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Grounds for Seduction Paperback – March 20, 2017
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While attending a welcome home party for Maddie's brother, Eric, she happens upon Gabe, his sexy cop best friend. Wow, when did he get all swoon-worthy?? He's always been a relationship-phoebe and jumps from one girl to the next. Maybe he just may be the ticket Maddie is looking for. But he's Eric's best friend and he's always thought of her as the younger kid sister. How can she change his mind?? She sets out to seduce him. Using her best moves, Gabe proves to be immune to her advances. He thinks sleeping with her is a bad idea-even though she is tempting.
Things heat up when Maddie's business is robbed by the Espresso Bandit, and Gabe's arrival saves her from death. But the Bandit flees out the back door with her purse. He now knows where she lives. As she is the only person whose seen him, the cops put her under protection until the man is caught. Eric asks Gabe to personally watch over her, so she moves into his house. Things definitely heat up between the two. Feelings start getting in the way though, and lines become blurry. Maddie has another attempt on her life, so Gabe whisks her out of town. They hide away in seclusion at a friends cabin.
Gabe and Maddie's romance blossoms in the secluded cabin. They really get to know one another and talk about things no one else knows. Romantic dinners and walks on the beach-everything is like a dream. When they are forced back out of hiding to identify a suspect, things go sideways quick. Can they right the path given the obstacles thrown in their way??
I enjoyed Gabe and Maddie's romance! I rooted for these two from the start and their romance just flowed. I felt Maddie was immature at times and even naïve, but I liked her. There was no way Gabe wasn't going to fold to her seducing ways! They were hot together and sex was whew! give me a cigarette! Gabe was smitten right away-although he didn't want to admit it. He knew Maddie felt different to him. He wanted her with him so he could protect her and keep her from harm.
The ending was done well, the Espresso Bandit meets his match, but I didn't like Maddie's misplaced sediments towards Gabe after. Yes she comes around, finally, and we are treated to the ending our heart's want so bad! Definitely worth the time reading Grounds for Seduction! Grab an espresso and dive right in!
4 Stars/4 Flames
This book was gifted to me by the Jeep Diva for an honest review. The review and ratings are solely my opinions
Madison opens her new business, and though she can't make a cup of coffee to save her life, she's got Sarah, barista and much more. Meanwhile there have been a rash of robberies of coffee shops around Seattle and each one the violence has escalated. Gabe warns Madison to be careful. So not even open a full week for business, she's robbed. She's also the only one to see the perp and he's taken her handbag. It's decided to keep her safe that she live with Gabe. The shop is closed for a few days and Madison is honing her seduction skills. These two court and spark and there's steam o' plenty, no cappuccino machine needed.
Her brother is getting married, his bride tries to pair Gabe off with her maid of honor setting Madison on edge. These two are hiding their relationship (loose term). Madison shows her insecurities.
When the robber comes back during broad daylight with a gun, Gabe is grazed, no one else is hit and it's decided that they need to disappear for a week until they can catch this guy. They go up to Whidby to a cabin. Things seem to change for these two. I say seem to, these two have more mood swings that a roomful of menopausal women, but that's ok. Keeps the story going.
When they get the call that the bad guy's been arrested, they return home. Back to her apartment, she goes to shower and he leaves briefly and well.... let's just say you have to read the book. The ending is interesting.
I would have liked this book better had the focus been narrowed down just a tad. It's a good and quick read and I'd recommend it. You get a whole lot of steam and not a lot of coffee in your cup!
3.5 stars from me.
**arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchanged for a fair review**
Unfortunately for Madison, Gabe isn't about to embark upon anything with his best friend's little sister, so she has to try really hard to get him to go along with her plan for some no strings sex. If she hadn't needed protection after a man tried to kill her after breaking into her new coffee shop, she probably never would have gotten her chance for a rebound fling with the delicious Gabe.
I really like Gabe, and it's because of this I didn't rate Grounds for Seduction even lower, because he's so sweet, and has such a huge heart, not to mention, is seriously sexy. But, I absolutely cannot stand Madison, she brings the entire story down a couple notches. If I had liked her, I would have rated this at least 4 stars. The plot is nice, the execution is good, their chemistry is sexy, it's just that Madison is a ridiculous character. Rather than being strong, independent and sexy, she is actually whiny, entitled and bratty; she isn't a good match for someone like Gabe. But, because I connected so much to Gabe (hot cop alert!), I couldn't give it the 1 or 2 stars Madison deserves.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received through NetGalley.
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