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Peek Inside Tempted by a Touch

People keep dying around Harper MacLain. Try as she might, she can’t stop bad things from happening to those she loves. When her closely guarded secret lands her in the middle of her ex-boyfriend’s investigation, she’s in over her head. She hates that Detective Lucas Sullivan is in her life again, tempting her to fall back into bad habits...and his bed

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Some secrets kill…

People keep dying around Harper MacLain. Try as she might, she can’t stop bad things from happening to those she loves. When her closely guarded secret lands her in the middle of her ex-boyfriend’s investigation, she’s in over her head. She hates that Detective Lucas Sullivan is in her life again, tempting her to fall back into bad habits…and his bed.

When Harper left him, Lucas tried not to care, burying himself in his job instead. Then Harper became the job. Now they’re on the run, and all he can think about is keeping her safe…and his hands off her. Lucas knows she’s the key to solving his case, if he can keep them alive long enough to do it. And that’s the trick…because falling in love can kill you.

The An Unlikely Hero series is best enjoyed in order:
Reading order:
Book one: Betrayed by a Kiss
Book two: Tempted by a Touch
Book three: Seduced by Sin


"[Tempted by a Touch] is a romance with suspense and action that will keep you reading from beginning to end!" --Melanie, Goodreads

"This was my first Kris Rafferty, but it won't be my last! I liked the way this book was written; it caught my attention from the beginning." --Heike, Goodreads

"Tempted By a Touch is a non-stop action packed book that will tie up some loose ends from the previous book but will also shed light on the next book." --Teresa Jensen, Goodreads

"Great read, plenty of action and romance. [...] I started reading and didn't notice time passing till I was done." --Elaine Gore, NetGalley

"I loved this book!! It was so cute and fun! Second chances are one of my favorite! A thrilling ride you'll definitely want to go on!" --Danielle Bothwell, NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757691
Series: An Unlikely Hero, Book 2
Release Date: Oct 24, 2016
Page Count: 279
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, redemption

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By Eve (Between The Bookends) October 24, 2016




Trouble seems to follow Harper MacLain wherever she goes. Her overly trusting personality and trying everything to protect those she loves has landed her in a whole heap of trouble. Thrust into her ex-boyfriend Detective Lucas Sullivan's case. She fights the temptation to fall back into bad habits… ...more

By Natalie October 26, 2016

Ever since I read Betrayed by a Kiss back in August, this author has been on my radar. I eagerly awaited her next book in this series and I was NOT disappointed. Crazily intense chemistry and the push and pull of remembered pain and heartbreak were the makings of the relationship between the main ch ...more

By Chris October 21, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this book. It could be because I did not read book number one and that is critical to understand the concept of the story. I think that is a part two of the series needs to be highlighted a bit more so that the reader understands they're going to be missing a big portion ...more

By Teresa October 07, 2016

**I received a copy of Tempted by a Touch via Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary review of this book**

Tempted By a Touch is book two of the Unlikely Hero series by Kris Rafferty. I highly recommend reading the first book, Betrayed by a Kiss before diving into this book as it begins where the oth ...more

By Nikki October 24, 2016

I didn't realise that this was the 2nd book in an arc but I really enjoyed it and didn't feel too much out of the loop as there was enough recap within to wrap my head around.

Harper has had a tough year or so. She lost her sister-in-law, dumped her boyfriend, returned to her hometown and had to watc ...more

By Lori July 11, 2017

Wow! There was a lot to this story and a lot to pay attention to. I was really interested in how the story would play out, who was innocent, who was not, would Lucas and Harper find their happy ever after, what other secrets did everyone have?? Such a fun and exciting, not to mention sexy roller coa ...more

By Pamela September 12, 2020

Nice story

Lots of action as they try to find out who are the dirty cops. All the while, they are being chased. But who is actually after them, we do not find out till towards the end. Surprises made for a good book. ...more

By C October 02, 2016

via netgalley

really liked this book. good continuation

By Elizabeth October 24, 2016

**Disclaimer: This is the second book in the Unlikely Heroes series. While this could be read as a standalone due to the author supplying enough information to keep new readers in the loop, I highly recommend reading book one, Betrayed by a Kiss, first.**

A little over a year ago, Lucas, a detective, ...more

By Jessica November 03, 2016

I cannot get enough of this series. There are so many hidden secrets and dark truths to be uncovered that once I start reading, I can't stop. It's freaking awesome and highly addictive. I couldn't wait to see what Kris Rafferty had in store for me with the second installment, Tempted by a Touch.

Firs ...more

By Brigitte February 07, 2017

This is a continuation of book one and although it might be read as a standalone, it would be advisable to read book one first to get the full picture.

Lucas is a detective and has been working on a case involving corrupt cops.

Harper has a part time job whilst applying for a more permanent one. The ...more

By Nerdy Dirty & Flirty February 18, 2017

A complicated second chance…
Harper and Lucas were once a thing. Until they weren’t… They both had different ideas on what their future held so parting ways was probably the smart thing to do. Even if they both haven’t really moved on. This is the plot within a plot as they are brought together in a ...more

By Katie October 31, 2016

4 star review
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.
Tempted by a Touch is the second book in ‘An unlikely Hero’ series by Kris Rafferty. To fully understand the story you do need to read book 1 in the series first.
So this is Harper’s story and we first meet her in the first book as she ...more

By Mommaleena November 04, 2016

As I finish reading TEMPTED BY A TOUCH, I find myself still shaking my head and chuckling. I thoroughly enjoyed all the twists and turns this story provided. Although this is the 2nd book in the An Unlikely Hero series, each book is a standalone, full length story that can be enjoyed out of ...more

By Fizza October 23, 2016

It’s suspenseful romance novel. Lucas is a cop who is trying to apprehend dirty cops in his precinct. Things get very dangerous after Joe is murdered under the watch of police officers. His job is important to Lucas but more important is the safety of woman he loves. Now her life is danger because e ...more

By Valeen October 25, 2016

Tempted by a Touch is well written with lots of action and suspense woven in with steamy moments and emotional ties. Because I haven't read the first book of this series, I have to admit I was a bit lost in the beginning, but after I was into it a bit more I got past feeling lost. Detective Lucas Su ...more

By Patricia October 23, 2016

Definitely not a new concept but a great read anyway.

With a focused yet innocent outlook on life, Harper is a refreshing character. When she learns that her relationship with Lucas has no hope of fitting into her goals of family and children, she does the only thing her heart will allow her and move ...more

By Sparkymom October 22, 2016

Having not read the first book in this series, I must admit to feeling a bit out of the loop at first. It's almost as if this book just picks up right in the middle of where book one left off. Thankfully, everything eventually recaps, and I caught up to the ongoing parts of the storyline quickly. Ha ...more

By Samantha October 24, 2016

This is the second book in the Unlikely Hero series, and is a standalone, but I think that reading the first book would make this one a bit less confusing at first, since this is another piece to the puzzle we are introduced to in "Betrayed By a Kiss".

There is a lot of mystery to be unraveled with t ...more

By patrick October 27, 2016

Harper MacLaine and Lucas Sullivan dated and the night he was trying to figure out how to propose she broke up with him and moved from Boston to another town. Fast forward a year later and so much has happened in her life to her family and to top it off there is Lucas standing at her curb to take he ...more

By Denise October 27, 2016

Ugh seems to be my down fall of late on some of these series books-first miss that fact before I start and second smack my head when I realize it and am a quarter of the way in. Thank goodness in this one though she does supply enough info to where you are not drowning in dumbness but I know it woul ...more

By Denise October 17, 2016

Harper left Lucas because she finally realized that he would never want the family she has always wanted. Since then Harper and her family have gone through deaths, kidnapping, and betrayal and she couldn't turn to Lucas for help. However, when she lands in the middle of his investigation and he has ...more

By Jennifer October 24, 2016

Tempted By a Touch by Kris Rafferty is a good read filled with suspenseful moments. I had a little trouble getting into this story, but that could be due to the fact that this is the second book in the series. The one thing that I really liked about this story was that I had no clue who the bad guys ...more

By Heike October 03, 2016

**I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**

Tempted by a touch written by Kris Rafferty book#2 in “An Unlike Hero Series”

This was my first book by Kris Rafferty; I suggest to read “Betrayed by a kiss” before you will start this book.
Will there be a second chan ...more

By Vero December 14, 2016

This is Book 2 in the "An Unlikely Hero" Series. This book picks up exactly where the first one finished. Harper has left Lucas when she realized that they want different things, he will never want the family she craves. Then everything happens. There are deaths, kidnapping, betrayals and all kind o ...more

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Kris Rafferty

About the author

Kris Rafferty

Kris Rafferty was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the youngest of four in a rambunctious Irish-American family. She became obsessed with books early on, and remembers her first library adventure. She wrote her first story when she was six and never stopped. She received her BA at U/Mass Boston, married the love of her life, has three perfect children, and earned her third degree black belt in Parker American Kenpo Karate. She plays classical piano, loves road trips, and is a fanatic for warm water ocean. If she's not writing, she's reading all sorts of romance. Ms. Rafferty lives happily ever after in North Carolina, writing.

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