Love is the greatest risk of all.
After seven days in a coma, Hannah Parker remembers nothing about the accident that landed her in the hospital–or how she ended up pregnant with Brannon’s baby, the man she’s loved since high school. Her body and heart have burned for him for years, and when she wakes up, he’s sleeping by her bedside, anxious to keep her safe at all costs. But as Hannah struggles with her amnesia, a threat looms closer–one that could have deadly consequences if she recovers her memories. She will have to trust Brannon completely if she is to keep what haunts her at bay…and their baby safe….
Brannon McKay spent the last ten years fantasizing about Hannah. In his mind, he’s explored every passionate scenario he can think of while, in real life, Brannon took their budding relationship and threw it away with both hands. Hannah doesn’t remember what happened but, now that she is awake, Brannon would rather die than watch her walk away again. When Hannah and his unborn child’s life is threatened, Brannon must stake claim to the woman who has held his heart captive for years…or risk disaster tearing them apart…
The Trouble with Temptation picks up slightly before the end of book 1. In fact, most of chapter one (if not all) is from Headed for Trouble and actually serves as a pretty good reminder of the events from that book that set the stage for Hannah and Brannon’s story. I feel it’s only fair I disclose that the only reason I recognized the recycling of the chapter is because I reread the last four chapters of book one in order to refresh my memory – which turned out to be unnecessary, but I’m not complaining as I do enjoy Walker’s writing, so it certainly wasn’t a hardship. With that said, book one does need to be read first as this is a series that is building upon itself, and you not only need the background information found there for the series thread, but there are vital scenes the set the stage for Hannah and Brannon’s developing relationship.
As I said, The Trouble with Temptation opens with Hannah in a coma after a car wreck. Despite their last encounter, Hannah’s accident serves as HUGE wake-up call for Brannon, who realizes that despite his best efforts, she’s under his skin and in his heart. So he’s decided he’s going to fix the mess he made of an almost-them and make them an actual THEM. His resolve is further strengthened when he learns she’s pregnant and he refuses to let her amnesia keep them apart – in fact, he’s going to take advantage of her memory loss to show her how much she means to him and how dedicated he is to making her happy. While Brannon starts to make a life with Hannah, he struggles with the decision of whether or not to tell her the details of their fight the night of the accident. At the same time, Hannah is struggling with holes in her memory that are filling in far too slowly for her sanity, and even once her memory is largely intact, she still can’t recall the details from that fateful day, the day of the accident and the day she may or may not have witnessed Shayla’s murder. And with the murderer near, keeping an eye on her to determine if she’s remembered that day, her life remains in danger. But when her memories finally return, the murderer is not who turns her life upside down – Brannon is.
There is a lot that takes place in The Trouble with Temptation, including the continuation of threads from book one. Not surprisingly, Shayla’s murder produces a plethora of suspects once the police discover her blackmail scheme and the evidence for it. Senator Henry Roberts returns to cause trouble for the McKays, but not before he gets pulled in for questioning regarding Shayla’s murder. Walker does a great job of providing several plausible suspects, and in the scene when it looks like we might discover who is responsible, the author’s redirection skills prove to be superb because she had me doubting my knowledge about a character right along with Hannah. As this is only the second book in the series, we don’t learn the killer’s identity, but we do learn several things about him that left me worried about the McKay siblings’ safety. We got to catch up with Neve and Ian to see how they’re doing and I’m excited to see what’s in store for them next. The stage was also set for what I assume will the final book of the series as Moira is the last McKay standing. But Gideon’s decision has me worried about what Moira (and Gideon) will endure before they finally figure out how to be together. I cannot wait!!!