Review: Once Tempted (Silver Creek #1) by Laura Moore

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Book: Once Tempted (Silver Creek #1)
Author: Laura Moore
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: March 26th, 2013
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***Review Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley for my honest review***
4 out of 5 Stars
  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.

  I do love a good cowboy romance, and this was no exception. Laura Moore does a great job building this story slowly, no rushed romance here. The characters were likeable, and the hero was especially yummy. I liked how Ward and Tess were a little antagonistic with each other at first, even though they are quite obviously attracted to one another, and all of the tension that built between the two of them.
  Ward and Laura have both been burned by love in the past, so getting into a relationship is something neither one of them really wants at first. Ward has some major insecurities when it comes to women and them wanting him for his money, even though there are so many other wonderful things about him. Laura has actually been married and widowed, but her marriage wasn't a happy one. So it was interesting to see their romance play out, and how they dealt with their insecurities.
  Tess is a complete city girl, she didn't want anything to do with the ranch outside of her job as assistant. Ward is a cowboy who is very hands on with the ranch, and does a lot of work with the animals. I enjoyed seeing Tess go from being terrified of animals, to beginning to love them just as much as anyone else on the ranch.
  The places in the story are so well described that I felt like I could see everything, but it wasn't so overly descriptive that it was boring. So I'd say that Silver Creek Ranch is a huge part of the story not just the location where the story takes place. This makes me excited to read the next book in the series, because I already love the ranch.
  Readers who don't like to see a couple that falls in love too quickly will love the slower pace of this book.  While it does take a little while to get started into the romance of the story, once it does the author did a great job. That was the only thing that I can say bad about it, that it took a while to get started (for me). It was otherwise well written and a fun read with an awesome Happily-Ever-After, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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