Review: Grounds for Seduction (Seattle Steam #1) by Shelli Stevens
Title: Grounds for Seduction
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Madison Phillips is focused on making her new coffee shop a success. She also wouldn’t mind if the sexiest cop in Seattle, Gabriel Martinez, would start seeing her as more than just his best friend’s little sister. When her shop gets robbed and she’s the only one who can identify the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, Gabe’s there to keep her safe. Having Gabe act as her personal bodyguard is certainly no hardship, and Maddy’s ready to try anything to tempt him into providing some hands-on protection.
Author: Shelli Stevens
Series: Seattle Steam #1
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: March 27th 2017
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 223 pages
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Madison, Maddie, is a twenty-five year old determined to make her way in the world after being raised with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. She spent a year in Italy, gets her MBA, and decides to open a coffee shop. After being recently dumped, she decides it’s time to date again-maybe a rebound guy??
While attending a welcome home party for Maddie’s brother, Eric, she happens upon Gabe, his sexy cop best friend. Wow, when did he get all swoon-worthy?? He’s always been a relationship-phoebe and jumps from one girl to the next. Maybe he just may be the ticket Maddie is looking for. But he’s Eric’s best friend and he’s always thought of her as the younger kid sister. How can she change his mind?? She sets out to seduce him. Using her best moves, Gabe proves to be immune to her advances. He thinks sleeping with her is a bad idea-even though she is tempting.
Things heat up when Maddie’s business is robbed by the Espresso Bandit, and Gabe’s arrival saves her from death. But the Bandit flees out the back door with her purse. He now knows where she lives. As she is the only person whose seen him, the cops put her under protection until the man is caught. Eric asks Gabe to personally watch over her, so she moves into his house. Things definitely heat up between the two. Feelings start getting in the way though, and lines become blurry. Maddie has another attempt on her life, so Gabe whisks her out of town. They hide away in seclusion at a friends cabin.
Gabe and Maddie’s romance blossoms in the secluded cabin. They really get to know one another and talk about things no one else knows. Romantic dinners and walks on the beach-everything is like a dream. When they are forced back out of hiding to identify a suspect, things go sideways quick. Can they right the path given the obstacles thrown in their way??
I enjoyed Gabe and Maddie’s romance! I rooted for these two from the start and their romance just flowed. I felt Maddie was immature at times and even naïve, but I liked her. There was no way Gabe wasn’t going to fold to her seducing ways! They were hot together and sex was whew! give me a cigarette! Gabe was smitten right away-although he didn’t want to admit it. He knew Maddie felt different to him. He wanted her with him so he could protect her and keep her from harm.
The ending was done well, the Espresso Bandit meets his match, but I didn’t like Maddie’s misplaced sediments towards Gabe after. Yes she comes around, finally, and we are treated to the ending our heart’s want so bad! Definitely worth the time reading Grounds for Seduction! Grab an espresso and dive right in!