He bet on logic. She bet on love.
Romance author Seven Michaels believes in love to her very core. She has to–not only for herself, but for her readers. So when luxury salesman Blake Turner insults not only her books but the people who read them, Seven’s ready to throw down. How dare a playboy like Blake insinuate romance lovers are full of crap?
He wants proof? Fine. She bets Blake she can make him fall for her by using the rules in her latest novel before the end of the convention, or she’ll denounce love in front of all her fellow authors and fans at the Romance Lovers Convention ball. A dangerous game to be sure, but humiliating Blake is worth the risk.
But when Seven realizes she’s the one who’s being seduced, she’s no longer sure who is playing whom…or whether she’ll have a career when the bet is over.
Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley
Taking place over a long Vegas weekend, the romance in this book was always going to be a little rushed, yet despite the instant attraction between the characters – well, on Seven’s part at least – there is more to this little tale than a weekend romp and a HEA.
For one thing there’s the bet. Blake doesn’t believe in love or romance and has little time or patience for romance readers or authors. Determined to defend her fans and her work, Seven bets she can seduce any man over the weekend. If she wins Blake has to sell her book to his bosses, if he wins Seven has to announce to her fans that romance is dead and love doesn’t exist. To make things interesting the man she has to seduce is Blake – and the proof will be in the sex. If they sleep together Blake is admitting he has deeper feelings, which at least slows things down between them. Sort of.
What follows is fun and flirty, with shared meals and distracted meetings. I really liked Seven and her faulty speech filter that sometimes leads her to saying outrageous things – such as during their first meeting in the lift when Blake discovers she’s not wearing underwear. I loved how passionate she was about her books and her fans and the reason why the genre matters, despite how snooty Blake could be.
Ah, Blake. Sometimes I really liked him – other times I wanted to punch him. He’s arrogant and condescending and irritating and sweet and reluctantly romantic. I loved how Seven got under his skin and how reading her book helped change his outlook on life – even if his follow up behaviour made him look like a massive jerk.
I wish the scope of this series had allowed for a slightly longer time frame for the pair of them to deal with their bet, though, because even though the story is fun and their relationship has a great antagonistic teasing feel, it does all happen way too quickly. But when you only have a weekend together, I guess it’s important to make every moment count. One thing about the whole relationship I did like, however, was Seven’s insistence on respect. Without it anything between them was worthless – I can mostly forgive the accelerated time line for a romance like that.
Blake might not always be the best guy in the world, but if anyone can turn this alpha man into an alpha hero it’s Seven – and watching her try makes for an enjoyable escape. So if you’re looking for something short, fun and sexy, with a little Vegas magic thrown in and a romance built on respect, this book might just be the read you’re after.
Seducing Seven is out October 12th!
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