Friday, November 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Seducing Her Rival by Seleste deLaney

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Seducing Her Rival
By:  Seleste deLaney
Published: October 28, 2013
By:  Brazen
Source:  Publisher
Mature Content: 18 & Up


She’s trapped with a man she hates…and can’t resist.
Mercedes boards a cruise frequented by investors with one goal: garner donations for the children’s charity she works for. The man who knocks her off her feet is not part of the plan. Sexy as sin and richer than God, Lucas sets off alarm bells in her head. But then he invites her to join him at the captain’s table to pitch her charity for an onboard fundraiser, and she decides Lucas might not be as bad as she thought.
Lucas is drawn to Mercedes’s spirit—and the fact she doesn’t recognize him. One scintillating night leads to another, but the afterglow is shattered when an early morning phone call reveals his identity as the man whose company is closing on the same property her charity needs.
Feeling betrayed, Mercedes storms out, but Lucas isn’t one to give up when something feels this right. And as much as she fights it, Mercedes can’t stay away from Lucas. But which one of them will seducing the enemy into surrendering? 

My Thoughts:

Seducing Her Rival by Seleste deLaney was a fast-paced, sweet, sexy, and spicy story about two characters that had a lot in common; most of all their passion to help others, and make the world a better place.  I was excited to jump right into this story, because I am a huge fan of Brazen!  This story was told from the dual perspectives of Mercedes Vega, and Lucas Bellamy.  Mercedes lives in Queen's, New York as both a secretary, and waitress.  On top of these two jobs, she donates all of her time and money in Better Todays, an organization that gives to children in need.  On the opposite end of the economic spectrum is Lucas, an extremely wealthy business owner,  and sexy playboy, who is known as one of the most sought after eligible bachelor's in his social circle.

Mercedes reluctantly takes an all expense paid cruise that she won in a raffle, when her best friend Kelsey convinces her to mix business with pleasure by networking, and gathering wealthy donations for their charity while on her cruise.  Lucas is on the cruise to check it out, and see if it's a good fit for a business venture that he is planning.  When Mercedes boards the extravagant ship, she quickly realizes that she is lacking her "sea legs," when she bumps in to a gorgeous man, Lucus, and spills her beverage all over his white shirt.  These two quickly share an intense mutual attraction, and their meeting ends with a dinner date where Mercedes can meet the Captain of the ship, and pitch her idea about organizing a fundraiser on board, for her charity.  

Pretty soon, Mercedes and Lucas begin spending a lot of time with one another.  These two have their secrets, and when Mercedes discovers that Lucas is bidding on the same property that she needs for her charity, she comes up with a plan; to seduce Lucas in to falling in love with her.  However, along the way, Mercedes realizes that life doesn't always turn out according to plan.  There were many elements that I enjoyed about, Seducing Her Rival.  For one, I enjoyed the sexy and playful banter between Mercedes and Lucas as they got to know one another.  These two had witty comebacks toward each other, which made their interactions together, all the more fun.  I enjoyed learning the back stories about why each of their charities were important to them, and seeing that they both were generous people, that shared similar passions.  I loved seeing how Mercedes and Lucas didn't want or expect much for one another, but after getting to know each other, they helped each other face their fears, learn to open up and take a chance on love, and become better people for having meet one another.  This was an enjoyable and fast-paced, little story!

My Rating:

If you're looking for a story that you can devour quickly, filled with passion, romance, and full of swoon, check out, Seducing Her Rival by Selesete deLaney!  This story was fun, and I really enjoyed the flirtatious banter, snarky comebacks, and sexual chemistry between Mercedes and Lucas.  The sex scenes between these two characters were H-O-T!!!  I give Seducing Her Rival 3.5 Fast-Paced, Fun, Flirty and Fantasy Filled Stars!  For a fun and sexy read, check out, Seducing Her Rival by Seleste deLaney!

My Favorite Quotes:

"It was like the devil himself was offering her candy.  Who cared about heaven when this was what eternal damnation had to offer?  Her abuela rolled over in her grave at the blasphemy as Mercedes slid in between Lucas's thighs.  A perfect fit."  (eARC, Loc. 345)


"I just want you, Mercedes, every part of you.  I don't know if it's your beauty or your heart or the fact your smart mouth never backs down from mine.  All I know is the minutes when I'm with you are the brightest ones in my day, but I can't handle only having part of you."  (eARC, Loc. 1320)


"The woman undid him--every touch, every stroke made him yearn for more, for her, in ways he' never thought possible."  (eARC, Loc. 1420)


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About the Author:

Seleste started on her career path as a young child. Stories of talking animals soon gave way to a love of superheroes and science fiction. Her first foray into the world of romance came at age twelve when she envisioned a sweeping epic love story of two people thrust together and torn apart again and again by fate. As she recalls, the plan was for them to admit their love on his deathbed. But, as is often the case with pre-teen girls, a story of that depth gave way to other pursuits, and sadly it is completely lost other than vague memories.
After that, she occupied herself with short stories for a while, and then poetry until after she had earned a degree in chemistry, spent time as a high school teacher, and became a mother of two. Then she delved into writing fiction once more.
She never lost her love of the fantastic, and her stories now always reach into other realms. The worlds and people she creates occupy as much of her time as the real world, and she is most fortunate to have a family that understands her idiosyncrasies and loves her anyway.


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  1. Loved the review. Definitely going to have to add to my to read list. I love books that have snark and steamy chemistry.

  2. Ah, Janhvi is a huge fan of Entangled's Brazen line whereas for me, these reads are just too happy and cliched. Anyway, this does sound hot and sexy and I'm glad you liked it overall, Lindy. Nice review and thanks for putting up the giveaway!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  3. I love Brazen books, and have heard good things about deLaney. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Lindy. I really like the quotes you included.

  4. Thank you for the giveaway!! the book sounds really great, hope to read it soon

  5. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

  6. This is a great review. =) Thanks for the giveaway too!

  7. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  8. Thank you for hosting. I enjoyed reading MY THOUGHTS, cause I will know that I am going to enjoy reading the book. Its is going to be put to the top of my to read list

  9. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the giveaway!


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