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Monday, July 11, 2011

Seducing Allie by Shelli Stevens

Seducing Allie by Shelli Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (157 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Iris

He’s going to show this wedding crasher just how dirty the outdoors can be.

Seattle Steam, Book 3

Allison Siegel is out to stop a wedding. With one of her best childhood friends about to marry a gold-digger, who wouldn’t at least try to stage an intervention? Apparently, her other childhood bestie, Clint.

The minute Allie grew out of her sneakers and into her curves, Clint’s hormones went ballistic. But she had eyes only for Ken, so Clint made himself scarce, even after the relationship fizzled. Now she’s back, looking better than ever—and hell-bent on sabotaging Ken’s wedding. So Clint knows he needs to do whatever it takes to head her off at the pass.

Kidnapped! Allison can't believe it. Now she’s stuck in the Montana backwoods fending off nature’s friends, and fighting a losing battle to resist Clint—the sexiest forest ranger on the planet.

Clint has big plans for Allie. Not only will he convince a city girl that she needs to embrace her inner nature freak, but he's going to prove there's sparks flying in more places than just the campfire.

Sometimes being girly is a lovely thing. Sometimes it is just plain difficult – like when you are camping in a national forest without warning! Being girly is what keeps Allie interesting. Her desire to shower (or bathe) and her desire to wear nice clothes keep her character interesting during her sparring with Clint.

Oh yeah, her cursing and general “potty mouth” keep her character from being boring, too.

The concept is familiar: the hero “kidnaps” the heroine, she attempts to escape, contacts someone, and before being rescued, starts to enjoy the time with her captor. Thus when she is “rescued”, confusion ensues and drives the hero and heroine apart, only to be reunited by a secondary character for a happy ending. Both Allie and Clint have multiple layers to their personalities, and this is what keeps the “kidnapping” portion of the book interesting. Enjoying Allie’s reaction to camping, and the lack of “real food” as well as her enjoyment of the outdoors keeps the plot from getting stale.

One can not help but enjoy Allie’s foibles: posing as a stripper, breaking a heel while trying to escape, running into Clint’s mother while grocery shopping . . . it makes up for her whining episodes when she isn’t getting her way.

This is a nice, easy read. It is just the thing to bring to the beach (or camping!) and while away an hour or two. Enjoy it this summer!