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Can true love be found after one night of passion? Celeste Burton goes out with her girlfriends to celebrate turning thirty and winds up spending an unforgettable night with the man of her dreams. One week later, as a favor, she attends a wedding with a friend as his date and is shocked when she sees Roarke again. Roarke Hawthorne despises cheating. Cheating tore apart his f Can true love be found after one night of passion? Celeste Burton goes out with her girlfriends to celebrate turning thirty and winds up spending an unforgettable night with the man of her dreams. One week later, as a favor, she attends a wedding with a friend as his date and is shocked when she sees Roarke again. Roarke Hawthorne despises cheating. Cheating tore apart his family years ago. When the physics professor sees the woman he spent the night with show up at his sister’s wedding on the arm of his brother, he knows he should keep his distance. But because of the night they set fire to the sheets in his hotel room, he can’t resist the urge to be close to her–nor can he resist the temptation to have her back in his bed. Word count: 30,700


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Can true love be found after one night of passion? Celeste Burton goes out with her girlfriends to celebrate turning thirty and winds up spending an unforgettable night with the man of her dreams. One week later, as a favor, she attends a wedding with a friend as his date and is shocked when she sees Roarke again. Roarke Hawthorne despises cheating. Cheating tore apart his f Can true love be found after one night of passion? Celeste Burton goes out with her girlfriends to celebrate turning thirty and winds up spending an unforgettable night with the man of her dreams. One week later, as a favor, she attends a wedding with a friend as his date and is shocked when she sees Roarke again. Roarke Hawthorne despises cheating. Cheating tore apart his family years ago. When the physics professor sees the woman he spent the night with show up at his sister’s wedding on the arm of his brother, he knows he should keep his distance. But because of the night they set fire to the sheets in his hotel room, he can’t resist the urge to be close to her–nor can he resist the temptation to have her back in his bed. Word count: 30,700

30 review for The Temptation of a Good Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lady Raven RAVE!

    http://www.romancenoveljunkies.com /for readers & book lovers. BRIEF SUMMARY Celeste is celebrating her 30th birthday with her friends when she met Roarke. The night she met Roarke things heats up and a little conversation and celebration turns into a hot steamy night. Both Roarke and Celeste hasn't seen each other since that night and later meets again at his sister's wedding and she is with a date. THOUGHTS This was a nice story for me. I liked getting my feet wet with the first book and getting t http://www.romancenoveljunkies.com /for readers & book lovers. BRIEF SUMMARY Celeste is celebrating her 30th birthday with her friends when she met Roarke. The night she met Roarke things heats up and a little conversation and celebration turns into a hot steamy night. Both Roarke and Celeste hasn't seen each other since that night and later meets again at his sister's wedding and she is with a date. THOUGHTS This was a nice story for me. I liked getting my feet wet with the first book and getting to known the characters the author introduces us to. Roarke's science brain along with his physical description was a joy to read about. Celeste was a single parent working hard as well as an attractive woman. The opening scenes were likable with the characters getting to know each other,  but once their chemistry intensifies it took the story  a step further. Meeting the rest of the Hawthorne family consisting of Matthew, Cassidy and Derrick, the black sheep was interesting. We didn't get too much information about them but I look forward to Matthew's story. The other assisting characters the author gave us were close friends of Roarke and Celeste. Janet, Gwen, Xander and Lucas. When they were together they brought out the funny, mainly Lucas. He isn't apart of the Hawthorne family but his character was a bit strong to me that it got me interested in him and makes me want to read more about him more than Matthew and Derrick. I thought the ending was ok and although I liked this book I don't feel it was the author's best work. Story: FAIR to GOOD Intimacy: GOOD Enjoyment: FAIR ************************* Who is Romance Novel Junkies? http://www.romancenoveljunkies.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Family Over Everything! 3.5 stars - This was a good, quick read about real family, fake relationships and true love! Roarke and Celeste survived it all to make it work. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KBeautiful1

    I expect nothing less from the extraordinary author Delaney Diamond!!! She writes her stories with such gusto and passion I love it. Dr. Roarke Hawthorne is a tenured professor, help to raise his brother and sister when his parents died. Now that he is older, he is looking to settle down and have some children. He agrees to hang out with his two best friends, so he comes into Atlanta and is presently surprised by meeting the unexpected. Celeste Burton is divorced and a mom to her daughter Arianna I expect nothing less from the extraordinary author Delaney Diamond!!! She writes her stories with such gusto and passion I love it. Dr. Roarke Hawthorne is a tenured professor, help to raise his brother and sister when his parents died. Now that he is older, he is looking to settle down and have some children. He agrees to hang out with his two best friends, so he comes into Atlanta and is presently surprised by meeting the unexpected. Celeste Burton is divorced and a mom to her daughter Arianna, her mom convinces her to go out for her birthday and have a great time for once. She reluctantly goes and meets up with her two best friends, what she thought would just be a night out with her friends turns into the unexpected meet up. Roarke meets Celeste and the fireworks fly, not only in conversation but behind closed doors. What Celeste thought would be a one night stand, sneaks out leaving a sleeping Roarke to wake up alone and desperately trying to find her. Celeste friend Derrick Hoffman needs a favor from her, he asks her to be his pretend girlfriend to his sister's wedding. Celeste agrees albeit reluctantly but she wants to help her friend out. Unbeknownst to her, the man who has stolen her every sleeping and waking moment is at the same wedding, and it is his sister who is getting married and her pretend boyfriend is his half brother. Lawwddd you can't even begin to imagine what she felt coming face to face with Roarke again heck (I thought I was going to pass out for her LOLLL!!!). This is what I am going to leave you with, I won't go any further or say anything else. Ok last thing, I will say this, if you haven't read this one please do. It is actually a series called "Hawthorne Family" I am definitely going to get the rest of this series that is for sure. Well Until My Next Review Ciao Bellas!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Sweet & Sexy! It may have been Celeste Burton's birthday but Dr. Roarke Hawthorne received the "gift"! After a hot, sizzling hook-up, Celeste is embarrassed and quietly slips away. Imagine Roarke's surprise when the next time they meet, it is at his sister's wedding and Celeste is there with Roarke's brother! Surprise! Sweet & Sexy! It may have been Celeste Burton's birthday but Dr. Roarke Hawthorne received the "gift"! After a hot, sizzling hook-up, Celeste is embarrassed and quietly slips away. Imagine Roarke's surprise when the next time they meet, it is at his sister's wedding and Celeste is there with Roarke's brother! Surprise!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alina Neacsu

    it was very interesting. I can say that this was a book didn't bore me and every time it brings something new for us :) it was very interesting. I can say that this was a book didn't bore me and every time it brings something new for us :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hubbard

    Roarke Hawthorne and Celeste Burton meet up one night in a bar where Celeste is celebrating her birthday with friends. The attraction is instantaneous and the passion is too. The chemistry between Roarke and Celeste is hot! After a night of hot lovemaking, Celeste leaves in the morning without a word not wanting to place more importance on what she and Roarke shared than he may be comfortable with, although their night was very special for her. Celeste agrees to accompany a friend to his sister’ Roarke Hawthorne and Celeste Burton meet up one night in a bar where Celeste is celebrating her birthday with friends. The attraction is instantaneous and the passion is too. The chemistry between Roarke and Celeste is hot! After a night of hot lovemaking, Celeste leaves in the morning without a word not wanting to place more importance on what she and Roarke shared than he may be comfortable with, although their night was very special for her. Celeste agrees to accompany a friend to his sister’s wedding and pretend to be his “lady”; there, she and Roarke are reunited and she is shocked to learn that her friend, Derrick, is Roarke’s half-brother! The tension and anger flies and Roarke (who hates cheaters because of his father) believes Celeste slept with him while being involved with his estranged brother. The remainder of the book takes place during this weekend. The book starts fast and ends that way too—which is the only complaint I have. The ending felt too rushed. I would have liked to see more of what happened between Celeste and Roarke after the wedding weekend and wanted to see Roarke integrating into Celeste’s family life with her mother and daughter. Also, the resolution of Roarke’s relationship with Derrick would have been nicer had it been allowed to develop more. However, this was a very enjoyable book and I recommend it for a fast read (it’s about 82 pages).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 10/13/15 - http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2015/10/mi... This was a freebie novella on Amazon and pretty darn good. Roarke came on a tad too aggressively for my tastes but when you’re a single mom turning 30 – why not go for a night of passion with a really smart, hot dude? Happy birthday Celeste! lol Despite their connection and hot night of smexin – Celeste panics and bolts the next morning but they meet up again after she agrees to be the fake gir 3.5 stars Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 10/13/15 - http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2015/10/mi... This was a freebie novella on Amazon and pretty darn good. Roarke came on a tad too aggressively for my tastes but when you’re a single mom turning 30 – why not go for a night of passion with a really smart, hot dude? Happy birthday Celeste! lol Despite their connection and hot night of smexin – Celeste panics and bolts the next morning but they meet up again after she agrees to be the fake girlfriend at a family wedding for a friend of hers, Derrick. Of course drama ensues when it’s revealed that Derrick is the brother of Roarke. Drama ensues, of course, but I really liked how it all turns out – even with Derrick. As with most novellas, I wished for a little more. Especially when it came to Roarke and Celeste's daughter. They’re both science geeks and I think it would have been cute to see their relationship blossom instead of being told. Even so there was a nice resolution and epilogue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.L. Sapphire

    Awesomeness OMG, this was such a great book. I came across it by chance..I saw it posted on another authors page as a freebie, and I'm so glad I clicked it. Delaney Diamond has a new fan. I loved the writing style, the detail in which she described things ..she made me feel as if I were Celeste...as if I was experiencing the sensual, passionate way Roarke made love to her; she made me want to be on the island, watching the dolphins while on the tour of the lighthouse. And I felt like one of the g Awesomeness OMG, this was such a great book. I came across it by chance..I saw it posted on another authors page as a freebie, and I'm so glad I clicked it. Delaney Diamond has a new fan. I loved the writing style, the detail in which she described things ..she made me feel as if I were Celeste...as if I was experiencing the sensual, passionate way Roarke made love to her; she made me want to be on the island, watching the dolphins while on the tour of the lighthouse. And I felt like one of the guests at the wedding. There was just enough drama...excellent storyline. I will definitely read the rest of this series, and all of her books. As an author myself, I say kudos. I wish I could rate higher than 5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanielle

    Celeste and Roarke met on her birthday at a club and had a one night stand. She decided to go on a weekend trip with her friend, to her surprise she meets back up with Roarke and the two can't stay away from each other even under their circumstances. The family situation Roarke is way deeper than normal and Celeste finds herself in the middle of it. The two still find time to get to know each other and their feelings deepen. The story is good it could've been a little bit more exciting but I'd l Celeste and Roarke met on her birthday at a club and had a one night stand. She decided to go on a weekend trip with her friend, to her surprise she meets back up with Roarke and the two can't stay away from each other even under their circumstances. The family situation Roarke is way deeper than normal and Celeste finds herself in the middle of it. The two still find time to get to know each other and their feelings deepen. The story is good it could've been a little bit more exciting but I'd love to read more about them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    Great love story This was a beautifully written romance novel by Delaney Diamond. The characters as well as the storyline was realistic, captivating & to the point. Celeste was lucky to find a man that possessed the attributes & qualities that Roarke presented. Even after conflict came into play, they were able to turn a somewhat negative situation into a positive one. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Jerido

    Good book! I absolutely loved the intensity of Roarke’s and Celeste’s relationship. The attraction between them just leaped from the pages. Their passion for each other was unmatched. However, just as it started, it ended. The ending of the book felt rushed. It was too brief. We didn’t even get to enjoy them as a couple. One minute, she’s with Derrick then the next she’s not and it’s the end of the book. Ms. Delaney worked so hard to draw us in and pull us into the many layers of the characters o Good book! I absolutely loved the intensity of Roarke’s and Celeste’s relationship. The attraction between them just leaped from the pages. Their passion for each other was unmatched. However, just as it started, it ended. The ending of the book felt rushed. It was too brief. We didn’t even get to enjoy them as a couple. One minute, she’s with Derrick then the next she’s not and it’s the end of the book. Ms. Delaney worked so hard to draw us in and pull us into the many layers of the characters only to just drop us without warning. A love this deep needed more pages to let us just bask in it. With that being said, I’m sure as I read the rest of the books in this series, we’ll get some updates of my new favorite couple.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Calton Gerard

    Great story! I enjoyed reading this book and have gotten the next three in this series. The "Love Unexpected" series was better, in my opinion, that is my reason for four stars. Liked the storyline. Great story! I enjoyed reading this book and have gotten the next three in this series. The "Love Unexpected" series was better, in my opinion, that is my reason for four stars. Liked the storyline.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charisse Cole

    Hot...hot...hot!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frances Perkins

    A good man When a have yo raise his sister and brother his a good man and they are far in between to fine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Malaika

    Love conquers all Love heals and this story is a testament to that. Roarke and Celeste were made for each other. Great story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ava Smith-forrest

    Temptation True Delaney Diamond style fast moving entertaining strong family love and conflict and a Hawthorne always gets the love 💘of his life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tigger

    How have I not read this book or the series Loved it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    D.lee

    I don't know why I waited so long to read this story. I loved Roarke and Celeste together. The chemistry between them was off the charts, however somehow it just flowed naturally. Its true, sometimes you know and it doesn't hurt to throw caution to the wind. The relationship almost died before it even had a chance, thanks to Derrick. Derrick is Roarke's half brother and Derrick takes sibling rivalry to another level. I just don't understand, how Derrick felt he was the only affected victim of the I don't know why I waited so long to read this story. I loved Roarke and Celeste together. The chemistry between them was off the charts, however somehow it just flowed naturally. Its true, sometimes you know and it doesn't hurt to throw caution to the wind. The relationship almost died before it even had a chance, thanks to Derrick. Derrick is Roarke's half brother and Derrick takes sibling rivalry to another level. I just don't understand, how Derrick felt he was the only affected victim of the selfish acts of his mother and Roarke's father. He really needed to grow up and get past the pity-party. Always looking for a way to upstage Roarke, Derrick inadvertently brings the one person who pushes Roarke beyond his normal restraint. Celeste and Roarke had met a couple weeks earlier and had memorable night together. Due to missed signals and a lack of communication, their memorable night was almost to relegated to a one-night stand, when Celeste shows up on Derricks arm. Some things are meant to be and other times no matter how you try the heart overrules the mind. This seems to be one of those time. Loved this story and can't wait to read the next installment. Its definitely a Must read in my opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bennita

    This book had an interesting plot with great family drama. There was some good sexual tension and chemistry between Roarke and Celeste as well. I didn't feel a solid connection with the characters. There needed to be more character development. There was a good back story with Roarke but I wanted to know more about him and Celeste other than their back stories. A little action would have helped too. This book had an interesting plot with great family drama. There was some good sexual tension and chemistry between Roarke and Celeste as well. I didn't feel a solid connection with the characters. There needed to be more character development. There was a good back story with Roarke but I wanted to know more about him and Celeste other than their back stories. A little action would have helped too.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Villery

    While out for her birthday, Celeste meets the perfect man. After the perfect night she slips away quietly convinced that the experience was in her head. Soon after her friend Derrick asks her to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. He wants to impress his family with his success. Needing a vacation, Celeste agrees, but she is unaware that she already knows a bit more about Derrick's family than she originally thought. This story was pretty hot and I was really intrigued about the conflict. While out for her birthday, Celeste meets the perfect man. After the perfect night she slips away quietly convinced that the experience was in her head. Soon after her friend Derrick asks her to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. He wants to impress his family with his success. Needing a vacation, Celeste agrees, but she is unaware that she already knows a bit more about Derrick's family than she originally thought. This story was pretty hot and I was really intrigued about the conflict. I flew through the pages desperate to get to the resolution. It's a short 82 pages and it didn't take me long to read it. This well-written story kept me on the edge of my seat but I couldn't help but wish it were longer. I feel like the story was a tad underdeveloped and wished the conflict was drawn out a bit longer. It's the first in the series so I will definitely check out the next one. Overall, I recommend this for those who enjoy quick sensual reads with a bit of a drama.

  21. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Kane

    Any book that can keep me up all night to finish gets a 5 star review! I started reading this novel, figuring I'd get in at least 3 chapters since it was after 9pm. When I looked up again, it was 2am and I was done, that's how hooked I was to the plot! From the moment Celeste meets Roarke, I was hooked. Nothing says attraction like a man who can't take his eyes off of you and a sizzling hot one night stand. But like everything else, life goes on, even if they continue to think about one another, Any book that can keep me up all night to finish gets a 5 star review! I started reading this novel, figuring I'd get in at least 3 chapters since it was after 9pm. When I looked up again, it was 2am and I was done, that's how hooked I was to the plot! From the moment Celeste meets Roarke, I was hooked. Nothing says attraction like a man who can't take his eyes off of you and a sizzling hot one night stand. But like everything else, life goes on, even if they continue to think about one another, knowing their paths will never cross again. But then surprise! Not only do they cross paths,a very unexpected wrench gets thrown into the works. Roarke's morality, will, and self control are pushed to the limit, while Celeste must choose, follow her heart and go after what she wants, or continue to keep the trust of a dear friend. Great job, Delaney! Off to read your next book. But this time, I'm gonna start early so I can get some sleep! lol

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Celeste and Roarke had some serious chemistry from their very first night. Their night of passion was incredibly steamy and clearly left a huge impact on them both. There were some funny moments with the supporting characters (Celeste and Roarke's friends), and plenty of tension with Roarke's half brother Derrick. I liked the story but I'm left wanting more. Because the story is short it kind of felt like some scenes are missing to make the story complete. I'd like to know why Celeste's mother w Celeste and Roarke had some serious chemistry from their very first night. Their night of passion was incredibly steamy and clearly left a huge impact on them both. There were some funny moments with the supporting characters (Celeste and Roarke's friends), and plenty of tension with Roarke's half brother Derrick. I liked the story but I'm left wanting more. Because the story is short it kind of felt like some scenes are missing to make the story complete. I'd like to know why Celeste's mother was living with her, more about her relationship with Alyssa, and definitely more details about Celeste and Roarke after they were officially together. I hope there is mention of these two in the coming books because i'd love to see how their relationship progressed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Synithia

    I purchased this book after reading and excerpt that was hot and it did not dissapoint. The chemistry between Roarke and Celeste was sizzling from the start. I would have loved to have seen Roarke at his job because he was so excited about what he did, and to see his first interaction with Celeste's daughter. Still it was a complete story and I felt the ending was sweet and was a perfect wrap up to a bumpy start to their relationship. I read the excerpt of the next installment and can't wait to I purchased this book after reading and excerpt that was hot and it did not dissapoint. The chemistry between Roarke and Celeste was sizzling from the start. I would have loved to have seen Roarke at his job because he was so excited about what he did, and to see his first interaction with Celeste's daughter. Still it was a complete story and I felt the ending was sweet and was a perfect wrap up to a bumpy start to their relationship. I read the excerpt of the next installment and can't wait to get into the brother's story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gwbroussard

    This was a fun read. Celeste was a very loyal friend, awesome mom and wonderful daughter. She wore a lot of hats and juggled them pretty well. I appreciated her selfless behavior when she choose to put her feeligns for Roarke aside and not out Derrick. I'm not sure Derrick is worthy of that type of loyalty or friendship but... Oh Roarke, oh Roarke... he was dreamy. He was so sweet and kind and I feel in love with him after their first date so I can totally see how Celeste fell for him so quickly. This was a fun read. Celeste was a very loyal friend, awesome mom and wonderful daughter. She wore a lot of hats and juggled them pretty well. I appreciated her selfless behavior when she choose to put her feeligns for Roarke aside and not out Derrick. I'm not sure Derrick is worthy of that type of loyalty or friendship but... Oh Roarke, oh Roarke... he was dreamy. He was so sweet and kind and I feel in love with him after their first date so I can totally see how Celeste fell for him so quickly. He is DEF a good man!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diamond Drake

    I enjoyed The Temptation of a Good Man. I thought the chemistry between Roarke and Celeste was believable and very hot and I rooted for them from the beginning. I also appreciated the time spent showing the two of them connecting emotionally and getting to know each other outside of the bedroom. Out of all the Delaney Diamond stories I've read, this one was my favorite. I was going to grab the second book in this series but I couldn't stand Derrick so I don't know if I could stomach an entire st I enjoyed The Temptation of a Good Man. I thought the chemistry between Roarke and Celeste was believable and very hot and I rooted for them from the beginning. I also appreciated the time spent showing the two of them connecting emotionally and getting to know each other outside of the bedroom. Out of all the Delaney Diamond stories I've read, this one was my favorite. I was going to grab the second book in this series but I couldn't stand Derrick so I don't know if I could stomach an entire story about him! hahaha I might give it a try anyway since this series got off to a good start.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Peni

    Enjoyable story introducing the Hawthorne family. Overall a light read without out to much stress. The story talks a lot about commitments. Commitment to marriage, or lack there of, commitment to your word, keeping secrets and following through on your promises and living with the consequences of those commitments when kept and not kept. I recommend this story to 14+ and mature due to sexual situations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I needed a light romantic read and came across this interesting story of a young woman who falls in love with a man after a one night stand. When she encounters him again at a wedding a series of misunderstandings and surprises makes this an interesting and steamy read. Add some family drama, wealth and two feuding brothers and you have the makings of a good summer read. I will read this author again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shonnie

    I thought it was a good story however it felt short. In addition, there were a few characters that I didn’t understand their purpose in the story. I would have liked to have read more about the hero and heroine and less about the back story as to why the hero and his sibling were at odds. Also the ending felt rush. Other than that, I liked the story therefore it gets an “I liked it” rating.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vallory

    I read the series in the wrong order and didn't think I could fall in love with anyone else except Derrick. Boy was I wrong! Roarke is a great hero - sexy and loving and smart. What more can you want in a romantic hero? Celeste, the heroine, was a responsible woman who upheld the values of family and friendship. Rare and wonderful! I read the series in the wrong order and didn't think I could fall in love with anyone else except Derrick. Boy was I wrong! Roarke is a great hero - sexy and loving and smart. What more can you want in a romantic hero? Celeste, the heroine, was a responsible woman who upheld the values of family and friendship. Rare and wonderful!

  30. 5 out of 5

    ~Gen hearts books.~

    I enjoyed reading about Celeste and Roarke. Their romance felt a lot like love at first sight. This is my first Delaney Diamond read. I'm looking foward to reading more of her. I would love to read more about Derrick and how he and Roarke are getting along. It would be nice to see Derrick in a good relationship with a woman too. This was a good romance book. I enjoyed reading about Celeste and Roarke. Their romance felt a lot like love at first sight. This is my first Delaney Diamond read. I'm looking foward to reading more of her. I would love to read more about Derrick and how he and Roarke are getting along. It would be nice to see Derrick in a good relationship with a woman too. This was a good romance book.

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