International tycoon Drago De Luca has the world at his feet and he knows it. But back home in Italy, his beloved grandmother's family inn is on the verge of closing down for good, thanks to hotshot American heiress, Chase Huntington, and her new hotel. Drago has to protect Nonna's inn, even if it means getting close enough to Chase to convince her she needs to leave. But the more time he spends with Chase, the more he's drawn to her passion, her love of his culture, and the way she looks in those Louis Vuitton heels.
Chase Huntington would give anything to enjoy her time with charming, sexy-as-hell Drago in the style capital of the world, but she has to make sure the new Huntington hotel opens successfully. How else can she prove she's not just fashionista with a fortune—she’s an heiress savvy enough to take over the family’s biggest hotel back in California? But somewhere between boutiques and business plans, she falls head over Louboutins for Drago. But when Drago's true motive for spending so much time with her comes to light, it could destroy everything Chase built and everything she thought she found in Italy.
Each book in the International Temptation series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Seducing the Tycoon.
Book #2 Playing the Spanish Billionaire
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Seducing the Tycoon
An International Temptation Novel
By MK Meredith, Kate Brauning, Naomi Hughes
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 MK Meredith
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Chase Huntington smoothed her hands over her Herve Leger bandage dress, taking her time to admire the tasty morsel leaning against a light pole at the end of the cobblestoned block. Perfect. He was exactly what she needed to make this business trip fun: a hot, sex-on-a-stick Italian who looked like he knew how to handle his biscotti.
He glanced up, interest in his eyes, and she held his gaze as her body acknowledged him in a wash of goose bumps. He was taller than many of the Italian men she'd seen, and her glance ran the length of him to check his shoe size. It couldn't be helped. And she wasn't disappointed.
Her cell buzzed, and she broke away from the visual temptation, swiping the screen and accepting the call. "Hello, Mr. Huntington."
Her cheeky tone drew a laugh from her father, making her grin.
"So far, so good?" he asked.
"Of course. I'm about to head in. Though, by the way, I still haven't been able to get ahold of the director."
As her father grumbled about reliability and work ethic, a woman brushed past and Chase smiled in apology. The lady dipped her head in return, sophisticated and graceful, just like Ferrara itself. These beautiful people were right up her alley. If she couldn't be back in Malibu finally starting her life like she wanted, she might as well live it up while she was here. A plan her best friend Addi would pop a cork for, then share the bottle to the last drop for — as a best friend should.
"Chase, are you listening to me?"
Pulling in a breath, she directed her attention back to her family's newest international addition, mere weeks away from celebrating its grand opening as a boutique hotel. "Absolutely," she told her father. "I'll contact you as soon as I have news."
He paused. "I don't have to remind you what's at stake here, Coconut."
The long-overused nickname left her shaking her head with a smile. "Only everything I want in the world." She checked the time. "Okay, I need to go. I'll call you later. And don't worry."
Disconnecting the call to his disbelieving chuckle, she tilted her head back to see all the way to the hotel's roof. With her hands on her hips and a broad stance, she felt invincible, though the centuries-old building rose above her as if in challenge, showing off its lost-in-time architecture and intricately detailed waterspouts made of stone humanlike faces.
"I can't tell if you were checking me out, or the new hotel." The deep voice and Italian accent slid over her skin like velvet.
She had to lift her chin to meet his eyes, and her heart hammered in her chest. This trip was definitely looking up, in an over-six-feet-tall, dark-and-handsome kind of way. She grinned. "Oh, I think you know exactly, but clever opening."
His wide mouth quirked up. "And here I thought your perusal of my footwear was opening enough. Size twelve, by the way. Quite adequate, if I do say so myself."
Heat rushed to her hairline. Size twelve would do just fine. "I'm sure I have no interest in the size of your ... shoes." And she didn't. As a matter of fact, she'd be completely satisfied to see his shoes discarded, along with his pants — because damn was this guy made to walk around naked. "Are all Italians this concerned with their footwear?"
He considered her question as if she'd asked about the local political climate. "Only when it appears said footwear may make or break his chances at extending the conversation into dinner."
Dinner, breakfast, possibly lunch. She was all about meeting her three-meal-a-day requirements, but he didn't need to know that. Not quite yet, anyway. She looked over his strong brow, and the breeze ruffled the dark hair at his temple. With a casual glance toward the hotel, she tucked her hands behind her back to keep from seeing how the strands would feel against her fingertips.
"Well?" He raised a brow playfully.
Another grin pulled at the corners of her mouth. She liked a man who wasn't afraid to close the deal. "Lunch, at the very least." She stepped up on the first stair leading into the hotel. The additional height brought her to eye level with her new friend, and her stomach dipped a bit as if she'd crested the top hill of a roller coaster ride. "But I've got some work to do first." She nodded toward the doors. "You know where to find me."
Turning back to the stairs, she grabbed the railing and paused to pull in a breath as her already rapidly beating heart kicked into overdrive. This hotel was her one shot, her one opening to prove that she belonged on the Huntington payroll — that she was valuable beyond just having the family name.
She could do this.
And the sooner the better.
The Huntington House, a boutique hotel right in the middle of this beautiful old-world city, would host its first guests in three weeks. And if she could pull off the grand opening without a hitch, it would prove to the board she was the best possible candidate for a director of hotel operations position back in Malibu — a job she wanted so badly she could feel it to her Jimmy Choo-clad toes. The applicants would be interviewed in one month, which meant this grand opening was her only chance to show everyone she actually deserved her dream job. Not because she was the boss's daughter, but because she was more than capable of kicking ass and taking names when it came to running a hotel.
She had a little less than a month to prepare. Three weeks. Twenty-one days. Already less than five hundred hours. She could break it down to the minute, but she didn't have the time.
So what if she'd been sent to a country she'd never been to before, where she didn't even speak the language? Thank God they'd at least set up a translator, because her fluency in Japanese and German weren't going to be any help here. Now was the moment she wished she'd studied Spanish or French. But those were her father's forte, a small detail her mother had waved off as if insignificant. "We'd send your father, but he's been so ill. He simply can't make the trip."
So now she had a hotel to launch. She squared her shoulders and brushed her hands against each other. Piece. Of. Cake.
With one last glance at her sexy Italian with the bedroom eyes and chiseled jaw, she entered her hotel through the large wooden double doors.
And stepped straight into hell.
Chase came to an abrupt stop and took in the scene before her. Plush sitting chairs were randomly placed throughout the lobby like a handful of jacks dropped by a toddler. Lamps, still in their packaging, lined the check-in counter. Potted plants, artwork, and decorative pillows by local designers sat in piles on the floor.
On. The. Floor.
What the hell was going on?
As she looked from the two well-coiffed women arguing behind the counter to the group of handsome gents having a heated discussion in the elevator alcove, a persistent pounding set up shop at the base of her skull.
She approached the women at the desk. "Excuse me."
Neither looked her way.
"Excuse me," she said. This time with a bit more force.
The women went silent and turned their heads in unison. Identically dressed, dark hair swept up in French twists, deep red lipstick.
Chase placed her hand on the counter. "What is going on here?"
They looked at each other and then at Chase. The one on the right spoke. "Che cosa?"
"What?" Chase shook her head. A commotion from behind caught her attention, and she spun around. The gentlemen from the elevator alcove walked up to her, all speaking in Italian at once.
She threw up her hands. "Please. I don't understand what you're saying."
One of the gentlemen slapped another on the shoulder and gestured toward Chase as he spoke. All the men laughed.
Well, hell, this was not the start she was hoping for. Where was the director of hotel operations? She bit the inside of her cheek. Everything should be set up and ready to go. All she was supposed to do was prepare for the grand opening, and make sure the ambiance of Huntington House melded old-world Ferrara and upscale, white-glove customer service, following the vision set by her and her father. But the director was nowhere to be seen, and the place looked like a hurricane had come through.
"Gentlemen, please. Where is the director, Signor Donati?"
They all shook their heads, speaking over one another with accompanying hand gestures. She didn't need to know Italian to understand Donati was nowhere to be found, and they weren't happy with the new American interloper.
"Okay, okay. One at a time. Please." She pulled in a breath. "Does anyone here speak English?"
It didn't take a translator to figure out what "stupido Americano" meant.
The pounding in her skull revved up as their voices and her to-do list grew louder and longer. The staff wasn't bilingual? At the very least the concierge and customer service should be. Who the hell hired these people? And where the hell was Donati?
The desire to fire everyone on the spot was strong, but she dug her nails into her palms instead. Three weeks left meant no time to interview, hire, and train all new staff that met Huntington House standards. But they didn't need to know that.
Raising her voice to be heard over the commotion, she placed her hands on her hips. "It looks like the first thing I need to do is find new staff."
The two women inhaled sharply as the men continued to argue. Chase eyed the two ladies through narrowed slits. They understood English just fine.
"Oh come now, that's no way to start off as the new kid in town, is it? Perhaps I might be of some assistance." A miracle came in the form of a familiar voice that skimmed down her spine for a second time that day. Her glance at his shoes was nothing more than a reflex.
Immediate silence followed.
"You're my translator?" Chase looked over the heads of her motley crew and took in her tall, dark, and handsome she'd been sparring with only minutes ago. She could look at this man all day, but right now she needed his voice. "Thank God."
"No, thank Drago." He flashed a devastating grin, then extended his hand. As she slid her much smaller one into his firm grip, she couldn't help but feel like she were shaking hands with the devil.
Because there was no way God would ever make a man this sexy on purpose.
At five feet nine inches plus four-inch heels, Chase normally met at eye level if not towered over most people — but this guy still looked down his straight and narrow nose at her with an intense dark gaze and a hint of a smile. The kind of smile that curled her toes and set off warning bells at the same time. He was still playful, but with an undercurrent of something dangerous.
She gave a mental shake of her head, chastising herself.
"Drago De Luca ... at your service."
She frowned. "You could have told me outside you were my translator. Playing me as the fool will never help extend lunch into dinner."
He narrowed his eyes, studying her a moment. "Lucky for me, you already agreed."
"Did I?" She most certainly had not. Especially now that she knew he worked for the hotel.
"But you're mistaken, in any case. I'm not your translator. No Italian, I take it?" His voice was rich and deep, gliding over the English words with an accent she felt more than heard.
The warmth from his hand seared all the way up to her shoulder. She let him go and tried to drop her hand to her side, but he'd closed his fingers more firmly over hers before she could slip free.
She glanced down at their hands, then back to him. "Barely anything beyond 'ciao.' I'm Chase Huntington. I was expecting my director of hotel operations to be here. He was supposed to be my translator. Or so I thought." She tried to pull her hand free again, but Drago continued to hold it. "My hand, love?" Her intrigue quickly dissipated. With the two of them playing tug-of-war and the staff all standing around looking to Signor De Luca instead of her, she needed to regain control. Now.
She opened her mouth just as Drago released her. He put his palm up, gaining the attention of the group behind the counter. "Ottenere questa lobby in ordine ora. E non farti vedere ancora arte sul pavimento."
A few of the men cast their gazes over to the pile of pictures and pillows, then to Chase. She had no idea what he'd said, but with only a few words, the men rearranged the furniture while the women focused on the artwork. The pounding at the base of her skull eased a bit.
One man, the loudest of the bunch, paused to say something. But one sharp glance from Drago had the man snapping his mouth closed and dropping his gaze to his feet.
That was interesting.
Chase studied her new friend. He stood in a way that took up space. When he spoke, her staff took action. Which would be impressive if he was supposed to be the one in charge. But she was the person responsible for this hotel, with no time to waste in completing the design concept. Three weeks was barely long enough to execute a grand opening, much less finish the renovations the director had apparently skipped out on.
She took a few brisk steps to the counter and laid her purse on the edge. Then, turning back to her sexy-in-shining-armor, she placed her hands on her hips. Sizing up people had become one of her superpowers over the years. The ability had developed when she discovered everyone was a stranger until they found out her last name was Huntington, and then they suddenly wanted to be best friends. And right now her superpower was telling her this guy was used to being listened to, wouldn't deal with anyone's shit, and knew the area.
She'd never been one for being indecisive, and she wasn't afraid to ask for what she wanted. And what she wanted was this opening to be a success. "I have a lot of work to do and a very short time to do it in, and apparently the director is gone, so ..." She clapped her hands together. "Want a job?"
His jaw clenched a few times as he looked her over. Her tailored dress became too tight under his gaze, and her first "to-do" moved to second place as getting out of her dress moved to first. She resisted the need to fan her face. And shot him a suspicious look. Damn. Apparently he had a superpower, too.
That wolfish grin flashed across his face again. "I already have a job."
"What do you do?"
She studied him, then tried another tactic. "You're from the area?"
The corner of his mouth threatened to curve up, but he settled it in a thin line. "Born and raised, but I left a long time ago. My grandmother owns Casa di Nonna."
"So you're familiar with the hotel business as well? That's perfect. You can see then why it's so important I hit the ground running."
His brows pulled up, but he didn't answer.
"How long are you in town?" She rocked back and forth on her heels. Every second that ticked by was another lost.
"Around a month."
"What will it take to extend a helping hand? I'll make it worth your while."
He stepped toward her. "I like the way you negotiate."
Crossing her arms over her chest, she shook her head with a quiet chuckle. "Our accountant will make it worth your while." Enough of this. "Look, you're in town, you know the people, and I need a translator in order to make the impossible possible, not today, not tomorrow, but yesterday." The offer was ballsy and the man hardly looked like he needed a second job, but he'd already shown how effective he'd be. Taking note of the lobby, she shuddered to think of the state of the guest rooms, and the impossibility of her situation tightened the muscles in her neck.
"I'd heard the American was in town, but no one had mentioned how straightforward she was. I like it." His mouth definitely curved into a devilish grin now.
"I don't have the time to scour Ferrara for a translator, so if you're open to it, love ..." She held her breath. If he agreed, she could at least get started with her new plan since it seemed the director had jumped ship.
He tapped his fingers on the registration counter. "Fine. You'll need all the help you can get. Not everyone's enamored with the idea of an American hotel in Ferrara. It's a tight-knit, loyal community."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a entertaining read. The author takes a typical story and gives it a great twist that ends up biting our darling male hero right in the tail. Ahhh - the choices we make when we think we are doing a good thing can bring a tough outcome. With a delightful heroine and a wonderful offset hero to balance, we are taken on an adventure in lovely Italy. The author paints a lovely picture of this town and the people that live there. So much so that you feel you know them and want to go and visit. With plenty of anticipation and buildup, our two lovelies decide that they work better as a team. A delicate balance of trust is put to the test and as you can imagine, issues occur. With time and perseverance, we do get a lovely HEA that is a ssurprise. A delightful read that will entertain! *copy received for review purposes
Seduced and Loved by the Tycoon This was a quick and entertaining read which was what I was looking for. The characters were believable, the storyline had a good flow and I could sit and read it in one sitting instead of having to read it in several sittings. Drago and Chase had this instant zing, this immediate chemistry which I found great while reading. Chase thought she found her dream and her dream man in Drago but he is hiding a secret and an agenda. Will Drago realize the truth before its too late or will he lose Chase and her love or can he safe everything? I loved the ending of this lovely romance and cannot wait to read what this author has next. My rating: 4.0 stars **** **I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Oh, the intentions of our hero to help his wonderful grandmother, certainly doesn't go as planned. Which is what makes this such an exciting story! Drago & Chase spark at first sight! Drago, with his nefarious plans, falls in deeper with Chase than he ever anticipated. Chase may appear to be only a hotel heiress, but she has to work for what she has, and for what she wants. As the city of Ferrara falls in love with Chase, so does Drago. But the likelihood of Chase accepting the things Drago has done, even though they were for the love of his grandmother, may be unforgivable! MK Meredith spins a fun and sexy story that has you pulling for a wonderful happy ending! Great story!
I loved everything about this story. It had such an old world feel, full of vibrant descriptions, beautiful scenery and a strong family element. Chase was a beautiful woman, not only on the outside but more so on the inside. She saw the beauty in all her surroundings and in the people. She strove to be the person she wanted to be. I loved all her interaction with the town citizens. Then there is Drago. So many mixed feelings towards his character. He was smooth, suave, total fantasy of an Italian lover. But his heart was troubled and it messed up his thinking. But as much as he messed up, his reparations were so meaningful and heart touching. This strong family element in this book touched my heart as it resembles my want for my family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Seducing the Tycoon by MK Meredith is a wonderful escape to Italy. The hero is a sexy Italian with the nickname the Dragon. Meredith makes the lovely town of Ferrara an integral part of the story. I was almost more intrigued by the city than the Dragon – pretty amazing. Meredith has a light, playful writing style with well-developed characters. Drago and Chase draw you in from the first page. The conflict is somewhat predictable – her hotel versus his grandmother’s inn – but it is written with a fresh and engaging eye. If you are looking for a fun, quick read, this is a great candidate. Copy receive from the author in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars Seducing the Tycoon was a quick and entertaining read. I enjoyed the storyline, it held my interest throughout the book and I read it in one sitting. The characters Drago and Chase had a strong attraction and their chemistry was off the charts. I enjoyed watching them connect, fall in love and finding their happily ever after. Overall Seducing the Tycoon is a well written romance that will entertain you and leave you with a smile on your face. A perfect Sunday afternoon's read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Drago comes "home" to Italy to find his Nonna's Inn in crisis. Diego, a family friend who's been running the Inn, stole from the Inn and left the country. Since Nonna won't accept his money to get the Inn in repair, Drago approaches his grandma's Inn as he would one of his businesses. He's ruthless and will stop at nothing to help Nonna. His guilt at not coming home sooner and finding out about the Inn, sways his decisions and not necessarily in a good way. Chase comes into town to prove to her family that she can run a "posh" hotel. If the Grand Opening is a success, she's assured her "dream" job back in Malibu. Chase finds herself the object of Drago's desires, but also his schemes to delay her Grand Opening so Nonna's opening will be a success. While translating for Chase and spending time getting to know her, he realizes he can't go through with his plan to sabotage her Grand Opening. When Chase finds out about his scheming and lies, she flees Ferrara broken hearted.... This was actually the first MK Meredith novel I've ever read. I really enjoyed it! I felt as though I was experiencing Ferrara along with Chase, seeing it through her eyes. I loved that she was such a history buff. I did think the middle of the novel was a little slow, but overall it was a really good novel. Kuddos to MK Meredith on her sexy, Italian stud and sassy, nerdy businesswoman.
This is a great book written by MK Meredith. Drago De Luca is an international tycoon but back home in Italy, his beloved grandmother's family inn is on the verge of closing down for good, thanks to hotshot American heiress, Chase Huntington, and her new hotel. Drago has to protect Nonna's inn, even if it means getting close enough to Chase to convince her she needs to leave. But the more time he spends with Chase, the more he's drawn to her passion, her love of his culture. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I was hoping that Chase would get her own story after reading Malibu Betrayals! You do not have to read that book first! I was hooked on the book from the first page. I couldn't read fast enough to see when Drago was going to get caught! I loved Chase's feisty spirit! It took me awhile longer to like Drago but he won me over! Together they had amazing chemistry and find what they need with each other. The imagery that MK Meredith paints of Ferrara has me wanting to visit Italy. This book was fun, sexy, and well written. I would definitely recommend it!
Seducing the Tycoon by MK Meredith....Amazing book, I loved everything about this well written story, bravo MK Meredith. You get so engrossed in the storytelling, you can't put the book down. Chase and Drago have so much chemistry, but with family, love and deceiving going on, can they make it work? This is a must read by MK Meredith. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Enjoyed the book, was quick and easy read!
On completing reading an ARC of this brilliant novel I couldn't resist tweeting to the author: @MKMKMeredith Personally, highly recommend it - just got to love an Italian Dragon being tamed by love - and his Nonna! Need I write more? OK, this book definitely deserves more of a review than that but you should definitely know it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into. It concerns Chase Huntington's endeavours to ensure the latest hotel in the chain started by her family is successfully completed and opened on time. She knows that if she does this the board will believe she's capable of running the hotel she wants. However, little does she realise that the Hotel's opening will coincide with that of a much smaller Inn in the same area, one that has been struggling through no real fault of the owner - who everyone in the area knows as Nonna. Nonna's grandson, Drago De Luca, is an international tycoon who has returned to help his grandmother - even to the extent that he'll convince the locals to help sabotage the opening of the Huntington's hotel, whilst he appears to be trying to help Chase sort things out. With double crossing like this, Chase is doomed to failure, but her personality and attitude make her a person everyone likes - including Drago! As he starts to reevaluate his lifestyle and attitude, he also gets to know and be even more attracted to Chase. With lies, double crossing and sabotage as well as romance, this certainly won't be a straightforward romance! The characters are well developed, with complex motivations and outlooks. Drago is a handsome, sexy, ruthless business man, someone who is used to going all out for what he wants and winning. Chase is a very independent person who finds it difficult to trust but is still fun-loving and compassionate as well as hard working. As Drago starts to recognise that Chase really isn't a hard headed goal orientated person like himself, her attitudes start to break down the walls around his heart and give him more of a conscience, encouraging him to rethink what he is doing. She starts to make friends within the local community and, for the first time, to feel at home there. What will happen when she discovers how people have been working to thwart her endeavours? What will happen when she learns the man she believed was helping her, the man she's growing to love, was actually working against her? You'll just have to read it for yourself to find out. As I said in my tweet, you've just got to love an Italian Dragon being tamed by love - and his Nonna!
Seducing the Tycoon blew me away with its diverse characters, beautiful descriptions, and a strong sense of family loyalty. The characters are very intriguing with completely different outlooks. Our hero, Drago De Luca, is charming, sexy, and above all, ruthless. Our heroine, Chase Huntington, is independent, fun, and compassionate. These two together make quite the pair. Chase and Drago’s journey to love is one you don’t want to miss! Drago, otherwise known as the Dragon, is back home to make sure his Nonna keeps her Inn. The Inn is everything to her and the only way for it survive is if the new Huntington hotel, pushes their opening date back. Chase needs her hotel to open without any problems. Doing so will land her a permanent position back home in Malibu. But with Drago holding the cards, Chase is in for the fight of her life. Drago sees Chase as a spoiled heiress who’s always had things handed to her. The more time he spends with her, the more he realizes how wrong he is and before he knows it, their attraction for each other turns into something more, something worthwhile, something worth fighting for and he must right his wrongs before he loses Chase for good. I loved both characters. Drago is pure business and a little misguided, but it works for him. All Chase wants is somewhere to call home and being in Italy, with Drago and Nonna, make her realize exactly where she belongs. Seducing the Tycoon was very enjoyable and the ending was perfect! Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting in Italy, the descriptions made me feel like I was there. Drago & Chase are wonderful characters and the loyalty to his (Drago)family was endearing. Chase was adorable in her fascination with the city and her connections with the locals.
"Seducing the Tycoon" by M.K. Meredith. This is Drago De Luca and Chase Huntington's story. I was hooked from the beginning. I fell in love with Drago and Chase's characters. You will also love Drago's grandmother Nonna. The descriptions of the Italian community made me feel as if I was there. Chase is in Italy to open the Huntington hotel for her father's business. If she can make a success of this, she is hoping that this will prove that she is capable of running her family's biggest hotel in California. Chase has spent most of her career traveling. She wants this job in California so that she can settle down and have a real home. Drago is in Italy to help his Nonna with her hotel. He feels guilty that he waited this long to help her. He is willing to do anything to help his Nonna. He is even willing to delay the opening of the Huntington hotel since it will hurt his Nonna's hotel. Drago and Chase meet but she thinks that he is helping her. In reality his goal to do anything to delay the opening of the Huntington hotel. But, as they spend time together Drago feels torn in what he is going to do. The chemistry between them is great! Will Drago sabotage Chase's opening? Or will they both take a chance on love? At first everybody thought of Chase as a rich American girl. As time went on I loved how Chase and the community fell in love with each other. I believe that since Chase had traveled so much in her life it made it easier for her to become a part of the community. It was great how she called everybody "love". FYI, includes mature content. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Awesome book! Loved the writing in this one, it was very descriptive and made me feel like I was sitting in Italy with the rest of the characters. Drago and the way he loved his family, especially his Nonna touched my Italian heart at it's core. The chemistry between Drago and Chase was great and you can see the train wreck coming when he isn't completely honest with her. As Chase gets more and more invested in the town and with all the people you can't help but hope she has finally found her home. I highly recommend this one!
A fun read! Watching two who aren’t looking for love stumble into it is always entertaining! American heiress Chase Huntington has come to Italy to oversee the grand opening of a new hotel in her family’s conglomerate. If she proves that she can do a great job here, she’s convinced it will earn her the coveted job she wants back home in Malibu, CA running the largest of her family’s hotels. She can’t fail! Drago De Luca is back home in Italy to figure out how to save his Nonna’s Inn. He sees Chase as huge competition that will force Nonna to close for good, so he sets out to sabotage her opening. He gets close to her and finagles with the locals behind her back, but the plan backfires when he starts to actually care about her! Will she forgive him when she learns of all of his lies? And will they ever be able to see a future together?
One of the foibles of humanity is making mistakes. Making a choice with the best of intentions but the execution ends up not working out like the plan. Drago in theory made decisions to help his family but along the way ended up hurting himself. While reading Seducing the Tycoon, I kept hearing the lyrics to Something Stupid in my head. The song is a cute twist on how an emotional bond and three simple words ("I Love You") can tie a person in knots and change the dynamic of their relationship. Chase got caught in the crossfire of Drago doing "something stupid" and neither would be the same. Ms. Meredith created an adorable story centered around a clueless hero and a insecure heroine. Humour, family, romance and wisdom - this story delivered on all counts.
I liked the book, but i really really don't like Drago. Drago, is not a dragon, He's a lowely snake. For Hero's, he's a pretty poor one. Thankfully i can look past his snake like ways and fall in love with a beautiful town, the people in it and Chase. The setting is beautiful. The pitting of two inn's open houses against each other is a great plot. Chase and Nona are such great, warm hearted people, I instantly fell in love with them both. The trials Chase has to go through to get the resort open are comical It keeps you turning the page to see what dirty deed will happen next and how her awesome, loving personality will win out. I'd love to see more books in this town the people and culture is addicting. A sense of family brought to life. The book has a few sexy scenes, they are so so. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review