Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Publication Date: August 29th 2012
Series: Holland Springs 0.5
Source: Purchased from Amazon
At only twenty-one, Christian Romanov is heir to a massive mineral and oil conglomerate, but he's chosen to pursue a different career much to the chagrin of his uptight family. He's Hollywood's latest British Import and newest bad boy. It's a role he relishes at every turn, being a playboy comes naturally...until he meets the mysterious Amber at a masked ball. Recent college graduate, Zoe Ambrose, decides to finally make her move on the sexy actor, only she's afraid he won't be attracted to her girl-next-door looks. So, with the help of a friend, she transforms into her version of Cinderella and sets out to seduce Christian. Only things don't go as planned...A Holland Springs Novelette (Book 0.5 in reading order)
Seduction Of The Billionaire is only a small taste of what is to come in this fantastic series. A New Year's Eve kiss turns to something steamy, sexy and smoldering between Hollywood heartthrob Christian Romanov and Zoe Ambrose.
Small town girl Zoe is a long way from home at a Hollywood hills party thrown by her aunt who works as an agent to the top stars in the industry. With the help of her friend Jaylen she's made sure she will catch the eye of the hottest rising star at the party, Christian Romanov. Christian doesn't want to be at the party and finds himself hiding on the balcony until Zoe barges out to get fresh air after their steamy and passionate kiss. Sparks fly leading to a combustible night of hot sex and the beginning of something special between them.
I loved the chemistry between Zoe and Christian. They were sexy together and I highly enjoy stories about a small town girls falling for men who have a little notoriety under their belts. I loved that Christian was flawed and not your typical famous actor. His family was already wealthy and widely known but he chose to go into acting and follow his passion. He's been on a path of personal destruction with drugs, booze and women and until he met Zoe he had no intention of slowing down. Christian was such a sexy and charming guy with his blond haired blue eyed looks and the British accent it's no wonder women threw themselves at him. It wasn't hard to see why Zoe found herself so enamoured with him.
Zoe Ambrose was such a quirky chick. She was shy but bold, soft yet strong and I just enjoyed reading about her. She new what she wanted and she went for it, balls to the wall. It took guts to approach such a widely known celebrity and take a chance and I admired her for it. What I didn't admire her for was the methods she went about acquiring his company. I hated how she didn't feel like she was pretty enough to catch a guy like Christian's eye. She altered her appearance to be something she thought he wanted at the insistence of her friend. Now her pseudo "friend" Jaylen was a pain in my ass even though she wasn't involved in the story much. It really made me angry the way she ended up treating poor Zoe and showed the cutthroat nature of the movie industry. A small town girl like Zoe wasn't used to being so viciously betrayed by someone she called friend.
Seduction Of The Billionaire was such a treat for me to read. I actually read it out of the intended reading order. After getting a small glimpse about Zoe and her implied encounter with Christian I had to go back and read it. Because it was a novella the way it was left leaves the reader salivating to get to the next book to see what happens between these two characters. It didn't take to long to finish so if you enjoy quick reads with great characters and saucy moments I think you will enjoy this awesome peak into a fantastic series.
Clutching his hair, she simultaneously tried to pull him closer and push him away. His arms snaked around her, holding her captive against his erotic mouth. She was helpless in his embrace, in the onslaught of emotions, and how aware she was of her body. How the breeze was cool on her bare skin. How her hair flowed over her shoulders. How his fingers dug into her hip. Kindle 30%
“To me, you are beautiful.” He caressed her cheek. “Please believe me when I say that your looks don’t matter. I don’t care if the entire world thinks you don’t meet their standard of beauty, because you’ve already met mine.” Kindle 61%
About The Author:
New York Times Bestselling Author, MARQUITA VALENTINE, writes small town romances that are anything but small. She met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.