Friday, 20 June 2014
Review: Seducing the Bridesmaid - Katee Robert
Regan Wakefield is a headhunter in both name and personality: driven, motivated, and unafraid to pursue what—and who—she wants. Naturally, she’s thrilled when her friend's wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways. But Brock’s smooth southern charm isn't part of the plan...so how exactly did they end up having searing-hot sex?
Regan may pretend the erotic electricity sparking between them is merely a distraction, but Brock knows better. She refuses to see beyond the devil-may-care façade he presents to the world, while he sees straight through hers. Changing her mind—and getting under her skin—is a challenge he can’t resist. And when he wins, Brock will do whatever it takes to convince Regan that the best man for her is him.
Wedding Dare Series:
Dare to Resist - Laura Kaye
Falling for the Groomsmen - Diane Alberts
Baiting the Maid of Honor - Tessa Bailey
Seducing the Bridesmaid - Katee Robert
Best Man with Benefits - Samanthe Beck
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Regan has every intention of using her friend's wedding to catch the eye of her ideal man. She's a head hunter by profession so she's already done her research and on paper the best man Logan is everything she could want in a guy. She hadn't counted on the charms of groomsman Brock though and it looks like he's going to do whatever it takes to waylay her from her goal. Can Brock convince her that he's actually the perfect man for her?
Seducing the Bridesmaid is part of the Wedding Dare multi-author series which has been written by five of my favourite Brazen authors. The prequel novella, Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye, sets the scene for the rest of the series and introduces us to the original couple Kady and Colton. Each of the following novels, written by Diane Alberts, Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert and Samanthe Beck, follow the same time line and take place at Kady and Colton's wedding. Each book features a different bridesmaid and sees the four of them daring each other to find a hot groomsman to have fun with for the duration of the wedding. Although the series doesn't have to be read in order I would recommend at least starting with the prequel novella before you go on to read the remaining stories in any order that takes your fancy. There is a crossover of characters and you'll see certain conversations between the friends from several different angles throughout the series and I've really enjoyed seeing how cleverly all of the books have been tied together. Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Robert is the fourth story in the series following Dare to Resist, Falling for the Groomsman and Baiting the Maid of Honor.
I hate to say it but as much as I love Katee Robert's writing Regan nearly ruined this story for me. I found her incredibly difficult to like because she was so cold and judgemental in the beginning. She takes one look at Brock and decides he's not good enough for her, purely because she doesn't think he's as driven or career oriented as she is. I kept waiting for her to wise up and realise that there was a lot more to Brock underneath his casual surface and if she'd done that on her own I think I could have forgiven her. Unfortunately it takes her doing some digging into his private life to uncover his secrets for her to actually decide he's worth taking a chance on. I was so annoyed by the way she looked down her nose at him for anything long term but was happy to jump in bed with him, not only that but she'd get out of his bed and then immediately go and try hitting on Logan again. I've never spent so much of a romance story wishing the hero would tell the heroine to get stuffed and go off and find someone who was actually worthy of him!
It was Brock that kept me reading, he was a fabulous hero and someone I could easily fall for. He comes across as someone who has no ambition and he does have a nasty habit of playing down his achievements but when you think about the way his father has always treated him it is quite understandable. He has always been compared unfavourably to his older brother and he was desperate for someone to see him as good enough in his own right. I really, really wanted Regan to see the real Brock BEFORE she discovered how successful he was and I was incredibly disappointed that it took her uncovering his secrets for her to see him as worthy. I seriously have no clue what Brock saw in Regan, there was just nothing about her that made me think a guy would fall so madly in love with her that he'd put up with the way she treated him.
I'm still a huge fan of Katee Robert and I have really enjoyed all of the other books in this series but I'm afraid that, for me, Seducing the Bridesmaid was a disappointment. The chemistry between the couple was fantastic and you can count on this author to give you a sexy story but not liking Regan was a big issue for me.
Source: Received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
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