{Review} Truth & Temptation by Riley Edgewood

{Review} Truth & Temptation by Riley EdgewoodTruth & Temptation by Riley Edgewood
Series: Summer Love #3
Also in this series: Missed Connections
Published by Self-Published on July 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 350
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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 Love series, but can be read as a standalone.

Kassiah: Teagan meets a hot, elusive stranger at a bar and after a night of flirting and a promise to keep everything anonymous, decides to go home with him, where she passes out before (almost) anything happens. She does the proverbial walk of shame back to the trailer she shares with her grandparents, hearing once again how much of a whore she is and is reminded that, with the exception of her two best friends, no one in her life truly loves her. A few days later, she sees him again–at work. He’s home for the summer from Harvard and she’s his new assistant. Despite Teagan’s protests, Alec’s thrilled that fate put them back together, and he won’t back down until she realizes they could be perfect for each other.

I don’t know how many stories I’ve read where an anonymous one night stand ends with the pair working together, but this one doesn’t stand out to me. I appreciated that Edgewood wove Teagan’s a hard life and the fact that she deals with anxiety and anger issues into this story–it made her more relatable for sure. Overall though, I thought she was bratty and bitchy to everyone, Alec included. Also, she has this secret that makes no sense to me at all. And what she says to her friend about it makes me want to slap her. Alec was a sweet guy–intense and driven, he knew that his life was changed when he met Teagan. He calls her Kitten and tells her she’s pretty. I like him, but I don’t feel like I really got to know him. He constantly tells her that she made him a better man, but how? *shrugs* I just didn’t get it, tbh.

I really didn’t like the unnecessary drama. Their big blow up didn’t really make sense to me, and the stuff with his past didn’t really amount to the drama I thought it would. I didn’t read the other books in this series, and I think Truth & Temptation totally stands alone, but there’s probably some stuff in Teagan’s past that would make me feel more for her character. I hope so, at least. As it is, I just didn’t feel a connection to anyone. I wasn’t rooting for them to be together, and I felt underwhelmed by the whole thing.

Report Card
Overall: 2.5

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