Title: The Seduction of Kinley Foster
Author: Lisa Wells
Release date: 5/9/16
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Genre: Romance (Adult)
Source: eARC provided by publisher/NetGalley
About the book:
Librarian Kinley Foster wants to write erotic romance—the steamy, sexy, curl-your-toes kind of stuff. The problem? She desperately needs a little erotic inspiration. And at a romance convention in Vegas, she finds it…or rather him. The sizzlingly sexy guy who refused Kinley—and her virginity—when she was sixteen.
Now it’s time for a little payback.
Literary agent Ian Thompson is a professional. Mentoring an aspiring author is one thing. Giving her a thorough and thoroughly satisfying sexy education is quite another. Especially when she’s as stunning and deliciously curvaceous as Kinley. Yet Ian can’t help himself when Kinley makes him a wager he can’t resist. A wager that will tempt Ian to cross every professional—and every sensual—boundary in the book…
This was a fun contemporary romance with a mature rating. It kept me engaged, at one point I looked at my e-reader and was at 38% and the next time I looked I was at 71%! I was definitely entertained.
I did have a few issues with the characters. Ian is 6 years older than Kinley. When he refused to sleep with it her in the past he was 22 and she was 16. Ten years later she’s still angry about this and can’t see that he made the right choice. Ian is Kinley’s brother’s best friend and Kinley is also still angry because that same night 10 years ago it appeared that Ian slept with her brother’s fiancée (causing the wedding to be called off). For someone who holds a grudge this long and won’t listen to explanations or reason she is very quick to share a hotel room with Ian when there’s a mix up with her reservation. From Ian’s perspective, he’s still hung up on a girl he knew when she was 16. He hasn’t talked to Kinley in 10 years and only knows about her from what her brother has told him. I get being hung up on an old crush, but both of them move pretty quickly feelings wise without really getting to know each other.
My other issue is that Kinley went to this conference for professional reasons, and while she did meet with a pretty sure thing publisher (Ian) and we do see a bit of her attending the workshop sessions, it really didn’t feel like she was taking the conference and networking portion of being there seriously. And maybe she wasn’t, but I’d expect someone who paid to attend a conference to want to spend more time there doing the conference things (but I’m an A-type personality so that might be part of it!).
Overall it’s an enjoyable read with a happy ending. There’s a bit of D/s talk and action in the story, but it’s very mild and more comes off as the characters thinking they should be into it as a “kink” as opposed to really being a feature of their relationship. And it’s definitely a mature read 😉
This book is part of a series, What Happens in Vegas, of books written by different authors and connected by the Las Vegas romance book convention. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the others books as I love interconnected stories like this.