A Proper Seduction by HelenKay Dimon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Don’t get even. Get everything…
Even before her bad marriage ended, Lauren MacDonald lost everything—her job, her friends, her self-esteem, and her sexual appetite. Now that she’s finally free, she’s struggling to regain control of a life her ex did his best to destroy.
The plan: sex with Justin Scott, her ex’s business partner. The man her husband invited into their marital bed, forcing her to realize it was time to get out. Justin was the star of the fantasies that helped her endure her marriage, so she can’t deny she wanted him—but not like that. She wants him like this—alone. In her bed. For exactly three nights.
Justin screwed up with Lauren, and in the past she’s made no secret of the fact she loathes him. So when she walks into his office flashing miles of long, lean legs, his brain cells misfire. Three nights of meaningless sex? He’s all over it. Not only does he have the chance to unleash his desire for her, it’s the opening he’s been waiting for—to convince her to give him more.
A story to stick with you long after the last page.
I love stories where the heroine and hero are pushed out of their comfort zones. A Proper Seduction is one of those stories. I also loved the subtext to this tale. The characters are relatable. Lauren married a cretin and lost her identity because of his shady actions. Justin added to her frustration, but he never gave up on loving her. The emotional stress between them is striking. I very much wanted to see them do more than give into their physical needs, but I totally understood why they acted as they did.
Lauren is a wounded woman. Gavin shredded her spirit by making her take part in voyeuristic sex with another man. She gave up her everything to be the dutiful wife to him. I liked that she was relatable. How many women go into a relationship and sacrifice everything for the man? Lots.
Justin is a well developed character. He knows he loves Lauren, but because of his past interactions with Gavin, he’s blacklisted. The means by which he goes to prove his true emotions are passionate and easy to understand. I wanted to see them get together on an emotional level faster. The ending was great and not what I expected.
If you want a hot, hot, hot story, then you need to read A Proper Seduction. I give this book 4 cherries.