"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation."
I love this quote by Oscar Wilde (and it pretty much sums up my relationship with chocolate!).
I find the idea of being tempted by something you know you shouldn't do particularly delicious. Take, for example, the first time Nick sees Harper again after their one night of passion. He'd gone to her place to explain that he wasn't the twin she thought he was, but instead...
He knocked on her front door,
still having no idea how he could possibly explain everything. Then the door
swung inward and she was there and he had no air left to form words anyway. Her
almond-shaped brown eyes widened at the sight of him, and he knew he had to say
something. Anything. But her haunting beauty overwhelmed him. He’d barely been
able to stop thinking about her since that night, and now here she was in real
life. Filling his vision. Smelling like heaven.
“Malcolm?” she said, her voice
breathy, and instead of explaining, he found himself mute, reaching out to feel
the silky-soft skin of her cheek. His palm cupped the side of her jaw, his
fingers feathering over her cheekbone, and he was lost.
Her eyes widened in surprise and
she took a small step back, out of his touch, but her gaze didn’t falter. He
waited a beat, waited in agony, waited until she swayed back toward him, and
then he reached for her again. Her lips parted as she tilted her head into his
palm. The world around them faded, and he took an infinitesimal step closer,
being drawn by the magnetic force that had been there since he’d first laid
eyes on her three months ago.
He was supposed to say something,
tell her something, but there were no words in his mind, only Harper and the
way her eyes had darkened as she looked at him. Breathing ragged, he lowered
his head and speared his fingers through her long, glossy hair. This was wrong,
so wrong, yet the rightness of it overwhelmed him,
crushing all other thoughts.
She lifted herself on tiptoes and
met him halfway, her mouth finding his, her lips soft, welcoming, wanting, her
arms wrapping around his shoulders and gripping tight. With a groan of
surrender, he slid his tongue along hers and hauled her flush against him.
This was what had driven him
crazy the night they’d met. This was what had kept her in his waking dreams
since. This was what was making him dizzy now.
Of course, a little voice at the
back of his mind whispered, this was also what had led him into trouble in the
He had to stop kissing her. To find
the strength to pull away and explain everything. Oh, but her mouth and what it
was doing to his was divine…
Mind you, Harper finds herself pretty tempted by Nick at various points in their story as well...
Harper watched Nick and tried to
keep her breathing under control. Being so close to him on the sofa as she’d
pretended to watch TV had set every single nerve ending she had on edge. And
then he’d fed her ice cream… Her skin yearned for his touch, but if she gave in
now, all would be lost—she might not be able to pull back.
Then she noticed the strong,
insistent beat of his pulse at the base of his neck. The tension in his muscles
as he held himself in check. The way his gaze smoldered.
And she forgot what they were
“Nick?” she asked, her voice
“What would happen if we gave
His gaze flicked to her mouth
then back to her eyes. “Gave in to what?”
“To this.” She motioned back and
forth with a finger. “To what’s burning between us.”
He swallowed hard. “You really
want to know?”
“Yeah, I do,” she whispered.
He looked down at her in the dim
light of the kitchen, then lowered his head until his lips brushed over hers,
just once. “This.”
A sigh built within her and escaped
her throat as she leaned into him. “Oh. This is a good plan.”
Now, I might never have met a "wrong twin" in real life, but I do find myself familiar with the concept of temptation - and not just over chocolate. There's also the stationary aisles at Officeworks, and every time I see a book on sale, and all the dogs I want to adopt on a daily basis.
But what about you? What tempts you? I'm curious!
Oh I am looking forward to this one and as for temptations I think I am with you on the same things chocolate and ice-cream for me as well and who can resit buying new books even though I am already way behind in my reading and pets I really have to curb that one :)
Helen, we have all the same vices! And I'm not very good at curbing any of them either... :)Delete
I want to read this bookReplyDelete
Tammy, hearing that has made my day. Thank you! :)Delete
Rooowwwrrrr, Rachel! Right now I am tempted to keep on reading this story, even though I know I shouldn't. And can't (when is release date, pretty please???) This is my life: no willpower. Whether it is a tempting book, a TV series, a packet of biscuits...once opened, there is no going back. I cannot stop at one chapter, one episode, one TimTam.ReplyDelete
Now, off to order a little something tempting...
Bron, release is August but I think the eBook is available now. Oh, TV series! Yes! I forgot to add that one. In fact, I just binged on season 2 of Jane the Virgin. Series 3 isn't available on DVD until Sept, or I'd still be binging...Delete
It *is* available now. It is also sitting on my Kindle, taunting me with its sultry siren call. *Read me, read me, read me.*Delete
Re series: there are several I've been recommended and which I really, really want to try but I'm afraid. If I become obsessed there's season after season after season and I may never sleep until I'm caught up!
Bron, you just made me squee!Delete
Yeah, that lack of sleep to watch another episode is a slippery slope, isn't it?
I love wrong twin stories, Rach!ReplyDelete
At the moment I'm tempted by a house on the beach I cannot afford but want really really bad!
A house on the beach? Well, I think you should buy it so I can visit (though that doesn't help with the affording aspect). ;)Delete
Rach, I'm supposed to be working and now I'm tempted to head off and find your book to glom onto. Temptation is my middle name - books, food, 'just once' treats, you name it. Stopping a book after a really hook of a chapter end is just impossible for me.ReplyDelete
Annie, yes! Stopping at the end of a chapter is really hard. I often read past the point where my eyes start closing because I'm sure I can fit in one. More. Page.Delete
You have done something that nobody else has been able to achieve before and that is get me to read a series out of order. The title of this book is tempting enough for me to read before the other ones.ReplyDelete
My temptations are books, food, animals, online games, word puzzles, music and falling in love with men who don't love me back, except for my soulmate, but he chose death over me unfortunately.
I've known two sets of twins who were apparently identical to everyone but me for some reason. I used to think everyone was having a lend of me when they couldn't pick them apart. Even in photos they weren't identical to me. I think I'm more observant than other people at times.
Therese, how cool that I tempted you to read out of order! :)Delete
We have some of the same temptations, though I think your one of falling in love with men who don't love you back is a seriously inconvenient one!
I had friends in high school who were identical twins, but I got to know one first, so when I met her sister, I could immediately see the differences since my friend's face was familiar. It would always surprise me that people (including teachers) couldn't tell them apart. I'm betting you would have been able to tell them apart!
That's why I've given up on men and given in to many other temptations instead.Delete
Can't think about temptations just now. Too absorbed in your scenes!! So much fun to read.ReplyDelete
Lol, Laura! So glad Nick and Harper's temptations are proving tempting. :)Delete
LOVE these scenes, Rach! Can't wait to read this one. :-)ReplyDelete
Temptations -- seriously, how can you not eat the entire packet of chips? One whiff of a hot cinnamon doughnut and I'm a goner. And I'm with Bron on TV series, I always want to watch one more episode. :-)
You know, I was never much of a chip fan - with the exception of an occasional bag of salt and vinegar, naturally - but I've been finding all these divine flavours recently, like caramelized onion and mustard, and sea salt and rosemary. Seriously, I could now develop a chip addiction!Delete
Rachel, I love a 'wrong twin' story - the title of this one is very tempting.ReplyDelete
I find it very difficult to resist home baking - probably the most powerful of the sugary creations that tempt me!
Kandy, home baking is the best! If only I could do it a little better. Perhaps I need to develop an addiction to the baking aspect so I can do more of the eating part...?Delete