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Fresh Temptation

(Barboza Brothers #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  4,173 ratings  ·  222 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
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Char (1RadReader59)
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book-kindle, free
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.
Melissa Levine
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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 be
Nancy Brady
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Margaret Devaux
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
It was predictable. Not bad
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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;
Jeannie Christo
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Donna Porter
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
The ex was crazy and he was super sweet, totally looking forward to the next one.
May 12, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Nancy Lovallo
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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

Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this was a pretty good book, waiting for more.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story and looking foreword to the next two.
Stephanie Williams
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I luved it so much both characters played well off each other.. the other character were amazing as well
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
best free book ive read
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not engaging..

Fresh Temptation was really hard to get into. Very flat, no emotional connections, and it didn't seem to flow well. Editing was good, but didn't care for the book as a whole.
Renata SG
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Believe me, I have read many books with boss/assistant relationships, but it just seemed too fast for me. The characters didn't have much depth and the whole plot was unoriginal.
Rosemary Terryn
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Page Turner

I loved this book. It portrayed a jealous ex fiancee and a poor girl who got lucky. The plot had me wanting to keep reading to see what would happen next.
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
╰☆╮ LovesToRead ╰☆╮
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
Thom Swennes
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The most beautiful flowers come from the smelliest dung. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Trust is a huge part of a successful and lasting relationship and once that initial element is lost it is almost impossible to regain it. Billionaire philanthropist Victor Barboza at thirty-one is about to make a lifelong commitment to Alexis Whitt, the young and beautiful daughter is a business associate and card-carrying member of the upper crust of New York society. She has the position, pedigree an
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
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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