by Gwyn Cready
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change . . . even him. At his sister’s advice, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds herself secretly falling in love with the story—and with Axel, who’s drawing his own lessons from the book’s compelling hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job on the line, will Ellery risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine?GoodReads
A romance novel is so much more than just a romance novel. It is an escape, a way to explore, a history lesson, imagination at its finest, a description of the values we want our men to have, relationship advice and even sometimes what you need to get your blood pumping.
All of that and so much more is what Ellery struggles to accept and describe in her quest to unlock the answer to why people (not only women) read romances. A Novel Seduction gives you answers along with plenty of humor and a happy ending.
Ellery and Axel found each other 5 years ago only to loose eachother. A perfect fit in every way except for the timing. They just needed time to erode away the edges so they could slide into place with each other. The journey they take to finally realize that the sharp painful points have smoothed is one full of laughs and pain. As it should be with a history like theirs, if it’s worth fighting for it’s going to be a hard fight.
This book uses references (names and titles have been changed to protect the innocent) of popular romance books. If you have ever read a love scene and scratched your head over the logistics of it Ellery and Axel are right there with you, only they have each other to use as props. Or if you have ever wanted to go visit a site featured in your favorite book you may be jealous of where these two get to go. If only we could see the pictures Axel collected on their trip. Of course some may have to be edited or blacked out. Reading this will have you laughing out loud, unable to stop yourself from doing so.
If you are a fan of romance books, specifically Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and the Twilight series you will love reading A Novel Seduction.
Lexy's Rating: 4.5 Wines -Loved this book, have to give it away as Christmas gifts to my romance reading friends!