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Temptation

The Hunted Series, Book 1
By: Ivy Smoak
Narrated by: Meghan Crawford
Series: The Hunted Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Only once in my life have I lost my words at the sight of perfection - on a rainy autumn morning when I first met James Hunter. Or rather, when I literally ran into him. I had never seen anyone so handsome in my entire life. The stubble along his jaw line. The way he caught me in his strong arms. The way he stared at me so intently with his dark brown eyes that swirled with secrets. 

I felt it in a rush. That I wanted him. That I needed him in my life. I’m not naïve. I could tell in two seconds that he was out of my league. And not just because it looked like he had stepped out of the pages of a magazine. Well, that and the fact that he’s my professor.  

Trust me, I know I need to forget about him. But how could I possibly when every time I see him in class it feels like he’s daring me to cross the line? 

*I don’t know how much longer I can resist the temptation.*                              

©2015 Ivy Smoak (P)2017 Ivy Smoak

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The sex is hot...but

the sex is hot here but I just wasn't a fan of Penny. I guess being older than 40 I was finding her behaviour very high school, but it does show that the character is very young and naive. She is only in college and doesn't have much experience with men or even boys which is an accurate portrayal of her character but I would then find it very difficult to believe that James would think she was older. I don't know many guys of his age that would put up with her, a guy who clearly married young and almost divorced at 27 would not be bothering with a serious relationship with a teenager and though she might not look 19 her behaviour actually screamed 16 to me. maybe I'm just too old for this book because I also don't like controlling men. 5 stars for the hit sex though.

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  • Desi
  • 09-05-2017

Not obvious

I received this book for free on audible from a friend and saw a lot of negative reviews, but decided to listen anyways.
I really liked this book (so much in fact that I'm currently on book 3 in the series and ordered one of the spin-offs as well). Ivy Smoak is a great author and the story line is not typical. Penny is a little dramatic and annoying but she is 19 years old and going through a lot of crazy crap! I think it's unfair to judge her immaturity too harshly...she is immature.
Also, I've never read a romance novel where I was rooting for both male heros. Tyler and Professor Hunter are both amazing.

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  • Alysia
  • 06-08-2019

Dislike and like

This story was great when I first started, but as the story continued I started to resent the main character. She is beyond immature for her age, I have never met anyone like that in real life. It’s annoying with her whims and constant lack of communication. I do love the narrator though! Some reviews said her voice didn’t fit, but with how the character acted it fit.

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  • Deidre-Ann Anderson
  • 10-06-2019

Holy Freaking Cow I LOVED this book!

Holy cow! Wow! I can't believe I have only now just discovered this series. There were a few parts that could have used a bit of work technically, I do think that the narrator sounded far younger than 19 in her delivery, but again holy freaking cow I loved this story. I was hooked from page one and I believed it every step of the way.

I am a sucker for Alpha males and Professor Hunter ticked all my boxes. He was dominant, confident and strong, oh so strong! On top of that he was rich, yet modest, determined and knew exactly how to vocalize what he wanted in bed.

Speaking about bed... Ivy is a freaking genius when it comes to writing sex scenes that kept you flipping pages and feeling deliciously dirty with each one. I am looking forward to reading through all four books in this series. Definitely a steamy read!!!

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 03-05-2019

Teacher and Student

Having the sexiest man in town teach you what love and passion in like is a real turn on. When you find out he’s your professor that’s a problem. Recommend.

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  • Taneesha
  • 18-03-2019

Not impressed

This story is all over the place and I started resenting the frequent whims of the female main character so much I didn’t even want to finish it.

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  • finally
  • 03-10-2018

Narrator sounds too young

Good story, as far as college age gap romance, but it was difficult to ignore the tiny, girlish voice of the narrator, especially as the main focus of the relationship hinges on the professor’s mistaken presumption that Penny is older than her actual age. Narrator sounded early teens to me.

Authors: Please match your narrators with age-appropriate voices.


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  • A. Grimpe
  • 07-06-2018

Love this book!

I just love Penny and James! This series is irresistible ! On to the second book I go.