Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers, #1)” as Want to Read:
Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  3,692 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Victor Barboza is a man who has everything but a good woman.

Cara Green has a young son, three part-time jobs, and a few extra pounds.

Their worlds collide as Cara serves Victor at an upscale party in Manhattan, upsetting Victor's ex-fiancee, Alexis, in the process.

Victor pursues Cara, but Cara is not sure of his intentions: Is he using her to make Alexis jealous? Does he j
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published November 7th 2012 by Sugar Shack Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fresh Temptation, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Fresh Temptation

A Beautiful Mess by T.K. LeighGentling the Cowboy by Ruth CardelloSeduced by Melody AnneMaid for the Billionaire by Ruth CardelloCowboy Heat by Sable Hunter
Platypire Reviews' Top Books of September 2013
80th out of 628 books — 716 voters
Real by Katy EvansNight Owl by M. PierceSlammed by Colleen HooverGabriel's Inferno by Sylvain ReynardBeautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Best First Book by New Author
422nd out of 1,440 books — 3,186 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Char (1RadReader59)
At the end of the day we have to remember we read these stories to get away from reality. Like watching a movie. It's called fiction for a reason.
How believable is this?: Not, but that's the beauty of it. I deal with reality all day long so when I read fantasy is fun. This one is. Victor falls for a single mom who is working three jobs to make ends meet. When his ex gets her fired. He won't stand for that so ride the crazy rollercoaster as he tries to make it work for Cora & little Isaac.
Jessica Uzzo
I didnt have high hopes for this as a free ebook but i was still disappointed. At first the plot sounded interesting and went along well but it rapidly deteriorated. I found the characters to be very cardboard. Cara came across as far too insecure and whiny for my tastes and for all the talk of how "independent" she was i saw no actual evidence of this. Victor was only marginally better but theres no getting around the fact that he hired Cara because he wanted to sleep with her and was sorta a m ...more
I love Bictow!
I thought this was shaping up to be a good story and then it just fizzled at the end. Nothing was really resolved and I didn't get my necessary HEA. It sounds like the story will continue in the next book about one of the brothers. So...the first story continues as a secondary plot in the next brother's story....nope, not doing it for me.
Nancy Brady
A poor single mother meets a wealthy man at an event (classic romance material including most of the WTT trends). Green-eyed Cara Green, working as a server at a fundraiser, meets Victor Barboza. Worried more about her sick child Isaac, Cara gets fired for her cell phone use by his ex-fiancee Alexis. Soon, Victor hires Cara, and the romance commences in a rush; however, Alexis is determined to get back together with Victor by whatever means possible.

The characters could have been developed more
Melissa Levine
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
The BookChick
My Rating:

The story was felt very juvenile. Alexis went through great attempts to get Victor to come back to her to the point of hiring two private detectives to get 'dirt' on Cara. Alexis was the guilty party in the breakup and the woman scorned bit was just at odds with her culpability in it. I also didn't understand Cara's reticence to discuss Isaac's parentage. The 'secret' made it feel as if she did something wrong when she actually was the victim in the situation. A lot of the byplay betw
Margaret Devaux
It was predictable. Not bad
Amanda Waller-Bline
Wow. That ending though. What a complete disappointment. All I keep thinking is THATS ALL ALEXIS GOT!?! Bitch was a one woman army leading the crazy town express and deserved at least a straight jacket for her troubles. And what happened to her? Soooo anticlimactic. Laaaaaaaame.

The rest of this book was cute & predictable. Nothing super special, but not bad either.
Probably go for 2 1/2 starts if i could. I'm just neither here nor there on this one. Really didn't love or hate anything! It just all... Was, I guess.

Didn't get hooked on the characters, the story, the idea... Nothing.

Suppose I might read the next book if I was free and I couldn't find anything else - then again, maybe not too.
This book didn't really grab me. I thought the characters lacked a lot chemistry, and the sex scenes were pretty boring because of that. I only scanned through most of them. I was much more interested in finding out about Alexis and what she was planning to do.

I really didn't like either Cara or Victor. Cara's characterization was very off for me. I got that she was supposed to be independent and determined to take care of herself and her son (because I was told so many, many times), but that d
Nancy Lovallo
The story seemed rushed to me. There was so much potential with all the characters. I especially liked Victor's Assistance Gary. I wish he could get his own story
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jeannie Christo
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Sometimes when a book is free a read can never know what they are getting into. The character development was amazing and it had a wonderful plot. It was very easy to fall in love with these characters. Cara, being a hard working single mother who is honestly skeptical about things coming too easy. Victor, the boy from nothing and nowhere making his way in business. I loved that Victor showed Cara the warming caring side of him that helped her let her g ...more
Stephanie Williams
I luved it so much both characters played well off each other.. the other character were amazing as well
This read was okay. Another story with a lot of miscommunication going on. It wasn't bad, it held my interest enough for me to finish reading it but the hero, heroine, and weird villian of an ex-girlfriend got on my nerves sometimes. Like the best part was the heroine's mother falling in love, heroine's adorable three year old son, And of course the setting being a Jersey girl myself, I love that part. ;)

Could have been better but since I still thought it was worth something to see how it ended;
Just once, I would like to read a romance novel that involves a normal hero. Not ridiculously good looking. Not "one of the youngest billionaires in America". Come on. If these books are anything to go by, young hot billionaires are ten a penny. It's ridiculous.

Apart from being a trope, the hero of Fresh Temptation is the main reason I dnf-ed. I made it to 53% or the end of chapter nine, but if I'm honest I'd been thinking about giving up from a couple of chapters in. I persevered mainly because
I really didn't like this. The hero seemed very creepy to me. The heroine is working a number of jobs to keep her and her son afloat. The hero meets her while she's working for the catering company that is catering some event he's attending. His ex-fiance, who has managed to have herself seated at the hero's table, has her fired for using her cell phone while she's working the dinner. He feels guilty. He decides he wants her, so he hires her to work for his company, reporting to him. Then procee ...more
3.5 stars - I would have given it 4 stars if was not for the first part of chapter 17 (it felt too unrealistic to me). Some other parts of the book were as good as 4.5 stars (I loved the dialogs and the character's interaction). I feel like the book had kind of a hurried ending and it has left me somewhat unsatisfied. But overall very good storyline that kept my attention,
I will definitely read more from this author, I am looking forward to the next Barbosa brother.
Sam Dev
well ... this book was okay, I feel like it didn't quite live up to its full potential. there was certainly a lot of self-awareness for the two main characters, but I felt like they didn't do anything meaningful with that level of self-awareness. In fact, I feel like maybe Austin put references like that in the story so that you would know that they knew and maybe it was meant to be somewhat humorous? I don't know ...

anyway, the story is about Cara (single mom, living with her mom and trying to
Donna Porter
This was a wonderful story about Victor and Cara. It was a really good story. Cara has a little toddler Issac who seems so adorable you'll fall in love with him. The story is great and it's worth your time to read
Another short book, but this one was an OK plot. I'm suprised it took more than 10 pages for the main characters to fall in love, but they did join the 'mile high club' pretty quickly. LOL

This was a free download.

There were a lot of editing issues. Sometimes I can enjoy a story despite the editing issues, but that wasn't the case here. Both the hero and heroine irritated me. Him for maneuvering her to where he wanted her without giving her a choice and her for letting him. She was described as independent, but she read as stubborn instead. Yes, there is a difference.

The ex-girlfriend plot was so cliche it made my teeth clench and the resolution was idiotic.

I am mildly curious abo
Dorothy Gagnon
New and Exciting

Cara Green, a single Mom, got fired while catering an exclusive wealthy client's function. Victor, one of the rich men attending, saw his ex-girlfriend giving Cara a hard time when Cara checked on her son's condition at the emergency room. He had empathy for her.

This was just the beginning of her troubles with Victor's ex and her need for another job. Victor saw what he liked in her as a beautiful person and a great Mom and felt the need to make things right.

A little sorrow, jea
The ex was crazy and he was super sweet, totally looking forward to the next one.
it was ok. With the title headlining Barboza brothers, it was more about the leading lady than anything else. For it to be a trilogy, I didn't find myself interested enough to want to read the next two books. It also seemed rushed towards the end. I don't want to have plot spoilers, so suffice it to say that everything was wrapped up quick and nice, but I wasn't engaged in the story. It was a novella/quick read. The author has potential, but I"m not sure I'm interested enough to read other works ...more
Enjoyed the story and looking foreword to the next two.
this was a pretty good book, waiting for more.
I was teetering on the line of giving this three stars, but I really did like it; even though I had to suspend a little more belief than I usually like to. The romance between Cara and Victor was super fast, and he came across as borderline creepy; but all-in-all, he was a sweet guy and I couldn't help but to want them together. Would have been a little more believable if everything would have been fleshed out a little more, and had more "show than tell". But again, I liked it, and it will not k ...more
Victor sees the true colors of his finance. He doesn't care for gossip and doesn't want to bad mouth anyone so he lets everyone think what they want about why the relationship went sour. He meets Cara and sees what true love is like. He is instantly attracted to her and wants to help her with everything he can. Unfortunately his ex Alexis doesn't think anyone could really let her go. She thinks Victor will forgive her for her infidelity- guess who is wrong! Enter a mother who "knows best" and it ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Pink Rose: Secrets, Love and Betrayal (The Wilsons, #1)
  • Seductive Secrets (Secret Lives, #1)
  • Cross My Heart (Landry, #2)
  • Steven   (Dallas Billionaires #1)
  • Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll (SEALS, Inc., #1)
  • Mistletoe Mischief (Romancing Wisconsin Series, #1)
  • Worth the Weight (The Worth, #1)
  • Coming Home
  • Maid in the USA (The Bad Boy Billionaires, #2)
  • Shameless (Nashville Nights, #1)
  • Bearing All (Wild Men of Alaska, #4)
  • Runaway Heart
  • Playing With Fire (All Fired Up #1)
  • The Boat Builder's Bed (Wicked in Wellington, #1)
  • Coming Attraction (Public Attraction Trilogy, #1)
  • Summer Lovin' (Seasons of Love #1)
  • Escorts and Thieves
  • Tempt Me
Reeni Austin is also known as Shaina Richmond.

Visit her website to learn more:
More about Reeni Austin...

Other Books in the Series

Barboza Brothers (3 books)
  • Armando Returns (Barboza Brothers, #2)
  • More Than a Maid (Barboza Brothers, #3)

Share This Book

“It’s just that, time goes by way too fast. If you’re not careful you can let years go by without accomplishing any of the things you thought you’d accomplish. That’s my biggest fear. That I’ll wake up one day and wonder where it all went.” 2 likes
“Sometimes things are convenient. Life doesn’t always have to be so hard.” 1 likes
More quotes…