Tempt Me Tonight
Seduction is the best revenge...
Trish Henderson has returned home to Eden to take care of some family business…and some personal business, as well. Though she’s achieved remarkable success as a high-powered Indianapolis attorney, Trish has never forgotten her small-town high school sweetheart, Joe Ramsey, or the devastation of heartbreak.
Now she’s come face-to-face with the gorgeous sex god Joe has grown into, and she’s determined to get him out of her system once and for all – and maybe take a little revenge, too. And this time, she has all the power. After all, where is it written that onlymen can explore and enjoy a physical relationship without commitment? Her plan: seduce him for just one night, then walk away…
But there’s just one problem. Trish is about to find out that one night with Joe may never be enough…
A Note from Toni
Readers may be surprised to hear that Tempt Me Tonight is actually an older project, which first came to be nearly ten years ago. At the time I was unpublished and targeting the old Harlequin Temptation line. I later sold three books to Temptation, but they passed on Tempt Me Tonight, which I then called Seduce Me Tonight. Yet the story stayed with me and I always wished I had found a good publishing home for it. So when it came time for my second book at Avon, the story came back to mind and I thought about ways I could expand and deepen it to make it more like the books I’m currently writing. When I pitched it, Avon liked the idea, and Tempt Me Tonight finally had a wonderful home!
As for the original idea for the story … well, back in the late nineties, when I wrote the first version, it was a rather racy concept in romance to have a woman very actively and decidedly seduce a man, believe it or not, and I was intrigued by how the experience would change Trish. The small farm town setting was a natural one for me as I grew up in just such a place, so it was fun and easy to write.
As it turns out, I’m really glad the original version of this book didn’t sell, because the current one is much improved! Proving, of course, that it was all meant to be. Especially since Tempt Me Tonight was excerpted in the June 2007 issue of Cosmo! That's right - THE Cosmo! Color me ecstatic.
Here I am pictured in NYC when the issue first hit stands. You can tell by the look on my face that it is the thrill of a lifetime for me to be a real “Cosmo girl”!
And here I'm giving a copy of the book to illusionist Criss Angel when I met him in New York in May 2007. Check out my NYC Travel Diary complete with pics!
Awards & Honors
- RITA® Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
- Selected as a Red Hot Read by Cosmopolitan Magazine
- Picked up by both Doubleday and Rhapsody Bookclubs
- A Romance Reader at Heart Top Pick
Reviews for Tempt Me Tonight
“The depth of emotion and heartbreak Blake conveys with the simplest strokes of her keyboard go far beyond mere words and strike into your very soul. What I look for in a great book is characters I can believe and empathize with as well as a story that rings true. Tempt Me Tonight is not only all of those things, but is also a book that leaves me searching my own soul and. When a book not only evokes deep emotions in me but prompts a willingness to change, it is a book I know I will treasure for years to come.” ~Jennifer Ray, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques, 5 CLOVERS
“Believable characters and scorching love scenes enhance this emotionally complex novel. The strong emotional bond between the protagonists will enthrall readers!” ~Romantic Times Book Reviews
“Tempt Me Tonight evokes delicious memories of steamy nights spent discovering young love, and invites one to feel what it’d be like to make up for lost time with the "sexy one that got away.” ~Michelle Buonfiglio, LifetimeTV.com
“This book is so phenomenal, so beautiful … and drew me in like no other. Toni Blake is the new queen of contemporary romance. I was blown away by her ability to make me feel so many emotions at one time. If you've never read a Toni Blake book, now is the time to pick one up and find out what all the fuss is about.” ~Kristal Gorman, Romance Reader at Heart, Top Pick
“Toni Blake cleverly blends those heartfelt pangs of first love’s sweetness and the sweltering breathlessness of some seriously high-voltage love scenes, wrapping it all up in a charming happy-ever-after. Talk about a recipe for perfection. Every scene seethes with anticipation (and) excitement …. blushingly true to life. This is a “can’t miss” read!” ~Chris, Romance Junkies, 4 ½ BLUE RIBBONS
“Toni Blake proves once again she’s a master at blending memorable characters with a page-turning plot in a book I can highly recommend. Be prepared to finish this book in one sitting as once you pick up TEMPT ME TONIGHT, you won’t want to put it down.” ~Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today
“Terrific love story … marvelous reading. Joe is truly a magnificent hunk!” ~Donna Doyle, Romance Reviews
“SENSATIONAL! An extraordinary story! Ms. Blake is a magnificent writer and always creates memorable characters. Steady dialogue and spicy love scenes pull this magical story together for a very entertaining read!” ~Wateena, Coffee Time Romance
Toni has always used music to set the tone of her books. Enjoy this playlist of songs featured in Tempt Me Tonight:
Heaven's Just a Sin Away – The Kendalls
Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right – Billy Currington
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Your Man – Josh Turner
Seven Bridges Road – Eagles
Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
When I'm Away from You – The Bellamy Brothers