She's trapped with a man she hates...and can't resist.
When cruise ship turbulence sends children’s charity guru Mercedes Vega—and her tropical cocktail—flying into a mysterious stranger, she’s convinced her free vacation is a dream-come-true. But Lucas Bellamy isn’t just sexy as sin and richer than God. He’s her business rival, determined to outbid her charity for the land she desperately needs…a fact she doesn’t learn until after a night of mind-blowing, toe-curling sex. Unwilling to give up, she formulates a plan to make the charming playboy fall in love with her and back out of the property deal.
Lucas is drawn to Mercedes, but he won’t stand down—after all, he has promises of his own to keep. But one scintillating night with the enigmatic brunette leads to another, and before long, it’s unclear who’s seducing who, leaving Mercedes wondering whether the man she’s supposed to hate is the only salvation from her past.
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Guest Review by Michelle Tikal:
A successful adaptation of two different popular themes, Seducing Her Rival is sleeping with the enemy turned modern day fairytale. Protagonist, Mercedes Vega, is a charity worker living on a meager income looking for absolution from past sins and her male counterpart, Lucas Bellamy, is a billionaire playboy who doesn’t have time or an interest in love. Here’s the catch – after a connection is made and one hot and steamy night is spent together, both come to realize that the two are competitors vying for the same property. The best part? The story is set on a cruise ship which means the two are trapped together for seven days of seduction, sexual tension, and sensuality.
I liked the dynamic between Mercedes and Lucas. There is an instant attraction, chemistry that just won’t quit, and a connection that is hard to deny. Mercedes is a smart, confident, driven woman who doesn’t let her economic status determine her self-worth or let it derail her goals of building a successful charity and providing a safe haven for children. I liked that Mercedes wasn’t always tough as nails though; she has a weakness which turns out to be a pretty intense fear of heights but with Lucas’ help she finds she can overcome her anxiety.
Lucas is a sexy, savvy businessman with a philanthropic, softer side. He is sweet, thoughtful, encouraging and tender. Lucas isn’t without fear himself, but in order to overcome his, he must trust Mercedes with his heart. In each, the other finds their match: intellectually in witty repartee, socially in their community consciousness, and of course sexually in a sense of fulfillment not previously achieved. Although this was a modern variation on a classic tale I found the relationship that blossomed to be genuine and realistic.
I found the charity aspect of the story to be a fresh take on the standard rich man/poor girl theme. I’m usually not too overly impressed with the billionaire who showers the girl he just met with expensive gifts, but when it seems that both of these characters were more interested in putting that money to good use, it was much more interesting, something new and a nice twist. The romance was both hot and sweet and the storyline is just the right mix of a traditional Cinderella story and contemporary romance. It was a good, easy read with likeable characters, an interesting plot and just enough whimsy to be fun yet believable.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
About Michelle Tikal:
I am a stay at home mother of three small children. I met my husband in high school and we have been together for almost 15 years now. I love to read and whenever I have free time (is there such a thing?) I can always be found with my reader in hand. I love contemporary and New Adult romance, the more angst the better. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and cannot pass up a hot rocker read.
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