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Temptation Creek (The Layton Family #1)

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Originally issued as "Up a Dry Creek".

Dry Creek has been home to the Layton family for generations, a heritage Claire Layton and her brothers Hank, Chris and Sam all appreciate. Claire is a successful, though somewhat debt-ridden, restaurateur who minds her own business—literally. She has enough on her plate between an irascible chef, an abandoned sous-chef, and the pressu
Published June 15th 2011 by Evernight Publishing (first published 2011)
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I’ve read a few of Avery Flynn’s books before, and I’ve quite enjoyed them. Obviously, when this book became available for review, I took a chance. If you didn’t know, Dangerous Kiss, formerly known as Temptation Creek was first published in 2011. This year, this book got a face lift and a new name. I’ll be honest, the original covers never caught my eyes to give this book a glance. So, kudos to Ms. Flynn on the decision to update the covers. They are very sexy, eye catching and the book has a

Jul 12, 2011 Babs rated it really liked it
Claire the owner of Harvest Bistro takes out the trash to the dumpster after a heard day. To her surprise she finds an arm sticking out of the dumpster that is attached to a dead body. Claire calls the police which her Brother Hank is the Chief. Along with Hank is the handsome PI Jake. He takes Claire's breath away. Even though he is but he comes across as a cocky know it all and she doesn't know if she can tolerate him. As they are investigating the murder Claire starts to get some threatening ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Dry Creek might be a small town but to Claire Layotn and her brothers, it was home. Claire had a successful restaurant, and if her chef hadn’t just walked out she would be fine, except for the small mountain of debt and the dead body in her dumpster. When the killer wants to use Claire to retrive the dead girl’s phone and flash drive, things went straight to the crapper. Her over protective brother’s are smothering her, now add in the cocky, big city PI working for the dead girl’s family and Cla ...more
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May 20, 2015 books are love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to find a avery flynn book that I have found delicious and this is no exception. Claire is stubborn, determined and loves her family fiercely. So much that she puts everything on the line to keep them protected from the killer of the girl in her dumpster. That is until the just as stubborn and headstrong Jake comes into the picture.

Through some fun but dangerous misadventures where Claire acts before she thinks and Jake forgetting he is on a job and not just there to draw Claire into
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
"...kudos to Ms. Flynn on the decision to update the covers. They are very sexy, eye catching and the book has a good story to back it up with. " ~ Under the Covers

I've read a few of Avery Flynn's books before, and I've quite enjoyed them. Obviously, when this book became available for review, I took a chance. If you didn't know, Dangerous Kiss, formerly known as Temptation Creek was first published in 2011. This year, this book got a face lift and a new name. I'll be honest, the original cover
Aug 22, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Claire couldn’t cook worth a lick but she had put together a great restaurant and it was the most popular restaurant for several counties. Dry Creek, Nebraska wasn’t a metropolis by any means; and everyone knew everyone else’s business. Her oldest brother was the Chief of Police, middle brother a staid professor and youngest brother had won the lottery awhile back. Claire was at least a foot shorter than the shortest of the brothers, coming in at just arou9nd five feet (without heels).
When she t
Aug 12, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
It takes a good contemporary romance to grab my attention and keep me reading to the end of the book. Up a Dry Creek definitely did that, and the cliffhanger at the end made me eager to read the next book.

By all accounts, Claire Layton is a successful woman- she has her MBA, she owns her own business, she has a great family and supportive friends, and is working hard at overcoming the breakup of the century and moving on with things in the romance department. Finding the body of a murder victim
Lindsay Klug
Sep 23, 2011 Lindsay Klug rated it really liked it
From the first line, this book had me hooked. Flynn wastes no time in getting straight to the story, opening with a scene in Claire’s restaurant followed directly by the discovery of a dead girl in her dumpster out back.

When Jake was first introduced, I didn’t like him. Because Claire came in so strong and fierce, I immediately identified with her, and when they had their initial exchange I seethed. But as we get to know him, Jake isn’t such a bad guy after all.
Flynn executes this story with gra
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Dec 06, 2011 Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto rated it really liked it
Today's review is on Up A Dry Creek by Avery Flynn

I was able to read Up A Dry Creek in just one day. filled with murder, mystery, romance, and a plethora of twists and turn, I was unable to put it down for any length of time.

Claire Layton has always wanted to be a chef since she was a little girl, but when her inability to cook threatened that dream she decided to go to business school and become a restaurant owner instead. Who knew that one day at work could turn her world upside down.

Nikki McCarver
Apr 04, 2012 Nikki McCarver rated it really liked it
Claire had everything she could possibly want, minus some cooking skills. She'd always dreamed of being a chef but sadly possessed the skill of burning water. So she went after the next best thing, managing. She went to school, got her MBA, got her experience, and opened a wonderful restaurant back in her hometown. Forget the fact that she ended up back in her hometown because of a classical mistake in love. She would just have to be content with her restaurant. But, even in a quiet little town ...more
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What I really liked about this book was how realistic it was. While I was reading it, I could totally picture it happening just the way Avery Flynn described. That to me is the mark of good writing.

I really loved how spunky Claire was. I instantly connected with her because of her fire. She was alive, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. I loved how she just jumped right in, no questions asked. Even if it did get her into trouble sometimes.

Because it was a murder who-dun-it with the killer on
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Up a Dry Creek captured my attention from the get go! When Claire finds a dead body in her garbage can, she becomes the target of a madman. Jake is brought in by the young girl’s family to investigate the murder and is instantly attracted to Claire. While fighting their attraction in order to find the person that killed the young woman, they soon realize that their sexual chemistry is more than either one can handle. As the
Nov 05, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it
A nicely balanced blend of suspense, sex, and action. The suspense and action were first-class, and what's there not to like about a handsome, muscular, well-hung hero and a redheaded, big-busted, sharp-tongued heroine?

Only two quibbles and one puzzle about an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable story.

For all the details of the personalities and backgrounds of Claire and Jake, the romantic pair, I was left wanting to know a little more about each of them. Asking too much, perhaps, from a short novel
Apr 27, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story! It has suspense, action and lots of smoking chemistry. Claire and Jake were such a fun couple and the story is written that you can't put it down when you start reading it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes steamy, fun, romantic suspense. A must-read. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
This intrigued me but then after finishing it I was like That’s just it? I was expecting more about the things that the villains are looking for. Maybe I was reading too much of the crime novels that is was craving for something gruesome. The love story was great though!
Apr 24, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avery Flynn is the queen of sexy, fun, thrillers.

A great thrill ride with Claire & Jake, cant really say much without giving the game away.

This is an update to an earlier work of Avery's, I never had the chance read the original.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Ms. Flynn is a gifted storyteller. Her writing is well-crafted and she certainly knows her way around a sentence. She also masters the ability to heat up the page through evocative sex scenes, provoking the imagination into a vivid enactment of character chemistry and interaction. Although entertaining, I did struggle with some elements of believability and initially became distracted at times with a little too much information. The latter part quickly faded, however, and I became engrossed in t ...more
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Becky Moore
Jun 25, 2011 Becky Moore rated it it was amazing
Took a chance on a new author and loved this book! It's a treat to find two strong-willed characters who don't spend endless chapters agonizing over how they're independent and could never make room in their lives for someone they love. I also appreciated the way Claire and Jake had family written into the story as sidelines ... Not meddling like so often is the case. This novella was a great mix of romance and passion and just enough suspense to keep the ol' heart racing. Looking forward to her ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Sapphyria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I read this when it was titled "Temptation Creek")

Claire has finally made her dreams come true in the form of Harvest Bistro, the restaurant she owns and operates in Dry Creek, Nebraska. One evening after Harvest is closed and Claire is cleaning up and hauling trash out, she discovers one of her patrons in the dumpster. Claire's dream quickly becomes a nightmare. While the local police department, headed up by the local sheriff, who is also her brother, do their thing, Claire receives a threate
Jun 01, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Dangerous Kiss I can definitely tell you that one of the highlights of the novel was the characters. You have the heroine Claire Layton who is independent, strong-willed, courageous, and not a quitter. No matter what was thrown at her, Claire would keep fighting for her life and her ability to stay safe. Then you take Jake Warrick. He is a family man. He runs a security company with his ailing father. Jake was brought into t
May 18, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Rock Star Lit PR in exchange for an honest review.

Dangerous Kiss is the first novel in The Laytons by Avery Flynn and was earlier released under two other titles, Up a Dry Creek and Temptation Creek. This is a romantic suspense story about a restaurateur, Claire Layton, who discovers a dead body in her dumpster and a private investigator, Jake Warrick, tasked to look into the murder. There's a lot of sexual t
Brittany Shivers
Claire Layton always wanted to be a chef. Her only problem being is she can't cook to save her life. Claire did the next logical thing she now owns and runs a small restaurant in Dry Creek, Nebraska. When she takes the trash out at the end of her shift she finds a dead woman’s body in the dumpster. She immediately calls the County Sheriff, her brother Hank. Claire is the youngest of four siblings and her older brothers are very protective of her.

Claire receives an anonymous telephone call from t
May 04, 2015 Reviewsbypaige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous Kiss definitely grabbed my attention and kept me reading; it was very easy for me to read within a single day seeing as how addicting it can be. Dangerous Kiss was a nice combination of sexy, suspense and danger. I really enjoyed the fact that Flynn gets right to the story from the very first line. Another factor I really liked about this novel was how realistic it was. I wasn’t crazy about Jake when he was first introduced, but I felt that Claire came in strong, which made me instantl ...more
Shelly Wygant
May 17, 2015 Shelly Wygant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with plenty of action as Claire find a body in the dumpster behind her restaurant. As the police are investigating she starts to receive threatening calls. To top it off she meets a private investigator who is sent to look into the murder. Jake and her butt heads but are instantly attracted to each other. The murder will do everything to get to Claire and find some missing things from the girl who was murdered. Jake vows to protect her.

The characters were well developed in
May 18, 2015 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every second of this book...Could no put it down.
A Dangerous Kiss between a restaurant owner, and a security guard really heats the pages up..

In the town of Dry Creek, Nebraska Claire Layton started her own business...after the inheritance from her grandmother...Harvest Bistro was born, and it became her pride and joy...after a crazy, busy night at the restaurant the last thing she expected was a dead body. The fun has just begun, and danger hang on to the ride.

When she meets Jak
May 18, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say: OUTstanding. Stupendous. Fantastic. Phenomenal! It has everything, it has romance, it has mystery. Avery Flynn has done it again!

Claire is the owner of the restaurant Harvest Bistro. She takes her job as owner very seriously. She even empties the garbage. While doing so this night, she finds a dead body in her garbage dumpster. Totally freaked, she calls her brother Hank, who also happens to be the sheriff for help.

Jake and his father own Absolute Securities Jake is the investig
Karen Gagnon
May 11, 2015 Karen Gagnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This updated first book in Avery Flynn's 'The Layton Family' series is a fun, fast paced, sexy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and scorch your panties at the same time! Claire Layton owns the successful Harvest restaurant in her small town even tho she can't even boil water. One unfortunate night she finds a dead body of a girl named Kendall in her dumpster. The murderer contacts her to find Kendall's phone and flash drive for him without telling the police or she will pay l ...more
Tory Michaels
Jun 21, 2012 Tory Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo much goodness wrapped up in this book! Not too much sex (and given the books I've been reading lately, the lack of sex every 10 pages made a lovely break), but plenty of sexual tension, suspense and everything else you could ask for.

I can't wait to read more books in this series. I'm just sorry it took me so long to read this one!
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