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Tempted Again (West Investigations #3)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  387 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Marissa Bennett needs to start over, but the last thing she needs is a new man in her life. Enter sexy lawman Connor Doyle-the high school bad boy who took her innocence. She knows she should turn the page on her past, but Connor is irresistible. Has she come all the way home just to get her heart broken again?
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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This author is amazing! I love all her books, they will make you laugh out loud and then cry all in the same page! But this book takes the cake on her other ones! I just about died reading this book!!!! Her characters are hilarious and crazy. I love the main character Marissa some of the things she says and does in it will make you go back and re-read to make sure you read it right the first time!

I will start with her, she comes back to her home town wanting to be hidden away after a nasty divo
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Tempted Again by Cathie Linz is a second chance story. Marissa has moved back home after a messy divorce on her one year anniversary, after being let go from her job and in the final insult losing her home because of money issues. She takes a job at the local library and moves in with her parents. Not exactly what she had in mind after leaving home 10 years before. On her way back into town she accidentally drives through the town para
Cute, but not her best work. A lot of the hints at bigger issues--parents having relationship problems, her relationship with her sister, her fear of dancing--are brushed upon, and then neatly resolved in one quick swoop. Kinda disappointing.
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Lady Lioness
I do not get Cathie Linz. I have read nearly all of her books and I am always left a little befuddled. Tempted Again zipped right along, the supporting characters were well-defined without being distracting, and the reader got a definite sense of place. However, there was barely any relationship development between Marissa and Connor. They just kinda fell together. Indeed, a lot of Marissa's relationships were murky. She has issues with her sister and father, but they are never addressed or reso ...more
This was an okay book, but for the first 50 or so pages I felt like I had read this book before. Marissa Bennett is a librarian returning to her hometown after her marriage implodes. The first thing she does is get caught in the town's Founder Day Parade and then pulled over by former flame turned local lawman, Connor Doyle. She wants to avoid him since their romance ended badly (did I miss when that was explained?) but, of course, they are immediately thrown back together when their teen progra ...more
Tempted Again by Cathie Linz
Contemporary Romance – Jan. 3rd, 2012
4 1/2 Stars

Tempted Again is the story of Marissa Bennett who after her recent divorce returns to her hometown of Hopeful, Ohio to recover and get back on her feet. As the new Librarian in town she's hoping for a calm and peaceful time to deal with her life. Unfortunately, that isn't entirely possible when immediately upon arriving in town she meets up with the town named, Sheriff Connor Doyle who just so happens to have been her fi
Sarah Eiseman
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I first became a fan of Cathie Linz (and subsequently, Pamela Clare) when I read a novella she wrote in "Catch of the Day" a few years back. Her fast-paced romantic comedies have become some of my favorites to kick back and relax with when I need to regroup. I was pretty psyched when I found out that she had a book published earlier this year, so when I had a free moment to read I picked up a copy of Tempted
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This book brought about lukewarm feelings - I did not dislike it, but I'm not raving about it either. I have a penchant for second chance love stories, and though most of the time, the endings are foregone conclusions, I am always intrigued on how the author portrays the two leads' journey from the beginning of their love story to its conclusion.

One thing noteworthy about this work is that the dialog is fun and engaging. The bickerings and arguments between the main characters, also their conver
Tempted Again by Cathie Linz
Grade: C

“You two have this thing going on.”
“What thing?”
“This Edward-Bella thing. Or maybe it’s a Jacob-Bella thing. Not that I read that crap. Too sappy for me.”

Marissa Bennett signed her divorce papers on what would have been her one year wedding anniversary. After finding her husband in bed with his assistant, Marissa is heading back to her hometown of Hopeful, Ohio to start over as a librarian. Marissa never expected to run into her first love and the first man wh
Megan Trennett
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Maybe I'm just being grumpy, but I would give this a 2 1/2 stars, if that. This is a shame, because the book started out at a 3-3 1/2 stars. The last part of the book ruined the whole book for me and I rushed through the last few chapters just so I could get it done. Here are my main quibbles about the book:

1. This is one of those books that's perfect for a drinking game. Anytime Linz put a pop culture reference in the text, I wanted to swig something (and I kid you not, there was something on a
Marissa is recently divorced and has moved back to her hometown to start fresh. She immediately runs into an old love, no the town sheriff. Connor has always avoided love but there is something about Marissa that just can't shake.
Sounds pretty good, right? It could have been, there is too much other stuff thrown that doesn't help the story at all.

Too many library references: telling what ALA has to say about reluctant readers is about as boring as watching paint dry. I am a librarian and even I
Marissa Bennett never thought she would find herself back in her hometown of Hopefeul, OH living with her parents again. Unfortunately she does find herself in this situation and then runs into the man that broke her heart a long time ago. She's not too happy with the male species and when she sees Connor for the first time and realizes that he doesn't know who she is, it makes her hate him more. Connor is not the person he used to be and finds out that the new librarian in town is the girl that ...more
In the spirits of light-hearted contemporary romances with a sense of humor, you'll enjoy Tempted Again. Marissa Bennett is broke, unemployed and divorced, when she returns home to Hopeful, Ohio. As for starting over, she's gotten a bumpy start. We come across her family--her mother having menopause, her father's obsession with Egypt and her baby sister Jess, who's a bit of a drama queen. To make matters worse, she runs into Connor Doyle, her former flame who burned her, a decade ago. We see thi ...more
Very good book. Marissa had come back to Hopeful, looking for a new start. She ended up seeing Connor right away, bringing back some unpleasant memories. Connor didn't recognize her at first, but when he did he realized that he had been a butt-head and needed to apologize. When they found out they needed to combine their programs for at-risk teens, neither one was happy that they had to work together. Thanks to his previous undercover work in Chicago, Connor tended to be the hellfire and brimsto ...more
Marissa was a librarian looking to start her life over in her hometown of Hopeful, Ohio. She is a very likable character who had me laughing at moments when I least expected it. She's a little quirky, a lot independent, and looking to make a difference in the community.

Sexy lawman Connor used to date Marissa back when she was in high school, and would rather leave the past in the past. That is, until he has a run in with Marissa at the Founders' Day Parade. The temptation may be more than he ca
My only real criticism of this book is the way things just sort of sped up at the end of the book. The story line should keep the same pace throughout the entire book. It shouldn't be slow at the beginning and then have all the problems solved within two pages.
Otherwise this was a fun, lighthearted story about two former lovers who run into each other 13 years after the sudden end of their relationship.
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I knew right at the beginning of this book that I wouldn't be able to put it down until the very last page. I was right. I read this book in one sitting, and I have to thank my children for keeping themselves busy while I lost myself in the small town of Hopeful.

Like all small towns Hopeful is full of funny and quirky characters, and these characters added to feel of the book. There were numerous laugh out loud moments and many those were caused by those characters. I loved Marissa's parents, he
Cathie Linz is chic lit at it's best. Sometimes I just need a fun book. Marissa is a young adult librarian that moved back to her hometown after her divorce because she cannot afford New York. She moves home in her old VW Bug that was all she could afford after her divorce. She stays with Mom and Dad until she finds a job as the young adult librarian. She meets the new sheriff when she accidentally pulls into the parade route with her CD player volume stuck on loud. He doesn't remember her becau ...more
I'm sure I've read other books by Linz but I simply cannot remember if they annoyed me this much. I so dislike books in which intrusive, interfering, oblivious family members are simply allowed to spread their embarrassing chaos unchecked. Must the protagonists be too spineless to tell their mothers "STOP! I won't put up with this behavior"? Are adult children never entitled to set some boundaries? Someday I'll read a book where the presumably-grown children stand up and refuse to be treated as ...more
I seriously enjoyed it, found myself laughing at all moments. Connor got on my nerves but at the same time he was lovable.I remember this one scene (view spoiler) lmfao. Other than that this is a fun easy read that had funny moments that you just cant help compare to your ow ...more
jackie frye
Tempted Again was delightful. When Marissa Bennett finds her husband of less the twelve months in their bed with another woman she divorces him, secures a job as a librarian in her home town and moves back home. On the day she arrives in town she accidentally involves herself and her rusty green VW in the Founders Day Parade. Conner Doyle was her first love and he is now town sheriff. They are forced to work together with an at risk youth group old flames are rekindled.
Char (1RadReader59)
This story of a couple who come back together after a teenage affair is filled with a whole lot of laughter. & a some soul searching from the main characters. For they are both coming to realize their true feelings from long ago from a whole lot of help from crazy family members. Not to mention a very busy body town. But they keep getting thrown together so they really have to confront their past relationship as well as their past in general. I highly recommend.
This was a quick, sweet read. Cathie Linz has written another love story between a police officer and a librarian. The hero Connor is the brother of one the hero's in a previous book. I found it a little hard to see how Marissa didn't ask Connor for the reason why he broke her heart the first time around, yet she was willing to jump into bed with him when she was extremely vulnerable after her divorce.
Zemira Warner
It's funny how I decided to read this book just because Connor is a bad boy. But in fact he is not a bad boy. Believe me,I've read the damn book. Marissa yells at him all the time and if they stop to breath for a minute they end up kissing. That is not true. Well,there has to be a storm with no electricity for them to hook up. So ridiculous. Ugh!
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Kathy Urbanek
I really like this book, i loved the relationship between Conner & Marissa & loved both their families. I didn't get thir hangup of keeping their past a big secret though. Looking forward to the next book, ould it be about Marissa's friend Deb & Conner's friend Sully or maybe Marissa's sister??
I usually really enjoy books by Cathie Linz. This one for me was just ok. I can't put my finger on it, but something was lacking in this story. Just couldn't get into the characters. I still look forward to Ms. Linz's books, but this was not one of my favorites.
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