Tempting the Artist is Sharon C. Cooper’s third release in the Jenkins Family Series. For those who may not have read book one or two, you will enjoy Christina “CJ” Jenkins and Luke Hayden’s journey as a standalone.
As a professional painter for the family’s construction business in Cincinnati, CJ can be described in two words – “flower child.” Despite her sister Peyton’s dislike for her vintage, free-spirited lifestyle, CJ embraces it knowing it originated from her mother. This wasn’t always the case. Concerned with others’ opinions, she kept her true nature hidden until she met Luke.
Luke is one of the best defense attorneys in New York; being able to sense when someone is withholding the truth has given him the success in the court room, while guarded in his personal life. Knowing his life could be in danger due to personal affiliations to a major case, Luke decides he’s had enough. Goodbye New York, hello Cincinnati.
Anyone who knows Luke is aware that he has trust issues and refuses to entertain deceit. Thinking the two of them are in a good place in their relationship, he’s blindsided when reality hits him in the face the night before the move. For the past two years CJ has been living a double life; a life one other person knows about, her cousin Jada. When questioned, Luke takes her silence as deceitfulness.
Tempting the Artist is highly recommended. Readers will see CJ struggle with her own trust issues and fears. Assuming is a hypothetical belief of another; handling several situations immaturely, CJ’s actions indicate she didn’t know how to fully trust. The Jenkins clan will always be there but what about the man who captured her heart?
-Reviewed by LaMona