Temptation Under the Sun (2022 Lifetime)

Temptation Under the Sun (2022 Lifetime)

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

While vacationing on an exotic island Detective Cassady Cruz begins a torrid affair with charming expat, Travis King, but when his ex-girlfriend, Minnie, winds up dead he is accused of her murder.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

“Detriot” Detective Cruz interrogates a man in a driveway, and it feels like a Law & Order knockoff without the law or order… or budget. Saying things like, “He’s as dirty as my week-old laundry.” (Yikes! ) The Detective never takes a vacation and is sent to St. Luke in the Caribbean by her Chief. 

Now just Cassady Cruz in plain civilian tropical attire, she catches the eye of a handsome man (In a beast, from Beauty and the Beast way) named Travis King, who buys her a drink and watches her the whole night from the bar. He invites her to go with him to see the coral reef after almost getting into a fight with a jock attempting to pick up Cassady. 

Cassady shows up at the boat early and sees Travis in all his glory. The man sleeps naked, and I’m not mad about it. (Even if he has NO booty.) They ride around on the boat and have a swell time with lots of sexual tension while talking about “sea legs.” Cassady asks him for a second date.

The next day they go out for the second date and see the police investigating a murder at the bar. Minerva is dead, and Travis’s knife is the murder weapon. He is in for questioning by the Chief and Constable Lynch. Cassady buts on her detective hat and acts like she knows all about Caribbean law. You are guilty if the police say you’re guilty. 

Cassady tells the Chief about a man she saw wearing a Panama hat and arguing about Island politics with Minerva before she was murdered. The police don’t want to hear it, but Travis’s friend Winson (Who is actually funny in this movie, which is hard to pull off in a Lifetime movie.) listens and assures her that Travis isn’t capable of killing Minerva.

The first suspect is Sean, the jock from the bar, because why not? Cassady also suspects the Chief might be involved too. 

When Travis is released from custody, he admits to having money trouble and being wanted by the IRS. (Of course, it isn’t his fault, his accountant did it!) she can’t call in support from the states because he is a wanted man. They fight, and Cassady tells him he is just an island fling. Travis is upset because they haven’t even flung yet. 

Cassady’s room is trashed and vandalized. “Go Home” is scrawled on the walls. The Chief comes to investigate and practically books her a ticket home, just to get rid of her. Cassady confronts Sean and Travis punches him in the face, then they run away. Cue a chase scene.

They get away and move on to a boat chase. The Chief leads them out into the ocean and then triggers a bomb he planted on the boat. Travis and Cassady jump off the boat and are presumed dead. 

They swim to shore and end up stranded on an island alone. They sleep together for warmth. The following day, a cellphone ringing wakes Cassady up and tracks the sound, and falls right into a sunken pit. Travis tries to pull her out but falls in as well. To get out, they take off their clothes to make a rope made out of clothing. (This scene is set to sexy music. Who can be sexy in a time like this!?!?!) 

Cassady and Travis attempt to climb out of the pit but give up and have sex instead. They do eventually get out and are saved by Winston, who is highly annoyed by their lovey-dovey behavior. They tell Minerva’s father-in-law that the Chief tried to kill them and most likely killed Minerva. The motive is for land or money or something, who cares!

They set up a sting on the Chief, sending in Winston as bait. Cassady records his bad behavior on her phone, and then they come out to confront him. It doesn’t go well when Sean and his gym boyfriend show up to feed them to the sharks.

Cassady grabs the gun and takes control of the situation because she is a Detriot Cop; let’s not forget! The Chief is arrested, and Travis is exonerated. 

Travis and Cassady walk away hand in hand. Ultimately their relationship can’t last because Cassady has to return to her job. She leaves him there shirtless and sweaty. 

Two months later, the bar is reopened and managed by Travis. 

Side Note

The leads had some decent chemistry, which means they probably hated each other in real life. 

The soundtrack was straight out of The Little Mermaid. 

Detroit AND Caribbean accents?!?!? Lifetime. 

Minority Report: Winston, Minerva, Lynch

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*** I’ve updated the rating system moving forward. Knives represent # of kills. Wine is over enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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