Driven to Temptation is a fun and flirty romance with a lot of heat. It’s a forbidden love (boss-employee) with a touch of enemies-to-lovers (he initially hates her but that doesn’t last long) that would serve as the perfect poolside read this summer.
Aiden is the owner of an engineering firm in Central Oregon whose nickname is Ice King. Walled off from both his own emotions and empathy towards anyone else, Aiden appears bewildered by other humans and at a loss with how to do any of the people-side stuff of being a boss. We slowly learn that he was bounced around the foster system for a while, which is what led him to choose stillness over action in any social situation.
Delaney, on the other hand, is nothing but motion. Born into a family of engineers and a slew of brothers, Delaney has had to work hard to prove to them that her drive to be an engineer is just as valid as theirs. She feels constant rejection from her family over her life and career choices, as her parents anxiously ask her over Skype when she’s going to settle down. When the opportunity presents itself to join Aiden on a business trip, she jumps at the chance to prove her worth and wrangle a promotion.
Their business trip is a comedy of errors as they encounter one obstacle after another and the sexual tension between the two grows. By the time they finally give into their hormones, both they and the reader are quite ready.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but felt that Aiden’s arc was a bit rushed. The author spends a lot of time on Delaney’s inner life (her conversation with her mentor towards the end is worth the price of the book alone and I wrote down a few quotes from it in my journal), but less on Aiden’s. I would have loved more time on Aiden’s internal growth and self-reflexivity, but was thrilled with Delaney’s.
Overall, this book is recommended for anyone who loves boss/employee tropes, anyone who likes strong women learning to be gentle with themselves and heroes who need to learn that scowling isn’t strength, and anyone looking for a delightful escape. Grab a glass of your favorite summertime beverage (I went gin and tonic for one sitting and iced tea for the other!) and throw this one in your beach bag.
- Popular Boss-Employee romances for anyone looking for more!
- Melia Alexander’s website
- EngineerGirl: a website designed to show girls like Delaney that engineering is a great career
I got a copy of this book from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for a honest review and participating in the tour. Thanks!