ARC Review: “Temporary Wife Temptation” by Jayci Lee

A huge thank you to Harlequin Romance for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t quite remember when I first picked up a Harlequin romance novel. I remember seeing them on my aunt’s bookshelf when I was younger, but just looking at the covers made me really embarrassed. (Hello, yes, I was an innocent child.) But with this wave of new adult romance, I’m very much into reading the romance novels that interest so of course I had a keen eye on this book!

Temporary Wife TemptationTitle: Temporary Wife Temptation (The Heirs of Hansol #1)
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Expected release date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, romance
Length: 224 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) Much more than he bargained for…

“You want me to find you a wife?”

“No. I want you to be my wife.”

Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all…”

new three and a half stars

new my thoughts

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If you’re looking for a quick read with a fairly surface level plot, this may be the book for you. I can’t give this book a full four stars because everything happened so fast! I feel like we barely know the characters before they’re rushing into this marriage (okay, fine, whatever), but time also seems to pass by really quickly, not enough to build meaning into Garrett and Natalie’s relationship. We get that they are attracted to one another on a physical level, but sometimes it was hard to connect with them on a deeper and more personal level. They both have their reasons for entering this “fake marriage” (yes, a fake marriage trope and “there’s only one bed!” trope are in this book!), but again, things progress so quickly that I felt a little lost.

I did enjoy Garrett and Natalie’s interactions though. You can tell they are both caring people, who are protecting their hearts due to personal and past events in their life.

characters
What’s not to love about Natalie and Garrett though? Not only do they have good chemistry, but they seem to genuinely respect one another, their family, and what each have gone through in order to be where they are today. I thought I wouldn’t care for Garrett’s grandmother, and she came off as being the cliche, overbearing matriarch of the family. But she has good intentions as well, and see that she will fiercely defend her family but demand loyalty from them as well. I also liked Adelaide and how open and accepting she was of Natalie, seeing how Garrett acted with her. They’re a close-knit family and the two siblings came to rely on each other under sad circumstances.

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As I said earlier, this is a quick and easy read. I wish there was a bit more though. It’s not that the writing is bad, but I’m the type of reader who loves a decent amount of description and I felt like details were skimmed over. Again, for me this stems from the plot progressing really quickly and feeling like there wasn’t a lot of time to breathe between one situation to the next.

I have the author’s next book, A Sweet Mess, which is a new adult contemporary romance. I’m eager to see how that book will unfold and compare to this one. While I don’t think I’ll add Temporary Wife Temptation to my personal library, I was happy to know there’s a sequel and will definitely keep the book on my radar.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, or from your local indie bookstore through IndieBound.

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