Review: You’ve Tantalized Me (The Affair #1) by Beth Kery


Title: The Affair:  You’ve Tantalized Me
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 9/16/14
Length: 79
Series: The Affair #1


A young woman’s quiet life is upended when she meets the man of her forbidden dreams in the startling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery. The Affair begins…

The Affair Week One

Innocent yet unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore has secured a new position at The Breakers, the sprawling mansion of enigmatic and dangerously handsome racecar billionaire Michael Montand. Hired as caretaker for Montand’s stepmother, Emma expects few complications. But one night, lost in the mansion’s maze of corridors, she comes upon a woman and a man she can’t identify engaged in a raw, naked interlude of sexual subjugation. Silently, from the shadows, Emma watches—shocked, appalled, and unnervingly aroused.

But Emma wonders… if this mysterious stranger is not Montand, then who is it? And what other surprises are in store for her? Night after sleepless night, she’s considering the possibilities. And for the first time in her life, she’s not going to run away from them.

My Thoughts

Oh how i love the storeis that we get from Ms. Beth Kery and this first installment to the new series is setting things up in an interesting way.  We start off in meeting Emma who’s the leading lady here – she’s working as a hospice nurse for a wealthy family that has it’s own complexities which she’s slowly learning about.  This is a family that’s known for their car manufacturing, and with the stepson being the man in charge – at least of overseeing his step mother’s care (which is why Emma is there), we know that things will get interesting.

No one knows much about Mr Montrand – except that he keeps to himself, he tends to be very cold and distant and the only time that they ever hear of him having company are his ‘guests’.  This intrigues Emma, who we learn is one of those strong leading ladies who doesn’t like to just conform and follow rules.  She likes to think that she knows whats best and follows that path.

This is where she gets herself into trouble  just at the onset of things.  She decides that it’s more important to keep Cristina (her patient) happy than Mr. Martrand – so she opens the curtains in the room, which quickly prompts a call from the man of the house to close them.  She’s now on his radar – which isn’t necessarily a good thing as far as everyone who works there thinks.

Form there, we see the spark of Emma’s independence come out more – when she takes it upon herself to find another laundry room in the house to wash the linens when the one in her wing is broken.  It’s on this trip around the house that she stumbles upon a really racy scene between 2 unknowns – a man and a woman that she’s not sure of their identities yet she’s finding herself incredibly turned on.   It’s scenes like this in which our author really excels – giving you just a tease of things and leading you down the heated path that hints at what may come.

If that weren’t enough, she is called into Mr Matrands office and that’s when the story takes it’s more complex turn, joining these 2 face to face and setting the wheels in motion for what can in store for them. I honestly can’t wait!

In addition to all that, we see that Emma’s ‘non work’ life is a bit on the rocky path.  She’s been with her boyfriend Colin for 2 years now and it’s safe but she’s not sure if it’s too ‘blah’ for her.  It’s when something puts a crimp in things that shre’s really forced to open her eyes on what’s best for her.  I’m not at all surprised about the turn of events, but i think that we’ll have to wait and see how it pans out in the story since this can’t be the last that we hear about it.

so…now the wait is on for next Tuesday when we get to see what happens in book2.  i feel like i’m watching a TV show that i can’t get enough of when we have these weekly installments.  enjoy!

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