Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Training Temptation by Diana Baron

Training Temptation (The Stable Series #1)
by Diana Baron
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self/Indie
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 27,500

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Caught in a web of deceit, Caroline must run the race of her life to save her family home. Her reputation as the high society owner of the #1 stable for Ponygirls in the world is on the line. And, there’s only one man who can help her win.

Edward Hastings is steamy, passionate and dangerous. With molten brown eyes and a rock hard body, the notorious playboy could have any woman in the world, but he only wants her. The first time he’d seen Caroline dressed like a pony, he’d been enthralled. Now, nothing will keep him from her.

They strike a deal. He’ll train her if she sticks to his rules. But rules were made to be broken. The moment he slides the bit into her mouth, she knows she’s in trouble. As he ignites a fire in her body and her mind, will she make it through the week without losing her heart to him? Or will she be able to train temptation?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations (including BDSM and pony play) and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


Imitating a conspirator, he lowered his voice. “Let me train you.”

“No.” She paused. “No way. Absolutely not.”

He frowned. “What are you afraid of?”

“Nothing.” Everything.

“You know I’m the best race trainer in this competition.”

She bristled. “I’m the best. If I was going to run, I’d train myself.”

“You can’t push yourself the way a race pony needs to be pushed. You need a trainer.”

She considered what he said. He was right; no one in their right mind would force themselves to train as hard as a race pony trains without someone to push them. But if she agreed, her entire future would depend on him.

Everything about him screamed trust fund playboy. He never worked for a single minute in his entire life. What if he got sick of her after two days and ran off to find a shiny new toy? A Buffy, or Bunny, or Honey, or whatever ridiculous name his arm candy called themselves.

Or worse yet, what if she came to depend on him for more than just training?

My Review:

This was a fascinating book. The idea of pony play already fascinated me, throw in races, and a estate that is also a stable and I was hooked. The author does a good job of explaining everything, without too much information dumped on us all at once.

Caroline desperately needs to win the race to keep her place in society and her mother’s estate. This quickly endeared Caroline to me. Watching her struggle to let go enough to fall for Edward Hastings was a real treat.

Edward is the ultimate playboy so watching him fall for Caroline is fun. He shows a sweet and caring side when he does everything in his power to help Caroline keep her estate.

This is a hot story yet at the same time a very sweet story. I will and do highly recommend this story.

4 Books

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.

About the Author:

Diana began writing the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. By elementary school, she was writing and directing plays for kids in her afterschool program. Over the years, short stories piled up on her nightstand. At night, she could always be found holding a flashlight and a book under her blanket.

She studied writing and literature through high school and into the first two years of college. But then, her fascination with other cultures and religious practices took over. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religious Studies from San Jose State University and is published in non-fiction.

After college, her life took an unexpected turn. She's currently a project manager and technical spec writer for a Silicon Valley computer company by day and a daring novelist by night. When she's not tearing up the felt playing at the World Series of Poker, she's traveling to her favorite Caribbean islands.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Sheri! Thanks so much for reviewing Training Temptation. I'm glad you liked the story. I'll check in a little later today in case anyone has questions for me or about the book.
    ~ Diana Baron