The verbal sparring between Lemon McCoy and Tristan Lawson is practically a legend in their small town, but it hasn’t always been such a battle between them. Years have passed, though, and their animosity toward each other hasn’t faded, making things that much harder when one night of giving into their attraction leads to pregnancy and a sudden marriage.
The Verdict: This story has been building since the beginning of the series, so of course I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for Lemon and Tristan!
Back when Tristan was deployed, he and Lemon sort of inadvertently became pen pals. He shot off a quick, funny letter, she responded with her usual wit, and a friendship grew from there. But what could have been their great love story was shot to hell when other people interfered, and Tristan and Lemon’s pride kept them both from revealing their true feelings for each other. Fast forward several years, and they’re both still harboring plenty of attraction, love, and loathing for each other. But one unexpected night together leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and they finally get their chance to make things right — if they can put aside their barbs and let their hearts show a little.
One of my favorite things about this series is the quick wit among all the characters, none more so than that between Tristan and Lemon. There’s no denying the sexual tension between them, but they won’t let down their guards for one second around each other. Fortunately, one night they let things go too far, and in forgoing the condom, they’ve finally created a situation in which they have no choice but to show some vulnerability.
The second Lemon told Tristan that she was pregnant, things started getting really good. Even as he was trying to hide his feelings long enough for her to get more comfortable with him, his best side began shining through. Of course, he’s a man, so he certainly screwed up once or twice, but he did his best to put Lemon and their child first. Likewise, she didn’t hesitate to uproot her life to start a future with him. Had their history been different, I probably would have thought they were both idiots for jumping into a hasty marriage, but even though they each claimed it was for the baby, it was clear it was for themselves, too. They were careful not to reveal too much, but they were also surprisingly honest with each other, and when the whole truth finally came out, it was impossible not to mourn the time they’d lost.
Lemon’s sister is a piece of work, and while I’m sure her story is coming up, there’s a part of me hoping it’s all miserable and angsty for a good long while. She certainly deserves it after what she pulled. But watching Lemon and Tristan reconnect was still awesome, and even though we definitely got a fully developed story, the pages flew by so fast! Their background story allowed the quick pace of their relationship to flow seamlessly, and their chemistry was beyond perfect. Love So Tempting is a fantastic, emotion-filled romance that had me rooting for the characters from page one.