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Tempted by Love: Jack "Jock" Steele

The Steeles at Silver Island, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles.

In Tempted by Love:

Years ago, best-selling author Jack “Jock” Steele lost his girlfriend and baby in a horrific accident that drove a wedge between Jock and his family, keeping him from sharing a devastating secret. An aging philanthropist saved him from the brink of despair, and for a decade Jock cared for his ailing friend who became his family. Now his friend has passed away and left him a fortune - on the condition that he publishes another book. Jock is floundering, unsure how to rebuild the life he’d walked away from, much less find his muse, have another relationship with a woman, or even think about having a family of his own. But he can’t get his sweet, sexy new friend, single mother Daphne Zablonski out of his head, and her adorable toddler must know something he doesn’t, because she wraps her tiny fingers around his heart and won’t let go.

Daphne has been through the wringer with her ex-husband and doesn’t believe true love is in the cards for her. Friends she can handle, but letting a man see her mom bod naked? Especially someone as strikingly handsome and unbelievably sexy as Jock? No, thank you. Besides, she has a toddler to chase after and enough fictional boyfriends to fill her lonely nights. If only her book boyfriends could make her body tingle the way one look from her mysterious neighbor does.

As Jock and Daphne’s friendship turns to something too tempting to deny, their lives take an unexpected turn. Can a man who has lost everything find redemption with a woman who has everything to lose? And then there’s that secret....

©2020 Melissa Foster (P)2020 Melissa Foster

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  • Invested Reader
  • 25-10-2020

Purchased this to listen to Brian Pallino

"Brian Pallino was one of my favorite narrators. I'm saddened that he recently passed. In this book, his smooth narration didn't disappoint. But I was disappointed with the storyline. The only reason I listened to the end was out of respect for "Brian Pallino" (not his real name). I won't listen to any future books in this series, but I did enjoy the narration in this book. Thank you, "Brian," for all the material you've narrated and luring me away from the daily grind with your soothing, baritone voice.

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  • G C
  • 22-10-2020

KEEP EM COMING!

I absolutely loved it! This book caught my attention from the very beginning and held it throughout the entire book. This book was full of drama, heartache and romance! The narration was outstanding! It will keep you entertained! The author did an amazing job with the character builds and plot! Melissa Foster will never lose my praises! She literally keeps her stories fresh and unforgettable. I look forward to reading more books by this author! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Terri D
  • 12-10-2020

Friends to lovers

This book starts out with a slow buildup between Jock and Daphne, giving us glimpses as to why Jock is a lost soul. Daphne has dealt with loss and pain and she is trying to move on with her daughter. Jock has pain and secrets and when he is around them he finds he is wanting more. This sweet little girl is melting his frozen heart and he is seeing he wants more with them. Daphne can't believe the hot man would be interested in her, especially since she can't see past her extra pounds she has and lack of time for herself for to fix herself up but he does and together they will help mend both of their broken hearts. Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino do a great job. I believe this is my first time listening to either one of them and I enjoyed them both. This book has great characters and a great story and I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Kekd
  • 06-10-2020

Started off strong

Started of strong, got super cheesie and skipped over all the sexy stuff. I’m disappointed.

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  • NovelMomma
  • 05-10-2020

Love it!

I have gone back and forth between books that leave me feeling blah and books that make me want to devour everything the author has written lately, and let me tell you... This is a must listen book!! I absolutely loved it! Once I started listening I couldn't stop. The story is sweet and sexy. It drew me in and kept me there. And the narration is great! Both narrators really became these characters and gave a great performance! This is definitely one you don't want to miss!

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  • HH
  • 01-10-2020

Wonderful read

Both male and female narrators did a fantastic job! The story & characters were sweet, romantic and engaging.

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  • Ariadna B.
  • 28-09-2020

Awesome romance!! #creditworthy

Single parent romances are completely my jam. Love them! Melissa Foster has given me everything I wanted and MORE in her book, Tempted by Love. To say that this story has all the feels is putting it lightly. The emotional journey that Jock and Daphne take had me tearing up severals times, my tummy fluttering with butterflies the size of pterodactyls, and left me with a huge smile. Plus, who doesn’t like cute kiddos? Hadley was just adorable. I just loved everything about this story. Narration was performed by Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino. I am familiar with both narrators, but hadn’t yet heard them narrate together, but so glad about this combo! Both did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life, the couples chemistry, and infusing each character with tons of emotion. Loved them!

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 28-09-2020

Melissa Foster is amazing!

I have absolutely loved this audiobook! Melissa Foster has an amazing way of writing about family dynamics, as well as deep connections between characters. Jock and Daphne are just two of MANY characters who have that, soul deep connection that this author writes so well. If you haven’t read this or the other books she’s written, I strongly urge you to do so! Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino were both new narrator names to me, but I would definitely listen to either of them again!!!

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 27-09-2020

Slow burn to full on STEAMY!

I really appreciated Daphne as I can relate to her insecurities regarding her appearance. It’s nice for those of us that are not model size to see thee is someone out there who will love you as you are. I loved revisiting the Bayside characters I know and love while be introduced to new ones in Silver Island. I loved seeing Jock finally happy!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 26-09-2020

Emotional and Beautiful!

This is the first book in The Steeles at Silver Island Series. Jack ''Jock'' and Daphne's story is beautifully written. Daphne, a single mom, is a wonderful character, strong, independent, caring, and supportive. Jock is handsome, caring, and protective. Hadley, Daphne's daughter, is cute, and charming! She has an important role in this story. I loved to follow them in their emotional and romantic journey. The family bonds are strong in this story. The supporting characters are great. Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino did a wonderful job with the narration. They are perfect as Daphne, Jock and Hadley. I enjoyed it. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Series, My True Love. #AudiobookObsession

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  • Karen Dee
  • 29-09-2020

Sweet romance about second chances

I enjoyed this second chance romance. A single mom trying to raise her little girl and deal with the pain of her past and a single man still trying to heal from his tragic pain. Both of them come together to try and find a way to love again and heal. It was so touching to watch them take their cautious steps to overcome their wounds and learn to trust in the power of love and each other. The little girl was so sweet and added to the overall charm of this book. I love to see a man who is compassionate and willing to talk about his pain and reach out for help. Overall the narration was very good and I really liked their acting. This book made for a lovely Sunday listen!

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  • Gillek2
  • 28-09-2020

Jock and Daphne!

Jock has endured a tragic loss that continues to haunt him so even though he has built a new life for himself he is not really living until a single mother and her beautiful daughter come into his life. After the pain he endured he closed himself off to love or a relationship, but they manage to breach the walls he has placed against his heart despite his intentions to keep his distance. Daphne may have made the wrong choice when it came to her daughter Hadley’s father, but she wouldn’t change a thing as her daughter is her whole world. She is older and wiser now and determined to protect the hearts of both her and her daughter which is complicated by the fact that their enchantment with Jock seems to be one-sided. This is an emotional story about love, family and new beginnings between two people who have both been hurt in the past in different ways. When Daphne learns about Jock’s devastating loss, she helps him heal by showing that he has no control over what could have been, but he does have the choice about what can be. The narrators did a great job of bringing the emotion and humor of the story to the forefront. 🎧Audiobook Obsession

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  • PATRICIA
  • 23-09-2020

Getting to know the Steeles!

Well, I am ready to go to Silver Island! Melissa Foster has done it again. She has me falling for a new family and I love it! We have met Daphne previously, and her adorable daughter Hadley. A single mom, uncomfortable in her own skin. Jock is taken with her, but has issues with children.This won't fly in Daphne's world, Hadley is her everything. Will these two be able to jump the hurdles they face? There are some big ones to get over! I love that Melissa Foster does not only write fantastic romance, but adds relevant issues that are not glossed over. Her characters are flawed, and she lets us feel their pain and deal with the problem right along with them. This one is fabulous, and we find love, redemption, forgiveness and a new family to love, right down to grumpy Uncle Archer. It's a wonderful ensemble cast and I can't wait to hear the next one! Brian Pallino and Jennifer Mack narrate this gem. These two can bring out all the emotions in their characters, making it sound like we are experiencing the story as it is really unfolding. I enjoyed both of their performances and look forward to more.

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 23-09-2020

A Must Read/Listen

Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster is a contemporary romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino. This is the first book in the Steele’s At Silver Island Series. I absolutely love Melissa’s books. They always pull me in and leave a smile on my face. I loved the relationship between Jock and Daphne. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series My True Love to get Grant and Jules love story. Jennifer and Brian did an amazing job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life and I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future. I would highly recommend this book if you love romance books. It will give you all the feels!!! AudiobookObsession AudiobookObsessionReviewer AudiobookObsessionVIPReviewer

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 23-09-2020

Sweet and swoony

This is such a sweet book only elevated by the two narrators of the audiobook, Jennifer Mack and Brian Pallino, Jack "Jock" Steele and Daphne have obvious chemistry (leapt off the pages) but his inability to be close to Daphne's daughter, Hadley, prevents Daphne from opening up to him. Past pain and hurt are the culprits and Melissa Foster masterfully details Jock's pain and eventual movement past the pain to live again. I loved the supportive cast- their family and friends are wonderful. I know that the author has many books across many families and while I've read (and enjoyed) many of them, I always realize after reading one of her books how many I still need to (and want to read). I swooned and smiled throughout this book and I look forward to the next book in the series. In regards to the narrators of the audiobook, Jennifer Mack was fantastic. I smiled every time she adopted the high voice for Hadley, Daphne's daughter. I loved how she played all the characters, male or female, effortlessly. And Brian Pallino was also excellent, playing multiple characters so well and infusing emotion into these characters and their story. Overall, the narration elevated the story and I really loved both. 🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer, AudiobookObsession

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 22-09-2020

Tempted by Love

Oh man, did this book pull out every single emotion! I had annoyance, anger, sorrow, silliness, pain and the perfect happiness. There is so much to this story that keeps you hooked. I know this is a long book, but I listened to it all in one go because I just needed to see how it ended. Fabulous writing and just as fantastic narration! The little girl voice was perfect! #AudiobookObsessionReviewer