En­ticed by You

Elle Wright

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Da­fina (AU­GUST) Soft­cover $7.99 (304pp) 978-1-4967-1602-6

His papa was a rolling stone, and Parker Wells Jr. in­her­its a mess af­ter his death. From fam­ily feuds to bro­ken part­ner­ships, Parker makes re­pair­ing the past his busi­ness. How­ever, a run-in with gor­geous at­tor­ney Kennedi Robin­son changes his pri­or­i­ties.

As Parker and Kennedi face off in a real es­tate bat­tle, their ro­mance siz­zles. Their in­nate un­der­stand­ing of one an­other is charm­ing and well con­veyed: “From the be­gin­ning, si­lence was never awk­ward with them.” One look into Kennedi’s milk-choco­late eyes, and Parker is de­ter­mined to sweep her off her feet. They have un­de­ni­able chem­istry, but their re­la­tion­ship has to with­stand both the pres­sure of their le­gal bat­tle over Kennedi’s fam­ily prop­erty and the close scru­tiny that comes with small-town life.

En­ticed by You is a solid con­tem­po­rary ro­mance novel that uses plenty of the genre’s time-hon­ored tropes and tricks to keep the fire burn­ing. The strong­est el­e­ment of the re­la­tion­ship is the pro­found con­trast in Parker’s and Kennedi’s ex­pe­ri­ences, be­liefs, and hopes. Is this meant to be, or made for the mo­ment? Sup­port­ing char­ac­ters like Parker’s sis­ter Brook­lyn and Kennedi’s aunt Anny raise the emo­tional stakes. If things fall apart, per­son­ally or pro­fes­sion­ally, there’s go­ing to be a lot of hu­man col­lat­eral. Each sex scene and ro­man­tic fish­ing date is mixed with risk, and the ten­sion rises as the novel un­folds.

En­ticed by You is the sec­ond novel in au­thor Elle Wright’s Well­spring se­ries. Set in Well­spring, Michi­gan, En­ticed weaves the town’s history through Parker and Kennedi’s ro­mance. Fam­ily lega­cies en­rich the char­ac­ters’ re­la­tion­ships: although Parker and Kennedi are vastly dif­fer­ent, they both have deep roots in Well­spring.

En­ticed charms across the board and is a sweet but salty, mem­o­rable ro­mance. CLAIRE FOS­TER

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