Bound for Temptation by Tess LeSue

Bound for Temptation

Tess LeSue

When Emma Palmer is forced to flee for her life, she runs into Tom Slater, a taciturn cattleman. Tom doesn’t need to be a trailsman to know that the woman, the one he can’t keep out of his thoughts, will only lead to trouble.

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Having survived the Oregon Trail, Emma Palmer is ready for a fresh start, even if it costs her all the gold in California. 

Emma Palmer has had many jobs and has gone by even more names, but most recently she is known as Seline, madam of her own establishment. Her place is clean, her booze is cheap and her bedrooms are fancy. But when a would-be patron won’t take no for an answer, she is forced to don a new disguise and flee for her life. While the schemes she cooks up might seem outrageous to an outsider, they haven’t failed her yet.    

Tom Slater is a taciturn cattleman at the tail end of a long, hard season on the trail. He’s looking forward to a quiet winter at his old family homestead in Mexico. What he doesn’t plan on is escorting a group of women on the run to safety south of the border. Tom doesn’t need to be a trailsman to know that the woman with the sly, green eyes—the one he can’t keep out of his thoughts—will only lead to trouble.


Advance Galley Reviews

This book was definitely interesting. Emma’s struggle and journey to start a new life and get over her past keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. The love story twist not only makes it more interesting, but also more humorous. A must read!!

I received an advance copy for my review. I enjoyed the book it was an easy read. I did not read the first in the series but didn’t feel like that took away from enjoying this book. The author developed the characters well and the interaction between characters was believable. The author brought up slavery in the west. Although we all know about the slavery of African Americans in the south we forget or don’t realize that the west enslavement of the Indians was just as horrific. The book was an enjoyable read that opened my eyes to the slavery of others.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Bound for Temptation by Tess Lesue. After several attempts to read this book I could not make it past the first couple chapters. This book just wasn't for me.

For the most part I enjoyed this book. The firecracker that we know as Emma had me cheering for her and her plight to find her happy place away from the mayhem of her former life. The madcap schemes that this heroine comes up with had me in stitches more than once! But I found that the ending of the book seemed rushed and lacking of details. All in all a good read.

This was a unique story with very interesting and unusual heroines and hero's. The story is great and the ending is very satisfying. A must-read for anyone who enjoys excellent historical love stories with a cowboy twist.

I was a bit worried about the premise of this story, however Tess LeSue did an amazing job with it. I've read the previous two books in the series and enjoyed the second more than the first, and this one was just as good. Watching Seline/Emma come into her own and escape her past with her little band of misfits was lovely. I liked Tom and felt like his struggles to accept Emma for who she is were realistic. While the adventures in this series aren't always completely believable, they are fun, and that is ok by me! I would definitely recommend reading the entire series, and I hope we will be getting another story featuring Deathrider (and I assume the author who writes the dime novels featuring him!)

I missed reading the first book in this series and I'm not sure if that out me at a disadvantage when reading Bound For Temotation. I had a very slow start and it took several chapters (about 10) before I really warmed up to the characters. All in all I thought this was well written and a lot of the interaction between Emma and Tom was humorous. I would definitely read the rest of the series.

I was surprised by how engaging and believable I found Tess LeSue’s Bound for Temptation. LeSue brought to life the characters, the friendship and the heat of travel through the California and Mexican countryside. I do occasionally enjoy a western historical romance, but I sometimes find the romanticizing of the realities of race and gender in the West to be uncomfortable. While LeSue did fictionalize the life and times of Gold Rush California, she also integrated some difficult realities of slavery, the treatment of Native Americans and women into the story without detracting from the heart of the tale of Emma and Tom. The issues helped to show the depth and strength of the characters. The storyline flows for the first part of the novel and I thought the tension between the characters played out believably. I found the pacing at the end of the novel a little off for me, but still enjoyed the conclusion to Emma and Tom’s romance. This is the third book in LeSue’s series about the Slater brothers, I have not read the prior novels and did not feel I missed anything. I look forward to reading more the LeSue’s books.

An easy read. Can be a bit repetitive with Emma fretting over her past and what if Tom finds out, and Tom worrying about being attracted to a nun. A fun follow up to Bound for Sin.

I received an advanced copy of Bound for Eden to review. I enjoyed this book immensely. It's a quick read that kept me interested and wanting to stay up and read the next chapter. The banter between Tom and Emma was funny and pretty realistic. Warning of extremely foul language since that would have been expected from a former Madame and a cowboy. I won't tell you the whole storyline as others have done since that could spoil the it for you. It is the 3rd in a series but can be a standalone. I have not read the previous two and never felt like I was missing part of the storyline. Enjoy.

I have read the other two books in this series but I think there is enough information given that it could be a standalone novel. The other books are good though and I suggest that you read them. Tom Slater is a cattleman and doesn't really have a home like his brothers do. He is planning on living in Mexico where he has run cattle before. And ever since he fell in love with one of his brother's wives before the brother did but she did not return his feelings staying at his brother’s home is kind of awkward. So he goes out to head down to Mexico but ends up coming across an interesting set of nuns and helps them along. There are some crazy events that happen while he is helping those nuns. Emma Palmer used to run a brothel under the name Seline. She is finally financially secure enough to sell the brothel and have a regular life. But she is trying to escape an evil man who has decided that he is hers no matter what and dresses like a nun to do so. Her and one of her girls travel together and pick another couple up along the way. Tom and Emma end up falling for each other in their trek to get to Mexico. I received this book to read for free from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

Emma and Tom both have pasts they're trying to outrun. Emma wants to outrun her history of being a madam of a house of ill repute, while Tom is running away from his feelings for his brother Luke's wife. Both end up with dangerous men on their tail and find that they have to not only help each other but find a way to trust one another in order to stay alive. And when tempting feelings start to surface, it's only a matter of time until they consider running from each other instead... Thoughts: First, let me say thank you to First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read this title before its publication. I became a fan of Tess LeSue when FTR gave me an eARC of Bound for Sin and I was looking forward to this third installment of the series. However, I'm sad to say that I didn't enjoy this story as much as Bound for Sin. The premise started off all well and good, but the compilation of lies Emma tells Tom is certainly going to come back to bite her. And there was no need to keep up the pretense of being a nun with Tom -- Emma was already familiar with the Slater family, having developed what she thought were deep feelings for his brother Luke -- so she had to know she could trust him. I understand the need for the costume while they traveled (it is the wild west, after all) but she could have told him straight away that she wasn't a nun. For that matter, I also was annoyed by Emma naming the bakery in town "Seline's" considering she wants everyone to forget, or at least look past, her history as Seline the whorehouse madam. LeSue makes it a point at the end of the novel for Emma to constantly correct people when they call her "Seline", which was annoying as a reader because it's Emma's fault for naming the bakery by the exact name she wants everyone to avoid using when referring to her. Bound for Temptation is an interesting story and has some very sweet, romantic scenes. I was left disappointed as a reader, though, because I wanted a bit more time with Emma and Tom as an actual couple.

Loved it! At first, I was wishing that this story was actually about Deathrider, but I can see that story is coming up soon. I also wish I had read the other two books first, since there is some backstory on Tom and especially on Emma. Despite that, I ended up quite enjoying this one... particularly with Emma pretending to be a nun! The nun aspect of this is really what made the book. Of course, I didn't really see why Tom couldn't know the truth, but the plot certainly would not have been so interesting if he knew they weren't actually nuns. I also really appreciated the outlook on prostitution. I especially liked it when Luke was being a d*ck to Emma and she said "You were an equal partner in our past, and you got no right punishing me for it. You're the one who paid me for sex, not the other way round." I fist-bumped the air on that one. Don't shame the whore, obviously circumstances forced her into it. Emma was a strong woman for sure. The ending could have been a bit more fun. There should have been some sort of confrontation with Hec, so I was disappointed when there wasn't. And I would have liked to see how the Slater brothers took the news that Tom loved Emma. Other than that, great read!

What a quick and delightful read! I read this book in a day. You get sucked right into the story line. Emma was something else! I would definitely recommend. This book has romance, heartache and a little comedy thrown in. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical western romance. Emma is a character I won't soon forget; plucky, funny, bold, vain, kindhearted, and quick-witted. Tom is equally memorable. The story is romantic, comedic, adventurous, and ultimately very satisfying. As soon as I finish this review, I am heading to over to add the other books in this series to my wishlist :-)

This story centers on Emma Palmer and Tom Slater, as they race from California to Mexico trying to avoid a few posses that are chasing them and their attraction to each other. Really enjoyed this book. Lots of fun. Especially all the crazy ideas that Emma cooks up. Tom was cranky and reading the how he endured her torturous schemes was funny. Emma was a great character. I loved her in the previous book as well. She is definitely a sassy character. Received an ARC from First to Read.

First of all, I LOVED Emma. She's an amazing female character--strong, a survivor, hilarious, and just AMAZING. She gives just as good as she gets, and her plans, well don't even get me started on all her plans. After about 100 pages in, I could not put this book down down. I say this because this book has some tropes I don't like, BUT I am so happy I stuck it out. I loved how Emma just blazed right through the barriers with the help her strong female friends. There is just so much girl power in this book, and I loved every minute of it. The characters are working through their own "flaws" and issues which gives them a depth that kept me thoroughly engaged. Let's not forget about the romance! I loved Tom's insecurity, even though I wanted to shake him at certain times. I hadn't read his brother's books, but now I definitely will. Especially knowing that Emma was in previous books.

 


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