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Seducing Avery (2013)

by Barb Han(Favorite Author)
2.9 of 5 Votes: 4
The Wild Rose Press
review 1: I got this as a free download on my Kindle app, in part because it sounded interesting (and it was free) and I like to read trashy e-book romances when I'm all stressed out grading essays. This was barely a book, really it was just an outline of a book. The characters had promise: tough corporate shark Ryker and perky event planner Avery. They meet cute, form instant assumptions about each other, also instant attraction, and the plot moves from there to its logical conclusion: sex and marriage. But there was no depth here. There was some attempt at character development, but both are barely more than romance stereotypes. For me, the biggest issues were pacing (too fast) and transitions (so, so bad). Almost every chapter brought a new location, and the supporting characters... more were all cardboard, except Kyle, the chef. This was a complete waste of my time (but it was free), and it didn't even have good sex scenes....
review 2: i purchased and also received a copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. i rated it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.According to a song, "Love is the golden crown that makes a man a king", but if you're like the characters in Barb Han's Seducing Avery, it's the one thing you're missing in life and are sure you can't trust. Ms. Han's tale proves once again that love has the power to transform even the most cynical, flawed, and loneliest rich man or woman into someone with hope and trust. With a quickly moving pace, I was entertained by this story for the afternoon.Event planner Avery McAdams knows what the rich and famous are like - she's not even using her real family name because she wants to prove she can make it on her own. Avoiding romance with rich men is easy, all she has to do is remember how she's been betrayed in the past. She's absolutely not interested in getting involved, or even working again for Ryker Li, a super successful businessman she's just completed a charity even for.Trying to keep his business and personal lives separate from each other, Ryker Li is surprised when a new and up and coming event planner makes his charity event more successful than it's ever been. Catching her sleeping in her office was an accident; wanting to get to know her better is unexpected. Especially when she makes it clear she doesn't want anything further to do with him on a business or personal level. Used to getting what he wants, Ryker refuses to take no for an answer.The scenes between Avery and Ryker are full of smoldering chemistry and fast, witty dialogue. They have both been burned emotionally by their pasts and neither one considers love something they want in their lives. They've both seen the damage love does when betrayal is involved. Ms. Han did a good job introducing us to Avery and Ryker and letting us get to know their back stories as they learned to share them with each other. The only problem I had with the story was that it was difficult to get invested in either character because they spent so much time internally arguing with themselves about whether or not they would become intimate (they did) and get emotionally involved, that I wanted to slap them both upside the head and tell them to "knock it off already".Will Avery realize she can have both love and a successful business? Will Ryker be able to let go of the hurt from his past to see that Avery is his future? You'll have to read Seducing Avery to find out. I really enjoyed this debut release from Ms. Han and look forward to reading more of her work. less
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It was free on Amazon and I was intrigued by the title **wink**
reviewed for RT Book Reviews January magazine
Free 11/3/12 at Amazon
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