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Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Planned Seduction by Jess Dee

I usually love friends to lovers romances and this one wasn't bad, it wasn't great either but I didn't hate it.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: January 30, 2017
He has a offer she can’t refuse
Daniel Tanner’s been in love with Amy since they were teenagers, and he’s tired of being seen as the proverbial best friend. If she would only give him a chance to show her how good they could be together, that giving in to the fiery attraction between them won’t burn up and ruin their friendship.

Amy Morgan has had a front row seat to the parade of women coming in and out of Daniel’s life for years, and she’s not interested in risking their friendship for something that would eventually end in heartache. And that’s how it would end, because if Amy’s learned anything in life, it’s that men leave. She couldn’t handle having her heart broken by her best friend, even if the promise of untold passion is keeping her up nights.

But no one knows Amy better than Daniel, and he’s devised a plan to show her they can have it all.

What’s it About? Daniel Tanner has come up with an elaborate plan to make his best friend Amy Morgan see him as more than just a friend. He’s been in love with her since they were teenagers but Amy has seen how many women have come in and out of Daniel’s life and she’s not willing to risk their friendship for what she assumes would just be another fling but Daniel’s determined to show her even if it means tricking her into a few kisses and a little more.

Describe the hero in five words: Calculating. Determined. Funny. Smart. Loyal.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Daniel was head over heels in love with Amy. Always has been and that definitely gave the story a different feel. He didn’t have to become her lover in order to have that “moment of clarity” where he realizes he’s fallen for her. I loved the way he described his feelings for Amy and how determined he was to overcome her fears. Even though they don’t get a lot of page time, it was clear by the few scenes they had that Daniel had a great relationship with his sisters. It was equal parts love and ruthless teasing.

Describe the heroine in five words: Indecisive. Frightened. Smart. Stubborn. Determined.
Did you like her? Not really.
Why? Amy wasn’t my cup of tea because of her over the top indecisiveness when it came to Daniel. She wasn’t a very good friend to begin with and didn’t seem to consider his feelings or his side of things. It was all about her. Her fears. Her insecurities. She had her reasons to be afraid of losing Daniel’s friendship and I understood that but there was next to zero growth in Amy from beginning to end. She never changed her attitude or her outlook on her relationship with Daniel. Amy was in desperate need of growth. Had she developed more as a character I bet she would have been great and the relationship between her and Daniel would have been more believable.

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? Daniel and Amy were more convincing as friends than as lovers but even the friendship didn’t fully convince me. Daniel was all in as a friend and as a lover even though I wasn’t always on board with his methods. To me Amy was the big reason that I didn’t feel the connection between them one hundred percent of the time. I didn’t get why she was Daniel’s best friend or why he was so in love with her since she spent most of the story being afraid of Daniel’s feelings for her and of losing his friendship. I never got to see these two just being together without all the worry from Amy. I wasn’t thrilled with the way she treated Daniel either so that had a lot to do with not feeling the connection between them.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Daniel has two sisters, Sarah and Lexi who have distinct personalities. I liked Lexi a lot. She was the blunt but funny. Sarah on the other hand didn’t get a lot of page time so she was still a bit of a mystery. Then there was Amy’s co-worker Maggie who was more fun than Amy but she also gave Amy a verbal shake when she needed it. I liked all three women.

How “Lost” did you get in the story? Planned Seduction had its moments of being cute and funny but there was a lack of believability in Daniel and Amy’s relationship that didn’t allow me to get lost in the story. For me I think it was the fact that Daniel had this big plan to make Amy fall for him and most of the attention was spent on the workings of that plan rather than the growth of their relationship and the changes they were both going through. I found it difficult to believe in such a planned out romance. There wasn’t much that Daniel wasn’t prepared for and everything felt a little mechanical. The ending was also a big “huh” for me because it wrapped up really quickly without any real conclusion for Daniel and Amy’s romance.

Click It or Skip It? Planned Seduction wasn’t a total loss but it wasn’t a big win either. Jess Dee is obviously a talented writer and I would definitely pick up another book by her in the future.

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