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Tantalizing Maria

(The Temptation Saga #7)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  983 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Maria Gomez married her lover’s brother to give the baby she carried the name and future she deserved. Now she is widowed, and her oldest child’s father—the only man she ever loved—has returned.

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
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Waterhouse Press
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

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
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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

Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

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.
Cindy M. Green
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tantalizing Maria is the last book in the Temptation Saga. You do not have to read the entire series to understand the story. However, I did enjoy reading all of the books from the beginning so I had background knowledge of the characters involved.

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
Linda Cotter
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read!!
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!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
series, 7 books? wow, i am reading the last 1st? I gotta check but I am almost sure this is my 1st book in this series to read??! I know Helen's writing ... read several of her books. great romances. I won this read through a giveaway ... such a great read. love her style. ( ;
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Tantalizingly Emotional Stars!

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
Vickie Sarmina
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maria Gomez was looking for much more than her casual boyfriend in high school. After all, she is now 18. She would soon be going off to college - so why was she attracted to the "so-called Bad Boy" on the motor cycle in front of the school??? Furthermore why was the "Bad Boy," Jeff Bay, interested in this young high school girl, three years his junior?? Was it love at first sight or just lust?? Maria from the wrong side of the tracks and disinherited Jeff both bring all sorts of baggage to the ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a book. I sadly am just reading this series and started with the last book in the series. I am so glad I have 6 more books to go back and read now that I finished. Helen masterfully tackled another story with heartbreaking consequences but a happy ending after all was said and done.

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
Carol Ann Doveatt
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book seven in Helen Hardt's Temptation series. While some have only read this book, I have read all seven, and I was glad to be able to revisit some of the previous characters. You don't have to have read the previous books, however it does make it better. Jeff and Mia have a second chance at love after their first love came to an abrupt ugly end. I love the way the chapters alternate from the past to the present. I appreciated a love story with people who are my age, and they still can ...more
Evie Norman DiPiazza
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Helen Hardt once again delivers us a book that is full of so many emotions it makes you want to read the book in one setting. This book brought tears to my eyes several times.

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,
Paula D
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeff has loved Maria since they day he saw her 32 years ago but he's finally home after being in prison for 30 years of a crime he didn't commit. Maria has loved Jeff the whole time too but she didn't know what to do being pregnant and him in prison so she lied and Maria said his brother was the father. What happens when all the lies come out? Will Jeff be able to forgive Maria and give her another chance? Will Maria be able to help Jeff with all his darkness from prison? Loved this book very go ...more
Jennifer Momjian
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have absolutely loved this entire series. Helen does an amazing job with keeping the characters from the other books in this series throughout them all. This story is amazing. The deep love that Jeff and Maria share is beautiful. They are able to overcome Jeff's troubling past as well as Maria's deceitful past. This is a story of an everlasting love between these two people and in the end find themselves where there are supposed to be. Absolute must read!!
Sam Lewis
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This review of Tantalizing Maria by Helen Hardy is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog. This is the 7th book in the Temptation Saga. It is an interconnected standalone, so no need to read the others in the series to understand what is going on. I hadn't read any of the other either. It is a run of the mill will they won't they second chance at love. I give it 3 Stars.
Michelle Austin
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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’
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maria Gomez has always been in love with Jefferson Bay. But when he went to prison for a crime he didn't commit, she married his brother to give his baby a future. After she was widowed, the love of her life returned, and he's very bitter. Jefferson never forgot the woman that he loved, but he also couldn't get over that she betrayed him with his brother. After DNA evidence proved that he was innocent, he was coming back for revenge. When she reveals that her oldest child is actually his, it doe ...more
Donna Feibusch
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Good Read!

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
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the final instalment to the Temptation Saga.
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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tantalizing Maria.

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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book seven in Helen Hardt's Temptation series. I read the 1st 3 but haven't had the pleasure of reading the others in the series yet. There was no issue however following this one! These books all provide back stories and character development so even though they can all be stand alone it does help to read them if you like back stories, which I do =)
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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately this wasn’t the outcome I expected. My rating for final instalment is 3.5 stars.
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
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Second chance love at its best

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
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

+++ Spoliers>>>>>++++

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
The Bee's Knees  Book Blog
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: temptation-saga

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
A Chapa
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am such a true fan of Helen Hardt<3 and this was such an awesome series. Start with book 1 Tempting Dusty and work your way to this one, you will not regret it. She has such a creative style of writing that manages to bring characters to life and you just fall in love with each one, and when you think you can't possibly like another character equally, think again... The best part is they are all either related, connected, and/or intertwined in some way so when one book finishes, you still g ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not surprising I wasn't over the hills in love with this installment. This review will be a spoiler just incase you haven't read it yet. Maria decides to give it up and happens to get pregnant. So what does she do but trick the guys brother into marrying her and pretends it's his baby, since he is "stable". Then she is sooo upset 33 years later when real baby daddy is pissed at her and struggled to forgive her, she just can't figure out why he's not so quick to forgive. Hmmmm hard to understand. ...more
Anne Milne
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I've never read any of the previous books but I really don't think you need to do so before you read it.
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
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
We first learned of the love affair between Mia and Jeff in Angelina's story, but within these pages we now understand why Mia felt she had to walk away from Jeff and keep the baby a secret. Emotions run high as Mia tries to gain forgiveness from Jeff for the time he spent in jail and for not telling his she was pregnant, but can Jeff forgive himself for the actions that put him behind bars and for what he saw when he was there. This was the perfect end to a perfect series. i loved each and ever ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was neither here nor their with this book. When you binge read a series, the last few books tend to get a bit repetitive and boring. This was the case for this one. I didn’t give it a low scoring as it doesn’t really deserve that. It’s a good summer holiday quick mindless read which leaves you feeling accomplished of finishing a book - and like with most books good or bad, it’s a good feeling.

Re: it’s a will they wont they fall in love. Future/past style of writing. Not a huge fan of this sty
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sad that this series is done for now. The book is a easy to flow book. Once you start you won't want to stop until you see what happens. I am glad we finally get to find out about the Bay children's mom. Maria falls for the bad boy Bay. Only to lose him for something he didn't do. She's left alone and pregnant. So she does what need to be done. She hooks up with Wayne. She let's him believe her daughter Angie is his. Maria learns to live without Jeff. You need to read the book. To see what happe ...more
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#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt's passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a gram ...more

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