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Seducing Simon

Seducing Simon

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by Maya Banks

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Toni Langston has been in love with Simon, her best friend, for years. The night Simon breaks up with his long time girlfriend, he and Toni make love. Toni is devastated and humiliated when, in the heat of the moment, he calls her by his girlfriend’s name. The next morning, Simon remembers nothing of the previous night and Toni is only too relieved not to


Toni Langston has been in love with Simon, her best friend, for years. The night Simon breaks up with his long time girlfriend, he and Toni make love. Toni is devastated and humiliated when, in the heat of the moment, he calls her by his girlfriend’s name. The next morning, Simon remembers nothing of the previous night and Toni is only too relieved not to remind him.

Two months later, she discovers she’s pregnant. She wants Simon to love her, apart from any obligation he might feel because of the baby. So she embarks on a quest to seduce her best friend, to make him see her as more than a little sister, to make him love her as much as she loves him. It works. Maybe too well. Now when things are perfect, she faces telling him of the secret she’s kept.

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Seducing Simon

By Maya Banks

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Maya Banks
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-263-2

Chapter One

Toni watched from the couch as Simon turned and walked over to her once more. She smiled tentatively up at him as he knelt by the couch. "How you doing? Any cramping?" he asked.

"You've been reading my pregnancy book again," she said with a laugh. But she found it endearing he had devoted so much time to reading about something that affected her.

She reached a hand up and placed it on his chest. "Thank you," she whispered.

"For what?" he asked, confusion clouding his eyes.

"For caring about me," she said softly.

Not taking the time to ponder whether this was the appropriate moment, she smoothed her hand up over his shoulder and over the back of his neck. Pulling him down at the same time she raised her lips, she pressed her mouth to his.

He stiffened in surprise, but she moved her lips softly over his, seeking, almost pleading with him to respond. His mouth opened, and he took control of the kiss. His hand slid up to her neck holding her against him as his tongue darted forth.

She moaned softly, twining her fingers in his hair pulling him even closer. Heaven had nothing on Simon. His kiss was possessive, strong, everything she'd dreamed about since their first night together. Only now he knew what he was doing.

A giddy thrill shot through her body as the kiss went on, his hot breath on her face only fanning the out of control flames.

Then he jerked away leaving her struggling to catch her breath. His eyes were bright with ... regret? Shock? He rocked back on his heels and ran a hand through his hair, then swore.

This wasn't the reaction she'd envisioned.

She struggled to sit up, wrapping her arms around her chest in a protective measure. Then she waited with dread for him to speak.

"Jesus, Toni. I'm sorry. Christ, are you okay?"

She nodded, too numb to speak. He was apologizing. Humiliation edged every bit of the euphoria that had swept over her just seconds ago. Slow heat spread up her neck and over her cheeks. "I'm fine," she finally murmured.

Not saying anything further, she rose, wrapping her dignity around her like a tattered blanket then walked through the kitchen toward her room.

"Toni, wait," he called.

Ignoring his plea, she quietly closed the door behind her and locked it. If she didn't get out of there soon, she was going to lose all semblance of self control.

The tears came before she got to her bed. She knew it was a long shot, but hope springs eternal. Or it did. Now she was going to have to face the music. She was pregnant and alone. Simon didn't see her as anything more than a kid sister. The sooner she came to terms with that the sooner she could get on with her future. Single motherhood.

Her doorknob jiggled then a soft knock sounded. "Toni? Toni, open the door please. We need to talk. God, I'm sorry. I had no right to do that."

She buried her head further into her pillow and shut out the sound of his pleading. After a few minutes, she could hear him walk away.

She rolled onto her side and gripped the pillow against her chest. What the hell was she going to do? She couldn't face him now. Once again, she'd screwed up royally. And this time she'd probably ruined their friendship as well.


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Meet the Author

Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children, and assortment of pets. When she’s not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing, or playing poker.

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Seducing Simon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 332 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A RE RELEASE OF THIS BOOK. The original publication date on my elec copy is June 2006. Publishers should tell people. Almost bought this twice.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
How does a woman tell the man she's been enamored with, that they had a one-night-stand (which he doesn't remember any of it at all), that now she's pregnant with his baby? Oh, and let's not forget, they're best friends and he just so happen to call her by his ex-girlfriend name to boot! Toni has a major dilemma, does she keep it all to herself until its utmost necessary or come clean with Simon in the beginning? Well there's only way to discover the conclusion to the mystery is by reading it yourself. Yet there's one tidbit I'll divulge, you will NOT be disappointed, because Ms. Banks can definitely deliver a GRUELING HEARTFUL ROMANCE, WITH NOTHING SHORT OF SEXUAL HEAT that will bring you to your KNEES! Every time I turned the page, I was on the EDGE OF MY SEAT with EXCITEMENT. I've CRIED, LAUGHED, and found my own GRATIFICATION within the pages of this SPECTACULAR novel. WELL DONE MS. BANKS, ALWAYS DESERVING WELL BEYOND A 5 STAR RATING!
CATHYJOMO More than 1 year ago
I've read many books by Maya Banks and what struck me about "Seducing Simon" was the underlying sweetness of the characters and the humor of the pursuit of the title character. The sexual content is less explicit and more understated than that in other Banks' novels. Despite the misleading and, frankly, embarrassing cover, the novel is a a pleasant read. Light and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Maya Banks is a freakin' genius. This book is fabulous. This is the third time i've read this book and I still can't get over how good it is. It's one of those special stories that stays with you days after reading it. Ms. Banks writes amazing characters. The connection between these friends was undeniable. Be sure to keep the tissues handy though. There are definitely some heartbreaking moments. Too bad she didn't write a story for Mike or AJ. Loved their characters as well. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I'm hoping to Maya will turn this into a trilogy...want great things to happen for AJ & Mike!!!
iluvbooks81 More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down! I am such a huge Maya Banks fan! Her writing sucks you in to the story from the first page. Please tell me there will be another book that tells AJ story.
Erica Forrister More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Great characters that made you want to be a part of their 'family'. I just wish it would have wrapped up the story. It kinda just ended. Left me wanting to know more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Like that she included details about living in small towns but with strength to the character. Plus, details of living with an unusual family while dealing with a important job and how scary that can be. The romance in the story is incredible. Please get it, its well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. However the story is only 196 pages I felt shorted as if it was unfinished. The storyline is perfect. The chemistry between Simon and Toni is off the charts hot. At times I cried so hard I couldn't see and st times my heart actually ached. I could feel Toni's pain and sorrow. Ther is stil enough of a story to still thoroughly enjoy it. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good little story. Not very long though, under 200 pages, and the word spacing was weird. Each l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I just wish she would have done this as a series and wrapped up all the guys stories
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Good story line. Character development somewhat lacking. Relationships seem to pop out of nowhere, but overall an easy read. -s.
Tiffany_Dover57 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to give this book more than 3 stars but it just isn't the style I normally read, I couldn't appreciate it as much as I should. This was my into to Maya Banks, I'd seen her name quite a bit so I got the audiobook on a whim. I don't think I even read the blurb about it.  The story itself was good, the writing was also good. The narrator was ok. She was sort of vanilla but after I got used to her style, I started to hear the nuances she used. There was nothing wrong with this book, I just don't think I'm the right audience.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance or has heard good things about this author. It just wasn't my cup of tea. That being said, I'll take a look at her other offerings to see if there's anything up my alley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good shorter read then I am used to. Wish it would have dived more into characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good but how hard could it be to add another chapter of Toni going into labor, us finding out if they had a boy or girl.? And she writes all these sequels so why not write A.J and Mike their on story? The guys were great but the brother was kind of a tool!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maya is the reason i sometimes dont get stuff done- i start a book of hers & cant put it down! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Decent story, but story was too drawn out! Love scenes were average at best. I usually love books by this author, but this one was a miss!
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Loved the story.
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