Title: Planned Seduction
Author: Jess Dee
Series: Seduction Series #1
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 30th Jan
He has a offer she can’t refuse
Daniel Tanner’s been in love with Amy since they were teenagers, and he’s tired of being seen as the proverbial best friend. If she would only give him a chance to show her how good they could be together, that giving in to the fiery attraction between them won’t burn up and ruin their friendship.
Amy Morgan has had a front row seat to the parade of women coming in and out of Daniel’s life for years, and she’s not interested in risking their friendship for something that would eventually end in heartache. And that’s how it would end, because if Amy’s learned anything in life, it’s that men leave. She couldn’t handle having her heart broken by her best friend, even if the promise of untold passion is keeping her up nights.
But no one knows Amy better than Daniel, and he’s devised a plan to show her they can have it all.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
If you like a friends-to-lovers tale, then this definitely delivers that. Your mileage may vary, though, depending on how you view “romantic” manipulation and how willing you are to put up with a heroine who is being stubborn for the sake of stubbornness.
For me this was an okay read. I liked Daniel, even though I definitely wasn’t on board with some of his decisions when it came to seducing Amy. He seems like a decent guy, with a few hangups thanks to his sister’s childhood illness. He’s been in love with Amy forever, but only recently has come to realise that he needs to do something about it. Putting some of his methods aside, and considering he’s supposed to be the one with commitment issues, I did like his willingness to try and the fact he never gives up on Amy. Even when she deserves it.
Amy annoyed me. I could see why she didn’t want to lose Daniel as a friend after all those years, but once things change between them and it’s going so well, her inability to trust him really got on my nerves.
There is chemistry between them, which does lead to some nicely steamy scenes, but I wasn’t always convinced that these two were really the best of friends. Mostly because of how Amy treats Daniel, which isn’t always very well. Throw in that ending, which is a little rushed and not particularly reassuring in a romantic way, and I found this one okay. If you’re a fan of this trope, then you might like it more than I did depending on how you view the hero’s tactics and the heroine’s trust issues. Personally I found it enjoyable enough to read all the way to the end, but it’s not one I’d read again.
Planned Seduction is out January 30th.
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