Tartan Temptation is an erotic romance novel written by Kayden Claremont. It follows the main character Cora Siegfried who has after many years returned to the seaside town she used to spend her holidays to sell her father’s property after his death. She hates every aspect of being there and wants it to be resolved as soon as possible so she can return to her busy, stressful life as a financial planner in the big city. She immediately reunites with her childhood crush Brodie Murdock who is quite keen on spending time with her. There is a clear sexual tension between them but they both fight it, at least until it just becomes too much.
Tartan Temptation certainly is not the book I expected it to be. I was aware it would be smut when I requested it on NetGalley, but I thought it would revolve around Scotts, as the title and the description suggested, so I was quite confused when it was in the first chapter said that the main male protagonist Brodie Murdock, who wears a kilt, is not even Scottish. I found the later said reason for him wearing a kilt quite unbelievable.
This was not one of the best books I have read. The plot was evolving really fast, which made it unnatural and even cringy sometimes. Also, I understand that this is an erotica novel, but I really feel as if the two main characters were only ever thinking about sex. They were one-dimensional and flat. Their thoughts were kind of childish, but at the same time unimaginably dirty. I sometimes even saw them as animals unleashed.
The parallel plot involving Brodie Murdocks secret was forced and I think even unnecessary since it did nothing to better the reader’s understanding of the main characters. The paranormal subplot is quite flat and thinks it deserved a lot more explaining to fully understand the logic behind it.
This book seemed almost as if it was just an early draft of a book yet to be written. It had a lot of potentials, but it was not fulfilled. In addition, I did find a few grammatical errors.
In conclusion, I cannot say that I hated this book since that is not the truth. I actually quite enjoyed reading it. It was an amusing quick read. I would only recommend Tartan Temptation if that is exactly what you are looking for – a quick and an amusing read. If you are however more interested in reading something more mature and complex I would put this one aside.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.