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Dodging Temptation (The Retreat) by [Flynn, Avery]
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You can't hide from love...or revenge.

Dodge Loving wants revenge...and he's about to get it. On the cusp of closing a multi-billion-dollar luxury resort deal, Dodge can't afford for anything go wrong. But then a fiery redhead shows up, the paparazzi hot on her trail, and throws his world into chaos. He has to get rid of her. Immediately. 

Harper Conner just wants to be left alone, but after slapping her cheating senator ex-husband during a televised press conference, she's a hot commodity. The ultra exclusive resort in Wyoming seems like the ideal place to hide--and work--so there's no way she's letting the Type-A jerk who runs the place fire her. 

Despite the animosity sparking between them, Dodge and Harper can't keep their hands to themselves. This thing between them can't happen. It won't. But his mother has other ideas...and she's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure Harper and Dodge fall in love.

(Dirty Talking Hero, Interracial Romance, Corporate Cowboy, Multicultural, Sizzling Hot Romance)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (Sept. 14 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011I0X0NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.5 stars---DODGING TEMPTATION is the first installment in Avery Flynn’s contemporary adult RETREAT romance series focusing on the Loving brothers-Dodge, Stone and Griff Loving, and the family owned Retreat Spa and Resort where A-listers, the famous, and infamous venture for privacy, luxury and freedom. This is eldest brother and resort CEO Dodge Loving, and newly divorced Harper Conner’s storyline.

Told from dual third person perspectives DODGING TEMPTATION follows the building relationship between Harper and Dodge, and Dodge’s plans to sign a deal for The Retreat to go global in the hopes of taking down the man who he believes destroy his mother’s life. What ensues is an acrimonious introduction between our leading couple when Dodge discovers her connections to the man he is hoping to bring down.

Harper Conner’s newly minted status as a young divorcee finds our heroine struggling for a direction in life, and with it comes the tenacity and ball busting attitude when Dodge Loving makes it his mission to remove Harper from The Retreat Spa and Resort. Harper is an employee of his mother, and his mother’s attempts at matchmaking place Harper and Dodge in the direct line of fire. But Dodge wants nothing to do with the ex-wife of a scandalous senator-she brings too much trouble and notoriety to the quiet solitude of The Retreat Span and Resort. The paparazzi have staked a spot outside The Retreat in the hopes of a getting an exclusive with some of the famous visitors.

The relationship between our couple is fraught with accusations and perceived betrayal. Dodge and Harper believe that each other has an agenda, and with it comes the disheartening realization that everything about their growing connection has been a lie.
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Harper Connor has come to the Retreat to authenticate May Loving’s priceless collection of original cowboy diaries. She loves the work and needs the money. The fact that the location is about as far out of the limelight as you can get is a definite bonus for a political daughter and wife who’s just gone through an ugly and very public breakup with her cheating politician husband.
Dodge Loving is a man on a mission. He’s spent months trying to negotiate a deal with a leading hotel conglomerate to turn the Retreat into an international chain. In order to do that, he needs to guarantee the privacy of his guests, especially now that he has an aging rock star, fresh out of rehab hiding out at the resort. When he finds out the paparazzi are there looking for a story about Washington royalty Harper Connor, his first thought is to get rid of her before she can do any damage and so in true Donald Trump style, his first words to her are “You’re fired.”
Unfortunately Harper works for his mother and she’s determined to stay to finish the job she started.
Dodging Temptation is a classic tale about that thin line between love and hate, an exploration of the scientific fact that opposites attract. Avery Flynn has penned a thoroughly entertaining story with a complete cast of larger than life characters, witty banter, steamy hot sex and melt your heart romance topped off with a surprise finale that could only happen in Wyoming.
If you like romance stories with strong, alpha males and feisty heroines who don’t take themselves too seriously, you will love Dodging Temptation.
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By Monique D TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 14 2015
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Falling in love over ice cream in Wyoming? Only Avery Flynn could do it! DODGING TEMPTATION is a lovely romance between an Afro-American cowboy and a reluctant political celebrity, Dodge and Harper, who are both very enticing characters.

Everything we love about Ms. Flynn is there: a fast-paced story, funny banter, great characters all-around, many sexy moments, and oh-so-sweet love! And let’s not forget chocolate chip mint ice cream! A good time will be had by all!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa28818a0) out of 5 stars 75 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28730f0) out of 5 stars Fantastic book Sept. 14 2015
By Staci70 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dodge Loving is looking to exact revenge on the grandfather who disowned his mother when she fell in love with a black man. Harper Conner is a woman trying to put her life back together after her scumbag ex-husband humiliates her in front of the American public during a political TV conference. She decided not to stand by her man after being raised in a political dynasty to rival the Kennedys. Dodge's mom May decides to play matchmaker and get the two of them together. They have off the charts chemistry, even as they try to hate each other. Dodge is trying to put his grandfather's hotel chain out of business by taking the financial backing he's hoping for and stealing it to make his own luxury resort chain of exclusive hotels catering to the rich and famous. This was a great book with a great story. The ending is not to be missed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2899ee8) out of 5 stars great chemistry! Sept. 14 2015
By mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.25 stars

Dodge Loving wants revenge on his grandfather after he disowned his daughter (Dodge's mom) for marrying a black man. Dodge is successful and smart but he feels like he needs to prove himself to get even with his grandfather. He's in the middle of working a huge multi-million dollar deal in competition with his grandfather and he can't afford anything putting that deal at risk. Harper is wanted by the paparazzi because 8 months ago, she slapped her Senator husband across the face on television and left him. Everyone wants her story and she just wants peace so she escapes to one of the Loving's family hotels and works for May, Dodge's mom. Dodge wants Harper gone and for her to take the paparazzi with her. May wants Dodge and Harper to wake up and see what a perfect match they are.

I really enjoyed this story. Dodge and Harper have some serious chemistry. It wasn't insta-love but when they spent some time together, there were definitely some sparks. This was also super steamy with some really well written sexy scenes. I loved the connection that developed between these characters and I really enjoyed this book! Can't wait to read more in this series - I think the other Loving brothers are going to have some great stories to tell.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a113b4) out of 5 stars I love the Lovings! Sept. 14 2015
By The Sassy Bookster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dodge Loving has been on a lifelong quest for revenge against his grandfather for disowning his mom because she married below her station and a black man to boot. Dodge's plan is to hit his grandfather where it would hurt the most - financially - and he's on the verge of inking a deal that would do just that, a deal to partner with an investor to expand his highly exclusive and private resort, in direct competition with his grandfather and he cannot allow anything to jeopardize his hard work, especially not a publicity magnet like Harper Conner.

Harper Conner broke the unspoken code of conduct by slapping her now ex-husband on national TV and refusing to stand by his cheating behind and she just wants to be left alone by the press. The resort in faraway Wyoming is the perfect hideout to avoid publicity as well as work on the first step to her hard won independence - her job authenticating old manuscripts and she is definitely not going to let the attractive owner chase her away.

Dodge's laser focus on his revenge plan has made him bitter and much like the grandfather he despises and has also left him with no time for romance, much to his mother's dismay. In her opinion, Harper is the perfect solution to that problem and she is willing to help that along, without much concern for boundaries which results in lots of hilarious moments. Dodge and Harper's clash of wills and initial hostility hides a mutual attraction but not for long, because they can't keep their hands off each other and their attraction bubbles over into lots of steamy encounters.

DODGING TEMPTATION is a fun and sexy read, with enjoyable, entertaining characters and a lot of laugh out loud moments. Did I mention the steam? Thanks to Dodge, Harper discovers and explores her kinky side very thoroughly. While Dodge initially gets involved with Harper as a means to manipulating her to do his bidding, all those late night conversations over ice cream show him that he's wrong about her. But will Dodge give up his quest for revenge in order to keep the girl just when it’s all about to come together?

I'm loving this new crop of political wives and girlfriends who have taken a page from Jenny Sanford's playbook and refuse to stick by their cheating partners. Harper has been groomed all her life to be the perfect political wife and has never deviated from that path until The Slap. Now she's all about herself first, taking charge of her life and determined to make herself happy and I loved it! I love the glimpses we got of the entire Loving family and its dynamics and I especially love Dodge's mom, May. I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what she has planned for an encore for her sons.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa322515c) out of 5 stars Opposites attract at posh resort Sept. 14 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Avery Flynn’s Dodging Temptation is filled with a lot of things, and all of them are good. At the heart of the story is the romance between Dodge Loving and Harper Conner. Dodge runs his family’s luxury retreat, and desperately wants to solidify a deal that will allow their business to flourish, while decimating his grandfather’s rival business at the same time. Harper is a “Political Princess” who is trying to start anew after being publicly humiliated when her Senator husband was caught having an affair. Harper is at the retreat to hide, and assess the value of some books in the retreat’s library. The pair are polar opposites. Dodge is a typical Alpha male used to getting his way, while Harper used to be a pushover. Dodge is a workaholic, while Harper is working for the first time in her life. He’s abrasive, and she’s charming. How can these two opposites find love? Well, as they say, “Opposites attract.”

I really loved watching these two bicker and lust for one another. They’re chemistry is red hot, and you could almost feel it leaping off the pages. I thought Flynn developed their relationship very well, and I didn’t even care how fast they got together. It felt real and natural under the circumstances. I also loved the backstory surrounding Dodge’s animosity regarding his grandfather, and thought that added something extra and unexpected. So much so, that I wish this was the first book in a series. With the family history, and Dodge’s crazy brothers, Avery Flynn has managed to create a lot of potential in just 148 pages.

Do I Recommend?

Most definitely! Dodging Temptation was incredibly good. The world building, characters, and plot were very well-developed. The romance was believable, and left me wanting to see more of Dodge and Harper. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. This book kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa31d9198) out of 5 stars Dodging Temptation was a smash hit! Sept. 14 2015
By Mama She's Crazy About Books Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dodging Temptation - The Retreat Series - Avery Flynn

30 year old Dodge Loving has it all. He's young, driven and managing one of the most luxurious resorts in Wyoming. The Retreat Spa and Resort promises 3 things - Privacy. Luxury. Freedom.

Harper Conner left Washington amid her Senator husband's cheating scandal. Determined to return new and improved she accepts a 2 week position at The Retreat Spa and Resort cataloging and authenticating books in the cowboy library.

When the paparazzi threaten to wreak havoc on Dodge's retreat trying to get an exclusive on Harper's story the two go head to head - Dodge wants her gone, Harper refuses to leave their love/hate relationship is explosive and the sexual tension is off the charts. "Ride my leg right here in the hallway where anyone can see. You want to come so bad you don't even care, do you?"

When Dodge's patchouli burning, zen-loving mother believes that fate has brought Dodge and Harper together, she sets her mind to playing matchmaker And Dodge and Harper don't stand a chance.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a light easy read. The characters were interesting and the story was well written. The secondary characters of Stone and Griff along with the main characters kept me wanting to turn the page.

I'm looking forward to book 2. I think May Loving has more match making up her sleeve and I suspect Dodge's brothers are royally screwed!