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Peek Inside Tempted by Trouble

Sparks fly when billionaire Marco Capello is forced into giving sanctuary to his nemesis, British socialite Pippa Rowantree,at his lush Caribbean estate. She almost ruined his life once and he refuses to let history repeat itself—but there’s so much more to the troubled it-girl than meets the eye...

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Socialite Pippa Rowantree has always provided excellent fodder for the UK’s gossip rags. After another unfortunate scandal sends the gossips into a feeding frenzy, her shamed family retaliates by forcing her into hiding at old family friend Marco Capello’s lush Caribbean estate—literally the last place on earth she wants to be.

As far as Marco’s concerned, wild child Pippa has ruined his life once and he’ll be damned if he lets her do it again. But it’s hard to reconcile the adolescent he knew with the mature, beautiful woman who stands before him. Soon he’s questioning if everything the media is claiming about PIppa is the truth or if he should trust his heart.


"Ok, Marco redeemed himself. I enjoyed this fast-paced, angsty read." - Manga Maniac Cafe

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660544
Release Date: Mar 11, 2013
Page Count: 173
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers

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By StMargarets January 26, 2018

Poor little rich girl is in trouble again and the hero is coerced by his mother to allow her to stay at his Grand Cayman island retreat. Heroine is being prosecuted for assault by her restaurateur boss after he beat her up for resisting his advances. She hit him on the head with a pan (Skillet alert ...more

By Fiona April 02, 2013

This is a lovely story of two people who have lots of history. The early history when Pippa is a youngster is good, but as motherless Pippa's life spirals out of control their friendship is destroyed.

The last straw, at her 18th birthday, almost destroyed Marco's life while his reaction to the events ...more

By Alex is The Romance Fox April 21, 2014

Wonderful debut novel by my new favorite M&B authors.

Two people with a history together.

Pippa, is such a damaged soul. She’s had so much heartbreak and loss in her life and the only way she fights has led her on a path of self-destruction.

To escape the hounding paparazzi after her last disaster, she ...more

By Aimee March 12, 2013

Pippa Rowantree’s life really can’t get any worse. Since her mother died, her father shunned her and all her attention seeking attempts publically ruined her reputation. Tempted by Trouble begins with Pippa flying out to the Caribbean to stay with her childhood crush to recover from an assault.

Marco ...more

By Jenee -Jenee's Book Blog April 06, 2013

“You are not alone. You are not adrift.”-Marco
This story is about a lost little girl who acted out her entire life to get the attention of the people who were supposed to be there to love her . There are so many times while reading this book that I just stopped and thought about how I would feel if ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) March 18, 2013

4 stars

Ok, Marco redeemed himself. I enjoyed this fast-paced, angsty read.

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I love the premise for Tempted by Trouble. Pippa is a socialite who has gained notoriety due to her bad behavior. I have to admit that I was drawn to this book because I was hoping Pippa would be bad. No such luck. ...more

By Erotica Book Club July 15, 2013



By Michelle Smart

Pippa Rowantree has loved Marco Capello for years and when he knocked her back on her 18th birthday she went off the rails and became a wild child, now she has settled down but finds herself accused of assaulting her boss.

Pippa c ...more

By Dalia April 03, 2013

Michelle Smart's debut novel is a great book, rich with layers of emotions and a high level of tension. The characters are well- rounded. Pippa and Marco have a lot of bad history separating them. After the death of her mother and the indifference of her father, Pippa had a "colorful" teenage and sh ...more

By Anna July 11, 2013

Tempted by Trouble is a rather difficult book for me to rate. And it's difficult because even though I really enjoyed reading it, there were some aspects of the story that made me want to bang my head on any available surface! And the main thing that made me feel that way was Marco, the main hero of ...more

By Stephanie March 23, 2013

Marco isn't happy to have to be a babysitter for his spoiled rotten stepsister. He is only doing this as a favor to his mother but he's also got his own agenda and thoughts when it comes to this PITA woman. He's made up his mind about her and no one is going to change it. After all she managed to ru ...more

By Janna May 06, 2013

Tempted by Trouble is a romance that will pull on your heart strings and bring out a myriad of emotions in you. Michelle Smart does a wonderful job of creating a love story that centers on a woman who has had to deal with the loss of a mother, and the effects that loss has had on her life as she str ...more

By Melody March 31, 2013

Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Let me just say, I'm so sorry for putting Tempted by Trouble by Michelle Smart off. Seriously LOVED this book, I couldn't put it down, even with the headache. This tempting story is worth the time to read. Let me share what this story is about and my thoughts.

Pip ...more

By CoffeeTimeRomance September 04, 2013

Marco Capello remembers Pippa as a spoiled little rich girl who cared for no one but herself. When she comes to stay with him and his mother, he soon discovers she is a beauty that has been judged wrongfully. Pippa Rowantree has always felt unloved since the death of her mother. After she finds hers ...more

By April March 30, 2013

This book started out with Pippa being bailed out of jail for assault on her boss and being shipped to the Grand Caymans to stay with Marco. Seven years ago a drunken Pippa threw herself at Marco and he rejected her. The last place she wanted to be was close to Marco. Pippa grew alone after her moth ...more

By Nancy May 28, 2013

** ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a honest review**

Pippa at 8 years old when she falls in love with Marco at the wedding of her dad and his aunt, after losing her mom. Marco is ten years older and the only one who reaches out to her.

Growing up feeling so lost, Pippa spends he


By Tracey March 18, 2013

A sensual and emotional read.
Shunned socialite Pippa always attracts the wrong kind of attention in attempt to achieve the love and affection she craves. The devastating loss of her mother also brings the emotional loss of her father. He is distant and aloof so Pippa turns to extreme behaviour to cl ...more

By Love N. Books April 04, 2013

Oh Marco, Marco, Marco. So much anger. So much aggression. So much sexiness. Honestly you can’t help but hate Marco at first… seriously… what an ass. I promise he does redeem himself.

And Pippa… wow. What a hot mess. You can’t help but love her even though you want to hate her.

These two have more his ...more

By Jane May 05, 2013

Pippa Rowantree has loved Marco Capello for years and when he knocked her back on her 18th birthday she went off the rails and became a wild child, now she has settled down but finds herself accused of assaulting her boss.

Pippa comes to stay with Marco to recover from her trauma she finds that she ...more

By Silvia March 01, 2015

4 - 4.5 STAR

it was a sad story but ended up was tough for pippa, shes a billionaire daughter but her father hate her and she wanted to try to become independent woman but a lot of obsticle always come to her, papparazi, her boss at work and all that made her name bad for police ...more

By Sue March 13, 2013

Pippa, a UK socialite, is no stranger to the papparazi. Any mistake she makes, perceived or real, are photographed and publicized. She has tried to straighten her life out for the last 5 years, but people will see what they want and expect to see. Pippa discovers this with the latest incident that h ...more

By Carmen April 04, 2013

If you like your romance with tons of tension, emotion and a hot Alpha male, you’ll love Tempted by Trouble. I know I did.

The heroine Pippa has such a sad story, and I liked her instantly. The hero, Marco, is also very engaging, and from the beginning I knew there was more to him. They are both mult ...more

By Ana December 04, 2015

The story wasn't bad but language too soft and proper for my taste. Well, very British-like ;) I rooted for Pippa all the way long despite her faults and early age shenanigans. Her and Marco's hot'n'cold relations took a bit too much space in the book, BUT I have to admit it is a good read for rainy ...more

By Inara June 30, 2013

I've been reading a lot of samples lately and not finishing anything...until Tempted by Trouble sucked me in! Really reminded me of the old Harlequin Presents I grew up reading (and adored). Love the misunderstood heroine, classic alpha male, and HEA they really earned. Thanks for a couldn't-put-it- ...more

By Jennifer June 30, 2013

I loved this book! A lovely, heartwarming story about two people meant for each other with a feel good ending that will make you smile. Michelle gives us a flawed heroine who redeems herself and makes us all root for her. Am definitely looking forward to more Michelle Smart books! ...more

By Melissa May 21, 2013

The book was good.Pippa and Marco's story was endearing. ...more

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Michelle Smart

About the author

Michelle Smart

Michelle Smart’s love of books began as a baby when she threw her teddies out of the cot and cuddled her books instead. This love for all things wordy has never left her. When not reading, she loves nothing more than creating worlds of her own featuring handsome, arrogant heroes and the sparkly, feisty women who refuse to take crap from them. Michelle lives in England with her extremely tolerant husband, two young sons and two gerbils. Michelle is allergic to housework. You can follow Michelle on twitter @chellebellwrite or visit her website

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