The last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit home. He knows the trip won’t be easy, but the one thing he didn’t count on is how grown up little Anna Hamilton is...or the way she makes him feel when he sets eyes on her.
Anna’s been in love with Brett for years, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her now, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself...and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers.
And then the game is on.
Each book in the Hamilton Family series is STANDALONE.
* The CEO's Seduction
* Romancing the Bachelor
* Catching the Player
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Picket fences. Lush green lawns. Bright little flowers lining all possible walkways. Sparkling pools and laughing kids. Soccer moms. Basketball hoops. Sunny skies and hot summer breezes. Everything typically found in his familiar Georgia suburban hometown was here, staring Brett in the face.
He hated this goddamned town ...
And the memories it brought back.
After his parents died, his aunt and uncle had reluctantly taken over his care. He used that term loosely. They'd been pretty much the worst guardians ever, but hey, they'd been family. And he'd made it out the other side alive. Still, after he graduated from high school and went to college, he'd moved an hour and a half away to Atlanta to run his father's company ...
And he never looked back.
Not even once.
Now he was too busy as the CEO of his father's successful company, and he lived in Atlanta, so he didn't have time to come back to Jefferson even if he wanted to.
Which he didn't.
The only place he willingly returned to was the Hamiltons' family home. He straightened his suit jacket and headed up the walkway. As he reached for the doorbell, the door flew open. His fingers hadn't even grazed the little orange circle, yet already someone knew he was here.
Ah, life in a small town.
Brett smiled, expecting to see his best friend, Christopher Hamilton, on the other side of the door. Instead, he found an equally familiar pair of gray eyes staring at him. Eyes that he couldn't seem to shake, no matter how hard he tried.
And he fucking tried.
Back when they were kids, she'd looked at him like he held the responsibility for the rising of the sun and the moon. Damn it all to hell if she still didn't look at him that way, too.
Just like old times.
"Brett," Anna Hamilton, Chris's little sister, said, greeting him with a wide grin. Her eyes danced with excitement, and she did a little jump. "You're here!"
His gut twisted into knots at the sound of her soft voice, like he was about to jump off a cliff and crash onto the jagged rocks below. "Anna. Long time, no see. You look ... Damn."
She flushed, a small smile playing at her lush pink lips. "Right back atcha. You know my brothers are all behind me watching you, right?"
"When aren't they right behind you?" he asked drily.
Pursing her lips, she thought about it for a second. "When I'm in bed."
"Anna ..." He leaned in, his cold, dead heart picking up speed when she swayed closer. He lowered his voice so only she could hear. "Did you just invite me to your bed?"
He shouldn't be talking to her like this, but he couldn't seem to stop himself. This was why he avoided her in the first place, as a typical rule. There was something about her that cracked his usually hard exterior and slipped through the fissures.
"Maybe. Maybe not." She thumped his chest. "It's good to see you again."
She stepped back and brushed her hair off her face with her left hand, and for a brief second he caught sight of the scar on her palm. He was the only one who knew where it really came from. He'd been the one to help her come up with a good cover story for it — one that had never been discovered.
"The feeling is mutual. It's been too long."
Smiling, she threw her arms around his neck. She'd always been big on hugging everyone, and he'd always been big on hugging her. He returned the embrace, making sure not to pull her too close since her brothers were watching — and they didn't blink even once.
Not. Fucking. Once.
"Easy, now, Twinkletoes." He let go of her instantly, but she took a fraction of a second longer to step back from him. "You'll get me beat up before I'm even inside the door."
She groaned, but he didn't miss the flush in her cheeks as she glanced over her shoulder at her brothers. "Don't tell me you're still stuck on that nickname."
Once when they were much younger, Brett came over and found her home alone, dancing around the house in a tutu, singing opera out of key. At some point, as he watched her in amazement, she caught him staring. At first, she looked horrified. But then a spark of mischief lit up her eyes, and she came to his side with her hand out. Before he knew what was going on, or what the hell he was doing, he'd been in her arms, twirling around the house and laughing like he'd never laughed before — and he'd never laughed like that again. That's when he'd first called her Twinkletoes, and the nickname stuck. "Do you still dance around the house and sing?"
"Uh, occasionally ..."
He raised a brow. "Then yes, I'm sticking with it."
"Will you dance with me this weekend, for old time's sake?"
"I only dance when we're alone," he said, his voice husky. "You know that."
She licked her lips, and for some reason, he couldn't look away from her mouth. "We'll have to find the time to be alone, then, won't we?"
Was it just him, or was she flirting with him? She was trying to get him killed. If her brothers heard her, or thought he had any intention of taking her up on her offer, he'd be a dead man. Smiling, he tried to think of something neutral to say. "I'd —"
Someone cleared his throat.
"Incoming," Cole said, warning in his voice.
"Is that Brett?" a familiar voice called out.
"Yeah." Brett forced his eyes away from Anna and back where they belonged — on his best friend. Who would kill him if he flirted with his baby sister. "What's up, man?"
"Nothing much." Christopher grinned and bounded forward. His gray eyes were remarkably similar to Anna's, but his hair was a darker blond. Anna stepped back when Christopher enclosed Brett in a tight hug, slapping him on the back in that way that men always did to show affection. "Just getting married."
"And you haven't run yet?" Brett asked with mock horror, holding a hand to his chest.
Chris rolled his eyes. "Give me some credit."
"Yeah, what was I thinking?" Brett pursed his lips. "You wouldn't run until after the bachelor party."
Christopher laughed. "Who would've thought I'd be the first one to get married? I mean, come on, I'm only twenty-seven. Cole, you better get a move on before you go gray."
"Not likely," Cole said. He smoothed his brown hair and stepped forward. "I'm thirty-three — not dead in my coffin. I won't get married till one foot's in. Maybe not even then."
Brett tipped his head to the side. "You know ... I think I already see a little bit of gray in your hair."
"Yeah, right." Cole gave him an indignant look — but then looked in the mirror hanging on the wall to make sure he was actually kidding. "Fuck you, asshole."
Brett burst into laughter. It was so easy to slip back into his role as the sarcastic best friend. He'd been dreading come back to this town, but it felt good to be here with these people who cared about him.
It felt like home.
Wyatt clapped him on the back. He had lighter hair than the rest of the men, blue eyes, and was almost thirty. "It's good to have you back. It's about time someone else gave Cole shit besides me."
"Looking good, Brett," Eric Hamilton, the second-oldest brother at thirty-one years old, said. He had the same brown hair that Cole did, but his eyes were an odd mixture of gray and blue. The startling effect had always made Brett uncomfortable. "Nice suit. That Armani?"
Brett rubbed the back of his neck and shifted on his feet. "Yeah. Thanks, man."
Eric nodded once.
"Gray's your color." Cole stepped forward. "It's been too long since you've come home."
He lifted a shoulder and didn't meet the other man's eyes. "Been busy."
"Too busy for family?" Wyatt asked.
Family. Brett's gaze wandered to the left side of the living room. His old home stood on the other side of that window. He shrugged and forced a smile, tearing his attention away from his past. "Companies don't run themselves."
Christopher raised a brow, silently calling him out on his bullshit, but otherwise kept his silence.
Brett cleared his throat. "So, where's the lucky bride?"
"She's upstairs." Anna stepped forward. "I'll take you up to meet her if you want, and then show you to your room."
Christopher's brows lowered, and he leveled a hard look at Brett. Brett just stared back, completely unsurprised at the warning in his stare. It was a well-known fact that Anna had always had a crush on Brett. Just as it was a well-known fact that Brett wasn't allowed to act on it, even if he wanted to. He might be a ruthless businessman now instead of a gangly teenager, but even he wouldn't go back on a blood promise.
"Brett?" Anna asked, blinking at him. "You want to meet Nina?"
"Yes. Of course." Brett cleared his throat. "Lead the way." "Follow me," she said, her voice light and flirty.
"Gladly." Brett stepped aside to let Anna walk past him. She started up the stairs, her hips swinging with every step she took. Looking at the rest of the Hamiltons, he raised a brow. "I'll catch up with you guys in a few?"
"We'll be waiting," Eric said, his jaw tight. "Don't take too long."
"Of course not." Don't worry. I'll only take long enough to defile your sister in the upstairs hallway. "We'll be right back."
As he followed Anna, his gaze level with her swinging hips, four sets of eyes bored into his back, singeing holes in his favorite suit jacket. Just in case they could see through his skull, he focused on the back of her head. Her blonde curls bounced with each step she took. For some reason, he found himself wondering if her hair was as soft as it seemed, and he almost wanted to find out.
When they reached the top of the steps, she held on to the banister. "Don't pay attention to them. They still think I'm a little girl who needs protecting."
She did need protecting. Men were assholes. "Aren't you?"
"Oh God." She turned on him, her frown showing him her disappointment even if she didn't sound mad. "Not you, too?"
"I'm not going to be protecting you, if that's what you're asking." He stopped on the second-to-last step. "But I think you'll always be someone they need to protect. Kind of goes hand in hand with having four older brothers."
"Yeah, well, I don't think they need to worry about you." She motioned toward him, her cheeks going bright pink. "I mean ... it's you. You're nothing to worry about."
He swallowed a laugh at her words. "Are you insinuating I can't get it up, Twinkletoes? Because I assure you, I've had no complaints in that area."
"Yeah, I know. I've heard," she muttered.
"I mean ..." She gestured somewhere in the vicinity of his cock. "What I mean to say is, I'm sure everything is fully functioning down there. Not that I've asked around or anything. That would be super creepy. Like, really creepy. It's not like I talked to your exes, or put up cameras — "
He held up a hand, choking back a loud laugh. "Maybe you should just stop now while you're ahead. If you tell me you've been watching me on surveillance cameras, even I'll get freaked out, and I do some sketchy shit to close a deal at work sometimes."
"God, yes. I'll just stop talking now. Like, forever."
He burst into laughter, reaching out to squeeze her hand, which still rested on the banister. When his fingers brushed hers, a jolt of something he didn't want to name shot through his veins. He jerked back in surprise, completely caught off guard. Since when did touching Anna make him ...
Nope. I'm not putting a name to whatever the hell that weird jolt was.
Her eyes widened, and she stepped back and pressed her hand to her stomach. Shit. Had she felt it, too? "I ... uh ... Nina's this way." She gestured over her shoulder awkwardly. "Down the hallway."
"Great." Swallowing hard, he forced a smile. "How's life as a speech therapist treating you?"
She came to life at the mere mention of her work, washing away the last of whatever the fuck had happened between them a minute ago. "It's great. I love working with kids. It's so rewarding to watch them progress as they learn the right way to make sounds. To see their eyes light up when they properly say a word they couldn't figure out before. The look they get when they realize, finally, that they can get a sentence out without having to repeat themselves ten times." She cut off, her cheeks going pink again. "Sorry, I'm babbling."
"You're not babbling," he said, his gaze locked with hers. He couldn't look away from her right now even if he wanted to. The joy on her face was mesmerizing. "It's refreshing to see someone so happy with their career choices."
"I am happy. What about you? Are you happy, Brett?"
She smoothed her hair, her hand looking steady and sure, even though she'd shaken him with her touch. She'd always been so certain what her life should be like. Always comfortable in her own skin. It had taken him leaving this town and making something of himself, as CEO at his dead parents' company, to find that strength. But now that he had it, he was never letting go again. He was still alone in the world, sure, but this time it was by choice. That wouldn't be changing anytime soon. "Of course I am."
Halfway down the hallway, she grabbed his hand, making him stiffen because there was that damn feeling again. He fought the urge to yank free. This was Anna — just Anna. The same girl he'd grown up with, played house with, when she wrangled him into playing with her since her brothers wouldn't. All it had taken was a pout from her, and he'd been putty in her hands.
That probably would never change, even if he never really saw her anymore.
"I've missed you. I wish you came back sometimes." She tucked her hair behind her ear. "Are you really busy?"
"Yes," he said, his voice soft. "Why would I lie about that?"
She let out a little puff of air. "I don't know. Maybe this place brings back bad memories. Memories of ... you know."
"No. I don't. It's just a town, like any other."
Her eyes caught on to his and didn't let go, but then she shrugged and headed down the hallway. "If you say so."
Letting out a sigh of relief, he followed her, shoving his hands into his pockets. When Anna stopped and knocked on a door, he stepped back to wait. The door opened, and a pretty brunette with green eyes stood there smiling. She looked at Anna first, then closed in on Brett. She stared at him for a few seconds, and then her eyes lit up. "Oh, you must be Brett!"
"I am." He held his hand out, but she ignored it and hugged him close. "Oof."
He'd have to get used to hugging again.
Life as a recluse CEO didn't really allow for such things.
The brunette stepped back, still smiling. "I'm Nina, and I'm so happy to meet you. You're cute. The way Chris talked about you as a kid, I was expecting ..."
"A scrawny nerd?" he supplied helpfully.
She pointed at him. "Kind of, yes!"
He laughed, not sure what to say to that, because he had been a scrawny nerd.
She looked him up and down. "And then, on the opposite side of the spectrum, when Anna described you, I thought for sure she was exaggerating because she had that big crush — " "Is that Chris calling you, Brett?" Anna interrupted, her cheeks red. "I think I hear him."
Nina rolled her eyes. "That man ... "
"I think I heard him, too," Brett said. He smiled at Nina and took a backward step. "It was lovely meeting you," he said to the bride before turning to Anna. She was doing it again. Staring at him like he was a king. And for the first time ever, he kind of liked it. Fuck me. Forcing his smile to remain in place, he added, "And, as always, it was great seeing you again, Twinkletoes."
Her cheeks flushed pink. "I'll see you at dinner. I think we're seated next to each other."
Close. Together. The whole time.
"Great. That's ... great," he said, still smiling.
And then he did what any sensible man would do when faced with unknown and unwanted feelings for his best friend's little sister.
He got the fuck outta there.
Later that night, Anna stood by her chair, staring at the place card next to hers. Earlier in the day, she'd made sure to put Brett next to her for dinner, but on second thought ... maybe she shouldn't have been quite so enthusiastic to be near him again. Heck, earlier when he had squeezed her hand, he'd pulled away like she was contaminated and looked at her like she'd drooled on her chin or something.
She glowered down at the place card. Craaaapppp. Why had she thought drawing a perfect little heart in the upper left corner of the card was a good idea? With that there, how was she supposed to sit next to him throughout dinner and act like she didn't know he knew she was half in love with him? Maybe it wasn't too late to switch his seat ... after she gave him a new card minus a heart. She reached for his card, but as soon as her fingers closed around it, she sensed him behind her.
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I really wanted to like this book, I swear I did. Unfortunately, although the whole “best friend’s little sister” is a trope I enjoy, in The CEO’s Seduction it just didn’t work for me. My main issue was that by 47% mark, Brett and Anna’s back and forth thing, along with Brett’s hot and cold attitude made them become the epitome of that Katie Perry song. By the time they actually got together I really didn’t care anymore. Brett and Anna’s older brothers (there are four of them) were best friends. By the time little Anna started catching Brett’s attention he was sworn to keep his hands to himself by her brothers, a promise he kept no matter what. With a difficult childhood, Brett became a hard man who was out of touch with his feelings, with Anna being the only person to make him feel. Anna was a sweet, upbeat and charming girl who had been in love with the boy next door since the beginning of time. With both of them in her oldest brother’s wedding party, she sees her chance to finally make Brett notice her. Brett struggled too much with the blood oath he made to Anna’s brothers, but I understood he didn’t want to mess up with her and fall back into his player persona. Regrettably, it took him so long to finally sort himself out and go after her that I lost my interest in the story. Also, Anna’s brothers, who were supposed to be Brett’s friends, kept acting as if he was the bottom of a slime barrel, mistreating him and outright insulting him every chance they got. This I found not only annoying but also unbelievable, and it really made me not like the whole story much. The CEO’s Seduction had some really sexy scenes and Brett and Anna were, at times, really sweet together. Unfortunately, the whole indecisiveness and the brother’s attitudes kind of ruined it for me. This is not a bad book in any way, but in the end, it just didn’t work for me. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Diane Albert's new series starts with a classic plot of a little sister/older brother's best friend. Brett had a rough childhood after his parents died. He was raised by his aunt and uncle who provided a roof and little more. The bright spot in Brett's childhood was his friendship with the Hamilton family, including his best friend Chis and Anna the only girl. Anna developed a crush on Brett, but he never saw her more than a friend. He left their hometown to run his father's business. Brett returns for a wedding and is dumbstruck when by his attraction to Anna. She never got over her crush on him and proposes a wedding hookup. He agrees but keeps their affair secret because he doesn't want to Anna's brothers to know their affair. Soon Brett begins to develop feelings for Anna but we he win her brother's approval? This is a fun, fast read that is both sexy and romantic. I liked how the main characters relationship developed. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
3 stars The CEO's Seduction was a good read. I enjoyed watching the relationship unfold between Anna and Brett, they had a strong connection and their chemistry was amazing. Why then only 3 stars? Anna's brothers... Damn those guys drove me crazy with their antics and overbearing protectiveness. It was just too much and it did affect my overall enjoyment :( Overall, The CEO's Seduction was a good read and a nice start to the Hamilton Family series. Looking forward to the next book.
I do love the best friend/sibling trope. And this one was highly entertaining. Anna's brothers were way overly protective, a little too much for me at times. But really what would you not do to protect the ones you love? I loved Anna's determination and pursuit of Brett. She saw the real him and loved him anyways. Their past stories were so sweet. I loved how he acknowledged her and what she did for him. He was a little frustrating at times with his insecurity and indecisiveness. But I guess I need to be a little more understanding due to his past. But I loved the ending when he finally got it right. So any frustration with Brett was worth it. I hope there will be more to this family because Anna's brothers sure do deserve a crazy, wild, smack-him-over-the-head love of their own. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
sugary sweet and full of love This is one trite and sweet romance. Very stable and one that you can pick up quickly how the story will go. Brett was now a CEO of his dad’s company; he is very handsome and knows this. There are some emotional scars from his younger years but now as the CEO adult he is, he finds that he is not able to give any true emotions, not able to give love freely. There is some sort of freezing hold on him to give love . Untill he's best friend's wedding and he reunites with the Hamilton family again, especially Anna, the youngest sister. Their jouney is one that kicks up feelings that he isn’t supposed to have toward best friends younger sisters , you know, the “bro code” and all. Anna has carried a strong torch for her brother's best friend, Brett, for many years and now she can finally show him how she truly feels and let go of her feelings for him. Its now or never and now looks really good. The heat between them is white hot but the only person holding back is Brett. Will he let the only person who has truly ever loved him get away because he needs to honor of her being off limits and his feelings of self worth? This is one of those reads that will have you ooohhing and ahhing while at the same time wanting to hit the hero over the head for his being so silly. The ending will have you loving how Brett and Anna got their HEA. My Rating: 4.1 stars ***** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
After his parent’s died Brett’ s aunt and uncle became his guardians Brett's aunt and uncle did not love Brett more like hated him but they loved the money they got for him. They did not buy Brett new clothes or what he needed and Brett was made fun of. But there was always someone in Brett’s corner and it was Anna who was his best friend Chris’s younger sister. Brett did make it through H S he just didn’t feel like he deserved to be loved. Brett became the C E O of his father’s successful company and he still supported his aunt and uncle no matter how wrong they had been to him. Brett felt that is what his dad would want. There was something about Anna that cracked Brett’s hard exterior. Anna has always had a crush on Brett and her four older brothers all knew it. Brett was coming back to his home town as Chris was getting married and Brett was one of the groomsmen. It had been a long time since Brett had been back. Brett was now a ruthless businessman. But even Brett would not go back on a blood promise to not touch Anna. Chris is marrying Nina. Anna is a speech therapist and she loves working with the kids. Brett is a reclusive CEO. Brett could only remember feeling free and happy when he was with Anna. Growing up the way he did Brett had learned a valuable lesson: don’t trust anyone. Never let anyone close and more importantly you are better off on your own. So Brett learned to keep a cool clear head at all times. Brett never wanted a wife or child. What would happen to the child if something happened to Brett and his wife. Brett’s lawyer that handled Brett’s accounts who had been an old buddy of his dad’s kept pushing Brett to do his duty and get married and have an heir so Brett’s father’s company didn’t die with Brett. Brett felt he wasn’t capable of caring, that he was empty inside. Brett was very drunk when went to find his room in the Hamilton house Brett accidently went right instead of left and unknowingly ended up in Anna’s room caressing Anna while half asleep. Then Brett realized where he was and that the naked woman next to him was Anna and he stopped. Before Brett left Anna’s room he told Anna to stay away from him as he would only hurt her. Anna wanted to show Brett he wasn’t empty like he thought he was. Brett’s childhood may have told him that he wasn’t worthy of love but that just wasn’t true. Anna wanted to show Brett there was a lot more to life then just work and loneliness. All her life Anna had been waiting for Brett to see that they belonged together. Even though this had the very familiar plot of best friend’s sister.I still really enjoyed reading this story. Brett still had a different background that formed who he was including with Anna. So that gave the story a bit of a different spin. My heart went out to both Brett and Anna as if I was there and knew them. Especially Brett to have so much hurt. But it all comes together. The story showed it had always been Anna for Brett and Brett for Anna all the time they were growing up into adulthood. I loved the characters in this story and and the ins and outs. I recommend.
This is a new series by Diane Alberts. You will always get an entertaining story from this author. Brett Ross reluctantly comes back home to be in his best friend’s wedding. His hometown doesn’t bring back happy memories other than visiting his best friend’s family which includes the little sister, Anna Hamilton. It’s obvious from the beginning that Brett has long denied feelings for Anna and of course, her crush on her older brother’s best friend is obvious (if not also predictable). I found the overbearing-ness of the brothers a little extreme. And it was frustrating that Brett felt so unworthy and couldn’t explain to Anna how he felt. However, the steam factor was strong. Although Anna was a strong character – I would have liked for her to stand up more for herself. And Brett almost lost her by letting misunderstandings get in the way. So although this was an enjoyable read – there was plenty of frustration to go around as well. It will be interesting to see the other Hamilton brothers fall in love. May their love lives have less interference than they gave their little sister’s! Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Three stars. Brett Ross left his small town years ago and never looked back. After his parents died he was taken in by an aunt and uncle who totally neglected him, interested only in his inheritance. Bullied at school for wearing dirty clothes and not washing, his only friends were the Hamilton boys who lived next door and their little sister Anna. Now he's a successful businessman but his childhood has scarred him and made him closed off. Back in town for Christopher Hamilton's wedding (which of course takes place over an entire week) he can't help but notice that little Anna Hamilton still has a huge crush on him. Brett has always adored Anna, ever since she looked after him when he was a child, but he made a blood oath to her brothers that he would never lay a hand on her. Why would he? He is too broken to ever give any woman what they need and deserve. Let me say I am bored to tears of the hero being broken and unable to love - why don't we ever get a heroine who feels that way? Also Anna can tell when Brett is fake smiling and unhappy on the inside but she can't tell when he's lying? And don't get me started on Anna's four older brothers! On what planet do four 30+ year old men act like 16 year olds and threaten ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS for looking at their sister? I could just see the flashing lights saying "one of these will be the next book". And yet there were some tender moments (wine coolers and cookies) and I did enjoy reading the novel, I just felt that I had read this book, or several just like it, lots of times before and I didn't think Diane Alberts brought anything new to the equation. Having said that I will still probably read all the other books in what appears to be a series. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is new author for me who really knocks it out-of-the-park with this home run read! The CEO’s Seduction has it all in this friends-to-lovers/second chance romance. This is a fast and fun, sexy hot number that gives us plenty of what we love within its covers: passion and chemistry, excitement, not to mention the taboo of one falling in love with their older brother’s best friend. I do have to say my one and only issue with this story was the extreme over-protectiveness of Anna’s brothers...other than that, this was fantab! An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
This is the first novel in the Hamilton family series and, quite simply, I loved it! It tells the story of Anna Hamilton who has loved her brother's best friend, Brett Ross, for years and what happened when he returned to his home town for the wedding of his friend, her brother. It is years since he's returned to his home town or seen Anna but when they see each other again the chemistry is still explosive. However, he promised her brother to leave Anna alone and he's reluctant to break the bro code - but Anna has other ideas and they're definitely ones her brothers, Eric, Wyatt, Cole and Chris, won't approve! As details of Brett's childhood are revealed, you just have to feel for him! He's built himself a fortress around his heart, determined to protect it and never let love in because love hurts. Anna, however, won't let him do this and she's just the one to scale and break down those walls - but only if she can escape the scrutiny and protection of her older brothers! This is a poignant, moving story - with some laugh out loud moments along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys family based romances. I can't wait to read more in this series and see how Anna's other brothers succumb to love! Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.
The CEO's Seduction by Diane Alberts......This was a fun sexy book that keeps you locked in from page one until the last word. The characters and storyline were well written and enjoyable. Brett and Anna are enjoyable to watch their stories unfold. I am excited to read more books by this wonderful author. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
I really love reading books by Diane Alberts. She has a way of drawing readers into her stories and keeping us there till the dog barks to be let outside or the kids start whining that they need to be fed. Brett had a crappy upbringing, after his parents died, he was "raised" by his aunt and uncle who didn't care about him So Brett spent this time next door at the Hamilton's house and was best friends with the four brothers and Anna, the only girl. Anna always had a crush on Brett but he had made a blood oath to NEVER touch her. Now that he's back for his best friend's wedding, Chris Hamilton, he finds an Anna that he's very attracted to and hard to keep his promise. Due to his reputation as a playboy, none of the Hamilton brothers want him near Anna. This was such a great read, watching Anna and Brett fall for each other as her brother's must learn to either accept it or come up with a plan to bury Brett in their back yard! My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read.
I'm a little at a loss here. This book started off great. We meet Brett returning to his hometown, the one he ran from as soon as he could. He lives in Atlanta now and a very successful businessman. Coming from absolutely nothing, raised by his aunt and uncle who didn't give one single damn about him after his parents died. His only "family" were the Hamiltons next door. 4 brothers and one younger sister Anna. Anna who crushed on Brett in a huge way. Anna who always saw through the mask Brett wore. Brett is back because the oldest brother Chris is getting married. Anna greets him at the door and it's been a while since they've seen each other and there are subtle sparks. Being mindful that behind her stood her 4 brothers. Who all had a viscous overprotective streak. Anna is a 27 year old woman with a job and a life. The brothers do their best to sabotage any thing that even looks suspect to them as far as Anna and Brett went. It ruined the story for me. These 4 brothers, the groom included who was Brett's best friend, was the worst. Worse yet, they were obnoxious meddling little old ladies on one hand and at one point resorted to a little physical work over the night before the wedding leaving Anna to believe that Brett didn't want her. I digress. They were shallow, flat and weren't even funny. As soon as they started their nonsense it train wrecked the story. Anna and Brett could have carried the story on their own, but the brother business was too blasted distracting. One voice of reason which we didn't see enough of was Nina, the bride to be. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and that was with some reluctance was because of Brett and Anna. Mainly Brett who really grows and comes into himself in the story. I've read the authors other books and they're all great. This one just didn't fly at all with me. **advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
The CEO's Seduction is first in a brand new series by Diane Alberts called the Hamilton Family. The story is set as the celebration of the youngest Hamilton brother Christopher's wedding to Nina is taking place, but the love story is between Chris's best friend, Brett Ross and Anna Hamilton, the baby of the family with four domineering and overprotective brothers. Everyone knows that Anna has had a major crush on Brett for most of her life, but they also know that Brett had a less than stellar childhood which left him a mess emotionally so they aren't convinced Brett can give her all the love she deserves. Likewise Brett has always had a soft spot for Anna, but never believed he was good enough for her. Plus there was that pesky blood oath he'd given to her brothers to stay away from her back when they were teenagers. It wasn't difficult to keep that promise when he was living hours away and busy being the CEO of a large corporation but being back in his hometown and face-to-face with Anna is more temptation that he can resist. Despite her brother's attempts to interfere, Anna is determined to make sure Brett realizes just how much he means to her. Brett cares about Anna, but he isn't sure he knows what love is or how to show it the way she deserves and doesn't want to hurt her. These two working out their happily ever after was definitely a battle of sorts, coming with quite a bit of angst and miscommunication. But in the end true love wins out. Cute story with some very sexy scenes and great start to a new series! 3.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I have to say that this was one of the first stories I have read where I wanted to smack some of the characters for being into someone else's business so much! I thought that the story line flowed really well and that the characters were well developed and we see Brett discover so much about himself though the story, which was really nice as well. Brett is a young man that was given a rough start after his parents died and his Aunt and Uncle take him in to raise him. His Aunt and Uncle did not care one thing about what he did or even having him. They were just filling an obligation that was given to them. Brett became best friends with the neighbors and ended up spending most of his time over there with them growing up. There was one girl in the house and that was Anna. Knowing where Brett came from, Anna could always see through Brett and seemed to connect with him, but were the feelings mutual? When Brett comes back home for the oldest brother's wedding, he of course runs into Anna right off and things seem so different between them now. What is this spark that Brett feels between them? Does Anna feel it as well? With 4 older brothers, Anna doesn't really have a chance with dating anyone, especially their long time friend that they grew up with, without her brothers being all in her business. I did think that the brothers went a little too far with being in Anna and Brett's business. I understand being protective as brothers but there is a line. I loved seeing Brett grow as a person and find out more about himself. The growth between Brett and Anna is nice to see as well. I thought that Diane Alberts did a great job with this one. I am anxious to see what else the Hamilton's have in store for us!
I really enjoyed this one! Excellent characters and writing make this best friends little sister story a fun one to read. Brett Ross had a terrible childhood but the one thing that got him through it was his best friend Christopher and the entire Hamilton family. He knew Anna Hamilton always had a crush on him but he made a blood oath to never mess with her so she was/is off limits. Now Anna is all grown up and staying away from her is harder than ever. How will he ever get through this wedding with Anna being, well, Anna??? A great book and one I highly recommend!
"This was just a show of friendship from him, but to her...it was everything. He was everything to her. And he'd never understand that." The CEO's Seduction is a quick, yet sexy read. This story is a fantastic friends to lovers romance with a forbidden flare to it. The CEO's Seduction is entertaining and pulls you in from the first page. The chemistry and tension between Brett and Anna will captivate you and have you rooting for their happily ever after. I loved Anna's over protective brothers and could not wait for Brett to finally open his eyes and finally claim Anna as his....
This is a fun and sexy read that I just loved. Brett and Anna were childhood friends and Anna has always had a not so secret crush on him. Brett had a horrible childhood and feels incapable of love, so while he knows of Anna's attraction, he has vowed never to act on it. Add in Anna's overprotective brothers and a wedding and you have all the ingredients for an entertaining and engaging novel. The author has taken a simple premise and woven a wonderful tale that fans of the genre will love. She is on my must read authors' list.
Eric, Wyatt, Cole and Chris were idiots. Their protectiveness of Anna started off adorable but quickly morphed into obsessive. Many times I wanted to yell "Get a life of your own." The CEO'S Seduction is part bro - romance, part romance and severely emotional. Anna was a strong woman who followed her heart despite the obstacles. Brett proved a frustrating conundrum. He drove me bonkers with the back and forth, yet he captured my heart with all the drama he'd endured. I literally ached for the lonely boy with the broken spirit and the man with the closed off heart. Diane Alberts turned emotional into excellent. Am looking forward to more from the crazy Hamilton brood.