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    EBUZZ: Seducing Simon by Maya Banks
    One fateful night, Toni Langston seduces her best friend, the guy she’s been in love with forever. Two problems-he doesn'’t remember a thing that happened and now she's pregnant.

    Toni Langston has been in love with Simon, her best friend, for years. The night Simon breaks up with his long time girlfriend, he and Toni make love. Toni is devastated and humiliated when, in the heat of the moment, he calls her by his girlfriend'’s name. The next morning, Simon remembers nothing of the previous night and Toni is only too relieved not to remind him.

    Two months later, she discovers she'’s pregnant. She wants Simon to love her, apart from any obligation he might feel because of the baby. So she embarks on a quest to seduce her best friend, to make him see her as more than a little sister, to make him love her as much as she loves him. It works. Maybe too well. Now when things are perfect, she faces telling him of the secret she'’s kept.

    1st line: The living room erupted in cheers as the wide receiver ran into the end zone.

    I really, really, really think authors should save their money and stop making trailers.

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    Genre: Romance/Contemporary
    Grade: C+
    Sensuality: Warm
    Jane Meter: Skip

    The Good: I didn't plan to read this right away mainly because I had so many book in front of it on mount tbr. But I opened it for a peak and was sucked in. Seducing Simon is a fast, enjoyable read with my fave friends to lovers theme.

    The secret baby plot is no where near a new theme and I think is very catergory. Which may be why Seducing Simon has category vibe to it. The h/h are great and the secondary characters generally add to the story instead of weigh it down. I love how the guys interact with each other and Toni. They have a very believable friendship.

    The Bad: A big WTF moment for me is the way Toni spills her guts to 'the other guy'. He is a firefighter, working with her brother and roomates. So he seems like a really bad choice of people to open up too. And whole 'how to drive a man wild' coaching is silly. It all seemed so harlequin.

    The morning after, Simon so should have known he had a woman in his bed the night before. Drunk or not, the lack of condom and lack of clean up should have tipped the boy off. And for such good friends, there is a serious lack of communication. But hey if they were honest from the get go there would be no story.

    Things do get malodramtic. The 'other woman' had me rolling my eyes. And there are a few scenes at the end that would make Diana Palmer proud.

    The Verdict: The plot is tried and true, if not a touch over used but the characters make this a worth the read. And the over the top moments don't last long enough to kill the story. Of course I say that being a fan of Palmers *g*.

    At a time when NY publishers are gunning for the hotter the better, Samhain is doing a great job of delivering romance, not just erotic romance.

    Next Colters' Woman

    You can find Maya here and here. You can buy the book here

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    1. LMAO! The two women in the trailer aren't even the same. One has really curly hair and one has straight hair. Oy vey.

      By Anonymous Jane, at 7/23/2006 01:01:00 PM  

    2. *gg* Yeah, it's pretty obvious the women are not the same, but on the whole that's not a bad trailer. At least the pictures 'match'/ illustrate the blurbs.

      I've seen some really boring trailers: 'asmospheric' photo montages of settings, or the book cover creatively phazing in and out of focus, etc, or (da worst!) badly acted, cheezily costumed scenes from the book (performed by 'actors' or do not resemble the supposedly 'attractive' hero/heroine in any way, except being the appropriate sex. (Think of DaraJoy's horrendous cover Cody.):-P

      By Blogger Jaye, at 7/23/2006 01:28:00 PM  

    3. This is why I'd rather visualise the characters myself. I thought the heroine was a little dull looking, and in one of the shots, 'Simon' had an ear-ring, and looked like a guy in an eighties boyband.

      I like the idea though.

      By Anonymous Karen Scott, at 7/23/2006 03:59:00 PM  

    4. Not a big fan of the trailer, but at least there was no narration. I've read the book, and I enjoyed it. Agree that the ladykiller pal was a strange choice for a confidante, and her brother's behavior really offended me.

      Still waiting to hear what you thought of "Bound"....

      By Anonymous Laura, at 7/23/2006 05:21:00 PM  

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