I was thrilled when Ms. Bradley asked me to review her new release Strictly Seduction. Shelley Bradley is a fresh, up and coming new voice in the romance genre.
Lady Madeline Sedgewick is a young widow, with a four year old child, and a mountain of debt, thanks to her no good, dead husband. When she visits one of her creditors, she’s surprised to learn that someone who wished to be kept anonymous has paid all of her debts. She, of course, is very happy, but then again, who would pay off her huge debts and what would he expect in return? She couldn’t think of anyone who would do such a thing.
Mr. Brock Taylor, former stable hand- turned wealthy entrepreneur, is the anonymous man who has paid Maddie’s debts. He and Maddie go back a long way, to when he worked on her father’s estate as a stable lad five years ago. Brock and Maddie were young and foolish and in love, their differing stations in life had no meaning to them then. But, after Brock left the estate to find his own way in the world, Maddie felt abandoned and alone.
Now, five years later, Brock has returned to pay up her dead husband’s debts… and what could he possibly want from her? Maddie isn’t the only one who felt betrayed five years ago. Instead of waiting for his return, Maddie marries someone else. Now Brock demands that Maddie marry him, and in return, he will forgive the debt she now owes him. They make a wager. If Maddie can seduce him into her bed, and be his mistress, her debt will be forgiven. But, if Brock can seduce her into marrying him, she will be his wife and her debt will be forgiven. Either way, it’s ‘strictly seduction’, but it’s a deep sensual journey for them both!
I loved this story. The concept of two lovers with a past history, thinking that they betrayed each other is a good basis for a love story. The sexual tension between Maddie and Brock, make the pages burst into flame. Add in an interfering sister-in-law, a matchmaking aunt, and a darling four year old little girl, who wants nothing more than to see her mommy happy, and you have the makings of a great book.