Seduction (Devil's Den #2)
by Violetta Rand
Seduction returns to the Devil’s Den, a Texas strip club where hearts can’t hide when the chemistry is right.
The night Marisela Gonzalez rides up to the Devil’s Den on her motorcycle, running from trouble and looking for her sister, she finds more than a place to hide out and work her red-hot body. She meets a guy brave enough to stand by a tough, terrified nineteen-year-old girl who’s been in the wrong place with the wrong jerk one too many times. And he’s ready to show Marisela how a real man treats the woman he desires.
An ex-cop taking over as the club’s head of security, Craig Hanson can handle anything—except the urgent need he suddenly feels to hold Marisela tight. Commitment has never been his thing, but all that changes when Craig finds something too real to deny between them. Sensual and vulnerable, Marisela’s got a scary past. And when it comes knocking, Craig goes all in to protect her—because seduction is the ultimate game changer.
“Do you want me to leave?”
“No!” Robyn cries. She gasps for breath.
I stand—she’s having one of those panic attacks. Garrick sweeps her off her feet and carries her upstairs. Tears gather in the corners of my eyes as I gaze after them.
“You’re a nightmare,” Craig says coldly.
He’s an overbearing asshole. He’s deliberately pushing me, insulting me every chance he gets. What is he, a playground bully? “Back off.”
He scoots his chair out and stands. He’s so close I feel his hot breath on my neck. He grabs my arm and gives me a gentle shake. “I expected more from you, Robyn’s little sister.” He lets go and stalks away. I hear the front door close. A minute later he revs his engine and drives off.
Now I’m nameless. I’m shocked at how much his insult stings. Garrick comes barreling down the stairs. He looks pissed, too.
“Sit down, Marisela.”
I do. “Is she all right?”
“Yeah.” He rubs his face. “She’s eight weeks pregnant. The doctor says she needs as little stress as possible. We’re not sure if it’s a high-risk pregnancy yet, but her blood pressure is too high already. This shit doesn’t help. At all.”
“I’m sorry.” Tears fall. “I’ll get out of here.”
Garrick grabs my hand.
“If you do, it’ll upset her more. You’re my little sister now,” he says with all sincerity. “But you’re a young woman, too. I won’t interfere with your life choices. But if anything upsets my wife like that again, you’ll answer to me. Understand?”
“Yes.” My brother-in-law is intimidating to say the least. He commands respect, and I’ll give it to him. “You want me to stay?”
“I want you to march up those stairs and take a shower. The guest room is directly across the hallway from the bathroom. Then I want you to go to bed and think about everything you said tonight. I can’t begin to guess what’s happened to you. But I can see you’re struggling with something. All this crap,” he gestures at my leathers and tattoos, “doesn’t impress me or your sister. Time to grow up, Marisela.”
He gets up, pushes his chair in, walks around the table, kisses me on the top of the head, then quietly goes upstairs.
I rest my head in my hands. This night didn’t turn out the way I expected. Hell, my life hasn’t turned out to be anything remotely close to what I wanted. Trouble follows me. I shouldn’t be here. I belong in a hotel room or boardinghouse, not in this pretty home with my perfect sister and brother-in-law. Robyn is pregnant. I sigh. And she’s so fragile. I swear she’s lost weight. I don’t want to be the cause of any more stress—but if I leave . . . Crap.
I trudge to the fridge and open it. There’s a ton of food. I guess a guy as big as Garrick eats thousands of calories a day. I grab an apple. A shower and bed sounds so good.
After meeting Marisela and Asshole Craig in Surrender I couldn't wait to get my hands on their story and while I didn't enjoy it as much as Robyn and Garrick's book I'm glad I gave it a shot.
Craig is working security at the Devil's Den when Marisela shows back up in his life. Of course being the manwhore that he is, he notices right away how she's grown up since the last time he saw her. And Marisela has had a huge crush on Craig since she met him at her sister, Robyn's, house. Things pick up pretty quickly between the two of them but Marisela has secrets she's not willing to share.
Marisela is running from an abusive ex and is hesitant where Craig is concerned. She's been hearing about him for years... Can she really trust that he's relationship material? And after everything she's been through with her ex, is she really ready for a relationship anyway?
There were definitely ups and downs in this book and I had a really hard time connecting with Craig and Marisela because of it. Marisela, being nineteen, is extremely immature and hard to really appreciate as a heroine, at least in my opinion. And Craig, while I loved the fact that he fell hard and fast for Marisela, was definitely too alpha male for a girl just coming out of an abusive relationship.
Which brings me to the next point... All the "drama" with Marisela's ex. He's always calling and showing up and speaking of violence but he never really gets violent with her... Not that I'm looking forward to watching the girl get beat up... But I felt like there was all this talk about how he used to treat her and in the end, while he did get a little rough, I don't think his actions really mirrored the character we were supposed to believe him to be.
There's a great HEA for these two which was nice to see after all the drama but I wish it would have hinted a little at the next book in the series because at this point I'm not really sure if I'm interested in reading it or not. If you read Surrender you should definitely check out Seduction to see how Craig and Marisela's story plays out... But even if you didn't meet them in the first book you can read this one as a standalone without feeling like you missed anything important.
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.
Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Seduction in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.