Monday, September 5, 2016

Book Review - Tempting Isabel by Rissa Brahm & Giveaway

 About Rissa Brahm

Contemporary romance writer Rissa Brahm grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond. e beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—the core setting of her hot & heartfelt debut series, Paradise South—is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home.

When not chained-by-choice to her MacBook, she is embarking on out- door adventures with her husband and little girl, laughing to tears with a good rom-com, eating amazing Indian food with something chocolate for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home again.

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Review by Anniek

Isabel lives in Puerto Vallarta and is a successful wedding planner. Ever since she can remember bad things happen around her. Because of Isabel's bad luck the locals think that she is cursed. Even her own family has abandoned Isabel to steer clear of her curse. Isabel lives in a condo by the sea, a house she inherited from her grandfather. It's a secluded place and that's just how Isabel likes it. There's nobody close enough to get affected by her bad luck. When it comes to her love life Isabel has one rule, one night only is all she can have. After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident on their wedding day Isabel doesn't allow herself to fall in love again.

Zack has been to Puerto Vallarta many times. His father walked out on his family when Zack was only 17 years old, leaving him to care for his younger brother and his mother. Because his father abandoned them Zack's mother drifted into a depression, putting a lot of pressure on Zack, who needed to become the man of the house. Zack has done well in business and he is now a multimillionaire. Zack has always taken care of his younger brother, Darren. Now Darren is getting married on Puerto Vallarta and it promises to be a big and expensive wedding. Zack has had his share of women, but never truly believed in love, until he meets Isabel. For the first time in his life Zack is feeling things he would never have considered possible. Zack has always been successful in business and in life. His mother calls him her lucky charm. Will Zack be the one who balances out the bad luck Isabel is having?

Isabel comes from a big family of twelve children but she only has connections with two of her brothers and one sister. This really broke my heart. I believe that family should stick together, but everyone else walked away, so they wouldn't risk getting damaged by her hex. It's awful they did this to her and it's something she doesn't deserve at all. Isabel is a gorgeous young woman, with beautiful curves and a good head on her shoulders. She is confident about her looks and her work, I liked that about her. Isabel is terribly clumsy and bad stuff does happen around her. This creates some hilarious situations. When Isabel meets Zack she immediately feels drawn to him, but Isabel is terrified of letting him come close.

Zack has been hurt by his father in the past, but he didn't let their history define him. Instead of feeling bad for himself Zack made sure that he and his family would have a good life. Zack is caring towards his family and loved ones. Even though he has never been in love he treats women with respect and never looks down on them. Zack is a catch. He is handsome, he has a great body and he's is also sweet and thoughtful. Zack won't let Isabel get away from him. He will do anything to make her see what their souls already know.

Rissa Brahm has chosen the perfect setting for her story. Puerto Vallarta sounds beautiful, it's such a wonderful romantic place. I loved the fact that Isabel lives near the ocean. I love the ocean as well and can watch the water for ages, letting the sounds soothe and calm me. Zack and Isabel are attracted to one another and the chemistry between them can be felt throughout the story, which is something I loved. Tempting Isabel is a beautiful story about two souls that find each other at last. Fate is helping them a little and I enjoyed that very much. Zack and Isabel deserve to be together. They are doing well on their own, but are even better as a pair. They complete each other. Tempting Isabel is a must-read for everyone who loves to read romantic stories. This is the first book I've read by Rissa Brahm but it certainly won't be my last. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.


One very lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, the complete Paradise South series, consisting of 3 eBooks, by Rissa Brahm and a copy of Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye (one of Rissa Brahm's all time favorite books).


  1. I finshed Tempting Isabel last week and I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I totally plan on checking out Rissa Brahm's other books.

    1. Hi Rhiannon! Thanks for trying out my work and so glad you enjoyed! Do check out the next in the series <3 I feel, and it seems readers agree, that my stories and writing style get better the more I write (as with anything ;) Taking Jana is the second in the series :) Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  2. Excellent review!!! This book is one of my all-time favorites. Rissa has a truly incredible talent for writing LOVE. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!!

  3. First of all, the succer for covers in me has to phrase those covers!! Aren't they just beautiful??
    Really good review! I like how you liked the setting. I only recently realized (or maybe I became more critical as a reviewer and started to pay more attention to it) that the setting in the book is really important for me. If the book happens for example in Spain just for sake of happening there, that won't impress me. But if the author describes the place in a way that it makes me feel like I'm there, the book will have a "+" from me. If while reading I learn something I didn't know about the place in the book and about ppl who live there, that's a double "+".

    1. Thank you, Anniek and Irena, for the incredible compliments you've given my covers! I am also in love with them ;) and owe unending gratitude to my designer Alisha! And re: setting, Puerto Vallarta is in my heart, my muse...I am delighted readers are feeling that from the story! Happiest reading always! Rissa