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Setting: Contemporary Gillespe, Kentucky

Sensuality: 10

Virginal and voluptuous, Grace Jenkins has secretly loved and lusted after handsome Noah Harper for three years but he was engaged and, therefore, off-limits. Then Noah walks in on his bride-to-be with another man and abruptly breaks off the engagement, refusing to explain the reason for the canceled wedding to his family. His grandmother and his fiancée's family are outraged. Grace rushes to defend him and is stunned when Noah responds by taking her straight to bed. She thinks this is only mutual lust and decides to enjoy the excitement for as long as it lasts while Noah quickly discovers that what he feels for Grace is much more complicated than simple lust. But convincing Grace is another matter entirely--she refuses to see herself as a permanent part of his life. Meanwhile, Noah's ex-fiancée is stirring up trouble with his autocratic grandmother and before she's done, Noah will have to reevaluate his relationship with his grandmother, Grace will have a whole new self-image, and both will face major upheaval in their careers and personal lives.

Author Lori Foster has a reputation for warm, engaging characters combined with sizzling sexual tension and Too Much Temptation has plenty of both. The dominant theme in this novel, however, is that of a woman's sexual awakening and Foster traverses this tricky ground with deft skill. --Lois Dyer

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The fact that its contrived plot sounds more like a fabricated story for a sex column in a glossy mag than anything that might happen in the real world pleasingly plump, virginal 25-year-old secretary wins undying lust from her boss's bad-boy grandson does not necessarily diminish the fun to be had in the latest contemporary romance from Foster (Sex Appeal). After Noah Harper finds the fianc‚e he does not love in bed with another man, he breaks off the engagement, deciding uncomplicated sex is all he needs. Besides, he was marrying Kara only to please his difficult grandmother, Agatha, whose popular Gillespe, Ky., restaurant he manages. Enter Agatha's unassuming secretary, Grace Jenkins. Insecure and inexperienced, but with a huge, unrequited crush on Noah, Grace agrees to Noah's terms: she'll become his sex slave and he'll teach her how to enjoy her body. Of course, the reader knows all along that the two will fall in love; it's merely a question of when they'll realize it themselves and what complications they'll stumble over on the path to knowledge. Billed as "a novel of erotic romance," this is harmless entertainment for readers who favor brisk romps between the sheets with a little story thrown in. It is sure to satisfy Foster's fan base and kudos to her for making a full-figured character the star of the show.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758200846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758200846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin's, Berkley, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Harlequin.

Lori believes it's important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Lori hosts a very special annual "Reader & Author" event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women's Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children's Home.

In 2007, Lori put together The Write Ingredients a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori's ongoing "Troop project" of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary, items to our troops.

In 2008, Lori coordinated with other authors of her choosing, and through Berkley, arranged for the publication of The Power of Love, a special romance anthology of novellas about empowering women. All author and agent proceeds from the anthology go to the Hamilton Co YWCA Battered women's shelter.

In 2009, Tails of Love, another romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published through Berkley with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2010, The Gift of Love romance anthology, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit The Conductive Learning Center, a school for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

In 2011, The Promise of Love, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, will be published with proceeds to benefit the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.

In 2012, Love Bites, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2013, Animal Attraction, a romance anthology that goes with the "Buckhorn Brothers" series, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:

Romantic Times "Career Achievement Award" for:
Series Romantic Fantasy
Contemporary Romance

Say No To Joe - second "Bestselling Original Contemporary"

Borders Group Inc.:
The Secret Life of Bryan - "Bestselling Original Contemporary" romance title
Jude's Law - "Bestselling Romantic Comedy" romance title
Back in Black - "Bestselling Romantic Suspense" romance title

Lori Foster has been both a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle and the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Lori enjoys visiting with readers on her Facebook Fan page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Freelance Reviewer on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
The last thing Noah Harper expects to find is his fiancée in bed with another man. He can't seem to get angry about it; instead he feels only relief. Because Noah and Kara's families have a history together and his grandmother adores Kara, Noah takes the blame for calling off the wedding so that Kara won't suffer through a scandal. Now Noah decides all he wants is a hot and heavy affair with some woman, any woman, to make up for the less than hot times he ever had in Kara's bed. And this woman must play by all of his rules, at least in the bedroom.
Grace Jenkins is Noah's grandmother's personal assistant and has been half in love with Noah for three years. Hardly experienced with men, and possessing a less than favorable opinion about her full-figured looks, Grace can't believe it when Noah proposes they carry on an affair after he breaks up with his fiancée. Grace, however, just can't say no to the man she's pined for all this time. Noah also makes her feel incredibly sexy and beautiful.
What follows is a story that has it all! Lori Foster shines as she breathes incredible and realistic life into Noah, Grace, and all of the secondary characters. Everyone has an integral part in the storyline, from Noah's ditzy former fiancée to his sarcastically funny and adorable brother, Ben. And the grandmother? Well, she just wants what's best (or what she thinks is best) for her grandson and isn't beyond a bit of manipulation in order to get it. Conflict and humor abound among all, but I most connected and sympathized with Grace. Grace is a "real" woman, inside and out, in my opinion. She only lets Noah THINK he's the boss, which leads to some hysterically funny and poignant scenes.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By ReadinDiva on March 20, 2002
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There is only one word that kept coming to my mind while reaing TOO MUCH TEMPTATION, that word was WOW! This book deserves a higher sensuality rating than 10. I thought Caught in the Act was good until a friend gave me TMT to read.
Grace and Noah were the perfect couple and they sizzled on every page. Just from the eye contact between the two, you knew there would be red hot passion when they came together. Even though Grace was a virgin, she had loved Noah since she first laid eyes on him. Grace wasn't model thin and she thought therefore not perfect, so she never expected Noah to even look at her twice. Boy did she have it wrong. Noah being the man that he was let her know repeatedly and in every way imaginable that he liked her just the way she was, not skinny not fat but beautifully voluptuous and he wanted to taste and experience every inch of her. (pant, pant)
This story was not only sexy it was funny. Thanks in part to Noah's equally handsome brother, Ben.
Just let me say this, BUY THE BOOK! Once I started, there was no putting it down. There was not a dull page in the entire book! That's right 280 pages of sheer entertainment.
Alright Ms. Foster, when are we going to get Ben's story? I can just imagine the type woman to finally capture his eye and his heart. Let it be soon. Okay?
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MimmiB on March 4, 2002
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Lori Foster just continues to get better and better, and in Too Much Temptation she delivers another 100% read. Grace Jenkins is a lady who alot of us can relate to; she's not perfect! She's shy, she feels like she's overweight, she's not completely satisfied in her job, and she has the hots for her boss's grandson (who just happens to be engaged) in the worst sort of way. She thinks Noah wouldn't notice her if she walked around naked!
Noah Harper is the perfect grandson--he runs his grandmother's business, is engaged to a woman his grandmother loves, and pretty much falls in with his grandmother's every wish. Until he finds his oh so perfect fiancee cheating on him! Then he starts thinking about it--did he ever really ask her to marry him, or did they just fall into it? He feels relief that he's not caught in the relationship anymore, instead of the despair he should be feeling. But his grandmother is not happy when she hears he's cut off the engagement!!
Grace, being the wonderful person she, rushes to Noah to offer her comfort and her support--never dreaming that while she's there, and inebrieated Noah will clue her into some fantasies he's been having about her?! This leads to Grace and Noah embarking on a sensual journey to experience anything and everything they can--but it will only be sex.
Lori WOW's us with this story--it starts out with a bang, and doesn't let up for the entire story! Noah and Grace just ignite sparks off one another, and there is real emphasis on Noah liking Grace just the way she is. You can feel their relationship with one another build, and the SEX! Wow--it is sexy, sensual, and sweet. Her charachters are so real, true to life that they could walk off the page, and I wouldn't be suprised.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scarletaka on July 8, 2002
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This was my first experience with Lori Foster (even though I discovered since this reading I had several books sitting unread with novellas she'd written in collection style books). I picked up Too Much Tempation at my local bookstore after reading the back cover. I am so thrilled I gave this book a chance.
This story is about Noah Harper (Gorgeous, rich and not exactly at the best place in his life romantically, you'll find that out in the book). Now, enter Grace Jenkins (Plump, insecure in her appearance and totally in love with Noah Harper who she worships from afar). Grace is a fun character she knows what she wants, but at times doesn't go about it as she probably should. It's fantastic to find Grace, the non-typical female lead character she's plump as I mentioned and she knows it, I loved that I could relate to her. Her emotions of what someone who isn't a Size 2,4,6 considers when looking for love had me cheering her on! She's funny and her interactions with Noah and his half brother Ben (also gorgeous and single making me eager for the next book Never Too Much) had me laughing at times.
This book is just what I was looking for in a romance with great heat. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen with Grace and Noah. Their chemistry was great and gave me the little emotional tugs a good romance can give it warms you up and lightens your day.
And this book doesn't end at the bedroom door fade out scene, which I am happy to find along with a story I enjoyed.
Now, I'm hooked on Lori Foster I've read several more of her books since this reading.
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