Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers, #1)
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Fresh Temptation (Barboza Brothers #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,193 ratings  ·  153 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...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published November 7th 2012 by Sugar Shack Press
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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.
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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
Bookie | The BookChick
My Rating: ★★½

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 b...more
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.
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...more
Melissa Levine
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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
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;...more
Cara Green works three jobs and lives with her mother in order to make a life for herself and her son. It isn't easy but she is making it until her baby needs an operation. The day she finds this out is not a good day for her. She is working as a waitress for a major charity dinner where she is not to use her phone; but she must check on her son. Alexis Whitt sees her using the phone and gets her fired. It is, however, not because of the phone but because she caught the attention of Victor Barbo...more
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...more
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...more
The ex was crazy and he was super sweet, totally looking forward to the next one.
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
best free book ive read
Cute book about a wealthy self-made man who falls for a single mother after he attends a charity event where she worked as a caterer. It was better than most freebies. I liked that Cara, the lead, was a size 14 and he thought she was beautiful and "perfect." I thought it was a bit unbelievable that she lived in Newark, NJ, a city with one or two "nice" areas, but is mostly urban decay. The bitter ex-fiance was a bit overdone. I liked Cara's mother, friend and son and, of course, her love interes...more
Evelyn Baldwin
3.5 stars
This was a quick, easy read. I agree with most of the other reviews, that the story was a bit of a stretch and could have been better developed. However, the writer did something that caught my attention in a very positive way: she moved the story and plot along without pointless drivel. I point this out because a pet peeve of mine has become the over simplified manner in which many authors give us every deal and segue in the story. Reeni has spared us, and managed to give us all the im...more
╰☆╮ Elena ╰☆╮
3.5✩...A short book, but a fairly realistic plot...entertaining and engaging.

A woman and single mother working numerous jobs to provide for a child that keeps getting sick. She has many different types of jobs and is not looking for a handout, just a chance to earn a living.

She ends up having to break a rule at one of her jobs in order to find out how her son is doing since he was taken to the ER. While working at a fundraiser for the high and mighty, she is outed by one of the patrons and is...more
Fresh Temptation by Reeni Austin is a Cinderella story in a Contemporary Romance setting!

This is the 2nd time I read this book and I absolutely loved it again!!!

•Our Couple is.........

Cara Green

Cara is your 27 years old Cinderalla-ish in here. She's a hard working mother who would do anything for Isaac [by the way, he's ADORABLE with capital letters!!!] including working 3 jobs, which include cleaning. Cara is a woman full on contradictions [but I guess that's part of being a woman]. She's con...more
This book was just okay, in my opinion. The author wanted us to believe Cara was a strong woman but she let her love interest, Victor, treat her like she didn't have a mind of her own or opinions that mattered. That grated on my nerves A LOT. The writing was okay, nothing extra special but not riddled with errors as so many freebies are.

I don't believe I'll buy the next in the series. I think the author's idea of an admirable heroine and mine are just too different.
Very intense

I loved this book from the moment I started reading it. A real love story. Victor has a heart of gold and a rough life as so many have now and he has met someone that has gone through so much pain and struggled so hard to make a life for her and her son. Of course you have Alexis who is an ex-fiance to try to cause problems wherever she can, and all and all it appears as if everyone may have a happy ending. A must read!
Troy  Dye
Fresh Temptations

Just another insipid Cinderella romance. If you are hoping to learn what goes on in the offices of a billionaire, you won't find that here. I think the writer is unaware that a billion is one thousand times one million, and that self made billionaires are super alphas who don't work for the company -- they are the company. If you are wondering what goes on in the bed room of billionaires maybe this is your book.
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