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Grounds for Seduction (Seattle Steam) by [Stevens, Shelli]
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Madison Phillips is focused on making her new coffee shop a success. She also wouldn’t mind if the sexiest cop in Seattle, Gabriel Martinez, would start seeing her as more than just his best friend’s little sister. When her shop gets robbed and she’s the only one who can identify the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, Gabe’s there to keep her safe. Having Gabe act as her personal bodyguard is certainly no hardship, and Maddy’s ready to try anything to tempt him into providing some hands-on protection.
This title was previously published. It’s been significantly revised with new scenes added.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Contemporary (27 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grounds For Seduction 31 March 2017
By deb1210 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Madison, Maddie, is a twenty-five year old determined to make her way in the world after being raised with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. She spent a year in Italy, gets her MBA, and decides to open a coffee shop. After being recently dumped, she decides it's time to date again-maybe a rebound guy??

While attending a welcome home party for Maddie's brother, Eric, she happens upon Gabe, his sexy cop best friend. Wow, when did he get all swoon-worthy?? He's always been a relationship-phoebe and jumps from one girl to the next. Maybe he just may be the ticket Maddie is looking for. But he's Eric's best friend and he's always thought of her as the younger kid sister. How can she change his mind?? She sets out to seduce him. Using her best moves, Gabe proves to be immune to her advances. He thinks sleeping with her is a bad idea-even though she is tempting.

Things heat up when Maddie's business is robbed by the Espresso Bandit, and Gabe's arrival saves her from death. But the Bandit flees out the back door with her purse. He now knows where she lives. As she is the only person whose seen him, the cops put her under protection until the man is caught. Eric asks Gabe to personally watch over her, so she moves into his house. Things definitely heat up between the two. Feelings start getting in the way though, and lines become blurry. Maddie has another attempt on her life, so Gabe whisks her out of town. They hide away in seclusion at a friends cabin.

Gabe and Maddie's romance blossoms in the secluded cabin. They really get to know one another and talk about things no one else knows. Romantic dinners and walks on the beach-everything is like a dream. When they are forced back out of hiding to identify a suspect, things go sideways quick. Can they right the path given the obstacles thrown in their way??

I enjoyed Gabe and Maddie's romance! I rooted for these two from the start and their romance just flowed. I felt Maddie was immature at times and even naïve, but I liked her. There was no way Gabe wasn't going to fold to her seducing ways! They were hot together and sex was whew! give me a cigarette! Gabe was smitten right away-although he didn't want to admit it. He knew Maddie felt different to him. He wanted her with him so he could protect her and keep her from harm.

The ending was done well, the Espresso Bandit meets his match, but I didn't like Maddie's misplaced sediments towards Gabe after. Yes she comes around, finally, and we are treated to the ending our heart's want so bad! Definitely worth the time reading Grounds for Seduction! Grab an espresso and dive right in!

4 Stars/4 Flames

This book was gifted to me by the Jeep Diva for an honest review. The review and ratings are solely my opinions
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy 28 March 2017
By Lori Zenobia - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Madison, recently dumped and soon opening her own business is at her brothers welcome home party from Iraq. She decides maybe she needs a rebound fling and when her brothers long time best friend walks in, she takes the chance. Gabe Martinez is Eric's best friend, a cop and while he finds Madison damn near irresistible he shuts her down.
Madison opens her new business, and though she can't make a cup of coffee to save her life, she's got Sarah, barista and much more. Meanwhile there have been a rash of robberies of coffee shops around Seattle and each one the violence has escalated. Gabe warns Madison to be careful. So not even open a full week for business, she's robbed. She's also the only one to see the perp and he's taken her handbag. It's decided to keep her safe that she live with Gabe. The shop is closed for a few days and Madison is honing her seduction skills. These two court and spark and there's steam o' plenty, no cappuccino machine needed.
Her brother is getting married, his bride tries to pair Gabe off with her maid of honor setting Madison on edge. These two are hiding their relationship (loose term). Madison shows her insecurities.
When the robber comes back during broad daylight with a gun, Gabe is grazed, no one else is hit and it's decided that they need to disappear for a week until they can catch this guy. They go up to Whidby to a cabin. Things seem to change for these two. I say seem to, these two have more mood swings that a roomful of menopausal women, but that's ok. Keeps the story going.
When they get the call that the bad guy's been arrested, they return home. Back to her apartment, she goes to shower and he leaves briefly and well.... let's just say you have to read the book. The ending is interesting.
I would have liked this book better had the focus been narrowed down just a tad. It's a good and quick read and I'd recommend it. You get a whole lot of steam and not a lot of coffee in your cup!
3.5 stars from me.

**arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchanged for a fair review**
3.0 out of 5 stars steamy, and not just from all the espresso 19 April 2017
By valeen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Grounds for Seduction is steamy, and not just from all the espresso. But, unfortunately, I couldn't connect to Madison, the heroine, at all. She comes across as a spoiled, bitchy little diva rather than what I think the author was trying for, which is a strong, aiming to be successful young entrepreneur. Madison is on the verge of opening up her new coffee shop, Ooo La Latte, and is at a party celebrating her older brother's return from his term in the military when she sees his best friend, Gabe, again. She used to have a crush on him when she was a teenager, but because he is 6 years older than she, she rarely saw him, so soon pushed him out of her mind. Now that she's single again, after having been dumped by her ex, she's looking for a rebound, and who better than a hottie cop.

Unfortunately for Madison, Gabe isn't about to embark upon anything with his best friend's little sister, so she has to try really hard to get him to go along with her plan for some no strings sex. If she hadn't needed protection after a man tried to kill her after breaking into her new coffee shop, she probably never would have gotten her chance for a rebound fling with the delicious Gabe.

I really like Gabe, and it's because of this I didn't rate Grounds for Seduction even lower, because he's so sweet, and has such a huge heart, not to mention, is seriously sexy. But, I absolutely cannot stand Madison, she brings the entire story down a couple notches. If I had liked her, I would have rated this at least 4 stars. The plot is nice, the execution is good, their chemistry is sexy, it's just that Madison is a ridiculous character. Rather than being strong, independent and sexy, she is actually whiny, entitled and bratty; she isn't a good match for someone like Gabe. But, because I connected so much to Gabe (hot cop alert!), I couldn't give it the 1 or 2 stars Madison deserves.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received through NetGalley.
4.0 out of 5 stars I love romances involving the brother's best friend and Grounds for ... 28 March 2017
By Carolyn's Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I love romances involving the brother's best friend and Grounds for Seduction doesn't fail to provide the heat and steam to make for an Ooo La Latte romance.

Madison Phillips is turning over a new leaf. She is no longer wanting to be seen as the spoiled princess "Maddie" and now focusing on making a success of her new coffee shop and getting over the relationship with her ex. Madison thinks she needs a rebound sexual relationship to help her recover, but when her brother's best friend, Gabriel Martinez doesn't want to participate in her plan Madison will trying anything to tempt him.

Gabe thinks Madison is hot, but it's Eric's sister and he won't go there. When a dangerous robber targeting coffee houses poses an extreme threat to Madison, Gabe is the cop coming to her rescue. The sexual tension gets hot and heavy and Gabe is finding it difficult to refuse Madison.

When they must resort to fleeing the city, Gabe and Madison seek refuge in Whidbey Island. Now while the book is steamy, hot, playful and funny, I loved the author's description of Whidbey Island. A place that I could imagine vacationing in from the gorgeous description, I found myself looking online for more information.

Gabe and Madison soon find themselves entangled in more ways than one. I loved their banter, chemistry, and jealousy. They seemed perfect for one another. Gabe was strong, sexy, smart, but battling demons that he kept hidden. He was vulnerable yet strong and it made me fall for him right along with Madison. Imagining him saying mi vida made me melt. Now, I always hate reviews that make the men sound all strong, sexy, and everything anyone could imagine and forgetting the women, but I tell you- no one could forget Madison. She was actually a sweetheart with a little misguided stupidity that could get her hurt, but she was strong and feisty.

Loved this story! Highly recommend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy Opposites Attract Romance 5 April 2017
By WishfulMiss - Published on
Loved this opposites attract story. Madison was a sweet but pampered princess and Gabriel was the alpha hottie with a giant chip on his shoulder, but together they brought out the best in each other. The story was hot, sexy and had me laughing out loud a few times with Madison's goofy antics. Yeah, I'm talking about the microwave eggs and her idea of getting the drop on a burglar - in her underwear! That had be laughing so hard, I was getting weird looks at work, but it was worth it. I love a good laugh and this had some stellar moments of hilarity :)

The story moved quickly and stayed on point. It had some steamy love scenes and some great banter between the MCs. I loved the fact that as Gabriel's best friend and Maddie's older brother, Eric didn't pull the usual stunt about warning his best friend from his sister. He actually respected both of them and was up front about accepting a relationship between them. That was refreshing to see.

There was one thing I could have done without, and that was the conflicting emotional signals Maddie throws Gabriel towards the end. Her knee jerk reaction to feeling abandoned by Gabriel came off as selfish and immature. Granted Gabe chose the worst time to leave her but Maddie acted like it was a crime that she had to save herself?! I didn't understand that. It just rubbed me the wrong way that she couldn't be more proud of herself for surviving, on her own. Yeah, it would have been awesome if Gabe had burst in and helped her fight off the bad guy but to expect him to literally break the laws of physics to rescue her seemed far fetched and unfair. Somehow, I think that could have somehow been written to show Maddie in a better light.

Ages: Gabriel is 31 and Maddie is 25.
Neither are virgins
There is slight OW drama
No Cheating
Ends with a HFN ending - No Epilogue

*** ARC provided for an honest review ***

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