Book 1, Cade Brothers
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Off-limits never looked so tempting.
Levi Cade’s firefighting career burned up after an accident on the job. Then his father died and left him in charge of the family’s multimillion-dollar resort. Now he’s forced to work with financially uptight advisors telling him what to do, and he needs someone he can trust at his side.
The perfect candidate walks through the door in her pencil skirt, fitted white blouse, and a mass of wavy blond hair she tries to contain.
The only problem? She’s his cheating ex’s younger sister.
Hell no. The last thing Levi needs is another Wright female in his life.
Then again, he always liked playing with fire.
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*Each book in the Cade Brothers Series is a standalone story that can be read in any order.*
Tempting Levi (Cade Brothers, Book 1)
Daring Wes (Cade Brothers, Book 2)
Seducing Bran (Cade Brothers, Book 3)
Reforming Hunt (Cade Brothers, Book 4)
Jules Barnard puts the sparkle in this Lake Tahoe casino romance
Her 'Men of Lake Tahoe' series was my first introduction to Jules Barnard's perfectly pitched writer's voice. She has a warm and casually intimate style - a chat-over-coffee-on-a-rainy-morning-at-home style. Her characters in Tempting Levi are as real a the people you and your friends chat about, and she writes like she's one of them. Levi Cade may be the eldest and most angst-ridden son among the five Cade brothers, but Dad died and left him boss of the family casino business, and his brothers' futures. (Levi's a bit too into martyrdom for a genuine alpha, at first...). And MS. Emily Wright, his new Adm. Asst.- well she's his ex-fiancee's sister, and a player in a two-family brouhaha with history and hard feelings still intruding on the present. Plus, she's beautiful, and has all the right job qualifications, and she's so competent...and Levi's in trouble. This man sure can manufacture guilt, and Business-savvy-but-not-Man-savvy Emily sure knows how to misread the signs. Getting these two well-suited suits together in the bedroom as well as the boardroom is a considerable feat which the author pulls off with panache, and heat, and romantic tension in spades. Those familiar with the Early MoLT series will recognize cameo appearances from those stories (the novels share a close Lake Tahoe community setting), but Tempting Levi totally works as a standalone. Thank Hidden Gems for the ARC, and this is a voluntary and independent review.
I can't wait for more books in this series!
I can't wait for more books in this series!
This is the first book I've read by Jules, and it for sure won't be my last! This was a solid and steamy contemporary romance with a large cast of characters I can't wait to learn more about!
Emily and Levi were in a tough spot; they knew they had feelings for each other, but thy let the stigma of Emily being "the ex's little sister" stop them from pursing each other. They worked in close proximity, so you can imagine the tension that was built up having to restrain themselves!
I really liked Levi. He suffered loss in his personal and professional lives and then his father died and dropped a high-end resort on him. It was interesting to read how he coped with all of the above and incorporated them all into his current life.
Emily also experienced some rough stuff in her life, but it helped to form her assertiveness. I liked when she unleashed said assertiveness when it came to Levi. Nope, no pushover here!
I FLEW through this book, not wanting to put it down! I'm looking forward to reading more about these here Cade boys!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Fantastic story and just the beginning to a new spin off series featuring The Cade Brothers. We met Adam Cade in the last Men of Lake Tahoe book and now we get the stories of his 4 brothers. You don't have to have read the prior books to enjoy this one. This is Levi's story and you don't want to miss it.
Levi Cade is a planner. That hasn't worked out so well for him though. Once he thought he had the woman he would spend his life with and the job he would make a career out of. Now he's single, lost his father, finds himself struggling to fill his shoes and not let his brothers down. Nothing else could go wrong in his life. Right? Wrong! He knows that as soon as he meets the woman his father wants working by his side to keep the club running. The sister of his cheating ex!! Emily Wright may not be anything like her sister but working with her day after day will be too hard. Especially since his dormant libido decides now is the time to come roaring back to life.
An excellent book that I highly recommend to everyone.