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His Secret Temptation

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  187 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Who's the sexy blonde stranger sleeping in Simon Holcroft's bed? The workaholic returns from a business trip to find someone stretched out on his sheets. Between the laundry basket at her side and the smell of orange cleaner, he deduces that the young woman is his maid-and resists the urge to kiss her awake.

But when his brother's fiancé-his own ex-bursts in and strips down
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Carina Press (first published 2011)
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The banal cover made me rethink my decision of buying this book. However, it is a reasonably good story. The writing could have been a bit more polished. The plot is rather predictable, but it wouldn't have been a factor if it had more engaging characters. It has some really good parts, but it is also shaky at some points.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 16, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm

Cute and sweet, with just a touch of steam, this book is good for a light summer read. I’m a big fan of the “pretend fiance” trope in romance, but it’s rare indeed that the female is the one helping out
Elle (Ligia)
Oh my! I don’t where to start. I’m actually really tempted to just spill all the magnificence His Secret Temptation was, but I’ll take it easy, for all of our sake’s.

His Secret Temptation starts rather great. If I’m being completely honest I loved the beginning more than anything else. There’s nothing like arriving home to find a gorgeous blonde woman sleeping in your bed, is there Simon? Or that’s what I would think if I were a boy, but I’m not. Whatever. I get you, Simon, no worries. So that’s
Jun 11, 2012 Dalia rated it it was amazing
A 5 stars read !!' Another pretend engagement story but this one is a fun & sweet read. H/ h are very likeable, caroline is a hard-working law student, Simon is a fun- loving kind of hero w/ a wry sense of humor & a big grin. The attraction between them sizzled from the start, and the romance developped beautifuly. I also liked Simon s family, which added a lot to the book. their interactions kept me smiling till the very end.
Mary Catherine
May 05, 2012 Mary Catherine rated it really liked it
Rated 3.5 stars on Ordinary People, Extraordinary Books

Sometimes, all a girl wants is a sweet romance without too much heartache before the big finale - and that's exactly what Cat Schield gives readers in HIS SECRET TEMPTATION. Billionaire Simon Holcroft comes home from a business trip and all he wants to do is crash on his bed, maybe sleep for hours on end. The only problem is that, in true Goldilocks form, there's already someone there - a young, beautiful blonde. It takes a few minutes but S
Apr 05, 2012 Ally rated it really liked it
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Sizzling with temptation and tempered with the kind of wrongness that can only feel right Shield weaves a story that leaves you breathless.
Caroline is the kind of woman who is strong, having suffered greatly she believes everything with a mountain of salt. Up to her eyeballs in debt and worked to the bone how can she refuse when the great man that is Simon Holcroft heir to millions ensnares her in his lies.

Temporary Fiancées or not the things they want to do t
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
His Secret Temptation is a sweet, romantic read with a common premise that has a unique twist. Simon returns home from a business trip to find his maid sleeping in his bed. Simon and Caroline have been exchanging flirty notes ever since she started working for him. They've never run into each other in person so Simon was surprised to see that his maid was so sexy. Caroline is a law student who is juggling school and work. When she wakes up to find her employer staring down at her, she is mortifi ...more
First of all, the cover of this book has nothing to do with how I imagine the characters, or at least the heroine.

But, back to the main topic. This was a pleasant surprise of a book. I received a copy from netgalley and hoped to read and prepare a decent review in time...but I took a long time to get down to reading it. Anyway, now that I am done, I can say that I am impressed.

The whole theme of a rich guy hiring a poor girl to pose as his fiancee for his family, is mostly bland by overuse in t
Apr 30, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
His Secret Temptation was fun to read. Thier were a few love scenes that I skipped over.
Simon Holcroft comes home from a business trip and fines a strange beautiful women asleep is his bed. He was feeling refreshed just looking at her. He realized it was his house cleaner that they have been exchanging funny notes with for the past 6 months.
Caroline Sampsen did not mean to fall asleep but she had been up studing for her law class. She is one semester away from finishing but she owes money and ti
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Apr 26, 2012 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it

Yet another book that isn't very long at all, but filled with so much that leaves you feeling that the story was about six hundred pages.

It doesn't drag on, nor was it very slow. It was one thing after another. Caroline is a very strong female character that has dealt with a lot and is only trying to finish law school. When Simon makes her an offer she can't resist, her life totally turns upside down, but for the better. Of course she doesn't see it immediately, but Simon was exactly what Caroli
Jul 03, 2012 Anncleire rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
“His secret temptation” è un altro dei libri di cui ho letto la trama su Netgalley e ho colto a volo l’occasione di leggerlo, perché davvero per me è impossibile dire di no ad una bella romance.

Simon Holcroft è il presidente di un’azienda che importa vini ad Atlanta ed è appena tornato da un viaggio di lavoro in Australia salvo trovarsi nel letto addormentata una bionda esplosiva e trovando la biancheria pulita e sentendo l’odore del detersivo addosso alla ragazza capisce che è la sua donna dell
Apr 27, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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When I requested this book I was in the mood for a sweet contemporary romance, something that I could read quickly and enjoy. This definitely had a category feel to it, and I for one adored the story.

Simon comes home after traveling and finds a sexy woman stretched out on his bed. When his brothers fiance comes barging in his house and puts the moves on him, he tells her that Caroline, the sexy maid who was upstairs asleep, i
Hsiau Wei
Apr 20, 2012 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
This book tells a simple story of Simon who in order to avoid the unnecessary flirtation from Francine, who is the fiancee of his brother, cooked up a story of his engagement with Caroline whom he has only meet up earlier. Caroline, who is an orphan after the death of her mother, found herself to be attracted to the warmth and friendly family of Simon when she went to spend the christmas season with Simon's family. The lies that was being told to all is getting bigger each day and Caroline does ...more
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I liked this story. It's fast paced. Even though it's short and I would've wanted it to have more pages in it.. it was just too nice for me to give less than 5 stars.

Simon and Caroline made a deal that they would act as if they were engaged for the holiday season. There already was already some chemistry between them before the trip and it just escalated when they were at Simon's ancestral house. Simon's family were... hmmm... How should I say it? Busy? Preoccupied? They had so many th
Andrea Heltsley
Jun 18, 2012 Andrea Heltsley rated it really liked it
This book had a predictable premise but started out with a unique twist. The whole opening scene sets the theme for the entire book. I really wasn't sure what to expect other than a solid storyline.

The characters were vivid as they developed. They should vulnerability and moral struggles throughout the story. There were a few too many characters for a contemporary romance in my opinion.

The relationship between Simon and Caroline developed slow and steady. They sank into their romance and you wer
The BookWhisperer
Apr 29, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it really liked it
His Secret Temptation is a lighting fast read that packs a punch. The emotion throughout this sweet romance will bounce of the pages. It is interesting to watch Fate’s crafty design in pulling these two people together. The hoax of a maid finding herself in an elaborate plan pretending to be a millionaire fiancé. Although, deception offers a negative twist to the story; it is an honorable decision when paired with the talon hooks is brothers finance is trying to stick in him. I was more than wi ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Lyndi rated it liked it
This story loses a whole star because the bitchy ex-girlfriend doesn't show up at Christmas and get put in her place. Otherwise, I liked it.
Apr 17, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I've read a lot of romance novels, and I really love ones in which the two main characters are thrown into a situation where they are forced to be together for a period of time. A great way to build the tension. This book has just that type of plot. A misunderstanding leads to a 2-week trip posing as a newly engaged couple. Tension mounts into a somewhat predictable, but satisfying finish. 3/5 stars.

A received an e-copy of this book for review purposes.
Jessica ♡~ Book&Coffee Lover ~♡
A book that you just wanna read in one sitting, like i did :)
I do have to say that the cover doesn't do this book justice! This one shows us that it's really true what they always say about 'Dont judge a book by it's cover'

Simon & Caroline are just sooooo cute together, and from the very frst pages you wanna keep your fingers crossed that everything is just gonna work out great BUT there are unfortunatly a few bumbs in the road to real love..
Ginny Lurcock
This book was everything a short and sweet romance novel should be. Caroline and Simon dont instantly meet and become other people. No, they get to know each other and slowly temper one another, smoothing out the rough edges and enhancing the qualities they didnt even know they had.

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Feb 22, 2015 Ash rated it really liked it
awesome book.
Jun 10, 2013 Tin rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2013
The plot's basically the same with all the "pretend bf/gf/fiance/fiancee, then fall in love in the process" books out there. Enjoyable, yet quite predictable.
Jun 05, 2012 Blender rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Was such a sweet story but left you wanting more. Ending seemed rushed. Would love to see Dane get his story told also.
reading junkie- not enough time
ahh,this is such a sweet and wonderful book!I really enjoyed while reading it!!
Simon ad Caroline are so sweet together!
Dec 19, 2013 Yona rated it really liked it
This book left me smiling.
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Cat Schield lives in Minnesota with her daughter, Emily, their Burmese cats and a Doberman puppy. Winner of the Romance Writers of America 2010 Golden Heart for series contemporary romance, when she’s not writing sexy, romantic stories for Harlequin Desire, she can be found sailing with friends on the St. Croix River or more exotic locales like the Caribbean and Europe. Contact her at www.catschie ...more
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