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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…The best desserts are worth the wait…Pastry chef Jenna Cooper crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher when her older brother brought him home to share their family Christmas six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, and she won’t take no for an answer—for anything. Out of the frying pan into tA sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…The best desserts are worth the wait…Pastry chef Jenna Cooper crushed hard on playboy chef Roman Gallagher when her older brother brought him home to share their family Christmas six years ago. Now she’s old enough to do something about it, and she won’t take no for an answer—for anything. Out of the frying pan into the fire…Roman has one hard and fast rule—don’t sleep where you eat. But he can’t say no to Jenna’s plea for him to help her save her family business. Soon she's working for him, and their scorching chemistry melts Roman’s resistance.If you can’t stand the heat…Jenna knows Roman has reservations about enjoying the heat between them, but she’s got a plan. She’s going to keep this sexy man so satisfied in—and out—of the kitchen, he won’t regret a thing. But Roman has his own ideas. He wants more than a few hot nights, and he's going to teach Jenna a lesson about playing with fire....

Title : Seducing the Playboy
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Number of Pages : 214 Pages
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Seducing the Playboy Reviews

  • Lisa Jayne
    2018-11-23 08:37

    THREE NO STRINGS STARS."Without love, life is nothing but work and sleep ..."Desire, romance and unbelievably sweet treats, welcome to this short but sexy novel by Amanda Usen. As a 'new to me' author I was happy to explore this authors style and for the most part I was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered and it certainly left me in need of a chocolate cup cake fix by the time I was finished with the last page. There wasn't much to complain about with this predicable plot and overall it had plenty of content to keep me happy.The best friends, younger sister plot is a tried an tested method that although has been done time and time again never fails to win over my reading heart and make me smile. The hero Roman Gallagher was ever so dreamy and drool worthy every time his name was mentioned I think I got a good case of name lust and it wasn't just his name that got the toes curling he also had a dirty mouth and an equally sweet heart that made for one very delicious character. Alongside the gorgeous Roman was the equally adorable Jenna Cooper I loved her 'take what I want' attitude, her long term crush may have made her a little overly horny but I was cheering on from the sidelines to be brave and go get her man. This book was an easy ride, predictable and sexy it pulled on the heart strings and I never had to think too much about what I was reading. overall this was a great addition to the brazen collection and I was left feeling satisfied with my reading time spent but craving that little bit extra to hand out more stars. Those looking to be shocked or entertained by originality are not going to discover that here, but if you want to sit back and enjoy an easy read with a gorgeously named hero then this will be just the ticket.Final thoughts ...This won't be the last time that I grab a book by Amanda Usen, I'm sure she has plenty of stories lined up that will be winning over my reading time. A book packed to the brim with romance, seduction and love this book left me with a feeling of the warm and fuzzies and although I didn't rate this book a full out five star I certainly enjoyed it. 'Seducing the playboy' has a romantic like ability that I'm sure will appeal to most lovers of this genre. It had a great sizzle and slow burn chemistry and an ending that I'm sure would melt the iciest of hearts. Go grab it on release day readers, enjoy ... Kisses.*ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    2018-12-05 04:39

    2-2.5 StarsWork hard, play harder...Been there, read that, have the t-shirt.The whole younger sister of the best friend trope is one that has been done countless times, and it's one that usually really works for me. Unfortunately in the case of this book, it didn't work for me at all. I can't say I was looking for something original, I enjoy a light read every now and then. But there was nothing new here that stood out and grabbed my attention. I was bored pretty much the entire book.Will Jenna convince Roman to give into the sexual chemistry between them? Will Roman finally stop harping on the fact that the little sister of his best friend is off limits?Jenna was not endearing to me in the least. I found her to be a little brash, to be honest. I like a straightforward heroine, but there's a line when she goes from knowing what she wants to being uncomfortably pushy. Her constant giggling certainly didn't endear her to me any more. The dialogue was at times cute and at times cheesy.If you're looking for a light and steamy read, you may enjoy this one. Don't expect anything out of the ordinary here. What you see is pretty much what you'll get. Maybe I'm just pickier lately? I have no idea. Whatever the case may be, this book just didn't do it for me.Would I read the next book in the series? Probably not. Unfortunately this series does not click with me as I found the previous book to be lackluster as well.But don't let my review deter you from picking this book up. I tend to be a picky bitch, so I'm pretty sure I'll be in the minority with my review.*ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review*For more reviews visit

  • Claire Robinson
    2018-12-10 09:57

    3.5 - Short-term only. No strings sex. Quick and dirty. Stars.Jenna Cooper has had a crush on her brother's best friend Roman Gallagher for six years, ever since an ill timed sledging spill caused an ‘almost-kiss’ moment.Seducing the Playboy is a modern day tale of courtship; the first 50% of the book mainly consists of kissing, handholding and a lot of heavy petting, which is quite an unusual scenario in a Brazen book. She was the type that needed romance and flowers. He was more the one-night stand, forget to call type.Roman believes that Jenna is attracted to the man she thinks he is, and not the man he actually is, and in an effort to stick to his hard and fast rule Don’t sleep where you eat, after she approaches him looking for help with her families restaurant, he agrees to a temporary, but mutually beneficial bedroom arrangement with her as long as it is on his terms. As such he tries to delay their inevitable coming together, in the hope that she will change her mind. ”To little girls like you, I am the Big Bad Wolf,” ... “Tempt me, and I’ll eat you.”Jenna however has other ideas, after 6 years of waiting she is finally going after what she wants and that is the full Roman Gallagher, playboy-of-the-West-Coast experience. if that means dressing sexily, rubbing against him suggestively and offering up innuendo like it’s on the menu, then so be it!”That’s not a shirt. It’s a walking invitation to steal second base.””I’m having a hard time holding onto my good-girl image of you when you keep showing up in hot lingerie.”The development of Roman and Jenna’s relationship was more of a slow roast shoulder of pork, than a flash-fried steak for me. I found their interactions at times cute, funny and easy to immerse myself in. The storyline isn't unusual, and isn't going to offer up any surprises, but the brothers best friend trope is a theme that I have always found great enjoyment in, and when well written (like Seducing the Playboy definitely is) it's the perfect way to while away an evening. I liked Roman, he isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his chef-jacket sleeve and tell Jenna how he feels...”I want you. Everything about you makes me crazy, your curls, your curves, your delicious desserts, even your inability to take no for an answer works for me on every level. You are impossible to resist, and I’m not going to pretend like I want to anymore.”Another great series to add to your TBR, I have to say the Into the Fire (book one) just edges ahead of Seducing the Playboy for me, but I would happily read either of them again. The biggest plus point for me, sexy-hot chefs! I could read about a guy that can cook as well as he ‘eat's out’ all day every day!ARC generously provided by Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.

  • Nicola
    2018-12-13 08:02

    If sugar and spice and all things nice is what you seek, then Seducing the Playboy will satisfy your craving. With loveable characters, a light storyline and mouthwatering descriptions of all the culinary delights, it's fairly predictable but sexy and seductive. And be warned, don't make the same mistake I did and read if you are hungry, as whilst I was salivating over the description of the croquembouche, in reality I was begrudgingly munching my way through 2 slices of toast. Roman Gallagher has a reputation as a playboy. Sexy and stubborn, his food and his actions made my stomach growl in very different ways. But he has one rule; don't sleep where you eat and when his best friends younger sister turns up at his latest restaurant, never before has his mantra applied more. Pastry Chef Jenna Cooper is desperate to prevent her parents from selling the family restaurant. Flighty, determined and strong-willed she wants Roman's help. She's has a crush on him for years and is prepared to turn the heat up in the kitchen and the bedroom so they can mutually benefit in business and pleasure. But our playboy has a few surprising traits and Jenna finds her plan to seduce him not going quite the way she expected...It's one of those books that's brings delayed gratification. Jenna and Roman are easy to love and the fact that Roman wasn’t what I expected and that Jenna wasn’t afraid to call him on his crap made them more so. Their chemistry burns consistently bringing plenty of sexual tension and build-up but the real passion comes later on and together they were frustrating, fun and sexy with a romantic journey that had some lovely touching moments.It's definitely what I would call one of the 'gentler' books in the Brazen line, but is one I'd happily recommend. Amanda Usen has brought two great books in the series and I look forward to Betsy's story. (The first book Into the Fire runs parallel to this and whilst that is also a book I would recommend, Seducing the Playboy can easily be read as a standalone). I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion

  • Janey
    2018-11-29 07:02

    ARC kindly received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..Jenna Cooper is the youngest in her family, and always seems to find herself having to prove her seriousness as an adult. Forming part of the family restaurant business, she has taken a small sabbatical away from there to gather inspiration, expertise and a large dose of Roman Gallagher.Roman is Jenna's big brother Cole's best friend, and since visiting her family home 6 years ago, Jenna has set her sights on opening his eyes to the woman she has become. He, however, is a renowned West coast playboy, and his MO is to work hard, play harder and don't sleep where you eat.Jenna's approach to improving Roman's desserts on offer is confidently feisty laced with oodles of flavourings.. I enjoyed the slow burning courtship these two characters played, whilst cooking up a steam in the kitchen. I did feel that the courtship was very protracted and found myself veering from the prescribed course. I say that, because the plot line was familiar and I observed no unexpected bumps in the road. If you are looking for a sweet, lowish steam, friends to lovers story, then this will not disappoint you.

  • Kara
    2018-12-14 12:51

    Cute story. Enjoyed reading it...liked the characters. *ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Maria Rose
    2018-12-03 08:01

    This second book in the Hot Nights series by Amanda Usen (part of the Entangled Brazen publishing line) is the story of Jenna, a young chef from a restaurant family with an expertise in desserts and Roman, an established restaurateur who works with his mother turning failing businesses into successes. Jenna is the younger sister of Cole, one of Roman's best friends and has been a fixture in Roman's life for several years. In his mind she is hands-off material. Jenna seeks Roman out to ask his help in updating her family's restaurant business and in return is willing to trade her dessert knowledge to aid Roman in getting another of his mother's restaurants off the ground. They agree to help each other out but Jenna wants more from her long time crush Roman than he is willing to give- his body, with an eye on his heart. I enjoyed the atmosphere and setting of this book. It's obvious the author has a familiarity with what goes on behind the scenes in a busy kitchen - the scenes flowed well, were interesting to read, and the camaraderie between the chefs and sous-chefs was playful. Dialogue between Roman and his chef Max was entertaining. As well, Jenna and Roman had great chemistry and their love scenes were steamy and fun to read.I enjoy the 'older brother's best friend' trope in general, but I did think it was used a bit heavy handed here. From the beginning of the story the emphasis was on what older brother Cole would think of Jenna and Roman's relationship and this popped up more times than I thought was necessary. Also, without giving away any spoilers, I'm not sure how I felt about the eventual conflict resolution - of course there is a happy ending (this is a romance after all!) but I'm not sure that I buy into the way it happened. Still the plot moved along well from beginning to end and the overall theme and tone of the book made it an enjoyable read. I'll definitely look for more from this author. 3.5 stars. Note: An ARC was kindly provided by the author for review

  • JackieKiwibooknerd
    2018-12-17 05:54

    ARC Courtesy of Entangled PublishingThis is the second book in this wonderful little series about chefs. pastry gods and all round geniuses in the kitchen. Jenna is a pastry goddess extraordinaire who wants to save her families ailing restaurant. Jenna loves their restaurant Coopers in her little hometown in New Jersey. She decides to enlist the help of her brothers best friend Roman who is a successful business man.She flies out to see him to make him a offer he cannot refuse. When she arrives at one of his beach front restaurants, she offers to help him with his dessert menu if he will give her tips on how to save Coopers.Roman is shocked to see Jenna and he also cant believe how beautiful she is. He is determined to keep his hands off of her at all costs, which will prove very difficult for this notorious playboy... Not to mention how her brother will skin him alive if he starts anything with her....Can Jenna seduce Roman in order to obtain the information she needs, without loosing her heart and can Roman remain objective and not fall for the gutsy, determined and gorgeous pastry chef?All round sweet and sassy read that will leave your taste buds wanting more....

  • Malinda
    2018-12-13 08:05

    3.5-4 starsThis was a pretty good story. Both Jenna and Roman are likable characters and the story was good with a surprisingly low amount of angst through most of the story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I like it well enough that I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.Jenna is a pastry chef and is from a family of chefs. Her family owns a restaurant and her brother has a job as a corporate chef. The problem is that Jenna's family is trying to keep her out of the restaurant business (even after she completed culinary school) when all she wants to do is take over her family's restaurant. It doesn't help when she finds that the family business is in trouble and may be sold if they can't turn things around.Roman is a chef and runs a restaurant business with his mother. He's taken many failing restaurants and turned them around and is currently doing the same with a beach side place in Venice Beach. As a chef the hours are horrible and make relationships hard so Roman has a tenancy to sleep around (no relationships) and since he's rather high profile and sleeps with high profile women, his playboy status is well known and documented.Jenna decides to go to California to see Roman and try to get his help with some ideas on how to save her family's failing restaurant. When she gets there it seems pretty obvious that he needs a pastry chef so she tries to get him to hire her on (at least temporarily) to help out with making a new desert menu. Roman might have been interested in hiring her if she wasn't his BFF's little sister. He's wanted her since she was 16 years old and having her close and working with him doesn't seem like a good idea. Soon he finds out about Jenna's family issues and her need for advice and decides to hire her for a short time and during that time he can try to help her with a plan of action for when she goes back home. Roman is also convinced that since he has a firm rule of not sleeping with co-workers that hiring her will make it easier to resist doing naughty things to Jenna.The platonic pretense between Roman and Jenna disappears pretty quickly. Jenna knows anything long term is pointless to wish for but does offer up a "friends with benefits" deal while she's in town. Roman isn't sure if it's a good idea but does eventually agree but even then he holds off on the actual act, thinking that if he holds off he's respecting her and giving her a chance to change her mind. Jenna doesn't want that though and there's some back and forth while the chemistry between them sizzles but doesn't get very least at first. While Jenna and Roman are dealing with their non-relationship and some major attraction, there's some other issues going on, like the makeover of the beachfront restaurant that Roman's working on as well as a big dinner in Vegas that's coming up and Roman is expected to provide the desert for. With everything going on, Jenna and Roman don't get much talking done, especially once their relationship goes all the way. Both soon are realizing they want more but there is some drama before things get settled between them. Thankfully, with a little bit of a wait, Jenna and Roman do get their HEA in the end.I enjoyed this story very much. I liked Roman and thought he was a pretty good hero. I'm a bit sensitive to annoying heroines at times and I will note that Jenna came close a time or two but I never really got annoyed with her and overall I liked her. Jenna and Roman together worked really well for me and I was happy to see them work things out. I'd recommend this story. :D

  • Rachel
    2018-12-15 11:03

    Where to start with this book other than I loved it. Yes I'm a sucker for the falling for the best friends sister/brother trope, so this was a no brainier for me. Guess what ? It was fantastic. The author does a fantastic job of getting the reader involved in the story and keeping us there till we are finished. I loved Roman and Jenna. Both were strong personalities and seeing them fight the attraction was well worth the build up. Plus watching them turn The Beach House restaurant around and to see the light bulb come on for Jenna on how to save her families restaurant was a highlight. The chemistry is strong from the start and with a proposal from Jenna that Roman can't refuse, it sky rockets into the stratosphere. Roman may be a playboy, but he is definitely is a panty melter. " I want you. Everything about you makes me crazy, your curls, your curves, your delicious deserts, even your ability to not take no for an answer works for me on every level. You are impossible to resist". Oh yum.Jenna had me laughing more than once and her determination is admirable. She knew what she wanted, how to go about it and boy does she get it in the end. " Did she have hot for Roman emblazoned on her forehead ?"This is the second book in the Hot Night Series but can be read as as stand alone. Have snacks ready as the deserts described in this book are drool inducing, not to mention the burgers and the desert for a big event. Wow, I want. Grab a comfy seat and dive in. If I loved the whole book, I really, really loved the ending. I had a big smile from ear to ear and may have read it twice because I enjoyed it so much. This book was supplied by the publisher for an honest review.

  • Dar
    2018-11-16 12:03

    There were so many times this story could have crashed and burned but it didn't. There was lots of fun, lots of heat and perfectly placed sweetness until it was no shock that both characters realized they were meant to be!

  • Sarah
    2018-12-14 12:54

    Jenna is desperate to save her family's restaurant and the only person she can think of to ask for help is her brother's best friend Roman. Roman is a top chef and an expert at building up new restaurants but he is also the man she's had a crush on since she was a teenager and now she has an excuse to spend time with him she's planning on doing her best to seduce him. Roman wants Jenna more than anything but he knows she's far too good for a playboy like him and although the chemistry between them is fantastic he is determined to take things at his own pace. Working closely together makes it hard for them to avoid giving in to temptation though and Roman starts to wonder if his relationship with Jenna could be more than just a fling.I have to confess that when I requested a review copy of Seducing the Playboy I didn't realise it was the second book in a series and I probably wouldn't have read it if I'd known that in advance because I'm a bit OCD when it comes to reading books in the correct order. Thankfully Amanda Usen has done a fantastic job of making this story work as a stand alone and although I'm now definitely planning on getting hold of a copy of Into the Fire asap I didn't find myself at all confused reading this story. Having read the blurb of the first book I actually think that the two stories cover the same period of time so I don't think it really matters which one you read first.I really enjoyed this story, it's everything I look for when I'm picking up a book from the Brazen line - great characters, believable romance and fun sexy times. I found both main characters very easy to like, I enjoyed the fact that Jenna knows what she wants and will do anything to achieve her goals. She refuses to back down from a challenge and she doesn't let anyone get away with treating her badly. Roman is sexy as hell but he can be kind of grumpy so he needs someone who is going to call him on it when his attitude is bad. Although the attraction between Roman and Jenna is intense he actually keeps her waiting a long time before he agrees to do more than kiss so this book is all about delayed gratification but there are some fab kissing scenes and Roman certainly knows how to follow through after such a long build up!Seducing the Playboy is fairly predictable but I could say the same about most contemporary romances so the thing I'm most interested in is whether the characters are likeable and how much fun I have reading them. This book hit the right spot on both of those points and has definitely left me wanting to read more from Amanda Usen in the future.

  • BethyMac
    2018-11-19 10:50

    4 Sexy Sizzling hot stars**Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review**Seducing the playboy is another great enjoyable read in the Hot Night Series by Amanda Usen. Although this book is the second book in the series, and I have read and enjoyed the first one, I fell that this book could be very easily read as a standalone book without feeling lost or feeling like you are missing details.Jenna Cooper is a recent culinary graduate who is determined to be the one to save her failing family’s restaurant, Cooper’s. In order to do that she needs to pick the brain of Roman Gallagher, her brother’s best friend who is known for turning restaurants around. She’s looking to help him with his desserts, have him help her in return as well as finally getting her fantasy with her teenage crush, but she thinks she can have her way with the infamous playboy, get his help while getting him out of her system and then head back home to save Cooper’s. Roman on the other hand has a rule, don’t sleep where you eat on top of her being his best friend’s little sister, so he tries to fight the feelings and desire for her.This book is a really good enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the storyline and the buildup between these two characters. Jenna was a really great strong character who was out to prove everyone wrong and show that she could succeed. Mix that with Roman, a hard working dedicated chef working to succeed in his own way by proving to his mother he could take over the Gallagher empire and run things, while playing the playboy but realizing he wanted more. The buildup and the coming together of these two didn’t follow the normal pattern and I really found that refreshing. These two had some really great hot sexy scenes and I really enjoyed the banter between the two. I did find the start of the book to be a bit slow but once I got a bit in I found it to pick up and not lose momentum. Can’t wait to see more of these two in the upcoming books in this series and can’t wait to see who’s story is next and who’s going to heat the pages up and set things a blaze.

  • SassyCat's Book Review
    2018-12-05 10:07

    Amanda has a unique way of mixing food and pleasure together, this one Seducing the playboy was more about getting the guy rather than testing his skills of cooking. The eager pastry chef Jenna is looking to save her family restaurant, while her parents and brother thinks that Jenna shouldn't get involved in the family business that's exactly what she wants to do. But she needs a little help getting the business back on it's feet and that's where playboy Roman comes into play. Roman doesn't try to prove anyone wrong about his image, in fact he thrives on it for the most part but when an old family friend comes walking through his doors everything he known for is out the window. Meow . . . Meow . . . MeowNow normally I find all the excitement when it comes to food and the sex but in this book there was a lot more boundaries and pushing the envelope where it wasn't involved in the kitchen. I like the whole friends of the family idea but Roman stay true to his rules, don't sleep where you eat. Jenna is ready to push that rule aside because it's not just the tips on how to save a restaurant that she needs, it the never-ending desire she's had since she was a teenager. Out of all the times Roman turns her down or an very sexual scene was coming up it was just a bummer that he decline 90% of the time. I say if your wants meets your desires and break the rules. Overall this book was average or less than average, I felt a few area needed a push to shove or just a little bit more of a kick. I was thrown off for the whole engagement profile because that seems so out of left field that it felt to me that it didn't fit the story line. The ending was nice but it almost seems to have cut short on some parts that could have happen. You know my mind goes wild in imaginations. Especially when I think something should be there and its not.

  • LJT
    2018-11-16 07:52

    4.5 Stars!!Seducing the Playboy by Amanda Usen is another wonderful book from the Brazen imprint. I always look forward to reading Ms. Usen’s stories because they are filled with well-defined characters, an original plot and a trope that I truly enjoy. This book does not disappoint on any level and the ending will leave you smiling from ear to ear.Pastry chef Jenna Cooper was born and raised in the restaurant business. Her parents own Cooper’s, a once thriving establishment that no longer is able to compete in the trendy, Lambertville, New Jersey area. Jenna knows she possesses the ability and skills to turn the restaurant around, yet all she needs is a little help from celebrity chef and childhood friend Roman Gallagher. Not only can Roman cook, he can turn a failing restaurant into a piece of culinary art. Thus, Jenna seeks him out for his expertise. Since Roman needs a pastry chef and Jenna needs Roman’s culinary visions, they strike a deal. Their agreement also includes a little lust on the side, in order to satiate their passion for each other. This is a good book, although I found the plot to be slightly far-fetched. Ms. Usen puts her own delightful spin on the older brother’s best friend, little sister trope. I liked all the characters, especially Jenna, because her spunk and desire to succeed in both business and love was inspiring. Roman and Jenna are great together and Ms. Usen’s ability to craft hot, sexy scenes are easy to appreciate.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-19 11:40

    Jenna Cooper is a pastry chef. She is in desperate need of a job and help. Her family's restaurant business is on the edge of closing for good. Jenna turns to her big brother's friend and chef, Roman Gallagher. It was an easy choice for Jenna to go to Roman because she also has interior motives. She used to have a crush on him when she was younger. She is ready to prove to Roman that she is not her bother's little sister anymore. Roman is not thinking of Jenna in that way...well almost not in that way. He is just afraid to hurt her. However when the opportunity presents itself, Roman takes advance and calls the shots. Things are about to heat up both in the kitchen and the bedroom. The witty and sexual banter between Jenna and Roman sure kept things smoking hot with these two. I liked Roman's nickname for Jenna "Goldilocks". Jenna is a go getter. She goes after what she wants. I like that she was the one to break down Roman's walls. They did make a good couple together. Roman is one sexy chef. It was easy to see why Jenna had a crush on him. For readers that like to read steamy romance books or stories involving cooking or both then you should check out Seducing the Playboy as it is has good characters, cooking, romance, and a nice storyline.

  • Pat
    2018-12-03 04:41

    Two chef's in a small gets steamy! Full review to follow on. May 31st

  • Erika Dee
    2018-12-12 04:58

    3 Stars.I'm not sure why but Roman and Jenna didn't really pull me in. I just finished this story to finish it. Jenna just annoyed me on some parts.

  • Becky
    2018-12-15 10:42

    Older-brother's-best-friend. I love this troupe. Amanda Usen has a lot of fun with it here, and 97% of the book is done really well. All of the cooking and restaurant talk made me want to either cook something yummy or eat something delicious--being in a hotel with no food on hand for most of that time, neither one happened, sadly. (Probably for the best, since bathing suit and short season might actually be here. Finally. Knock on wood.) I'm definitely going to have to check out the first book in this series (Into the Fire)--that was a given before I was even halfway through this one.Both Jenna and Roman have something to prove as the novel begins. Jenna Cooper, the baby of her family, is determined to single-handedly save her family's restaurant--and quickly, before her parents sell it to the highest offer. She heads off to California--and her longtime crush Roman Gallagher--to do whatever she can to enlist his help. Roman, who has long fought his attraction to his best friend's little sister, needs to make his latest project a success as well so that his mother can finally retire and hand the reins of her restaurant empire over to him. So far he's having no luck figuring out the magic formula, and he's about given up on ever getting his mother's approval on this project or on his life in general. But there's one rule she's always taught him that he's going to stick to--don't sleep where you eat.Even though sticking to that maxim just might be the death of him, with Jenna Cooper in his kitchen...You can absolutely tell that Amanda Usen has a background in professional food preparation. All the kitchen and restaurant talk was yummy and added authenticity, without getting you bogged down in too much unnecessary detail. The relationships here were great too. Jenna and Roman's had just the right amount of steam with a dash of angst; both of their relationships with the secondary characters in Roman's kitchen were fabulous as well. I especially loved Max, Roman's sous-chef. We don't see quite as much of Jenna's best friends or family in this novel, but there's definitely a lot of potential in their characters. (Lila, one of Jenna's "culinary school soul sisters" is the heroine of book one in the series.)The buildup between Roman and Jenna was well done, and worth the wait. The croquembouches sounded absolutely to die for. (Again, stuck in a hotel with no. yummy. snacks. Sigh.) Roman's restaurant at the beach had me pining for our upcoming Ocean City, MD vacation.And did I mention the older-brother's-best-friend troupe? Yes? ;)My only complaint is the ending--it felt totally rushed. The rest of the book built nicely on the foundations started in the first chapter, but the last bit made me feel as if I were suddenly on Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster--you've just barley gotten strapped in when bam! you're done in about 17 seconds. (Okay, slight hyperbole there, but trust me--it went quickly at the end.) I wanted them to get to the HEA as much as the next person, but I would have liked them to do so at a less frenzied pace. Still, it wasn't enough to negate the enjoyment I had with the rest of the book--it was just a bit of a letdown.Overall, I quite enjoyed this one and have already added book one to my TBR. I'm definitely interested in seeing where Amanda Usen is going with this series.Rating: 3 1/2 stars / BI received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-05 06:07

    ORIGINAL POST 5/28/14: AT THE BEACHE-Galley provided by the publisher for a review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.I enjoy culinary based romances because, hello, baked goods and sex.Actually, it takes a while to get to the sex but the sexy times are quite titillating, especially romantic episodes on the beach.I liked the last book in this series: it was a new adult about people beginning their careers in food service. This is the same, except the male love interest, Roman, has been in the restaurant business a while longer than Jenna. But they both grew up in restaurant families.One thing that is really great is that Jenna is not a lost little girl, she sets goals and is very strong in getting what she needs to accomplish them. Roman is at a crossroads in his life; he is in business with his mother and in rescuing a restaurant on Venice Beach, which is a fun town, he finds he can do nothing to please her.A big thing in this novella, as it is in many romance books is the big brother, the little sister, and his best friend trope. Roman’s best friend is Jenna’s big brother Cooper. Now, I don’t have a brother, so I don’t know if this “if you do my sister I’ll kill you” thing is true. it feels a little overdone as a trope in romance. After all, if some guy is good enough to be your best friend, why wouldn’t you want them to go out and fall in love, or lust?Does anyone have a big brother and experienced this protective spirit either from the brother or perceived of as an issue by the guy you’re into??I haven’t worked in a restaurant since 1981, and it barely qualified, but that part seemed right: the weird hours, the rhythm of the kitchen, the tools, etc. It does, perhaps, glamorize is a little bit.The characters are not sketched out too much. Jenna has some issues with being seen as flighty. Roman is seen as a playboy. They are fairly typical of the kind of character they are supposed to be, and I didn’t feel any unique qualities. So it’s odd to feel their magnetic attraction. Their interest in each other is well done, as is her insecurity after the fact.Roman’s mother didn’t feel like a real person, either at a distance or when they meet up in Las Vegas. She is too quick to recognize that what Jenna observes about her is true and takes it to heart too easily. Scant character development and quick turnaround are the bane of the short format erotic romance. Authors can’t write Pride and Prejudice type stuff in 214 pages.This is perfect as a light read; and great for situations where you want a book but know distraction is an issue (airplanes, beaches, waiting rooms) but it could make you hungry as they discuss delicious and upscale beach food and awesome desserts!

  • Steph McVicker
    2018-12-10 07:55

    What's the "playboy of the west coast" to do when he finds the one woman who can bring him to his knees? Seduce her back, of course! Seduction is the name for chefs Roman and Jenna in this Hot Nights novel by Amanda Usen. Popular chef and restaurateur Roman Gallagher is used to getting what he wants, whether it be the most gorgeous women on the left coast or saving a failing restaurant. He's not good with denying himself the pleasures of life, but Roman knows disaster looms if he gets involved with his longtime friend Jenna Cooper, teenage object of desire and kick-ass pastry chef. He's sworn to his BFF, Jenna's brother Cole, never to go near her, but when she comes strolling into his latest project with a plan and a promise, Roman has to rethink everything he's known about life, love and friendship.Jenna came to town to get Roman's help on her own failing family restaurant, and the way she sees it, she can offer him something in return if he shares his brilliance with her. And if she "happens" to seduce him with her body along with her pastries, all the better for her plans! For the first time, Roman feels disconcerted when it seems a woman wants to use him for sex. He's pretty sure he wants Jenna for more than a few hot nights, but until he's sure that she wants him for all the right reasons, he's got to hold back. The two of them will have some major decisions to make if there is any chance of a real relationship. SEDUCING THE PLAYBOY is a Hot Nights novel and can be read as a standalone. This book just didn't do it for me. From the tired storyline to the manwhore MC, everything about this book felt unoriginal. Summary? Guy wants girl, but girl is best friend's sister so he has to stay away but now girl is all grown up and independent and can sleep with whomever she wants and she wants guy so guy gives in and love happens. The end. The sexual tension between Roman and Jenna was definitely there, and that is the best part of this read for me.I felt like Jenna went after Roman for all the wrong reasons, and I never was clear on why she didn't just ask a friend for help instead of deceiving him and trying to use sex to get what she wanted. That didn't endear her to me, nor did the pushy, giggly and oversexed heroine that she turned into when he was near. She seems like a little girl playing at being a woman, and the contrast between slutty playboy Roman's wild ways and Jenna only emphasized how immature Jenna was. I just couldn't get into this story or these characters.

  • Sue Galuska
    2018-12-06 11:52

    I have never read anything by Amanda Usen before and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I could not put this book down.This story is one of my favorite tropes...the older brother's best friend. Our heroine, Jenna Cooper grew up wanting to run the family restaurant so she went to culinary school. Her older brother, Cole was also a chef as is his best friend, Roman Gallagher, who also happens to be chef playboy of the west coast. Jenna was sixteen when Cole first brought Roman around and she was hooked then.Jenna's family restaurant is having financial troubles and who better to help them out then the sexy Roman Gallagher who's job it is to revitalize the restaurants his mother purchases into something bigger and better. Jenna leaves her family in New Jersey to fly to California to visit Roman for a week. She decides she is going to do whatever she can to try and get his help. Roman is currently trying to fix up the Beach House on Venice Beach, which is an upper class, fancy restaurant. Jenna tries convincing Roman to hire her to be the pastry chef for one week and if she proves herself then he has to help her fix her family's business.Roman and Jenna working side by side is so funny and entertaining. She has always had a crush on him and even though he finds her very attractive, he cannot pursue anything because she is Cole's little sister! Jenna keeps pushing Roman for more. She finally suggests that for her week here they become friends with benefits. Roman finally agrees but on his time table which means things will progress very slowly. He thinks if he goes slow enough she will forget pursuing him.This entire storyline was wonderful. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments along with some tearful moments towards the end. I also loved the secondary characters. Max, Roman's sous-chef was hysterical! I loved the rapport that Max and Roman had.I will definitely be reading more books from Ms. Usen.I did receive an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Victoria Rainey
    2018-12-11 10:41

    Night Owl Review****4 1/2 stars****Original Review Published here: book is very well written with a very realistic plot. The main and secondary characters were fascinating and exciting. The ending of the story was a bit predictable but this book is more focused on the relationship between Jenna and Roman. Overall, this was a great book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.Jenna Cooper is a pastry chef. Her family business is failing and her parents are going to sell it. All Jenna has wanted in life is to own, work, and run that business. Therefore, Jenna takes a trip across the country to an old friend of her brothers to help her turn the family restaurant around. Jenna is a strong and driven woman. Roman Gallagher is chef that works for his mother’s empire turning restaurants around. In the last 6 years, Roman turned a dozen around. He is a driven man at work and seems to be a playboy outside of work. Roman has a hard and fast rule that he does not break, until Jenna turns up on his door. Don’t sleep where you eat. The connection between Roman and Jenna is intense. It was very interesting to see Roman and Jenna try to fight their attraction to each other. The sex scenes are passionate. Seducing the Playboy is the second book in the Hot Nights series by Amanda Usen. This book might be part of a series, but it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-03 08:40

    Review can be seen here at Books and Swoons.Sexy, sweet, hot, and delicious. These are all words I would use to describe Seducing the Playboy. I was in an adult romance binge when I read this book and this book certainly satisfied the need for a quick and fluffy romance.Jenna and Roman have some insane chemistry, both in and outside the kitchen. I loved reading their interactions because it was a great balance between flirty quips and professionalism. Jenna is eager to make her dreams of learning what Roman is like in bed come to life and Roman is more concerned with maintaining a platonic friendship with Jenna out of respect to her brother and family. Even if he can't stop picturing her naked. Trying to appease Jenna and maintain boundaries, he comes up with the worst idea that end up backfiring on him. Also, Amanda Usen also managed to catch my attention with all the recipes Jenna and Roman cooked up. My only complaint now is how I wish I knew a Roman in real life who would cook all these recipes for me.While the book was predictable at times, I cannot hold anything against it. It was exactly what I looking for at the moment and it put Ms. Usen on the map for me. I look forward to reading more her and see how her heroes compare against Roman.

  • Jennifer Duffey
    2018-12-03 08:46

    I received an e-galley of Seducing the Playboy from the publisher for an honest review.From the beginning I was hooked. Both Jenna and Roman and explosive characters from page one. It's hard to resist these two. As usual, with Amanda's books there is a lot of laughter and some food that sounds so mouth-watering good! Jenna Cooper is a very head-strong heroine. She knows what she wants and she's determined to get it. I loved her tenacity and quick wit. Not once did she cower to Roman. The twist in this story really made me smile. I hated to see it happen, but I was so glad to see a heroine make her own way without relying on the hero. Which brings me to Roman. HOT! HOT! HOT! And not just in the kitchen. What's not to love about a chef who makes you want to jump him the minute he walks into the room? Wants control, but isn't dumb enough to think he's the only one who knows his way around the kitchen. Roman had no problem working side-by-side with Jenna, taking her advice, and in the end giving her space to do what she needed to do. Oh and he's got money---which isn't a requirement, but when it buys things like he bought Jenna it is nice. :) Seducing the Playboy is very much Jenna's story. I adored the entire cast of characters and can't wait to read the other books in this series.

  • Miriam
    2018-12-09 08:37

    It was hard not to like Roman or Jenna. Every moment they spent together proved two things: they were perfect for each other, and they could work together.In the kitchen, they functioned like a well-oiled machine. They gave and took without demanding too much from the other. In the bedroom, they were explosive. The heat between them simmered for six years, and culmination was nothing short of volatile.Still, there were things outside of the bedroom and kitchen that needed their attention. Roman had his mother, and Jenna her family’s restaurant. Though they each made a decision on what to do about them, it was sad to watch that decision come to life. Still, my faith that they would have their happy ending stayed strong. I refused to believe that this was the end for them.Thank God, it wasn’t. Their coming back together proved how much faith Roman had in Jenna, a reciprocation of the faith she’d shown him at the beginning.The idea of a younger sister crushing on her older brother’s best friend isn’t a new one. How it goes from crush to love is up to the author. Ms. Usen took a timeless idea and made it her own, introducing characters and settings that made this a terrific story to read.***Received from Pump Up Your Book Tours for an honest review***

  • Patty
    2018-11-28 10:05

    Well... Jenna and Roman are born for each other...He respected her because she is the brother of his BFF... but now she needs her help and appears in his restaurant just in the best time... when he needs help in the dessert section.Jenna is the youngest of the family, and she is fighting to earn the respect of her family, particularly her parents. She needs help to save the family restaurant biz and in exchange, she offers to help Roman in his dessert section, which is a mess.They give it a try for a month. And in that time, their attraction becomes more intense and they pick up where they left before.I found it a sweet read... even though there is quite a lot of romance and sex, Jenna is a very nice girl and it is impossible not to like her. Roman wants to be the alpha guy, but he is also a sweetheart, you want to hug him forever. they are both people with something to prove to the world and their families.I guess we can all relate to that... to make something of ourselves so the rest of the people understands that we have value.. and appreciate us in it.It was a nice read... shame there is no next installment! I would like to read more about the help cook.. handsome and nice!

  • Amanda R
    2018-11-30 09:40

    Anyone that knows me knows I'm a sucker for a foodie type book. This one hit the spot. Jenna needs to save her family restaurant and she knows that her older brothers best friend, Roman knows how to do that. So she goes to him for advice and ends up trying to seduce him. That's no hardship since she's been half-way in love with him for years. Roman is trying to get this latest restaurant in the black so that he can prove that he can do it. When Jenna shows up and wants to work as his pastry chef in exchange for advice for her families business. He's noticing that shes not the little girl that was always around when he was a kid. He has to keep reminding himself that shes the little sister and therefore hands off. I totally enjoyed the heat between them both. It was fun watching Roman dance around all of Jenna's advances. Their story was great and I was left wanting much more. You learn so much from them and watch them learn about themselves. I loved seeing characters from the first book in this series as well. Check it out, I'm sure you'll love it too!!

  • Jeannie Platt
    2018-12-02 12:45

    What do you get when you add, beach side restaurant, yummy deserts, a hot chef and a determined pastry chef? You get a sexy and engaging story that will keep you reading and hoping that Jenna and Roman finally hit the sheets and get a happy ever after.Jenna is stubborn, impulsive, and won't take no for an answer. Roman has rules, he learned them from his mother and he never breaks them. Jenna is no longer the little girl and Roman is playing for keeps.These two have so much push and pull it is sexually frustrating even for the reader... Which I loved.My heart broke for Jenna and Roman in this story... However I know that Jenna needed to do things by herself and actually grow up. Roman knew that and even when Jenna thought he didn't love her, he was hurting the same as her. Great story... Loved it.. Would recommend to anyone who loves steamy sex and foodie stories :)I received a copy of this from the author in return for my honest review

  • Stacey O'Neale
    2018-12-02 04:48

    I have to admit, I bought this book without actually reading the description. I mean, the title is SEDUCING THE PLAYBOY. How could I not, right? :-)I loved, loved, loved this book! Pastry chef Jenna Cooper is such a fun heroine. She's trying to save her family business and the one person who she thinks can help is her all-time crush, playboy chef Roman Gallagher. Roman also happens to be her older brothers best friend. The chemistry between these two is obvious from the start. I love their playful banter. It's so natural and what you'd expect from two characters who basically grew up together. Also, I love the beach restaurant setting. It's the perfect backdrop for some of the best sexy scenes.All-in-all, buy this book. If you're a fan of sexy contemporary romance or a fan of Entangled's Brazen line, you WON'T be disappointed. :-)