Author: K.C. Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Cade Walker is like no man I’ve
ever met before. He’s cynical, brooding, mysterious and, most of all, damaged.
He’s a man who declares he’s broken, and one who detests the two very things I
live for most: God and love. Yet, I’ve still fallen completely in love with him
because I also see the good, something that no one else ever has. I see a man
who is strong, silent, honorable and beautiful. He’s a man who is now scarred
just as badly on the outside of his body as he is on the inside, all because of
me. One who endured severe torture in order to save me from what would be the
worst thing I will ever experience in my entire life. He is a man I call my
dark angel, one who will have my heart until the end of time, even if I
At fifteen years old I lost the
only person that ever mattered to me, and the day I lost my little sister in
the most vile way was the exact moment I stopped living and only existed.
That’s until ten years later, when I walked into an open field in Iraq to hear
the most incredible voice I would ever hear in my life. One that rooted me to
my spot, and ended up belonging to the most beautiful woman in the world. The
only woman to ever make me feel something again, something that I thought was
dead inside of me. And no matter how badly I wanted to keep her, I knew I
couldn’t. Not with what I have lurking inside of me. It’s something I’ve always
kept hidden. That is, until the day I unleashed it on the people who dared to
hurt her. It was the one thing that gave me the strength to save us, but it was
also the one thing that would remind me of why I could never have her.
Now two years later, the one girl I never
thought I would ever see again, the one I have spent my days and nights craving
like an addict, walks back into my life unexpectedly, giving us both the shock
of our lives. And when the time comes that she needs me again, I no longer
resist. Before I know it, I’m pulled into a life I thought I could never have,
one that scares the shit out of me but it’s one I’m realizing I want. There is
just one problem. One very big problem… She lives for the very thing I loathe,
and the one thing that killed my sister… God.
*** This book was provided by the author for an honest review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. ***
✯ My Thoughts ✯
Resisting Temptation opens with one of the most heart wrenching prologues I’ve read this year. It will steal your breath and make your stomach turn. With just this introduction, the readers are finally given the full story of the devastating event that broke and formed the foundation of Cade Walker’s closed off and broody persona. I was already teary eyed by the end of the prologue. Chapter one jumps ahead 10 years later, and readers meet the grown up Cade. He’s a Navy Seal stationed in Iraq with his two closest friends, Sawyer and Jaxson. While stationed there, Cade meets Faith Williams. Cade’s first glimpse of Faith is during a nightly walk, away from his camp. He hears her laughter and is drawn to it. He finds the angelic Faith giggling and playing chase with some Iraqi children. Something about Faith moves him and causes him to feel something, something other than just being numb. After an incident involving an Iraqi boy that Faith friended and the boy’s father, Cade is forced to step in to help. Events of that night lead to an unexpected connection between Cade & Faith. K.C. did a fantastic job telling the story in a way that was believable how Cade & Faith could form such a bond in such a short period from friendship to lovers.
I’m not going to go into too much detail on what happens next that will tear these two apart in Iraq, but omg it was so bad. It’s any woman’s worst nightmare times 100. These scenes literally had me choking up! Cade is forced to disobey orders in order to save Faith. He along with his friends Jaxson & Sawyer are forever changed from this rescue mission. This plot is the driver in all the storylines in each of the books in this series. Each character walked away changed forever.
We jump ahead again and now Cade is settled in South Carolina running a gym with his friends Sawyer and Jaxson. Cade gets the surprise of his life when Faith shows up at his gym one day. Faith gets the surprise of her life seeing Cade again after going so long without any contact from him. This moment was so heartbreaking. Both are hurting and all the memories and buried emotions from both parties come to the surface. This book is a page turner from page one but for me the story really kicks off right at this moment. From then on K.C. Lynn takes the readers on such an emotional ride. This book had me bawling like someone was dying one moment, laughing the next, bawling again and then all hot and bothered! I felt absolute happiness reading this book even during the tough times.
It was fantastic catching up with the gang again. All the characters featured in books 1 & 2 just added to the awesomeness of this book and kicked it up a notch. I enjoyed catching up with Jax, Julia, Sawyer, Grace, Cooper & Kayla and seeing how the gang is doing. Some of my favorite scenes included these wonderful folks. There are two kiddos introduced in this book that I fell for. They’re storyline involving Faith and Cade was just icing on the reading cake already. Cade’s interaction with the smallest kid, little Ruthie was so swoon worthy. These scenes made this delicious man even more irresistible.
Even with all the secondary characters & plots interwoven throughout the book, the two stars of the book were definitely Cade and Faith! Their journey to their HEA was beautiful! This was a wonderfully written story. These two are my favorite couple of the series! Cade is just so dang sexy & protective. Faith is such a lovable heroine. Her inner strength and her strong faith was awe inspiring! I don’t know how K.C. does it but she is the queen of heroines for me. All three of her heroines, I have LOVED. This is huge because I tend to find something annoying about the heroines of any book but with hers, I love them as much as the hero.
I adored Fighting Temptation (book #1), I absolutely loved Sweet Temptation (book #2) but Resisting Temptation OWNED ME! This book took me on such an emotional ride that I still can’t even think of a word that could express how much I absa-freaking-lutely loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I knew this one was going to hurt my heart because of the glimpses that the readers were given in the previous books! The picture painted some big obstacles for Cade & Faith to overcome, to reach their HEA. This book deals with some difficult topics and in my opinion was handled beautifully by K.C. Lynn. There are religious aspects to this book that I wanted to point out. I was worried about this piece because sometimes things can come off preachy or they could come off making religion look crazy. I am happy to report that this piece was handled with care and love and was represented and presented wonderfully. By far, this was the best of the Men of Honor series and one of my Top 5 reads of 2014
Resisting Temptation is the third book in the Men of Honor series. Each book is about different a couple! Although they can be read on their own, this reader HIGHLY recommends that you read the books in order for a much richer reading experience. This book is one you will want to pick up and read. I can’t even express how much I worship this story! Just absolute perfection for me!
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✯ Resisting Temptation – Excerpt ✯
“Keep looking at me like that, baby and I will not be able to stop myself from sinking into your tight, warm body right here.”
I feel my cheeks heat in embarrassment for getting caught, and then the most amazing thing happens. He chuckles, bringing a full smile with it, and it’s absolutely stunning. It softens his features and reminds me of the one time I got to see it before—back in Iraq. It vanishes quickly when he sees me grinning at him like a fool.
“What?” he grumbles uncomfortably, knowing exactly what I’m smiling about.
I frame his face between both of my hands and press a soft kiss to his mouth. “You should smile more often, Walker, not only because it looks good on you but because it’s good for your soul.”
He watches me for a moment, his intense eyes boring into mine. “You’re good for my soul, Red.”
My heart skips a beat, his precious words doing so many wonderful things to my heart. Before I can think too much about it, I decide to tell him the truth, to tell him what I have always known. “I love you, Cade Walker.”
His body tenses under me and alarm flashes in his eyes. It is exactly the reaction I expected. Before he can say anything, I slap my hand over his mouth, catching him off guard again. “I don’t want you to say anything, because I know you will probably say something stupid, like ‘love doesn’t exist’, and that will just make me mad.”
He quirks a brow and I feel his lips twitch under my palm. Removing my hand, I cup the side of his strong jaw and rest my forehead on his. “I didn’t tell you so you would say it back, I told you because it’s the god’s honest truth and I don’t want to keep it in anymore. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the last two years it’s that life is too precious for us to hold back the things we feel. I thought I fell in love with you in that first week in Iraq, but I wasn’t sure because I thought it was impossible to fall in love with someone in that short amount of time.” I pause and swallow thickly, my throat starting to clog with emotion with what I’m about to say next. “But when I was dragged down to that cell and thought I was going to watch you die in front of me, I knew then, with every part of my soul, that I loved you. And I meant what I said down there, Cade. I didn’t care what they did to me, I would have died for you.”
His face blurs in front of me as tears begin to rush down my cheeks, but not before I see his eyes darken with so much turmoil it makes my heart hurt. I feel his breathing turn heavy as he struggles to hold in whatever he’s feeling. Before I know it, his mouth is devouring mine with an intensity that steals my breath and heals more of the damaged parts of my soul.
He pulls back a long minute later, but keeps his forehead against mine and frames my face firmly between his hands. “Never again, Red,” he chokes out through clenched teeth, “you hear me? We will never be put in that fucking position again. I will protect you until the day I take my last fucking breath.”
I smile, my heart feeling at peace. It may not be ‘I love you’—not yet—but it does sound like forever and right now that is enough for me.
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✯ About K.C. Lynn ✯
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K.C. Lynn lives in a small town in Western Canada. She’s married and is a stay at home mom of four: two girls and a set of twin boys. She coaches the local high school cheerleading team and also has her own rhinestone clothing business. Her love of romance books brought her to writing her first debut novel and she looks forward to writing many more. When she’s not writing, or spending time with her family, she’s reading and loves going to the movies.
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