SEDUCING THE PLAYBOY: Cooking at the Beach!

Seducing the Playboy


Seducing the Playboy CoverHot Nights
by Amanda Usen
Brazen, an Entangled Publishing Imprint
Genre: Contemporary Romance
E-Book  214 pages
Release Date: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-326-2

E-Galley provided by the publisher for a review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

The best desserts are worth the wait…

Pastry chef Jenna Cooper crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher when her older brother brought him home to share their family Christmas six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, and she won’t take no for an answer—for anything.

Out of the frying pan into the fire…

Roman has one hard and fast rule—don’t sleep where you eat. But he can’t say no to Jenna’s plea for him to help her save her family business. Soon she’s working for him, and their scorching chemistry melts Roman’s resistance.

If you can’t stand the heat…

Jenna knows Roman has reservations about enjoying the heat between them, but she’s got a plan. She’s going to keep this sexy man so satisfied in—and out—of the kitchen, he won’t regret a thing. But Roman has his own ideas. He wants more than a few hot nights, and he’s going to teach Jenna a lesson about playing with fire. (Entangled)


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square "my take"I enjoy culinary based romances because, hello, baked goods and sex.
Actually, it takes a while to get to the sex but the sexy times are quite titillating, especially romantic episodes on the beach.
I liked the last book in this series: it was a new adult about people beginning their careers in food service.  This is the same, except the male love interest,  Roman, has been in the restaurant business a while longer than Jenna.  But they both grew up in restaurant  families.

One thing that is really great is that Jenna is not a lost little girl, she sets goals and is very strong in getting what she needs to accomplish them.  Roman is at a crossroads in his life; he is in business with his mother and in rescuing a restaurant on Venice Beach, which is a fun town, he finds he can do nothing to please her.

A big thing in this novella, as it is in many romance books is the big brother, the little sister, and his best friend trope.  Roman’s best friend is Jenna’s big brother Cooper.  Now, I don’t have a brother, so I don’t know if this “if you do my sister I’ll kill you” thing is true.  it feels a little overdone as a trope in romance. After all, if some guy is good enough to be your best friend, why wouldn’t you want them to go out and fall in love, or lust?

Does anyone have a big brother and experienced this protective spirit either from the brother or perceived of as an issue by the guy you’re into??

I haven’t worked in a restaurant since 1981, and it barely qualified, but that part seemed right: the weird hours, the rhythm of the kitchen, the tools, etc. It does, perhaps, glamorize is a little bit.

The characters are not sketched out too much.  Jenna has some issues with being seen as flighty. Roman is seen as a playboy.  They are fairly typical of the kind of character they are supposed to be, and I didn’t feel any unique qualities. So it’s odd to feel their magnetic attraction.  Their interest in each other is well done, as is her insecurity after the fact.

Roman’s mother didn’t feel like a real person, either at a distance or when they meet up in Las Vegas.  She is too quick to recognize that what Jenna observes about her is true and takes it to heart too easily.  Scant character development  and quick turnaround are the bane of the short format erotic romance.  Authors can’t write Pride and Prejudice type stuff in 214 pages.

This is perfect as a light read; and great for situations where you want a book but know distraction is an issue (airplanes, beaches, waiting rooms) but it could make you hungry as they discuss delicious and upscale beach food and awesome desserts!


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