In prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Jefferson Bay never forgot the beautiful woman who betrayed him with his own brother. When DNA evidence proved Jeff’s innocence years later ...more
Tantalizing Maria is the seventh and final (for now?) book in Helen Hardt's Temptation Saga. While it can easily be read as a standalone, I recommend seeking out the previous books so that you can fully appreciate all of the characters.
Maria and Jefferson found each other and fell in love while they were young. Jeff was the bad boy you should probably stay away from, but couldn't help yourself falling for. When he ends up in prison for a crime he did not commit, Mia finds herself pregn ...more
Maria married her lover's brother after her lover is sent away to prison. Years later Maria's husband has died and her lover, Jefferson Bay, is released from prison after he is found innocent.
'Tantalizing Maria' is #7 in the 'Temptation Saga'. The series is based around different members of an extended family. I have not read any of the other books in the series but this novel can be read as a stand alone. I had never heard of this series...more
Basic modern romance novel. When the bad brother is framed and sent to prison, Maria marries the good brother, so the bad brother's child will have a name.
DNA evidence gets the bad brother out, and now the two have to re-establish their relationship.
Not bad, if you like this sort of thing.
Helen does a great job of carrying the story from past to present, which is completely relevant to capture the story of Maria and Jeff. They had a strong love for one another when they were both very young, but Jeff's pride gets in the way and he finds ...more
I hadn't read the others in the series, and there was no issue following this one!
Watching Jeff and Mia try to find what they once had is endearing.
Dealing with the past and current from chapter to chapter is perfect! You see where they were and what brought them to today.
Great, and cannot wait to see more from Helen!
This is the last book of this series, and it's the only one I have read and I had no problem reading it as a standalone.
Jefferson Bay is home from prison, he served over 30 years for a crime he did not commit. He is determined to claim the inheritance he was denied, but a long held secret from the only woman he has ever loved turns his world upside down. Maria has always loved Jeff Bay, but her secret just might destroy any chance they have to rekindle the lov ...more
Maria and Jeff had a whirlwind romance and fell in love almost instantly. When Jeff stupidly particapted in something that caused him to be locked up and Maria turned up pregnant, she did the only thing a poor g ...more
The betrayal and pain that both Jeff and Maria had to suffer through is beyond what most of us ever encounter, yet the writing made it so believable.. Without sharing spoilers, this story is so well written that you feel like you can become a part of the story.
If you are looking for a story with love, heartache, betrayal, ...more
Tantalizing Maria was a great 5 star read.
We finally get the history on Maria and Jeff. After 30 years Jeff is out of prison after being found innocent of murder. He wants what is rightfully his, that is until he finds out a huge secret that Maria has kept from him
Maria only did what she felt she had to, since Jeff was going to prison. Now 30 years later will she be able to convince him to forgive her and let her in again?
No more resentment, but he wasn’ ...more
I liked reading Tantalizing Maria(Temptation Saga Book 7), all about Maria Gomez Bay a mother in her sixties & Jefferson Bay a cowboy in his sixties and the brother to her dead husband and the father to her daughter Angelina Blackhawk. When Maria was a senior in high school two weeks shy of graduating she met Jefferson Bay the twenty-one year old bad boy! He rode a motorcycle and ran with a bad crowd, but he excited Maria something fierce, and she became pregnant. Jeff had alread ...more
This particular book follows the story of Maria and Jeff.
Flicking between their life now, and when they first met over thirty years previously - we learn about the secrets they both kept and reasons behind what appears to be life changing decisions.
When this couple first met as youngsters, they fell madly in love with each other. After a brief time together though, Jeff was sent to prison for a horrendous crime he insists he didn’t commit. Yet ...more
This was actually a good book, I enjoyed it I liked how the author wrote how both Maria and Jeff ended up together. To where and how he ended up in jail. But also, his own brother said he didn't even know his own brother though he robbed him. But when Maria only told him, she slept with his brother, and gotten pregnant like wow, girl? Really. She wasn't there for him nor did she loved him. She could've told him the truth behind what she ...more
I loved this story, it tells of the troubles that happen when 2 people who love each other find out years later that things were not as the ...more
My first opinion in the opening of the storyline, the title of the book should have been called Jeff’s Saga. The whole series though, all titles were female related and so the theme continues.
The first few chapters appears to have been reflected through Jeff’s eyes and so did the rest of the story. It was more his story as opposed to Maria’s. There was also a lot of past/present content in this book. W ...more
TANTALIZING MARIA is the seventh and final story in the TEMPTATION SAGA. Although all of the books can be read as stand alones, the books are all inter-connecting.
This story is different from all of the others in the series, as it centres around two older characters, Maria and Jeff. They have a love that has spanned 30+ years. Due to some bad decision making on Jeff's behalf, the couple were separated when they were younger. Maria, marrying Jeff's brother, our of ...more
This was actually a good book, I enjoyed it I liked how the author wrote how both Maria and Jeff ended up together.
His own brother said he didn't even know his own brother though he robbed him.
When Maria only told him, she slept with his brother, and gotten pregnant like wow, girl? Really.
Though she probably did fool around with his brother.
In the end, I like how he finally forgave himself, Maria, his and brother.
Once that happens Max, still was trying to ruin ...more
Tantalizing Maria is book #7 in the Tempation Saga.
This book has to be one of my favorites in this series. It is written a lot different that books 1-6. This book stood out from all the rest.
Helen Hardt is the queen of split stories! I loved that this book went way back into Jeff and Maria's love story. The present and back story was written so well and flowed so easily. I loved that this story had real life problems like being tortured with you ...more
This is a second chance love story and from the start I knew I wasn't going to like Maria. In out first meeting with her she comes across as cold, callous and self absorbed.
We see Jeff and Maria in love then boom we jump 32 years to a meeting between them that is full of bitterness and hatred because she married his brother. The story follows them as they try to navigate their new life but w ...more
Re: it’s a will they wont they fall in love. Future/past style of writing. Not a huge fan of this sty ...more