Crystal Hubbard's love scenes in this book nearly set my eyeballs on fire!! She's written some of my favorite books and her love scenes are incredible because she doesn't use the same language over and over or write things the way most other romance authors do, but the love scenes between Faith Wheeler and Zander Baron are the boom diggity! Faith is an "info"tainment reporter with aspirations to move into hard-hitting, meaningful news reporting. Zander Baron is an actor whose star is on the rise but he's not who he's portrayed to be to the media and the public. Faith knows the truth about Zander because they grew up together as outsiders in the small mining town of Booger Hollow, West Virginia. One of only a few black families in the area, Faith managed to be a part of the community even though, as a black person, she was still an outsider. Zander, the son of the town drunk and an indifferent mother, experienced the full weight of being thought of as no-good and worthless. Zander's unique escape from his painful world comes back to haunt him ten years later when Faith recognizes him at a press conference. His publicists have told the world one thing about him, and if Faith tells the truth, it might be her ticket to the kind of job she really wants. Faith and Zander renew their feelings for each other. They are each other's first loves and given the chance, those feelings explode. I loved the way Hubbard depicted the conflict of Faith wanting Zander to be true to himself and to her by revealing who he really is. She can't love the lie that he's allowing to be perpetrated. But Zander still harbors so much hurt for the way he was treated when he was young that he doesn't want to ever resurrect anything that reminds him of it. The details of Zander's emotional growth are amazing in this book. It's so real. I wondered if this story is based on a real person.
This book reads like a movie. From the locations in West Virginia to Los Angeles to San Bernardino, Hubbard's descriptions place you right there in the story. One of the best parts is a scene at a bar called He's Not Here, where they go to see a band with the best name ever -- Knuckle Deep!
Tempting Faith is my new favorite by Crystal Hubbard and I can't wait to read her next book.