Snowbound Seduction

Snowbound Seduction

by Melissa Schroeder

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Overview

Trevor MacMillian is the tart and incredibly sexy executive chef who's made pastry chef Elaine Masterson's life a living hell. But when she catches him in nothing but a tiny little towel, it's almost enough to make her forget they're stranded in a luxurious mountain cabin together...or that she hates him almost as much as she craves him like a sinfully forbidden dessert.Being alone in a romantic secluded cabin might just kill Trevor outright. If Elaine hates him now, how much will she hate him if she finds out he's been fantastizing about her full, kissable lips? So Trevor argues with her. Makes her angry

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ISBN-13: 9781530092659
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2016
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

From her first love of Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter to her ultimate favorite genre of romance, USA Today Bestselling author Melissa Schroeder has always loved to read. After writing in multiple genres, she found romance and fell in love with the genre. Since being first published in 2004, she has had over 100 novels, novellas, and short stories released. A military brat and wife, she is now happy to be settled in Virginia wine country.

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Snowbound Seduction


By Melissa Schroeder, Alethea Spiridon

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Melissa Schroeder
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-571-0


CHAPTER 1

Elaine Masterson studied the Canadian Rockies as they flew by her car window. The jagged snow-covered rocks stood out against the fading sun. Normally, they would take her breath away. She had never been to this area of Canada before, and it was awe inspiring. Any normal person would be entranced with the idyllic scene she was being exposed to. Instead, she wondered if her driver was taking her out to the woods to kill her.

She glanced at the man in question. Harold. It was the only name he gave her. He was probably in his late forties, with long gray hair, a large and very crooked nose, and eyes so small she couldn't quite discern their color. That was one thing she thought she should know — the color of her killer's eyes.

She shook that thought away. Her imagination always did get her into trouble. There was no music or talking in the car, and that was another thing that bothered her. Long uncomfortable silences reminded her a little too much of her childhood. She cleared her throat to gain his attention. Harold said nothing. Of course he didn't. His mind was probably occupied on where to dump her body.

"How much longer?" she asked.

"Just up around the bend here and we'll be there. We got it all ready for you, as per Mr. McConnell's instructions."

Great, now Mick was in on the killing. She wouldn't doubt it. The last few months had been horrible at the restaurant. Mick had warned her and Trevor both he would kill one of them in the end. Now he had sent her to a snowy wasteland to have her whacked. She should have been suspicious when he offered her the cabin for the weekend.

As a girl who grew up in the south, she liked snow. It was so peaceful as it fell. She liked to sit by her window and watch as it landed on the ground without a sound. Her only problem was that even after living in France for a couple years, she didn't know how to drive in it. Or dress for it. Or deal with it.

"There you go," Harold said, breaking into her thoughts.

She turned, and her breath caught in her throat. It was the epitome of dream log cabin. It was huge, bigger than she expected, with a floor to ceiling window in the front. Elaine could just imagine the view as the sun rose over the Rockies in the morning. When he parked in the driveway she could only sit and stare.

"Ms. Masterson?"

She shook herself and looked at him. "Sorry. I guess I'm tired from the flight."

"I'll help you with your bags."

Then he jumped out of the SUV. She followed suit and pulled out the keys Mick had given her. As she waited for Harold to retrieve her bags, she glanced around. When he had suggested the trip to the cabin, Elaine had been thrilled. She'd been stressed about work, and she and Trevor had been at each other's throats the last few weeks.

She sighed as she followed her driver up to the door. Trevor MacMillian was a pretty man. A very pretty man. Okay, not truly pretty because he had a broken nose and an obnoxious personality, but she couldn't avoid the fact that part of the problem was she was attracted to him. Like wanting to eat him up with a spoon kind of attracted. What added to the problem was that he was an ass.

"Here you go," her driver said.

She stepped in and sighed again. There was a fire roaring to her right. Off to her left was a pristine kitchen. Mick couldn't cook, but he made sure there was something fantastic to play with. A Viking cooktop, two ovens, a sub-zero fridge. Lord.

"My number's by the phone. The storm coming in should just miss us, so you shouldn't have a problem."

"Storm?"

His weathered face split into a smile. "There's a big one coming down, but the weatherman is saying we should get an inch or two. Nothing big."

She smiled. "That would paralyze Atlanta."

"Well, don't worry. There's a generator out back. Do you know how to use it?"

She nodded and grabbed her purse to pull out a tip, but he held out his hands. "No, ma'am. Mr. Connelly said everything was his treat."

"Well, thank you."

She barely had the words out of her mouth when she heard the front door shut. She looked up and found herself alone in the room; the only sound was the wind outside and the crackling of the fire.

She walked around the open space. After she pulled off her jacket and hung it on the back of a chair, she spied a decanter of whiskey. Mick did know what she needed. If there was a storm moving in, her nerves were not going to be able to handle it, not without her favorite crutch.

As she crossed the room, the floor squeaked under her feet. It was weird, but it made her feel more at home. There was something about a wooden floor that always got to her. She poured herself two fingers of whiskey and sipped at it. The warmth of the fire drew her. As she wandered over, her mind went back to work. The idea for the restaurant had been a good one. She knew Mick from her time in New York, and he'd wanted to expand to the south. She might not want to spend time with what little family she had, but the south still pulled at her. Atlanta was perfect for her — a little hot and sticky in the summer and a short winter. It had been hard work, but six months in and they were the most popular new restaurant in the Southeast. If it weren't for the executive chef, everything would be wonderful.

Trevor Macmillan, English bad boy with a titled father and loads of money, she thought with a sneer. He irritated as much as he attracted her. The duality of her feelings was enough to drive even the most even tempered person insane. Most people didn't know she had a bad temper. She had spent a huge part of her time in culinary school learning to control it. Now, though, all Trevor had to do was make a small comment, and she lost her good sense. Never before had a man been able to reduce her to that behavior. There were times he made her so crazy she couldn't remember what she said after screaming at him.

Her number one rule about work was never mixing personal feelings with business dealings. Unfortunately, Trevor made her want to break that rule. There were times she would watch him working in the kitchen, those blue eyes of his concentrated on the dish he was creating. And those hands ... He had what people called artist's hands. Long, lean, sexy — just like that man. She sighed and sipped her whiskey. She had to work out those issues, and then she could deal with him. If she could clear her head of the man, she'd be able to deal with him at work. Time away was exactly what she needed.

"What the bloody hell are you doing here?"

She turned with a gasp, spilling some of her whiskey on her sweater. Standing on the landing above was her nemesis Trevor. He was frowning at her, his hair still damp, droplets of water slipping down his impressive chest, and all that he wore was a little bitty towel.


* * *

Trevor stared down at Lainey, his brain trying to work through the idea that she was standing there. It had to be some kind of mistake. A bloody awful mistake.

"Trevor?"

God, that voice. She never used his preferred nickname of Trev. Always Trevor. It should piss him off good, but he loved the way she drew out his name in that deep Georgia accent. It reminded him of those slow summer days when the heat was too much to take. Just that thought had certain body parts coming to life, and the little towel he was using wouldn't cover up his reaction. He drew in a deep breath and counted back from ten.

"Yeah, Trevor," he said.

This had to be some kind of nightmare — a bloody insane nightmare with the object of his obsession standing as pretty as she pleased, dressed neat as a pin staring up at him as if he were the boogey man. And he was getting hard. There was something really wrong with him if a woman looked at him in horror and he was turned on.

She swallowed. Lord, she was driving him batty. Every little move had him aching to close the distance between him and show her just what was going on under his towel. He was lucky she had no idea how attracted he was to her, or she'd hate him even more.

"What are you doing here?" he asked.

"This has to be some kind of joke." She closed her eyes then opened them again.

"What are you doing?"

"I was hoping this was a nightmare or something." She shook her head. "I'm here because Mick told me I needed a weekend away."

The puzzle pieces were starting to connect, and it was not a pretty pattern. "Needed time away to regroup?"

She frowned. "Yes."

Dammit, his best friend had set him up. Mick had threatened for months to do something drastic to stop their constant bickering. Trevor should have seen it coming. He'd been told Mick was ready to lose it, but Trevor had ignored the warning. And now he was in a secluded cabin with the woman who made him itch from the inside out.

"I'm assuming you agree that this is some kind of weird intervention by Mick?" she asked.

Of course it was. His friend wasn't the kind of man who allowed things to go. If he wanted something handled, Mick would figure out a way. This was a bloody ignorant way to handle it, but it had Mick's name all over it.

"I'm going to kill the wanker."

She cleared her throat. "Do you think you could, ah, get dressed?"

Her face was pink with embarrassment, and you would think she was a virgin from the way she was acting. Of course, like always, it made him want to push her. Whenever she got on her puritanical high horse he felt the need to knock her off — preferably into his bed.

He pushed that disturbing and highly arousing thought away. "Sure, then we're going to call Mick and give it to him."

She was looking out the window, apparently not able to stomach even looking at him.

He stomped into his room cursing under his breath all the way. In his life he had avoided women like her — uptight, particular, and always on a schedule. That was his mother and his sister. Owning a business with one would have never been his choice, but it had been a sound decision. She was considered one of the top pastry chefs in the U.S., if not the western hemisphere. Her reputation alone brought people to the restaurant. With Mick's business sense and Trevor's menu, it had been a dream. Until the two of them got into the kitchen.

He shook his head as he tossed the towel onto his bed and grabbed his jeans. Mick had really done it now. A night in a deserted cabin with his nemesis, the one woman who tempted him beyond reason. She was also the woman who hated him. Lainey. She hated the nickname, but it was what he called her. Most people — including the woman herself — probably thought he did it to irritate her. That was part of it. The other part was sadder. Calling her Lainey was intimate, as if there was something else going on. Trevor knew there was part of him that wanted other people to think there was something going on. That fact was enough to bother him but not enough to get him to stop.

He pulled his sweater over his head then went to face the woman. When he stepped out on the landing, he spotted her right away. He was in tune with her on some sick level. If they were in the same room, he knew where she was. Worse, she acted as if he didn't exist. So, to get her attention, he acted like an ass. It wasn't the way his mother had raised him. If her hair had been in pigtails he would have pulled them.

Sad, Trev, real sad.

Worse, it left him feeling horrible. He hated the way he acted around her, which made him even madder, and he took it out on Elaine. Scum. He was definitely scum.

He studied her for a moment, taking in the long line of her neck. She had all that glorious golden hair up in a twist on the back of her head. She wasn't what most people would call beautiful. She was ... striking. Tall, slender, and reserved. Not his usual type. Her skin was as soft as it looked, and he wanted to touch every inch of it. Lick it, too.

But every now and then he would see something there, some kind of vulnerability that called to him. Like now. She was staring out at the setting sun, a drink in her hand and she looked so ... alone. He had never seen a woman who could be so alone in a crowd of people.

He must have made a sound because she raised her gaze to his, and for a second his brain refused to function. Every bleeding thought evaporated when she looked at him. He had to pull himself away from those thoughts and back to the problem at hand.

"I guess we should call Mick," he said as he trotted down the stairs.

She nodded. "Then we can discuss what hit man we hire. I can't believe he did this to us."

"It isn't that bad. Tomorrow we can head out."

She nodded then glanced at him. "I'm surprised to find you alone."

He grabbed his cell phone and walked to the kitchen. "What?"

"I would have thought you would have brought a friend."

"Mick didn't want to come."

She blinked at him. "I mean of the female variety."

That hadn't been an option. The last several months he'd had a few women here and there, but he'd thrown himself into the opening of the restaurant and then ... his obsession with Lainey had started. When he realized he was dating women who looked like her, he freaked. It had been over two months since his last date, which wasn't a good thing considering the situation. But the tone in her voice made him rise to the bait. He couldn't help it. "If I did, it isn't something you should worry about. It's my private life."

She rolled her eyes. "I'd be happy to leave it private if you would."

Okay, so that was a problem. He was known as The Titled Chef, although he would never gain his father's title. It was honorary. The U.S. press had eaten it up, especially the people of Atlanta, who loved pretty manners and old money. Still, he was linked to more women than Hugh Hefner, though he assumed his colleagues knew it wasn't true. He would never make it to work if he had slept with all of them.

"It's not my fault they follow me around."

"Of course not. It's not your fault you don't have morals."

"I have morals. Just because I enjoy women doesn't mean I don't have any standards."

She crossed her arms. "Of course not. Granted, people would call me names if I was linked to that many men, but enjoy your double standard."

He opened his mouth to argue but stopped. They didn't need to fight about this, not now. It would lead to him being an ass. Worse, they had no buffer. Mick wasn't there to control him, and Trevor was worried he might lose control and kiss her. That would not be good. It would be fantastic ... but not good for the business. "Let's call our wanker of a partner, then we can decide on dinner."

She glanced at the window and shivered. "Too late to leave tonight, I guess."

He cocked his head and studied her for a second. There was something beneath the tough exterior that pulled at him. She showed it rarely, and definitely not to him, but he knew it was there. He would glimpse it every now and then — plus Mick had always treated her like she was made of glass.

"Yeah. By the time Harold gets to the bottom of the mountain to answer our call, it'll be dark."

She nodded. "I'm sure he has other tenants to kill."

"What?"

She looked at him then blushed. "Sorry. We drove for so long I thought he might be a serial killer, and he was taking me out to his place to kill me."

He could only stare at her, trying to discern whether she was lying to him or not. Then he laughed. "He is a little ... strange."

She nodded. "Speaking of corpses, let's call Mick."

CHAPTER 2

"I had no other choice. You both need to work out your issues," Mick said over the speakerphone.

Trevor gritted his teeth. He loved the man like a brother, but Mick exaggerated on a regular basis. Mick had a bit of a storyteller in him, and Trevor knew for a fact they hadn't been that bad.

"You had no other choice than to send us to a rundown cabin in a snowy wasteland?"

He thought he heard Lainey snort, but Trevor ignored her. Being in the same room alone with Lainey had his body humming. Knowing they were stuck there together for the night was almost unbearable.

"Really, Mick, you could have sat us both down and talked to us if you wanted to," she said, as if it made all the sense in the world. In her mind, she probably thought she did. Lainey did everything in a neat and orderly fashion.


(Continues...)

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Snowbound Seduction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I do like the love story but wish there was longer.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4.0 Star review of Snowbound Seductions by Melissa Schroeder Melissa Schroeder is an author I admire having read several of her previous releases. The attraction Trevor MacMillan and Elaine Masterson have for each other, hovers between love and hate. What neither of them counts on is that their business partner Mick has had enough of their constant bickering and fights. With this is mind Mick tricks each of them into a getaway to a cabin in Canada and of course both arrive without the knowledge that the other will also be there. Cue the snowstorm that turns into a blizzard, leaving them stuck in the cabin. What happens when 2 people who are obviously attracted to each other are snowbound without a way out for several days? You will have to read to find out. Although short, it was certainly packed with angst and growing sexual tension. The premise of the book certainly caught my eye, since I have 2 chefs in my family. I did feel that once Trevor and Elaine connected, their relationship did a massive jump forward, (mainly due to the length of the book) and I think I would have enjoyed an epilogue, perhaps a couple of years down the track to see how they were doing, but having said that, this was a quick and light hearted read and I enjoyed it. I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"Snowbound Seduction" by Melissa Schroeder is a fun and steamy quick read. This is Trevor MacMillian and Elaine Masterson's story. Elaine is the pastry chef and Trevor is the executive chef at a restaurant. Trevor makes as much trouble for Elaine that he can. They are always getting each other riled up. Their business partner decides to take matter into his hands. Elaine and Trevor end up snowed in at a luxurious mountain cabin together. I wonder who arranged this? Now, they are stuck together until the storm clears out. You know that saying that sometimes there is a fine line between hate and love. Do they really hate each other? Or is it the chemistry between them that they both keep denying? This is a cute and fun romantic story with some hot and steamy intimate scenes. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this short novella. It is funny, sweet and sexy. The characters were well developed and easy to relate to even though the story was short. I admit it is a little predictable, but what do you expect with a story this short? I like Ms. Schroeder's writing style and look forward to reading a full length novels of hers. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Trevor MacMillan and Elaine Masterson are constantly arguing. They may be partners in a successful restaurant, but they can't get along. Why is that? I enjoyed seeing these two together. Their sexual attraction is off the charts as is their frustration. I thoroughly enjoyed their reaction when they found they were stranded together. I wanted them to follow their desire. This novella was fast paced and humorous. Melissa Schroeder kept me entertained with this romantic story. Snowbound Seduction was a treat. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
snoopypeach More than 1 year ago
Trevor is an executive chef and part owner of a thriving restaurant. He can't seem to keep his cool and found Elaine and he knows he can never act on his attraction to her. Elaine is a renowned pastry chef and part owner of a restaurant with her best friend and her nemesis, Trevor. He drives her crazy, with his snide comments and badgering. Too bad she can't help but notice how gorgeous he is, but she knows it's all one sided. Get ready for the smoke alarms to ring, this story is on fire! Trevor and Elaine get stranded in a snow storm and they are forced to deal with each other. This was a fantastic setting for this romance. The characters are a lot of fun to read and there is plenty of background so you can get invested. This is a short read but it has all the great ups and downs of a wonderfully steamy romance. From heat in the kitchen to burning up the sheets in the bedroom this one did not disappoint for even a minute! The author did a bang up job of putting everything you could want from great characters to a compelling story to sizzling bedroom scenes all into a quick read. This one should not be missed for any lover of romance, passion and HEA! Received a copy for an honest review.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
Snowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder is a sweet novella. While it may not take some long to read, it is packed with an engaging plot, great characters and a bit of humor. If you’ve ever wanted to take two friends with amazing chemistry between them, and throw them into a room, lock the door and toss the key… this book is for you. I personally had a fun time reading Snowbound Seduction. It is a great read when you want something light-hearted but will still deliver the intensity of a full length novel. Told from a third person point of view, you really get a feel for the characters and their personalities. I would absolutely recommend this one! Kudos, Ms. Schroeder on a job well done!
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3 Sexy Quickie Stars Snowbound Seduction was a quick sexy read. Trevor and Elaine co-own a restaurant with a third partner, Mick, who’s the one that introduced them and convinced them to work together in this business venture. Unfortunately for Mick, Trev and Lainey don’t seem to be able to get along, and they spend their days in the kitchen bickering and generally annoying the crap out of each other. Trev has never felt so attracted to a woman before. He is known for his very public, very short affairs with models, actresses and the like so he is completely out of his depth when it comes to sweet Lainey. Besides, they work together and he doesn’t believe in mixing those two together. Elaine had a rough start to life, and doesn’t trust or feel comfortable with most people. She can’t deny that in spite of everything he does she still finds Trevor impossibly attractive but knows that he is completely out of her league. Well, Mick knowing them both very well, got sick of them not getting along and tricks them into spending a weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere-snow-land. He didn’t count on them getting snowed in though. Will Trev and Lainey take this chance to finally go for what they secretly want or will they continue to deny the chemistry they have together for the sake of their jobs? Both of them will have to sort through some issues but a cozy fireplace and delicious food and baked goods would put anyone in a great mood, even apparent arch-enemies. Fill with sensuous kisses, languid love making and heart and flowers declarations this was one very nice afternoon delight even if I didn't get overly invested in either character.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Snowbound Seduction was a fun and entertaining afternoons read. I enjoyed the sexual tension & banter between Trevor and Elaine, they made me laugh with the antics and it warmed my heart seeing them open up and share their feelings and fears. If you're in the mood for a short & sexy read, I recommend you read Snowbound Seduction
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
3.5**** This was a fast paced novella for Trevor and Elaine. I adored the nickname he had for her and his reasoning behind it. Trevor and Elaine really pushed each other's buttons and drove each other insane. It was their idea of foreplay, unbeknownst to them. Their inner dialogue was very entertaining, but when push came to shove, they could not fight their attraction. They were magnetic and explosive together. I wish it was a tad longer to where we could get to know them on a deeper level, but it was still a pretty good read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Snowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder was a very short but sweet novella. As another reviewer remarked, there wasn't much seduction going on, but regardless of the title, it was a good story. I like it when you get the H/h with the same job who come at it with different perspectives. Trevor and Elaine were pretty well written even though it was really short. I would have liked the story to be longer such that there were more scenes between them. I'd like to read more about Mick too. ARC provided by NetGalley
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read! Nothing too unexpected, but an enjoyable quick romance!
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this short novella! Trev and Lainey are both chefs, executive and pastry, respectively. They own a restaurant together in Atlanta, along with their friend Mick. They are constantly sniping at each other and fighting like crazy, so their other partner send then to a cabin in Canada to work out their issues. Of course, their main issue is that they want each other and don't know what to do about it! They get stuck at the cabin due to a blizzard and one thing leads to another... It was a very sweet story. It had funny moments, and sexy moments and I really liked the H/h's chemistry. Overall, it was a winner!
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It is a fun and lighthearted short novel. Trevor and Eliane are both chefs at a restaurant, they are also business partners along with their friend Mick. Who is sick and tired of their constant fights. So he thinks it's time for an intervention. He just wants them to sort out their personal issues with each other and get along in the kitchen. Sometimes they do act like children but mostly they are just trying to deny mutual attraction. When they are alone in the snow storm a lot of things falls into places and soon they find that they really cannot live without each other... It's a books for anyone looking for a fun, romantic read. Story doesn't start too well. For me, it took a while to connect with the characters but overall it was a great book.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Snowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder...This is a fun sweet quick read. What more could you ask for in a great book, food, romance, snow and a cabin. Trevor and Elaine are cute together with all their bantering, it made the book very entertaining. If you are looking for that book to let you escape, here it is. I received a complimentary copy of this book from publisher, via NetGalley for an honest review.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I love romances that have a foodie theme, and Snowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder has that and so much more. This novella is about executive chef Trevor MacMillian, pastry chef Elaine Masterson, and their mutual friend Mick, who co-own a thriving restaurant in the bustling city of Atlanta. Unfortunately, Trev and Lainey don't get along most of the time, which has become problematic. So without their knowledge, Mick arranges for them to get away for a weekend together. The outcome, a hot, happily ever after. I really enjoyed this book and Ms. Schroeder packs a lot of story into less than 100 pages. Trevor and Elaine are likable, interesting and hot. In addition, the cuisine descriptions are truly scrumptious, and I became quite hungry. Overall, this is a well written novella with great characters that have a smoldering chemistry. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Elaine and Trevor quickly in this short novella. The characters were very well developed and I love that we just fell into a quick weekend getaway with these two. Elaine and Trevor are business partners at a high end restaurant and have had some tension between the two of them. Their boss, Mitch, knows all too well what the signs are pointing to and wants to help the two of them to get past their hesitations with each other. Mitch send both Trevor and Elaine away for the weekend, but little did the two of them know that they were going to be staying together in a little cabin with lots of snow. Elaine comes with tons of baggage and never really opens up to anyone about her past. Mitch knows all about it which in turn makes Trevor jealous and he feels like he has competition with Mitch, but it is so not like that with the two of them. Trevor is a ladies man and does not like to settle down but has a different woman all the time. Elaine is not sure how to handle this part of him, but truth be told, she is the only one he really wants. Will they be able to be honest with each other since they are stuck in the same cabin? Will Trevor be able to show Elaine that she is all he wants now? Does Elaine run away forever? You have to read this short novella to find out how things end for Trevor and Elaine. Such a great story! I love Melissa Schroeder's writing style and look forward to more from her soon! I was given a copy of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "There is a thin line between love and hate." Stars. Snowbound Seduction was a quick, easy read. Nothing new or particularly different in the 'frenemies' to lover trope, but Trevor and Elaine were easy to get along with, and the novella was only an hour or so of reading. "We work together." And they have basically done nothing but argue since the opening of the restaurant they work in. At his wits end with the atmosphere their arguing is causing, their partner packs them both off to a snowy cabin retreat in Canada, neither of them actually knowing the other is there until it’s too late. "Don’t think… Just go with it." It doesn’t take too long for Trev and Lainey to admit that their frustrations with each other in the kitchen may have something to do with the sexual frustrations they are nursing for each other the rest of the time. As I said quick, easy and predictable, but it kept me entertained for the time I was reading it. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Elaine Masterson is a pastry chef and co-owner of a trendy restaurant in Atlanta, and while she enjoys her work, she isn't real fond of who she works beside. Sharing a kitchen with Trevor MacMillianis completely frustrating, not only because he is constantly doing things to agitate her, but also because he is devastatingly handsome and oh so tempting. But she has no intention of acting on her attraction, she doesn't do relationships and the mere idea of being involved with Trevor is unnerving... Trevor MacMillian thoroughly enjoys spending his days as a chef in the restaurant he co-owns with his friends, and also enjoys getting under the skin of his alluring co-worker Elaine. She however isn't so fond of his constant banter, which usually results in heated arguments. Their constant bickering is starting to effect the flow of their restaurant, so their friend Mick decides to step in and fix the problem. Without either of them knowing the other was going, Mick books them a stay at a romantic secluded cabin in hopes that they'll finally realize their attractions for one another, and finally admit to themselves that they belong together. This short, but oh so sexy, story captured my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a spicy little happily ever after, and I am happy to report that I got my wish...and a whole lot more!! This was first time reading something from this author and I have to say that I was quite impressed with what I read, so much so, I plan to add more of her books to my reading list! I highly recommend you give this read a try, these two well crafted characters will have you laughing and swooning the whole way through!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This one is fun, light, and sexy. Perfect read for a lazy afternoon. Any one who knows them would swear that Trevor MacMillian and Elaine Masterson hated each other. There is such a fine line between hate and lust though and these two have been hiding behind that line. That doesn't help their partnership in a restaurant, so when the third partner tricks them into an overnight stay in a secluded cabin he knows that one will come out victorious or they'll both come out finally admitting what they've been fighting all this time. A good read I would definitely recommend.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Cooking done well requires passion. Chefs Trevor & Elaine have passion to spare but in the kitchen it comes out as bitchen’. They are tricked into being alone with each other in an attempt work out a way to ease the tension between them. Turns out the tension in the kitchen can be turned into passion in the bedroom. Snowbound Seduction is a smoking hot, super fun read.