Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Scott got into a fair amount of trouble as a teenager, but now he’s grown and runs a respectable auto body shop. Unfortunately, the sheriff of his town has it out for him, no matter how much he’s cleaned up his act. When he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, no one is more surprised than he is when straitlaced Michaela Miller provides him with an alibi. An alibi that’s a complete lie. Determined to find out why his sexy next-door neighbor helped him out, he puts himself in danger of losing something he’d never considered. His heart.
She’s from a well-respected family. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks. Seven months ago, they became neighbors, but it takes one case of false accusation to bring them together.
Tempting Alibi starts off sizzling and doesn’t cool down. From the beginning, tension ripples between the two protagonists, Michaela and Scott. She’s been interested in him since he moved in next door, but a shaky introduction leaves her with little nothing but the occasional admiring glimpse during his morning jogs. She doesn’t know that he’s had a crush on her since she first showed up on his doorstep, and that it’s Scott’s belief that his troubled history makes him a trade down from her usual dates.
This spicy novella starts with a bang and doesn’t lose momentum. Michaela is strong and independent, and surprised me with her bravado. She doesn’t bat an eye when providing the alibi that gets our characters talking, nor does she blush upon admitting she knew where he’d been because she’d seen him near-naked during a workout. I also loved the balance in repented bad boy Scott. He’s quiet around Michaela because he believes she’s completely out of his league, but he’s not without confidence. It was a perfect blend of plot, characterization, and steamy sex.
If you’re looking for a hot, sweet read, be sure not to miss Tempting Alibi. It’s one I know I’ll revisit again and again.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!