Seducing the Playboy

Seducing the Playboy

by Amanda Usen
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Seducing the Playboy by Amanda Usen

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 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 he at 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503049338
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Seducing the Playboy (A Hot Nights Series Book) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4 1/2 stars I feel that this book should come with a warning – it’s going to make you hungry. Our author shows her readers that there are all different types of hunger and she definitely knows how to feed that need. She also does a great job of seducing and teasing her readers. There’s just enough to get a reader’s imagination flowing. And then there are the fantasies. The sad part is that you can get this book read in one day. I’m glad to see this is a series. Into The Fire is the first book of the series should you need to get caught up. Another sad part is that I can’t find anything about book three. We’ll just have to be patient.
WhatsOntheBookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Good Book! 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. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Jenna is a recent graduate pastry chef and Roman is heir to a food empire and is best friends with Jenna's older brother.  Jenna is trying to save her family restaurant and decides to learn from the best. She decides to learn from Roman and the rest is history,  This was an fun read, an awesome beach setting, and a realistic romance between two stubborn chefs! I love a good food related romance and this story didn't disappoint. I was given an free copy for an honest review. 
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
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
jeannietone More than 1 year ago
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
jljkjohnson More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Kept my attention all the way through, literaly could not put it down. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another incredible book from Amanda Usen! Jenna and Roman are such a fun couple and you can't help feeling hopeful. Well written with a host a great characters! Personally I hope I get to read a HEA for Max! I definitely recommend this one.
Kiwibooknerd More than 1 year ago
ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing This 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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first half of thus book was pretty good, actually 3/4ths was good, but the last part of the book kinda fell off the track. It was boring, predictable & trite.
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