Published: March 26 2013
Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love.
Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one.
Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as an assistant to Ward’s mother, Adele. Grateful for her busy new life running the ranch’s spa and resort, Tess can escape the heartbreak, humiliation, and secret shame of her failed marriage. The last thing she needs is temptation—especially from a man who reminds her so much of the husband who shattered her faith in love. But passion and destiny are about to change the rules for two people who have stopped believing in the healing power of love.
Tess Cesari is devastated. She has just been through a whirlwind romance and marriage to a man she hardly knew. Once the ink was dry on the marriage license she begins to realize that her new husband isn’t what he seemed to be. While separated from the jerk, his parents contact her to let her know he is in the hospital dying from cancer. She doesn’t want to stay at his bedside so his parents offer her a million dollars to stay until he dies. Once he does a check is given to her and she is told to leave.
And leave she does. With the help from a friend she takes a map and puts her finger on it. She drives to that location hoping to find some work. Only the town nearby doesn’t have any jobs and she is told to go up to the Silver Creek Ranch. There she meets Ward Knowles and is not impressed with him. His mother on the other hand sees potential in Tess and knows that she can use someone with her skills in running this spa and resort.
If you don’t love reading a slow paced romance with a cowboy, well then this is not the book for you. I really enjoyed Once Tempted and found it to be a good story to curl up with and not put down. The characters are not perfect and yet that is just what makes them so interesting. The plot was good and I was surprised with how it ended. Over all I enjoyed this and look forward to more by this author.