines leaves her afraid to trust the tempting logger who delivers friendship and the promise of something more. Following an accident that nearly robbed him of his hopes for the future, Josh Summers believes life has given him a second chance. He wants to settle down with the woman who stole his attention and his heart. And he’s willing to wait until she’s ready to be more than “just friends.” When fear of discovery leaves Caroline pretending to be his date, Josh tempts her to try the real thing—a relationship built on trust, not lies. But then the past threatens and Caroline must risk everything—including her freedom—to bury her demons before she can take a chance on happy-ever-after.

30 review for Mixing Temptation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    5 - "This is so much better than pie." Stars! The third book in Sara Jane Stone’s Second Shot series, takes us back to Forever, Oregon and gives us Caroline Andrews and Josh Summers’ Story. The beginnings of their story has very much played out through the previous two books in the series, in that both characters have featured quite heavily in both books in a secondary capacity. But Josh, well Josh has had my heart since the beginning of the authors Independence Falls series, so this book, althou 5 - "This is so much better than pie." Stars! The third book in Sara Jane Stone’s Second Shot series, takes us back to Forever, Oregon and gives us Caroline Andrews and Josh Summers’ Story. The beginnings of their story has very much played out through the previous two books in the series, in that both characters have featured quite heavily in both books in a secondary capacity. But Josh, well Josh has had my heart since the beginning of the authors Independence Falls series, so this book, although pretty short in length, was such a sweet treat for me, in that Josh finally gets his girl. "She’s not just my second chance after all the shit I’ve been through… (view spoiler)[the accident, the coma… (hide spoiler)] She’s my everything." It’s been a bumpy ride for Caroline and Josh to get to the point that they can look towards thinking about pursuing a relationship together, and the author has used that time through the previous books really well, in giving their connection depth and to develop a friendship to the point that they are both now comfortable being in each others company. She’d blown past impossible, pushed failure aside, and claimed her second chance. And now she didn’t want to let go. She wanted to hold on to him with all her heart. Caroline isn’t a character, especially if you take into account her past, that you could see stepping into anything with a man without a large amount of time passing, while the trust is established between them. And Josh with his easy-going charm, and laid back manner, was the perfect complement in relation to those requirements. "I don’t know what to wish for anymore… Every time I think about the future, the tension seeps in. I feel it lodge between my shoulder blades like a physical reminder that I’m tethered to my past actions." In the beginning she reminded me very much of a scared injured animal, one that you have to coax out of the most uncomfortable of hiding places to treat, and then give them time, distance and above all understanding to let them work through everything, and decide that you are deserving of their trust, before they finally allow you near them in any capacity. Things have built slowly, and steadily between them, and all around the provision of Josh’s newly acquired baking habits. "If not now, when?" Add in an unexpected road trip, facing up to your past, helping someone acknowledge that they deserve a better future, sweet, poignant and smoking hot sexy-times and more fun and games with all the characters that you have come to know and enjoy through the previous books in this and the Independence Falls series, and this is a book I read in one sitting. "I don’t want to hold you back from your dreams, I want to be a part of your happy-ever-after." I hope this isn’t the last from this series, there are certainly a couple of people that figure in this book that I think may have stories to be told at some point in the future. I absolutely adore this author’s writing, story-lines and characterizations, I’ll always want more, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for her readers next. "Stay with me." ARC generously provided, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed Mixing Temptation, Josh and Caroline entertained me from start to end, loved these two. Josh and Caroline were both very likable, endearing and passionate characters. I loved watching their relationship slowly develop. Josh was patient, caring nurturing and very supportive of Caroline and everything she'd been through and still going through. It warmed my heart watching Caroline slowly find the strength to reclaim her life with Josh's help and support. Mixing Temptation wa 4.5 stars I really enjoyed Mixing Temptation, Josh and Caroline entertained me from start to end, loved these two. Josh and Caroline were both very likable, endearing and passionate characters. I loved watching their relationship slowly develop. Josh was patient, caring nurturing and very supportive of Caroline and everything she'd been through and still going through. It warmed my heart watching Caroline slowly find the strength to reclaim her life with Josh's help and support. Mixing Temptation was a beautifully written romance about two hurt souls who find friendship, comfort and unconditional love in each other's arms. The Second Shot series has been a wonderful read, while each book can be read as a standalone I recommend you read them all as the previous characters do factor in each book. Plus it helps the reader to form a connection thus creating a more fulfilling read. *Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy* Purchase Links ~ Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014DUR8MA/... B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mixin...… Google - https://play.google.com/…/Sara_Jane_S...… iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/…/…/mixing-t...… kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebo...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and Edelweiss*** The author has said that this was a tough one to write, it is in the acknowledgements. And that she never planned that Caroline would get a story. I can see why. This was not an easy story or an easy road to the expected, and required for the genre, happily ever after. Both Josh and Caroline had a lot to work through. A lot to get past in order to move forward, and not everything were issues she could handle on her own, involving no one else. Josh ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and Edelweiss*** The author has said that this was a tough one to write, it is in the acknowledgements. And that she never planned that Caroline would get a story. I can see why. This was not an easy story or an easy road to the expected, and required for the genre, happily ever after. Both Josh and Caroline had a lot to work through. A lot to get past in order to move forward, and not everything were issues she could handle on her own, involving no one else. Josh was in a similar place with the accident, as he was not totally able to handle his issues without the assistance of others. That they were both able to understand, even a little, where the other was coming from helped me be willing to believe that they would each be willing to get involved. Sara Jane Stone is an author I enjoy because she tells real stories, because she is not afraid to tell a story about a hero, or a heroine, who is a little less than perfect. I knew this would be good, knowing how much care and concern she put into telling the story. It is tough to review this without giving it away...and the way it is handled, the way they get to their HEA is enjoyable and a heck of a good read. I recommend this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    I really had a hard time with this book. The resolution to Caroline's story felt so anti-climactic! It didn't feel very realistic, and all the build up about her being AWOL just fizzled out. Josh was great for standing by her, and taking things slow in order to be sensitive to her needs, but it felt like the romance was taking a back seat to the non-existent action! For me, it wasn't a great series ending book. That being said, I liked that this book was a closer tie to the author's Independence I really had a hard time with this book. The resolution to Caroline's story felt so anti-climactic! It didn't feel very realistic, and all the build up about her being AWOL just fizzled out. Josh was great for standing by her, and taking things slow in order to be sensitive to her needs, but it felt like the romance was taking a back seat to the non-existent action! For me, it wasn't a great series ending book. That being said, I liked that this book was a closer tie to the author's Independence Falls series. I hadn't had a chance to read that one prior to starting this one, but it was a great way to introduce that series and have readers going and looking for that previous series! If I looked at this as a starting point for Independence Falls, I was actually entertained by the story! The author has a great writing style, so I am definitely going to keep her on my radar. I was just disappointed with this book, overall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mooney

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. Caroline Andrews was in the U.S. Marine Corps with Noah Tager and has been AWOL, absent without leave, for a year because she was sexually assaulted by her CO and no one believed her but Noah. The CO basically got a slap on the wrist for having an affair and booted out of the Marines while Caroline got no justice. Not even her family believed her. So she ran to Noah and Forever Oregon. Josh Summers found I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. Caroline Andrews was in the U.S. Marine Corps with Noah Tager and has been AWOL, absent without leave, for a year because she was sexually assaulted by her CO and no one believed her but Noah. The CO basically got a slap on the wrist for having an affair and booted out of the Marines while Caroline got no justice. Not even her family believed her. So she ran to Noah and Forever Oregon. Josh Summers found Caroline camping in the woods over a year ago and has been baking pie, cookies and all kinds of sweets for her. He wants to know her better but he will not push her or mishandle her trust. Caroline is letting Josh in a little at a time, maybe the baked goods are working. Or she is finding out that not all men are slime as her CO is. Josh will help her in any way she needs him too. When Caroline sees Helena, a friend of Noah's group of friends, she sees a woman scared and trapped. She wants to help her and show her that all she has to do is take the first step and know that others will be there for her. Josh offers to go on the trip with her to rescue Helena. Then there is the whole Caroline turning herself in to face her crime of being AWOL and all Josh will go through for her. This is a great story and it shows Caroline's pain and her trust issues and what it takes and the kind of man it takes to help her survive. And all the friends it takes to make it to Forever and a HEA. I only had one problem while reading but it was not with the story. Being a US Marine Corps daughter, anytime you are writing about the US Marine Corps or Marine it should be capitalized. This is a great series and I loved it and I need to go back and read Running Wild, a novella at the beginning of the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Mixing Temptation truly gives the characters of Caroline and Josh their "second shot" at a happily ever after. They both have experienced some rough times over the last couple of years as we witnessed over the previous books in the series. Caroline feels broken and is hiding after a horrific situation that no woman should ever have to go through. She is living in the shadows of life, working for her friend Noah, a fellow marine who stood by her side when other didn't. Josh found her in the woods Mixing Temptation truly gives the characters of Caroline and Josh their "second shot" at a happily ever after. They both have experienced some rough times over the last couple of years as we witnessed over the previous books in the series. Caroline feels broken and is hiding after a horrific situation that no woman should ever have to go through. She is living in the shadows of life, working for her friend Noah, a fellow marine who stood by her side when other didn't. Josh found her in the woods one day thinking that she was a tree hugger, but she was too scared to let him help her. He himself is recovering from an serious accident and sees past her broken spirit to the woman she needs to be again. He begins to court her...slowly, by baking for her. And he lives an hour away. Caroline appreciates that he doesn't treat her like she's fragile, like her other well meaning friends. Together they become friends and later they get flirtier as their attraction grows. They are both strong characters and you can't help but feel for them. As Caroline begins to grow more confident, she reaches out to another woman in a similar situation. Josh is an amazingly patient man who helps Caroline get back to the woman she used to be. Ms. Stone kept the pace of the story just right, a slow simmer before reaching their eventual electric romance. I was so glad that Caroline began to embrace her life again and see what a treasure she had in Josh. This was such a heart tugging emotional read and I think this series keeps getting better. I can't wait for the next book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars Caroline is hurting and the feelings of betrayal overwhelm her. She left the only home she ever had - the Marines - after they failed her. On the run and wanting to help the only person who helped her during last deployment, she heads to Forever, Oregon. Josh finds Caroline in the woods and immediately knows that she is running and hiding from something that terrifies her. Josh knows somethi I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars Caroline is hurting and the feelings of betrayal overwhelm her. She left the only home she ever had - the Marines - after they failed her. On the run and wanting to help the only person who helped her during last deployment, she heads to Forever, Oregon. Josh finds Caroline in the woods and immediately knows that she is running and hiding from something that terrifies her. Josh knows something about hurting. After a tragic logging accident, he spent months trying to regain his short-term memory and trying to get back to the man he once was. He sees the same kind of hurt in Caroline's eyes. There is something about her that calls to his soul, that causes him to want to reach her, to soothe her, so he bakes her a pie. And another. And another. Over pie, Josh and Caroline become friends. He knows her story, she knows his, and each begins to want more. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renee Entress

    4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, suspense, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Serving Trouble (Second Shot #1) Stirring Attraction (Second Shot #2) This is Caroline and Josh’s story. Caroline is hiding from her past but wants a chance to move on. After an accident nearly takes away his future Josh is determined to claim his second chance at life. Can these two people who are so good together bot 4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, suspense, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Serving Trouble (Second Shot #1) Stirring Attraction (Second Shot #2) This is Caroline and Josh’s story. Caroline is hiding from her past but wants a chance to move on. After an accident nearly takes away his future Josh is determined to claim his second chance at life. Can these two people who are so good together both get the second chance that they crave? Or will the pasts come back for Caroline to make sure she does not get a chance to live? Can pretending really lead to more or are they both fooling themselves? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darcie

    I love these two! Caroline and Josh were so sweet and fierce. I loved watching them take their time to get to a comfortable place together and then fight like hell to get it back when it was taken away. Josh was a perfect match for the broke, but not too broken Caroline.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Schultheis

    Review at http://wp.me/p2F7IH-et8 Review at http://wp.me/p2F7IH-et8

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I put off reading this book because I didn't think I would like it. And honestly, for most of the book I didn't. The character chemistry was there, and that was one of the things that I enjoyed about the book. My main issue was with Caroline. I just didn't like her character. Despite Stone's best attempts, she wasn't this kickass woman that she wanted her to be. To me she was always the traumatized AWOL solider that showed up in the first book. Scared, on the run, and definitely delusional. I ju I put off reading this book because I didn't think I would like it. And honestly, for most of the book I didn't. The character chemistry was there, and that was one of the things that I enjoyed about the book. My main issue was with Caroline. I just didn't like her character. Despite Stone's best attempts, she wasn't this kickass woman that she wanted her to be. To me she was always the traumatized AWOL solider that showed up in the first book. Scared, on the run, and definitely delusional. I just couldn't enjoy reading about her. Ryan's story on the other hand is something I would've looked forward to. It's too bad that it doesn't seem to exist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holley

    Warning: this is a merging of the Second Shot series and Independence Falls series. It would be less confusing to read both series before this book. I liked the heroine who decides she needs to confront her past. I loved the hero who bakes pies, gives the heroine time, AND is a hunky lumberjack. The author deals with the emotional fallout of the heroine's previous rape both honestly and with sensitivity. Although, I would have liked the heroine to have some counseling instead of managing to work Warning: this is a merging of the Second Shot series and Independence Falls series. It would be less confusing to read both series before this book. I liked the heroine who decides she needs to confront her past. I loved the hero who bakes pies, gives the heroine time, AND is a hunky lumberjack. The author deals with the emotional fallout of the heroine's previous rape both honestly and with sensitivity. Although, I would have liked the heroine to have some counseling instead of managing to work through it on her own (better/more realistic role model)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    Ever since the trauma she suffered at the hands of a fellow officer in her career as a marine, Caroline Andrews has been looking over her shoulder waiting for the day she'll be taking into custody for being MIA from her military duty. Even worse, it's hard to trust another man besides the one man that stood up for her. Still, it doesn't stop the handsome Josh Summers from pursuing her. Can she put her past behind her and find comfort in Josh's arms? Josh Summers hasn't had it easy after the acc Ever since the trauma she suffered at the hands of a fellow officer in her career as a marine, Caroline Andrews has been looking over her shoulder waiting for the day she'll be taking into custody for being MIA from her military duty. Even worse, it's hard to trust another man besides the one man that stood up for her. Still, it doesn't stop the handsome Josh Summers from pursuing her. Can she put her past behind her and find comfort in Josh's arms? Josh Summers hasn't had it easy after the accident that landed him in a coma for a short time, and robbed him of his short-term memory for a little bit. Still, he isn't going to let anything stop him from convincing Caroline Andrews to give him a chance, especially not his siblings concerns and the overprotectiveness of one of Caroline's fellow marines. Will Josh finally convince the woman of his dreams that she can trust him, or will he have to give up on being with Caroline? Finally, I got to read Josh and Caroline's story, and I've got to say this is the best book of this series so far. The prologue opens the story brilliantly, and I loved how it gave me -- as a reader -- knowledge of the first time this couple met. Over the previous books of this series, I have enjoyed how Caroline has grown and in this story she really blossoms with the way she's ready to move on from the trauma she suffered at the hands of a man she thought she could trust. As for the dialogue, it was the perfect combination of intense and playful. The light-hearted moments when they're jokingly bantering about superheroes and costumes had me laughing as to did the moments where either the main characters are talking about their growing relationship with the secondary characters. I could understand why Noah was so protective of Caroline after everything she's been through, but at the same time, Josh is a good guy that proves over and over again he would do anything for her. However, it was the intense dialogue due to both the main characters back stories that I absolutely loved. Josh and Caroline have both suffered traumatic events, so it's good that they've found each other. Josh helps Caroline realize that there are still good men in the world, and that she shouldn't allow her past to keep affecting her future. Both the main characters were highly entertaining, because of their playful banter and their back stories. Josh is lucky to be alive, and Caroline makes him feel more so. He's confident, charming and I loved how he didn't push Caroline for more than she was willing to give. She needed time to come to terms with her past; become comfortable enough with the hero to realize she can trust him. The way he joked with her about dating and baked for her made me like this hero a lot, because she needed a man that would take care of her. That would appreciate her for the woman she was instead of trying to take advantage of her vulnerable state. While Caroline, she really grows throughout this story, and I couldn't wait to see how she would move forward from her past. What would she do about her military situation, considering she was awol from duty? How far was she willing to go to pursue her relationship with Josh? Would she be capable of confronting her past? Really, I found Caroline quite strong and brave with how she deals with her past, even going so far as to help someone in need. Help a woman that she barely knows because she's been in a similar if not the same situation as the woman she aids. Overall, Ms. Stone has penned another incredible novel for her Second Shot series, which was compelling and kept me entertained from start to finish with its wonderful characters, fast-paced plot and such strong chemistry between the hero and heroine that could not be denied. So much so that eventually their intense chemistry spilled over onto the pages in red hot sex scenes. The way this story ended left me on hanging on every word, wanting to know how Caroline and Josh would find their way back to each other after what she does to make things right when it came to her military duty. But what I liked most of all was how far Josh was willing to go to help Caroline. What a way to prove how much he loves her, and show her that she can put her faith in him to do things right by her. I would recommend Mixing Temptation by Sara Jane Stone, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or stories that contain a vulnerable heroine and a hero willing to do whatever it takes to prove that she can trust him.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Mixing Temptation in book three in Sara Jane Stone’s Second Shot series. This book takes us back to Forever, Oregon and back to Big Buck’s bar, home base to say for the characters we love. This book can be read as a standalone but I would not. I highly recommend reading at the least the first two books in the Second Shot series before starting this book since it follows up with some of those characters. In this book we meet Josh’s siblings who were featured in the author’s Independence Falls ser Mixing Temptation in book three in Sara Jane Stone’s Second Shot series. This book takes us back to Forever, Oregon and back to Big Buck’s bar, home base to say for the characters we love. This book can be read as a standalone but I would not. I highly recommend reading at the least the first two books in the Second Shot series before starting this book since it follows up with some of those characters. In this book we meet Josh’s siblings who were featured in the author’s Independence Falls series, which I have not personally read, but after reading this book I would have liked to have read that series as well before settling into this book just so I could know more about their history. With that being said it is not imperative that your read that series as I was able to follow the book just find with having read just the Second Shot books. Josh and Caroline’s story first starting playing out in the first installment of the series Serving Trouble. Josh suffered short term memory loss and came close to losing his life in an accident. After feeling like he has been given a second shot a life he is determined to change his ways. He wants the same HEA he has seen his siblings found and he can’t help but feel that the path to that happiness starts and ends with Caroline. They have known each other for over a year and even though it has been a slow process Josh is finally breaking through the walls Caroline has built to protect herself. He knows that she is going to need time heal and to learn to love and trust someone again. And he has no problem trying to push the odds into his favor by making her pies and brownies. Caroline wants to heal and move on with her life but she can’t escape the fear that is lurking everywhere. She is on the run from the military and police for going AWOL after being raped by her commanding officer, she can’t let anyone other than the few people at Big Buck’s know who she really is or she will end up being court marshaled and put in jail. She is tired of being scarred all the time and having to look over her shoulder. The only good thing she has going in her life right now is Josh, the man who befriended her over their mutual sweet tooths. She knows Josh wants more and honestly she does too but she doesn’t know if she can push aside the fear enough to give the handsome and caring man a chance. How can she move on, find love and happiness if she isn’t allowed to be herself and how can she ask a man to take a chance on her when she might have to run at a moments notice. I have loved Josh from the very first book. His character drew me in with his compassion and not to mention his gorgeous ginger looks (swoon). I have anxiously been waiting for Josh and Caroline’s book and I have to say it was definitely worth the wait. These two are perfect together and the way they helped each other to heal and find their HEA was beautiful. I would highly recommend this book to others and look forward to more books from this series. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    third in a series, not very standalone. I read it because I was interested in the female character description: former Marine who had been sexually assaulted in the military. I'm not sure her resolution was all that accurate. third in a series, not very standalone. I read it because I was interested in the female character description: former Marine who had been sexually assaulted in the military. I'm not sure her resolution was all that accurate.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adria's Musings

    Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. So every once in a while a romance novel leans a bit more towards reality than fiction and Mixing Temptation was one of those. Basically, Caroline has been hiding out from a very traumatic past that is connected to her days serving as a Marine. Meanwhile, Josh survived an accident and is now trying to live a better life and that includes convincing Car Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. So every once in a while a romance novel leans a bit more towards reality than fiction and Mixing Temptation was one of those. Basically, Caroline has been hiding out from a very traumatic past that is connected to her days serving as a Marine. Meanwhile, Josh survived an accident and is now trying to live a better life and that includes convincing Caroline that he’s a guy she can trust and take a chance on. Of course, nothing is ever easy and when Caroline’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh really has to step up and prove to her that he’s not going anywhere. Mixing Temptation really got me in terms of character growth and internal struggle. I fell hard for BOTH Josh and Caroline because of their very real reactions to very real situations. Caroline appeared in a few scenes in the previous book and I really became curious about the woman who could one minute be a total bad ass and then the next a shaking, terrified mess. Author Sara Jane Stone made me care about this character long before I knew she was going to have her own story told and that feeling carried on to this book. It was worth the wait and Caroline’s story was heartbreaking but at the same time inspiring because this was a strong character who had something horrible happen to her and while she retreated to lick her wounds, she was never defeated. I adore characters like that. Having a character like Caroline brings its own unique challenges to the hero of the story, Josh. To me, it was so important for Josh to be both hero and observer. I didn’t want him to storm the gates and save Caroline because she had to save herself, but I also wanted for Josh to be the strength Caroline sometimes needed when her own fell short. That’s what made Josh such a wonderful hero. He didn’t want to solve Caroline’s problems, he wanted to help her solve her own. He wanted to show her a different side of life, one that included him and he was empathetic towards Caroline, I think because of his own trauma and that just upped his hero status in my eyes. He was all kinds of yummy, swoony, lovable goodness in an attractive package. The theme of “second shots” was dominant throughout this book and I think it helped focus the attention not so much on Josh and Caroline’s relationship but on their pasts and how the present was offering them a second chance if they could only find the courage to take it. I love that theme and the author has a particular talent in bringing out the best in her characters. Even when the character had only a supporting role, they were good. But the fact that the author kept the attention on the real conflict of the story made Mixing Temptation the strongest of the series and I really couldn’t get enough of the emotions and struggles that Caroline and Josh experienced. It really made their ending that much sweeter. I do have to warn that there may be a potential trigger for some readers due to Caroline’s traumatic past. Final Verdict: I’m not going to lie, Mixing Temptation is the best of the series. There was so much emotion coming from this story and these characters that it was impossible to put down. Josh and Caroline definitely deserved their happy ending but it was Caroline who stood out the most and deserved her moment of resolution. Way to go Sara Jane Stone!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Josh’s personal trauma (an accident that robbed him of his short-term memory) and his hard fought rehabilitation gave him singular insight into Caroline’s psyche. I loved the way he treated Caroline, protective yet never making her feel weak, fragile or damaged. He was always her biggest fan/supporter, believing in Caroline and their future when she was too lost to believe herself. Josh earned Caroline’s trust and friendship by being a steady and constant presence in her life. Despite living almo Josh’s personal trauma (an accident that robbed him of his short-term memory) and his hard fought rehabilitation gave him singular insight into Caroline’s psyche. I loved the way he treated Caroline, protective yet never making her feel weak, fragile or damaged. He was always her biggest fan/supporter, believing in Caroline and their future when she was too lost to believe herself. Josh earned Caroline’s trust and friendship by being a steady and constant presence in her life. Despite living almost an hour away, he visited regularly and always brought her homemade baked goods, that he made himself. Yes, that’s right, wooing through baked goods! A man who can cook – Yes! A man who can bake – Hell Yes! The author does an excellent handling of some serious and sensitive topics. Without giving too much away for those unfamiliar with Caroline’s backstory, I’ll just say that while serving in the military, Caroline was subjected to abuse, humiliation, and cruelty at the hands of her C.O., colleagues, and the system. Yet, despite the very serious issues addressed in this novel, it never felt hopeless or dragged down by the traumatic subject matter involved. There is always an undercurrent of hope and love woven through the story, enough to make readers, and Caroline & Josh believe a happy ending is possible. The character of Caroline is forged with an admirable inner strength that allows her to cast off her darkness, reach out to help others and dare to embrace the love she now believes she deserves. The love of a gorgeous red-headed (YES!) logger, with abs of steel and a heart of gold. And pie. Don’t forget the pie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Josh and Caroline's story--finally! We met Caroline in Noah's book ( Serving Trouble ) and found out that she was on the run, AWOL from the Marines after turning her CO in for sexual assault. He got dishonorably discharged, charged with adultery--apparently, there was no proof that it hadn't been consensual. He blamed her for the mess his life had become, and she took off--ending up in Forever, Noah's hometown. Noah had been the one guy to believe her back then, had walked her to and from the l Josh and Caroline's story--finally! We met Caroline in Noah's book ( Serving Trouble ) and found out that she was on the run, AWOL from the Marines after turning her CO in for sexual assault. He got dishonorably discharged, charged with adultery--apparently, there was no proof that it hadn't been consensual. He blamed her for the mess his life had become, and she took off--ending up in Forever, Noah's hometown. Noah had been the one guy to believe her back then, had walked her to and from the latrine so she wouldn't be attacked, and had helped her to figure out how to report the assault without reporting it to her CO, as she was supposed to. (Because, duh.) Now she's hiding out in Forever, washing dishes in Noah's back room, panicking whenever someone in law enforcement walks by. Josh has been baking Caroline pies for the past year, trying to show her just how patient he can be. Life's given him a second chance after a near-fatal injury (which I'm guessing happened in Wild With You . though I haven't read that series yet--all of Josh's siblings find their HEAs in those books, so you'd better believe they're in my TBR now) and he's determined to not waste a second of it. So he's not afraid to be patient. There's so many new recipes he can try out in the meantime, and Caroline hasn't said no to pie in quite some time. ;) I loved how patient Josh was, and how even though he's the youngest brother and recently went through such a major event, he sticks by what he wants and doesn't let his brothers and sister deter him from his goals. He's fantastic with Caroline, and doesn't hesitate for a second when she says she's going to road trip to California to try and rescue a woman she met once and spent less than an hour with, even though Caroline had no real plan for how she was going to help other than letting Helene know she wasn't alone. (Helene and Ryan are getting their own book soon, yes? Fingers crossed!) I loved Caroline and Josh together. Whether they're eating pie, kissing in the back room of the bar, or road tripping to California (does that little cabin on the beach really exist? Because I so want to move in) they're just so good together. I like that there weren't any magic fixes for Caroline's problems and that the timeline felt very realistic. And don't even get me started on all that Josh does to make sure Caroline's going to be around for their HEA...OMG, this guy is amazing... Mixing Temptation is the third book in the series, and though you could probably start here, since there's so much of Caroline's story--not to mention a heck of a lot of pies shared between Josh and Caroline--in the first two books, it makes a lot more sense (for this book, at least) to have read the other two first. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I’m a bit of a masochist when it comes to books with themes I’ve lived. It can be hard to read them if they’re not well written. I picked this book because I am a Marine as is the heroine, Caroline. While I found some of the inaccuracies cringe-worthy, the average reader will not notice. I’m glad Caroline wasn’t portrayed as so tough that she would somehow be unaffected by being attacked. Going through the fires used to forge Marines make us harder, more capable in many ways but it doesn’t make a I’m a bit of a masochist when it comes to books with themes I’ve lived. It can be hard to read them if they’re not well written. I picked this book because I am a Marine as is the heroine, Caroline. While I found some of the inaccuracies cringe-worthy, the average reader will not notice. I’m glad Caroline wasn’t portrayed as so tough that she would somehow be unaffected by being attacked. Going through the fires used to forge Marines make us harder, more capable in many ways but it doesn’t make a woman somehow immune to being assaulted or to the emotions that go with such a crime. In fact, the difficulties the military has between their culture and their ability to deal with sexual trauma make the woman’s situation much worse in ways. Josh is so patient. He’s gotten his second chance in life and he’s going to go for what he wants. To him Caroline is worth waiting for. I loved that he didn’t judge her for being raped or for walking away from her unit. His sweet, persistent wooing of Caroline is just what she needs. I was a bit torn on Josh though. The idea of that kind of patience is so nice but made him seem too passive for my taste. I’d have also thought that after a brush with death he’d be more of a carpe diem kind of guy rather than invest a year plus in a woman with no indication that she’d ever enter a relationship with him. I felt a little lost because I hadn’t read the first two books in the series. The large cast of minor supporting characters where a lot to take in with the snippets of detail about their lives. Stone tried to give us enough about the other story lines to catch up but I still felt I would have been better off had I read the other books. I also struggled with some other parts of the story. I thought Noah would have a bigger part since he’s the reason Caroline came to this small town and the bar. It was also odd that after Josh and Caroline’s initial meeting we jump forward almost a year. I’m not sure if that’s because that year was covered in other books or Stone just wanted to use the drawn out time frame to prove Josh’s patience and give Caroline time to heal. Has Caroline healed? How and why? Also, why was Caroline so quick to step in to rescue a stranger when she’d chosen to run from her own situation? Because Josh had helped her heal? Because time had? Because she hadn’t dealt with her problems? Stone writes well and the book was enjoyable. I’m glad she addressed the issue of Military Sexual Trauma. However, parts of the story just didn’t come together for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Find this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick Mixing Temptation is the third book in the Second Shot series by Sara Jane Stone. Each book is a standalone story that has interconnected characters. I was interested to get Caroline and Josh's story and I have to say that this has been my favorite book in the series so far. It definitely wasn't an easy journey for these characters, yet I really felt that these two were perfect for one another and deserved their HEA. After being in hiding, Ca Find this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick Mixing Temptation is the third book in the Second Shot series by Sara Jane Stone. Each book is a standalone story that has interconnected characters. I was interested to get Caroline and Josh's story and I have to say that this has been my favorite book in the series so far. It definitely wasn't an easy journey for these characters, yet I really felt that these two were perfect for one another and deserved their HEA. After being in hiding, Caroline Andrews wants nothing more than to take back her life and return to normal. But after everything she has been through, she finds it hard to trust. Josh Summers knows what he wants and he also knows that he has to be patient. But he is willing to wait for Caroline as long as she eventually sees that they belong together. But just as Josh is finally making progress with convincing Caroline to try dating him for real, the past comes back and threatens to destroy everything. I really liked these two. They were so great together, and Josh could not have been more amazing with Caroline. He was patient with her and never gave up. I loved how caring and supportive he was, with her pushing him away and his loved ones telling him to move on, he insisted that she was the woman for him and I loved that he stuck with it. Caroline had been through so much, and the fact that she was able to come back from it spoke so much about her character and strength. With Josh's help, she was able to move forward after something that no one should ever have to go through. Josh always believed in her though, and that made all the difference. These two had great chemistry and I loved seeing their friendship grow into more. Their connection was so natural and genuine, and I believed that these two were meant for one another all along. Overall, this was a great story. I really loved the bond between Caroline and Josh. These two were both a bit broken after what they had been through, but together they were able to heal and grow. Though it was a slow build for them, it felt like everything happened exactly as it should for them and I was so glad to see how everything played out. I have enjoyed this series, and if you are fan of contemporary romance and second chance love stories, this is definitely a series worth checking out. **ARC Provided by Publisher**

  21. 4 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    I've loved this series since the beginning, the circle of friends, the romance, the small town atmosphere have been very alluring, with the tales mixed with love, passion, a little danger, some heartbreak, and lots of humor. I knew that if and when Caroline and Josh got their own story, it would be emotional. And it was, touching and heartbreaking. Yet the story was so brilliantly mixed with humor - that bright and sunny outlook Josh has on life that was infectious - it didn't leave much room fo I've loved this series since the beginning, the circle of friends, the romance, the small town atmosphere have been very alluring, with the tales mixed with love, passion, a little danger, some heartbreak, and lots of humor. I knew that if and when Caroline and Josh got their own story, it would be emotional. And it was, touching and heartbreaking. Yet the story was so brilliantly mixed with humor - that bright and sunny outlook Josh has on life that was infectious - it didn't leave much room for angst, desperation, and hopelessness that Caroline could have rightfully been feeling. Instead, Josh helped her find herself again, helped her heal, and move forward with her life. I absolutely adored Caroline and Josh together, the dry humor, play with words, the passion they had for each other, and the desserts they shared. Josh was just perfect for her, his tenderness and sensitivity towards her past, her life situation, his patience, his devotion to her, protectiveness, and willingness to fight for her, for them and their future, and against the system that had put her in the situation she was in, just left me charmed and wanting to cheer for them. The betrayal and humiliation Caroline had to suffer for her willingness to serve her country were unthinkable, the consequences of the events hard to understand, the injustice infuriating. But the sensitive matter was delicately handled in the story, with respect towards the victim and hope for the healing. I inhaled this story, avidly hanging on each moment. I wanted to savor it, enjoy every word, and at the same time, I was eager for Caroline to find peace of mind, for Josh and her to have a chance. Every emotion was involved as I read the book, there were chuckles and smiles, adoration, anger towards the system, fear of surviving, and at the lowest point, there were tears (or more like sobbing). It might have been an emotional roll-a-coaster, but it was worth each and every bump on the road, that Josh and Caroline had to suffer on their way towards their future. The story left me elated and exhilarated, eagerly waiting for more: A must-read series for me ~ Five Spoons

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dísir

    Easily the most outstanding of the series, ‘Mixing Temptation’ deals with trauma and its very difficult aftermath. The hair trigger here is sexual assault and the very frank and brutal tacit admission that justice isn’t fully served even in fiction because of victim-blaming, masochistic attitude that is too rife in the military service - a fact that I can and do appreciate. Both Josh and Caroline have suffered in different ways but Sara Jane Stone has written both their characters in such a sens Easily the most outstanding of the series, ‘Mixing Temptation’ deals with trauma and its very difficult aftermath. The hair trigger here is sexual assault and the very frank and brutal tacit admission that justice isn’t fully served even in fiction because of victim-blaming, masochistic attitude that is too rife in the military service - a fact that I can and do appreciate. Both Josh and Caroline have suffered in different ways but Sara Jane Stone has written both their characters in such a sensitive manner that I can’t help but like both of them immensely in the slow, gradual build-up of their relationship. Josh’s good-natured patience and optimism - the all-round good guy can and does wins - is in fact, a perfect counter to Caroline’s wariness and broken past. I like their honesty with each other from the beginning and Josh’s perfect (almost preternatural) timing probably lifts him way above many heaving, neanderthal alpha romantic leads because in this very rare case, the beta-guy actually gets the girl. The conflict that arises between them has little to do with their developing relationship and more to do with a situation which subsequently forces Caroline to do something about her AWOL status. Seeing Josh’s and the rest of the gang’s unwavering support ultimately turns the story into a feel-good one with a well-deserved ending for the both of them. I did feel though, that there was an aspect of the story that was left hanging - Helena’s own experience with sexual violence and Ryan’s none-too-brotherly concern for her - towards the end of the story. Ms. Stone doesn’t address this part beyond using it as a catalyst for Caroline to turn herself in and I found myself wondering about what could be another potential pairing that was never explored, all the more so considering this is the final installment of the series. *ARC by the publisher and Edelweiss (Sombrely grateful, as always)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Rating 4 1/2 Stars Posted on What I'm Reading Ok, I would strongly recommend reading the Independence Falls and the previous Second Shot books, because they give the backstory behind Josh and Caroline. In the Independence Falls you see Josh at his most vulnerable time. He struggles. Granted he's a secondary character, but he has come so far in the books. In the Second Shot books we see Caroline change from scary GI Jane wood nymph to someone trying to take back her life. This romance has been buil Rating 4 1/2 Stars Posted on What I'm Reading Ok, I would strongly recommend reading the Independence Falls and the previous Second Shot books, because they give the backstory behind Josh and Caroline. In the Independence Falls you see Josh at his most vulnerable time. He struggles. Granted he's a secondary character, but he has come so far in the books. In the Second Shot books we see Caroline change from scary GI Jane wood nymph to someone trying to take back her life. This romance has been building in series. So read the previous books before taking on Mixing Temptation, that is my advise you can take or leave. Moving on. JOSH & CAROLINE's story oh happy day. It's been a long time coming, but Caroline was emotional damage, this couldn't be rushed. I can't stress the importance of reading the previous books in Second Shot series, because we see Josh bringing Caroline a pie all the time. He slowly gained her trust through pies. She didn't trust no man. Who would blame her? However, she learned to trust Josh. Anyway, Sara did an amazing job with this story, because it was pretty awesome. We finally have Josh and Caroline finally officially coming together. However, something happens that forces Caroline to face her past. By the way is not the easiest thing, but she knows she needs to face it in order to move on in her life. I liked how Sara used another situation to help Caroline to draw this conclusion. Now I'm hoping that there will be a story for Ryan. Overall, a great ending for the Josh and Caroline. I'm going to say, I'm glad Josh never ended up in a relationship with his nurse. However, he was a super hero Caroline needed at the time. Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Johnson

    Mixing Temptation was more than a romance, it was a story about a woman finding the strength to get over a traumatic past and find a way to work through a difficult situation so she could find happiness with the man she'd found to love. Caroline went through quite an ordeal, a trauma she shouldn't have faced at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. To further complicate it all, she had to deal with so many people not believing her which led her to her decision to hide rather tha Mixing Temptation was more than a romance, it was a story about a woman finding the strength to get over a traumatic past and find a way to work through a difficult situation so she could find happiness with the man she'd found to love. Caroline went through quite an ordeal, a trauma she shouldn't have faced at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. To further complicate it all, she had to deal with so many people not believing her which led her to her decision to hide rather than continue to fight. She's a tough woman, though scared, and when she finally decides she doesn't want to run anymore, she doesn't want to hide, she realizes she has more important things in her life to fight for, namely the love of a good man who's not let her down. Josh met Caroline under unusual circumstances, but one look at her and he was hooked, though he knew he had to take it slow and bide his time and win her over. His family and friends don't quite understand his determination to win her trust and her love. I loved that he didn't give up, he went at a good pace, but never pushed or overwhelmed Caroline, rather tried to show her who he was and what they could have if she put her faith in him. Mixing Temptation tackled a serious issue with this story, and I felt it was handled with grace and woven beautifully into the story. It made a large impact on Caroline and how she interacted with everyone in teh story, but most especially how she grew in her friendship/relationship with Josh. I loved that though she had been through so much and had been hiding that eventually she knew to move on, she'd have to come clean with everything. Her strength to do so was found because of Josh and his love for her. This book was full of swoony moments, heavy emotion, and a true journey for the characters, but through it all one thing remained clear, Love trumps all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky Rendon

    4.5 stars There are always secondary characters that steal your heart. They make you fall in love before it's even their story. I have loved Josh since I first met him. Josh is sweet, sexy, and has an awesome sense of humor. He is a big man...as a blogger he has to be, but he is a gentle giant. He bakes pies as relaxation. He may not be everyone's definition of stud (some people are anti-gingers) but he is everyone reader's dream. Patience of a saint, kind, and protective are just a few characteris 4.5 stars There are always secondary characters that steal your heart. They make you fall in love before it's even their story. I have loved Josh since I first met him. Josh is sweet, sexy, and has an awesome sense of humor. He is a big man...as a blogger he has to be, but he is a gentle giant. He bakes pies as relaxation. He may not be everyone's definition of stud (some people are anti-gingers) but he is everyone reader's dream. Patience of a saint, kind, and protective are just a few characteristics of the man Caroline has taken to eating pie with. He is trustworthy, though it took her awhile. After everything she's been through, Caroline had sworn off of men...looking at them, being near them,and no way in he'll she'd ever touch one again. But Josh has managed too get past most of the walls Caroline has set up. Will he break through and be able to hold her heart? There are two ways to deal with anything...run away or confront. Caroline has been running from Josh... She's been running from her attacker... She's been running from the Marines... But worse than those, she's been running from herself. Confrontation is scary. But is it worth it? I will fan girl squeal with the rest of them that I finally got to read Josh's story. Yeah, the others in the series are hot, chunky and alpha to the core- but Josh has always rendered mea sighing, aww-ing puddle. I love his story and you will too. It isn't so easy. It's not as steamy. It's got plenty of humor to cover inadequacy. But it feels more heartfelt than the others and I loved it. I do however, look forward to Helena.....and Ryan's (?) stories. If they aren't the same story, that is. reviewed for Reviews From the Heart

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I received this as a digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For my other reviews please check out my romance review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.com. I read Mixing Temptation without reading the previous two Second Shot novels. Usually I don't have a problem reading books in a series out of order, but in this case I think I might have enjoyed this novel more had I done that. So, take this review with a grain of salt. In this prologue of the novel Caroline an I received this as a digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For my other reviews please check out my romance review blog: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.com. I read Mixing Temptation without reading the previous two Second Shot novels. Usually I don't have a problem reading books in a series out of order, but in this case I think I might have enjoyed this novel more had I done that. So, take this review with a grain of salt. In this prologue of the novel Caroline and Josh are introduced to one another for the first time. I felt that the prologue did a wonderful job of amping me up for the upcoming read. I was eager to watch their relationship grow and develop, so imagine my surprise when the novel suddenly skipped 1.5 years into the future. How disappointing to miss out on what would have been a tense, mysterious 'get to know you' period of their relationship. This was a theme with this book, I discovered. Every time I got excited about an upcoming scene (I won't spoil anything) the author would suddenly skip ahead or gloss over what might have been a really 'edge of your seat' moment. In that same breath, I also felt like relationships developed too quickly and Caroline went quickly from an anxious victim terrified of men to a sexual, heroic women with little to no character development on her part. Overall, the entire book felt very rushed. On my kindle the book ended at 84% when I felt it would have been much better had the author expanded on many areas and took the book to a full 100%. I might have been able to give it more stars had this been the case. The writing style wasn't offensive, but the content needed work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    *ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review* I have been waiting for this book! Josh and Caroline intrigued me from the second they appeared in Serving Trouble and then again in Stirring Attraction. I’m so, so glad we get their story in Mixing Temptation. And that it was worth the wait it took to get here! Caroline is a woman on the run, scared to draw too much attention to herself out of fear of being caught. Josh is the man doing his best to work past her defenses, by bei *ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review* I have been waiting for this book! Josh and Caroline intrigued me from the second they appeared in Serving Trouble and then again in Stirring Attraction. I’m so, so glad we get their story in Mixing Temptation. And that it was worth the wait it took to get here! Caroline is a woman on the run, scared to draw too much attention to herself out of fear of being caught. Josh is the man doing his best to work past her defenses, by being patient and waiting for her to come around on her own time. In her own way. And it’s that last part, that made me truly love Josh the most. Not only has been so patient with Caroline, but he’s been truly understanding and accepting of her fears. He doesn’t treat her like a victim, but he also doesn’t push her to be someone she isn’t, or to do something she isn’t ready for. Getting involved in a relationship, dating each other, has been a long time coming for Caroline and Josh, and it’s hard when so much of what they want is up in the air because of her past, her fears, and her uncertainty for her future. But starting out as friends and working their way up has worked for them, deepening their connection enough for Caroline to trust Josh…and to try for more with him. I love the slow-build relationship Caroline and Josh have had in this series. I also love that they finally found more with each other in this book. Their romance is engaging, heartfelt, special, and so well written. I absolutely loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    really like this series and had high expectations for Josh and Caroline's story. Their story really starts in Serving Trouble and continues in Stirring Attraction, the first and second books of the series. I highly recommend that you read them prior to this. Josh and Caroline have become friends over the the last year and a half while sharing pies and brownies that Josh bakes her. He understands she doesn't trust easily and that he needs to take it slow with her, but it is getting harder to be really like this series and had high expectations for Josh and Caroline's story. Their story really starts in Serving Trouble and continues in Stirring Attraction, the first and second books of the series. I highly recommend that you read them prior to this. Josh and Caroline have become friends over the the last year and a half while sharing pies and brownies that Josh bakes her. He understands she doesn't trust easily and that he needs to take it slow with her, but it is getting harder to be just friends. Caroline wants to move forward with Josh, but being AWOL makes it hard for her to think of having a future. But after they share a kiss, Caroline thinks she's ready to start moving forward. Just when thing start looking up for them, Caroline decides that in order to truly move forward, she must deal with her past and turns herself in. I already loved Josh for being so patient with her, but the way he goes to battle for her to be set free made him one of my favorite book boyfriends. While I loved finally seeing them get together, I was a little disappointed at how short the book was. I loved the side story with Ryan and Helena, can't wait to see how that develops. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    "Mixing Temptation" by Sara Jane Stone. Ms. Stone has once again written a tale that is heartfelt and emotional, yet interspersed with a touch of humor and light. Caroline is dealing with a lot yet she remains a strong yet caring person. Josh is amazing! Very few guys would have been as patient with her as he. He is the epitome of kindness. He gets her and her issues and truly just wants to be there for her and with her. Ms. Stone tackles some heavy stuff in this one yet does it in a way that is "Mixing Temptation" by Sara Jane Stone. Ms. Stone has once again written a tale that is heartfelt and emotional, yet interspersed with a touch of humor and light. Caroline is dealing with a lot yet she remains a strong yet caring person. Josh is amazing! Very few guys would have been as patient with her as he. He is the epitome of kindness. He gets her and her issues and truly just wants to be there for her and with her. Ms. Stone tackles some heavy stuff in this one yet does it in a way that isn't so overwhelming to the reader - as I read it, I found I got angry at the injustices and was rooting for our heroine to come out on top (with Josh of course!). Ms. Stone's writing style flows nicely and I always knew where we were and what was happening. I enjoy when an author gives us some of the inner thoughts of the characters and interjects a bit of humor in those thoughts as well. While not all laughs and giggles, the insights projected by these thoughts go a long way to help the reader connect and understand both Caroline and Josh. It was nice to once again reconnect with some characters from the previous books as well. Note - not necessary to read the previous tales, but, as she did with this one, they are quite the reads so I would say, check them out. (received copy for honest review)

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Smutty Kitty

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks I am so excited this book is finally here!! I've been dying for Josh's story since his accident in the Independence Falls series. I fell in love with him and couldn't wait for his story. I was super sad when Sara completed the IF series and his story wasn't told, but then he popped up in the Second Shot series and I had everything crossed. Josh is seriously the most patient character I think I've ever read about. Most of the her As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks I am so excited this book is finally here!! I've been dying for Josh's story since his accident in the Independence Falls series. I fell in love with him and couldn't wait for his story. I was super sad when Sara completed the IF series and his story wasn't told, but then he popped up in the Second Shot series and I had everything crossed. Josh is seriously the most patient character I think I've ever read about. Most of the heroes you read about these days are alpha males or just plane a** hats, but not Josh. While everyone else is walking on eggshells around Caroline he treats her like a regular old human without pushing her boundaries. Caroline is running from her past and terrified she will be caught and punished for going AWOL. She is scared to move forward, but Josh knows he can be the one to bring her forward and help her. I couldn't imagine how Sara was going to get around the AWOL issue. Turns out she doesn't try to skirt it, Caroline winds up turning herself in and Josh does everything he can to free her. I really enjoyed watching Caroline move forward and seeing Josh help her along the way. As always I really enjoyed what Sara brought to the table and I can't wait to read more from her.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.