Is it possible for a book to get more than five stars?  If so, I would totally give it to Tempted by the Storm.   Nothing in this book was what I expected.  Better and worse, all at the same time.

And before I get started, I have a dirty, dirty mind so, yes, this book hit the spot.  If sexual innuendos, outrageous mishaps, and daring scenes (not for the prim of heart) are your thing, then you will love Tempted by the Storm.  The book starts out setting the mood and the match.  You take an immediate liking to Lark, and Sarco because he chooses her at the party instead of her sister.

I find myself frequently laughing, like when her father makes a joke about living above flood level (because Lark's moods can change the weather - when she's sad, there's a downpour).  I am equally appalled and amused.  I broke out into hysterical laughter when a pet started in with… No, I shouldn't tell you.  It would ruin the surprise and that would just be tragic.  But, I didn't stop until my sides started to hurt.

I loved Lark's names for Sarco after the first day of class.  Had me laughing again.  The author is great at making me laugh at their comments and antics.

My God, this story is so crazy.  I love it!  And it seems, with each progressing scene, it just gets crazier, however impossible that might seem.  The situations the characters find themselves getting into are beyond outrageous.  There aren't words.  I don't think there has been a page where I didn't at least break out into a smile.  Most of the time, I would break out into hysterical laughter.  Their antics are like a train wreck.  It's terrible and tragic, and you can't look away.

The gnomes were absolutely priceless!  They took everything - every concept, every principal and preconceived notion - and turned it on its ear.  And I love the long drawn out exclamations like, "What the green slimy snot running down the fat lip of a red-eyed ogre with a nasty head cold are ya thinking, lad?"  And the dolls!  Oh, the dolls!  It's so wrong and so right - no it's just wrong - at the same time.  I can't think about it without starting to laugh again.

Even as I write this review, two days after I finished reading the book, I can't help but smile thinking of the events and characters portrayed.  Every one of them seeps into your heart. 

And don't even get me started about the ending.  I would not have predicted that gnomes' show in my wildest dreams.  I had tears in my eyes, I was laughing so hard. 

About the Author:

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write romantic fantasy. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.

I have one very special man, our three equally special children, and six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.

Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.

4/10/2013 08:27:05 pm

Thank you for hosting

4/11/2013 01:16:18 am

I'm so glad you liked Tempted by the Storm. It is book 2 in The Academy series..Book 3... Taken by the Passion is also now out.

Danielle Forrest
4/11/2013 03:16:10 am

Ah, hell. Looks like I've got some more books to add to my reading list...

4/11/2013 02:01:56 am

You hit this right on the head--a more perfect description I couldn't imagine--I'm a big fan of Maxine's books! Thanks for hosting her and for letting the world know what amazingly fun books she writes!

Danielle Forrest
4/11/2013 03:19:12 am

Thanks. God, I loved this book. I read it a while back and suddenly have a yearning to reread it... and check out the other two I just heard about...

4/11/2013 08:46:53 am

Very nice review

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4/11/2013 12:39:54 pm

I love the sounds of this book, definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for your review!
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Danielle Forrest
4/11/2013 11:59:14 pm

You're quite welcome. God, I loved reading this book.


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