Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: Tempting Cameron by Karen Erickson

Tempting Cameron
by Karen Erickson
Series: Lone Pine Lake #2
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Publication date: April 8, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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The girl next door never looked so good... For Cameron McKenzie, Chloe Dawson has always just been his younger sister Jane’s best friend—a pesky annoyance who followed him around and acted like he hung the moon. It isn’t until Jane’s wedding to her firefighter beau Chris that Chloe reappears in his life…and she isn’t pesky or annoying anymore. In fact, the beautiful Chloe tempts him beyond reason. But Cam knows he’s damaged goods—not nearly good enough for Lone Pine Lake’s resident good girl. Chloe’s always dreamed of a future with the dark, brooding Cam, and after they share an explosive kiss, she wonders if her dream could be coming true. Cam’s never stuck around his hometown for long, though, so she makes him an offer: one sweet summer romance with no strings attached. This good girl’s ready for an adventure…one that just might end up lasting a lifetime.
Tempting Cameron is the second book in the Lone Pine Lake series and since I had no idea it was a second book I feel confident that you can read this as a standalone. Karen Erickson delivered an old fashioned romance that was a delight to read.

Cameron McKenzie left town after high school and has not been back since  but his baby sister is getting married and how could he miss it? At the wedding he is shocked to see that Jane’s pesky best friend Chloe Dawson is all grown up and in all the right places. Chloe has had a secret crush on Cam forever and when he kisses her it’s like fireworks on the fourth of July. An old-fashioned summer romance might just lead to something more.

I enjoyed the characters Erickson created. They are flawed, genuine and you cannot help but care for them. Chloe has never left Lone Pine Lake; she is a local teacher and has set down roots with close knit friends and a cabin near the lake. Cameron took off after high school and has made his career in photography. He has been hurt emotionally and physically and shut people out; giving this teddy bear a bad boy persona. The interaction between them was sweet, hot and feed the romantic inside me. I loved the secondary characters interaction with the couple and how everyone swept in to protect Chloe from big bad Cameron.

I consumed this in a single afternoon and found it entertaining. While  predictable the characters felt genuine and the race to get my HEA made it delightful. The heat was relatively low but the chemistry was smoking, making this the perfect read for a large audience. The lake-side town and its residence made me want to pack up my bags and spend the summer. 

Looking for a sweet romance, with loveable characters to tug at your heartstrings Tempting Cameron is the perfect rainy day or beach read. I look forward to trying more of Karen Erickson’s books. Jane’s Gift is book one in this small lake-town series.

Four cups of coffee out of five  
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21 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

I enjoyed this one too and definitely agree it can be read as a standalone. :) I really enjoy this imprint for just simple-ish romance. Terrific review, chica.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous Turning the Pages said...

I've seen a lot of reviews of this one lately and they all make it sound great! I love Entangled Publishing :) Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Me too, they are perfect escape books!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Ahh, I rarely read romances, but when I do, I want something exactly like this. Sweet, flawed characters, a charming setting, a plot that makes me smile and a HEA that makes my heart beat a bit faster.
Thanks for briging it to my attention. Great review, my friend.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You know me I like to mix things up and this was charming and sweet.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

This does really sound sweet. I love when books can be standalones even when they are a part of a series. Great review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

So do I it was a nice escape between my darker, heavier reads

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Sophia said...

This one sounds lovely. The characters sound genuine, which is always important, even despite some flaws. And the romance? Swoooon. So glad you liked this one, Kimba! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Sophia, this was fun and I hope you get a chance to try it :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I love it when characters are flawed in the best possible way. It sounds like you flew through this one, which is promising to hear. I can deal with a little bit of predictability if I like the rest. :) Lovely review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed Sam, this was a nice little escape read between those heavier books!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous fishgirl182 said...

i am sometimes a little wary of contemp romances but this sounds cute. i don't always mind predictable if the characters and chemistry are good and this one sounds like a really fun beach read.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I use to loathe them..LOL but I am enjoying them at the moment and this was a sweet, fun read.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous Aleksandra said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it :) It sounds as good & as sweet as Jane's Gift, which I loved, so I'm looking forward to reading this. I got actually approved a galley of this one, so hopefully I'll read it this month for Clean Sweep :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this will be a quickly and easy one to get through, enjoy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

Ooh this sounds like the perfect read for an afternoon by the beach. Glad to hear it's satisfying and that there's tons of chemistry, as well as being a quick read. I definitely want to get to know Cam better. Amazing review! I'll have to check this out. :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*giggles* I am commenting on your blog at the same time you are commenting on mine..LOL This was a fun, easy, entertaining and sweet romance.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was thanks Jenea hope you have a nice weekend!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

Oh I like the idea of an old fashioned romance! I am glad you were able to read this one without having to read the first and not feeling lost.


Have a nice Saturday!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Ali, this was a nice escape :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed Barbara, have a wonderful weekend!

 

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