Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster

Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster

Because who can resist a story about an overweight 25-year old virgin and an attractive, successful hero, who want each other in every hot, wet and dirty way?

Grace Jenkins has been attracted to her elderly employer’s grandson, Noah Harper, for years, but he’s been oblivious and engaged to someone else. When his engagement ends under mysterious circumstances, Grace knows he doesn’t deserve to be disowned by his grandmother over the break-up. She visits him to offer her support and ends up in his bed, knowing he isn’t interested in a relationship. Noah and Grace soon realise that they want more, but Noah’s grandmother wants him back with his fiancée and Grace back on the payroll and away from Noah.

This was a book that made a huge impression on me when I first read it about 6 years ago (when I was new to contemporary romance) and one that I’d meant to reread long before now.

Grace is an overweight, shy, 25-year old virgin but has a lot of spine, loyalty and the ability to let go of her self-consciousness over her weight and nudity at those crucial moments, while Noah is tall, attractive, successful and well-built. On paper (no pun intended), they seem to be mismatched—he’s the type of hero I’d expect to be interested in someone with Grace’s weight and inexperience only in a romance novel. But there are times when it’s easy to see how Grace might appeal to him. She stands up for him when the people closest to him turn against him and is much more responsive to his attentions than his fiancée ever is.

I’m conflicted over whether or not I buy the handling of Grace’s weight and her shedding of inhibitions, where a woman who sees herself as unappealing to men gets so swept up in lust that she forgets how she believes men perceive her. On the other hand, if she was hung up about it, the story wouldn’t have been able to advance as well as it did and the sex scenes wouldn’t have been good at all, and they were very, very good. After a lacklustre response from his fiancée, Noah wants a woman who wants him in every hot, wet and dirty way and Grace definitely fits that bill.

I also found her bone-deep belief bordering on hero worship of Noah’s inherent goodness to be rather naive, even if she was proven right through the course of the book. She accepted Noah’s sex-only proposition and I kept thinking, If he wasn’t your hero in a romance novel, he could have easily knocked the rose-coloured glasses off your face and the stars out of your eyes. Foster’s handling of her hero is quite similar to a regency ‘rake’ who is always a gentleman no matter how uncivilised everyone but the heroine (and maybe the hero of the next book) believes him to be.

My conflicted perceptions aside, I really enjoyed the chemistry between Grace and Noah and especially seeing Grace , who believed herself to be unattractive to men, manage to attract someone who genuinely cares for her, and as her confidence grows, she becomes attractive to other men besides Noah (not that she wants or needs them).

Yay or Nay?

Even after rereading with older and (hopefully) wiser eyes, I’d still definitely recommend Too Much Temptation for the romantic and sexual chemistry between Grace and Noah.

This book was originally published in 2002 (ISBN: 9780758200846) and reissued in December 2007.

Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
2007 edition
Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
2002 edition

Title: Too Much Temptation (excerpt)
Author: Lori Foster
ISBN: 9781420104318
Release date: December 2007 (reissue)
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Format: Mass market paperback

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Decadence's fascination with vampires can be blamed on Anne Rice and although she reads urban fantasy, historical romance, romantica and crime, her first and undying love is paranormal romance. She works in a bookstore and gets no sympathy for the sheer volume of work she brings home, not to mention the TBR mountain that will never be surmounted. Her guilty pleasures include (in no particular order) chocolate, pizza, sleeping in and Alexander Skarsgard and she is a final assessment away from holding a full pistol licence.

3 comments

  1. Kaetrin says:

    I remember enjoying this one – it’s on my shelf somewhere.
    I don’t remember thinking of Grace as all that overweight though – it could be I’m remembering it wrong, but I usually get the impression  with “overweight” heroines that they are just healthy (ie, not a stick figure) and not actually fat. So far as I can tell, most men like some curves on their lady.

  2. Decadence says:

    That’s true Kaetrin, it’s not the same as Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon where she described Bride as a size 18. We don’t actually know how big Grace is or if her weight was actually part of why she seemed to be ‘unattractive’. That was really only her impression, but might in fact be that her crush on Noah blinded her to other men, she didn’t dress well for her shape or she gave off signals that she was unavailable through her shyness.
     
    But however she looked, she never let her weight stand in the way of being with Noah. She was modest and self conscious, but never ashamed of letting him see the body she seemed to think had kept her single. That seemed to be a bit of a nagging contradiction that sometimes distracted me, but otherwise I really enjoyed this book.

  3. Kaetrin says:

    I agree.  It seems to me that if she was intimidated by her weight issues with men she didn’t like she would have been even more so with Noah – whose opinion was so very important to her.
    The set up in this book was a bit unbelievable but once I suspended my disbelief (as is often the case!) I went along for the ride without thinking too much about it.

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