RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Paradise Tempted: The Beginning by L.B. Dunbar

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Title: Paradise Tempted: The Beginning
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Series: Paradise #0.5
Release Date: March 3, 2016

Paradise Tempted The Beginning


In the beginning…
There was the darkness of his past. A snake in the garden and the woman he admired.

In the beginning…
There was a mysterious attraction to someone she shouldn’t desire. A thirst for knowledge of things she’d never known.

In the beginning…
There was temptation beyond control. It was only supposed to be one bite, but a fruit so savory was a taste he knew he’d want again.

In the beginning…
There was a start to the greatest fight of his life. Love.

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With Paradise Tempted: The Beginning, L.B. Dunbar already has me completely hooked on the Paradise series! This prequel novella packs a powerful punch, delivering intrigue, drama, and heartfelt emotion in a way that has me desperately in need of the rest of this series. In such a short span of time, I found myself wholly invested in Sofie and Cain. Their undeniable connection and instant chemistry had me swooning as L.B. Dunbar introduced these enticing characters and their complicated world. Sofie and Cain are seemingly opposite in many ways and L.B. Dunbar has already managed to demonstrate significant depth in these characters, firmly planting them in my heart. Where Cain was haunted and shrouded in darkness, Sofie was innocent and filled with light. This contrast allowed for an easy push and pull between them that I absolutely loved. I reveled in the smart banter, flirtatious exchanges, and emotional honesty they shared and I seriously can’t wait to further unravel this addictive couple in their upcoming novel.

“The snake wrapped around her. It foreshadowed that paradise couldn’t last because it was the temptation to stay that got the snake in trouble. He wasn’t trying to force the woman out; he wanted to keep her in.”

Paradise Tempted: The Beginning was beautifully written. L.B. Dunbar had me flying through the pages, totally enchanted by her lyrical prose and vivid imagery. I absolutely adore the spin she puts on classic tales and Paradise Tempted: The Beginning certainly doesn’t disappoint. This novella was well paced, allowing me to become so caught up in the story I didn’t even realize how quickly I’d devoured it until it was already over. The plot is captivating and already full of surprises. As Cain and Sofie find themselves in an awkward situation fueled by too much alcohol, L.B. Dunbar forces this couple to face the fact that their actions may be subconsciously rooted in genuine emotions. This story briefly touches upon other events in the characters’ lives that I know will play a huge role in their overall journey, leaving me anxious to see how Cain will cope with the changes his fighting career will inevitably face and wondering how Sofie’s carefully planned future will play out. L.B. Dunbar delivers her final blow with a cliffhanger that left me stunned, turning up the intrigue just in time to leave me begging for more of this series.


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Don’t miss the rest of the Paradise series:

Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise #1)

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Paradise Found: Cain (Paradise #2)

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Author Bio

L.B. Dunbar

L.B. Dunbar loves the original legend of King Arthur. Inspired by this classic tale, she pulled over to the side of the road to take notes when it hit her that if King Arthur lived today, he’d be a rock star. A lover of fairy tales, myths, legends, and anything with happily ever after, she loves to read and write contemporary romance. Her Legendary Rock Stars series is complete with the final tale: The Trials of Guinevere DeGrance, but the story began with The Legend of Arturo King. She also wrote The Sensations Collection, which includes five stand alones based on the five senses in a small town setting near Lake Michigan. Raised on one side of that lake, she grew up in Michigan, but now lives on the other side, in Chicago. Mother to four, wife to the one and only, and teacher to hundreds of former students, she looks forward to sharing more stories in the future.

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