The Consequence of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken – Excerpt and Katie’s Review

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Why I read it

I absolutely ADORE Rachel Van Dyken books!

What it’s about

Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

But once Reid breaks into the big time, can they turn their made-for-the-media romance into a forever love?

What I rated it

5 stars

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Excerpt

Jordan’s body responded to my every single touch and caress.

“Now I know why you’ve never had to ask a girl on a date.” She hooked her legs around me and wrapped her arms around my neck, her tongue intertwining with mine, sucking, so. Damn. Hard that I couldn’t help but keep moaning. The things that woman could do with her mouth.

I deepened the kiss, my hands reaching for the clasp of her bra. I flicked it off. Jordan immediately froze. Her hands quickly covered her breasts.

“What are you doing?” I tried prying her hands free.

“Too fast.” She nodded, her cheeks staining with color. “You know for our, uh, date night.”

“Move your hands.”

“No.”

“Jordan.”

“Reid.” She laughed nervously.

“Fine.” I nodded. “I didn’t want to have to do this.”

Jordan frowned.

I raised my hand.

She frowned harder.

I flipped her onto her stomach and slapped her ass. Hard.

“What are you doing?” she yelled.

“Why, sweetheart . . .” I kissed her ear. “I’m taming.”

“The hell you are!”

“You like it.” Another swat. “And I’m barely spanking you, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Cover them up again and I won’t be responsible for my actions.”

“But—”

I flipped her back around. “But what?” I honestly wanted to know why a girl that gorgeous would cover up.

“It’s just that—” Jordan chewed her lower lip. “I’m the lights-off girl.”

“Lights off?”

“Yeah.” She shrugged a shoulder as more color stained her cheeks. “You know, the girl you don’t really notice right away until you’ve had one too many, then you take her home and have your way with her—in the dark.”

Horrified, I could only stare in shock. “Please tell me that hasn’t actually happened.”

“Reid.” She shoved me away and started to get to her feet. “Look, I’m not stupid, okay? And I’m not even that insecure anymore. I know how guys think, all right?”

“Oh, yeah?” I stood, pulled her flush against my very hard body. “What am I thinking about right now?”

“ESPN?”

“Damn.”

Her shoulders deflated. “See?”

I burst out laughing. “Honey, we have a pretty big problem if ESPN gets me this excited, don’t you think?”

“Hey, sometimes baseball just does it for people.” She gave me a sexy-as-hell smile. “It’s not your fault you like balls.”

“I can’t believe you just challenged my manhood when it’s saluting you like that. Damn, woman, I’m basically giving you the equivalent of a high five and a home run all in one and you’re making jokes?”

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Katie’s Review

I haven’t laughed this hard since I read the last book in this series! Seriously, Reid and Jordan are hilarious! (OK, maybe Max steps in and could arguably be considered the funniest of the bunch, but still…)

Let’s start out by talking about Jordan’s hair. Since I can definitely sympathize with her, I really felt like this character could be written about me, and I loved that! My hair is no joke, unruly, thick, wavy and frizzy without the right care, so I could totally relate to the struggles of Jordan and her frizzy hair. Jordan seems to think she just blends in to the background, but from day one, Reid sees her. The real her. Reid is still in recovery from Grandma, but has found a way to move on with his life with minimal damage.

Reid has an image problem. Jordan could be the solution, posing as the shrew that Reid needs to tame. But once the two get together, the sparks are flying! (Or is that Jordan’s hair?) I loved the banter between Jordan and Reid, and of course the sparks left me with flushed cheeks!

I absolutely love when an author is not only able to write strong and connectable main characters, but have the talent to interweave into the story strong supporting characters. Rachel is no novice to this idea, and I can’t help but love the return of other previous main characters, but the insights into future leading men (and women!)

I have grown to absolutely love and adore all the characters in the Consequence series, and I cannot wait to read the next one! You will surely laugh, maybe cry, and definitely cringe at some of the hilarious shenanigans from Max and the gang!

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