Author: Riley Edgewood
Published: July 23rd 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
She's a liar. He knows the truth.
Teagan Walker gets around. Ask anyone—hell, ask her. She'll own it with a smile. But beneath that smile is a girl whose parents didn't want her. Whose grandparents raised her without affection. Whose struggle with a burning anger threatens to consume her, though she'd rather punch someone in the face than talk about it. With a new job looming, she's determined to work her way into a better life. When she meets the sexiest guy she's ever seen, she decides to kick it off with a bang. And she makes her move.
But he's got moves of his own, and before the night is out, he strips her of way more than she means to reveal—without removing a single piece of clothing. That comes, too, of course. He's gotten under her skin like nobody before him, and what's the harm in one night with a sexy stranger? Exposed or not, she never has to see him again.
Except she does.
On Monday morning, they come face-to-face. He's the son of her new CEO—and her boss for the summer—and he threatens to bring her entire world crashing down, making her face every lie she's ever told.
While I was still reading this book, I talked to others about how overcome I was with the book. When you read a synopsis, it gives you a decent idea of what to generally expect. The synopsis for this book was definitely spot on, but there was so much more below the surface that I was, as I said, overcome. With emotions, with how impressed I was with what the author wrote. Just everything.
I will admit that straight off the bat, I didn't like Teagan. There was something about her that just didn't sit right with me. As the book progressed, I grew to like her, then love her. Teagan has this outward appearance that can grate at someone, but when you discover what lies beneath, you understand her fully. And then there's Alec--sweet, kind, thoughtful, passionate, loving. When they meet, they don't know that they'll be working together, so when they do find this out, they know it should change the dynamic of what their "relationship" was that one night. This, obviously, is going to be a problem because something is hanging in the air between them.
Despite all the things Teagan does to sabotage herself, Alec shows amazing character by being willing to find out what causes her to act the way she does. Usually when someone is unlikeable, people aren't willing to be around them, much less try to be friends with them. But Alec was perceptive. I loved that about him. Teagan learns a lot about herself throughout the book and I enjoyed watching her grow and become a better person even though it was very difficult for her. Their friendship turned relationship blossomed in a precious way, often in a deliciously hot way, but still very sweet just the same.
Truth & Temptation is a brilliantly written novel. I still can't get over how impressive the story is--from the perfectly flawed characters to the unexpected backstory. Everything unraveled in the best way possible. I loved the depth of the characters. I cheered for them, I cried with them, I believed in them. It was altogether just amazingly great. Riley Edgewood, I tip my hat to you.