The Consequence of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken Release Day blitz

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seductioncoverFrom New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.

Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

But once Reid breaks into the big time, can they turn their made-for-the-media romance into a forever love?

 

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Max jumped onto the couch and held up his hands. “Before you do this, remember, our mother has a Jesus sticker on her car. What would she say?”

“Must you bring her into everything?” Reid roared, stopping in front of the couch, chest heaving.

Max shrugged. “It’s not my fault I’m her favorite son.”

“Says who?”

“Mom. This morning.”

“Was this before or after you added vodka to her coffee and slipped her a pill?”

Max gasped.

Becca made her way around the brothers and motioned for me to walk with her toward the kitchen. No words were spoken. She simply popped the cork from the wine bottle and poured what looked like three servings into a glass and slid it toward me. “Believe me, it helps.”

I took the glass and sipped while she drank straight from the bottle. “Does he ever . . . stop being . . . Max?” I asked. “Curious minds want to know.”

Max jumped off the couch, and naturally he made his own swish sound effect before landing on his feet, thrusting his hands into the air, and turning toward Reid. “I’ve been her favorite ever since I won at gymnastics.”

“You don’t win at gymnastics,” Reid said through clenched teeth. “You get scored.”

“Perfect ten.” Max winked back at us, then covered his mouth and said, “Zero,” while pointing to Reid.

“We were six!” Reid argued.

“Dude!” Max held up his hands. “I’m just saying, it’s not your fault you’re not the favorite. Let it go, man, just like Rose let go of Jack.”

“Who’s Jack?” I whispered.

Becca choked on her wine. “Oh, well, uh, last year Reid had a momentary breakdown because of Max peer pressuring me to shoot Reid in the ass with a tranq gun . . . he spent an hour singing ‘My Heart Will Go On.’” I winced. “Off-key.”

“Damn you!” Reid turned on his heel and thrust his finger in our direction. “What did I ever do to you!” I think he was talking to Becca. “I hit on you once, one time—”

“—thrice.” Max coughed.

“And the only reason was so that I could get back at this one.” He jerked his hand back to Max, nearly hitting him in the face. “Because he told Grandma the lock on my door was broken. I was taken advantage of!”

“Well, it was!” Max rolled his eyes.

“Because you took a sledgehammer to it, you bastard!”

Max grinned. “Guilty.”

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what they were talking about. So I did what any sane girl would do. I drank.

And when my glass was nearly empty, Becca very kindly refilled it while Reid and Max continued pacing around the living room.

“You think if we chant fight, they’ll take their shirts off?” Becca asked.

I eyed Reid’s near perfect physique. “One can only hope.”

“Dirty girls,” Max shouted. “Both of you! Jezebel! I won’t have you poisoning her mind!”

“Oh, please.” I rolled my eyes. “And stop calling me a whore!”

“Term of endearment when Max says it.” Becca patted my hand. “Next time just say thank you. It’s easier that way.”

I glanced back at the guys just in time to see Reid launch himself at Max, hands wrapped tightly around his neck, holding him against the couch while Max screamed. “Help, help!”

“We should probably intervene.” Becca took a long sip of wine and set her glass down on the table, then yawned.

“Yeah.” Max started turning purple. “We probably should. What do you normally do? Take off your top? Blow a whistle? Call the cops?”

“Cops refuse to come when Emorys call—believe me, it’s like the whole McDonald’s thing. Public service refuses to help them now.”

“Makes sense.”

Max made a choking noise while he tried to kick Reid in the shin.

“Oh, well.” Becca walked slowly toward the guys. I followed. I expected her to gently ask them to stop fighting and separate them.

Instead, she punched Reid in the face and then separated them.

He stumbled back.

I caught him and fell backward against the other couch while he rubbed his face and whispered, “My hero.”

“My lungs broke your fall,” I wheezed.

Max gasped for air. “You know my biggest fear is not breathing!”

“Not breathing?” I had to ask, I just had to.

Reid chuckled. “For six years Max was convinced every food was going to cause him to go into anaphylactic shock because Oprah did a segment where some chick nearly died after eating a kiwi!”

“A kiwi!” Max repeated hoarsely. “Who dies from kiwi? That chick.” He shook his head vigorously. “I refuse to go down eating.”

Reid moved off me and sat back on the couch. “He took Benadryl every time he ate fruit.”

Max narrowed his eyes. “Make fun now, but we both know that watermelon gave me hives! My throat closed, you bastard!”

“Maybe if you took smaller bites . . .” Reid said helpfully.

Max lunged again.

Becca grabbed him by the shirt and tugged him back onto his own couch. “No more fighting, we have engagement pictures tomorrow.”

 

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Consequence of Seduction, The
Consequence of Seduction, The by Rachel Van DykenDali’s review & rating: 5 of 5 stars
A hold your belly because it’s going to hurt from laughing, hilarious, sweet and sexy romance! A must read romantic comedy I didn’t want to put down or to ever end.

Reid Emory is Hollywood’s next up and coming sensation. His actor status and killer smile should be all he needs in the dating department. But after his unfortunate run-in with “grandma,” he seems to be in a slump. That’s ok for now since he needs to focus on his new movie and image. His brother Max though, will go to extremes assist Reid finding love and his new publicist is the only one who can help with both his job and his love life.

“Note to self: don’t look directly in his eyes for fear that clothes will spontaneously pull themselves off my body.”

Jordan Litwright has been invisible her entire life, which works perfectly in her line of work. As a successful publicist her clients take center stage while she works her magic behind the scenes. But having Reid Emory as a client has put a jinx on her life in general. From spilled food all over her, to having to fake date the man, her life has turned on its axis. Even her invisibility appears to have faded because when Reid turns to look at her, he sees everything about her.

“I had no clue I’d be sealing my fate. No clue that the plain girl twisting the straw between her pretty little fingers would destroy me.”

But can she trust him and a bond developed from a bogus relationship to have the staying power when he his career skyrockets?

This book surprised me in the best possible way. I certainly laughed while reading the previous books in this series and have loved others by Ms. Van Dyken. I knew I would get a great read from the skilled author but I don’t remember grinning and laughing so hard before. I loved Jordan and Reid and adored the plotting, maniacal Max who very nearly stole the book’s thunder.

Yes, Max the incorrigible charmer who wants to take over the world, at the very least the presidency decided to play at cupid while there’s a vacancy at the White House.

“Think thirty years from now, when he runs for president, that will be his tagline – ‘It’s easier to let Max rule’?”

It really doesn’t matter though because the mix between supporting characters and main ones, the smart and funny banter and crazy shenanigans was spot on. From start to finish, I couldn’t stop laughing, smiling and highlighting.

Jordan wasn’t just smart, she was quick to think on her feet and could totally hold her own in the crazy that is Reid’s friends and family.

Swooning over Reid is completely unavoidable. He not only sees the beauty in what Jordan regards as plain, he helps see and love herself through his eyes. From charmingly admiring her out of control hair, to serenading her with sexy songs in the middle of a crowded restaurant, to flat out sweeping her off her feet. And once he realizes he’s head over heels in love with her, he completely embraces it.

“You look beautiful, gorgeous, pretty, cute, breathtaking… mouthwatering… mind-numbing. World altering.”
“Wow, that’s a lot of words.”
“I have more, want to hear more?”

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I just loved Reid and Jordan together, they were a perfect fit. He made her feel beautiful and wanted, and through her intelligence and sass she made him realize not just needed but wanted so much more than a first date. I really liked that even though there was funny, witty back and forth, the lightness was anchored by a strengthening relationship.

“Seems a girl in a red dress is taking up all space in my brain these days.”
“She sounds hot.”
“She’s so much more… than hot.”
I kissed her mouth again. “She’s everything.”

This was a fantastic story. I loved the references to Lilo and Stitch, Star Wars, The Little Mermaid and even a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which made me smile wider. The wonderfully fun characters and entertaining story made me giggle, chuckle and grin like crazy. Even Hades the underwear eating goat and little G the gecko from the previous book made an appearance, and Max made a new friend with E.T. look alike dog, Otis. I can’t wait to read the next one!

The Consequence of Seduction is the third book in the Consequence series by Rachel Van Dyken. Filled with hilarious antics, sweet sexy moments with a movie style happy ending. Told from both points of view. It can be read as a standalone although I strongly encourage you to read the entire series, not only will you pass out laughing, you’ll also get a better understanding of the dynamics with interconnecting characters from the previous book in the series.

 

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rachelborderRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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