Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review: Within Temptation ( Sons of Temptation #1 ) by Tanya Holmes

Within Temptation by Tanya Holmes

Love, betrayal and murder in a small town.

Twelve years after her mother's murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson. The man she sent to prison. 

Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he's concerned, digging into the past won't replace the years he's lost or erase the hell he's lived. Now that he's free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories. But he never counted on falling in love. 

Set in a sleepy little town during the dead of winter, this award-winning romance novel is a tale of one woman's quest for truth and a man's struggle to forgive….




This is a really good romantic suspense that had me guessing from the beginning till the end. I find myself feeling invested and totally engaged in both the romance and the suspense department. I kinda suspected everyone in the picture, so when the truth was revealed I'm not that shocked. But was surprised by some revelation nonetheless. 

Trace and Shannon were some sort of childhood friends. She was the rich girl, while he was the hired help. Their friendship ended in a tragedy when Shannon's mum was killed and Shannon's statement help to put Trace behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Twelve years later, Trace is now out for parole. His whole family was destroyed, only his sister, Beverly left. There is so much bitterness in him for the wrongfulness he had endured and the way the townsfolk treated him didn't help with the matter at hand. When Shannon seek him out, things just gets ugly. 

Shannon questioned the truth and wanted Trace help to bring back her repressed memory. Trace was reluctant to dig up old memories and he basically gave up on clearing his name. She wanted to remember, but he wanted to forget.

With new evidences pilling up, they both no longer can ignore that the real murder is still at large and should be brought to justice. Together they both tried to dig up old buried memories, some sweet, some bitter, some ugly, but Shannon relish remembering Trace as the boy she long to be with since she was a wee teenage girl. I felt the most lovely recount was of how Trace took care of her and wanted to protect her from her family. 

Their interaction started off with bitterness and hatred, then came understanding and then turn angst. Shannon being engaged to a prosecutor put her blossoming relationship with Trace at an impasse because she fear to let go of the life she built. I wanted her to dump her fiance so bad, but I understand her reluctant and she needs time to figure things out for herself. 

I agree there isn't much sex scenes, but the few that we had were totally memorable and much meaningful compare to having meaningless sex just to make up the page count. 

Overall, Within Temptation offer a perfect balance of romance and suspense. The plot just pull me in and can't put it down until I had everything figure out. This is a standalone, the next one will feature Trace's brother, Cole who is currently still in the mental health institute. I am totally intrigued for his story.

Rating 5/5