Monday, June 25, 2018

Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel...

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up... and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman... one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Moonlight Seduction is the second installment of the de Vincent series, and I suggest strongly to read in series order. While I don't believe there would be too much confusion if read as a standalone, the reader would miss out on important facets of the storyline given during Moonlight Sins.

I enjoyed Moonlight Sins, especially the Gothic mystery-filled manor house. However, Moonlight Seduction captured me from page one, causing me to click feverishly to see what happens next. I enjoyed the second installment leaps and bounds more than the first, and I believe this is due in part to the narrators.

We met Gabe in the first book – the youngest brother, who had something horrible happen to his ex-girlfriend. Not as intriguing as his big brothers, but more down-to-earth and resonating with readers. He's the good-natured brother. The sweetheart who took good care of Julia in book one. Lighthearted and flirty on the outside, brooding and deep on the inside. The readers will go crazy over Gabe's inner struggles.

Nic is the housekeeper and butler's daughter. She's spent a lot of time in the haunted, cursed house. A decade younger than the youngest of the de Vincents, she has always been seen as the annoying little sister who was too chatty, too clumsy, too awkward – or worse, she was seen as a member of the staff, as below them.

Nic was a pleasure to read. Home to take over her mother's job while Mom has treatments, a grown woman Nicolette encounters the man she's always had a crush on. Her head is twisted when it comes to sex after encounters with both Parker and Gabe.

The gut-punch angst. The mystery. The push-pull. Will they, won't they slow-burn. Love-hate. Second-chance romance. The affluent vs the help. Meddlesome relatives. The Gothic house seeming to have a life of its own. Moonlight Seduction had every single yummy plot device that has me devouring a book.

Was the book perfect? I have no idea since I read it as quickly as possible. Did I know who was doing the mystery part of the novel? Yeah, I did, but it was still satisfying. I always hand out five-stars when I would do just about anything to get my hands on the next in the series.

The Devil's book is next. Gimme. It's going to feel like a long wait until February 2019.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
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This is the second book in the series and I would recommend reading the first one, as there are aspects and relationships that will continue in book two.

This is Gabe's story. He is the youngest of the brothers and at the end of book one, his life changes forever in more ways than one. While he's trying to figure out how to balance his life, someone he never thought he'd see again comes waltzing back into his life.

Nic is an amazing character. She's strong while also being vulnerable and feisty while also being demure. I loved her snarky side and when she was able to truly speak her mind.

Nic has had a crush on Gabe since she was much younger. When a mistake was made, both were really changed by it. Gabe is kind of a jerk throughout the story and that's one of the reasons why it lost half a star. I wanted to like him so much more, but his push-pull of Nic was sometimes just too much.

Nobody sees what comes at the end and while it's not exactly a cliffhanger, I think that it kind of is, at the same time. Cryptic, I know, but you'll just have to read it so that I make sense. Nic and Gabe will fight, claw, yell, and love all within these pages and it's all so worth it!

I also wish that more was said concerning Nic's family. It felt unanswered and I wish that we were given more on that part of the story. However, I cannot wait for more of these characters.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
The de Vincent family has a lot of secrets and in this book a few more are revealed. And perhaps a clue to another?

Nic has loved Gabe since she was a teen. Now at 22, she knows that she's still too young for him, no matter what her heart says. Their one night together four years ago proved to her that he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend and she doesn't want to be a fill-in. She deserves more.

Gabe knows that being with Nic is out of the question. He's too old for her and her father is liable to kill him if he finds out that they shared a night together several years ago.

As eerie things continue in the house, Nic and Gabe renew their friendship and sparks continue to fly. Just as things begin to get serious between them, Dev's fiancée stirs up trouble for them both. When secrets finally see the light of day, their lives will never be the same.

I liked the first book in the de Vincent series, but I LOVED the second book!! I was really looking forward to Gabriel's story, and this didn't disappoint. Moonlight Seduction drew me in quickly and completely, with Nikki returning to a place she vowed never to, and Gabriel leading the way...

I love Nikki, she has a spine and sass, and isn't afraid to use them (unfortunately, that's usually frowned upon when thrown at your employer). The de Vincent home isn't new to Nic, as she practically grew up in the mansion, but being an adult, she sees it through new eyes.

This was a slow building, emotionally intense romance that was also eerily nerve-racking, suspenseful, and just really well written. I loved watching Nic and Gabriel come together, it wasn't rushed, but it was heart felt and felt LONG overdue.

I highly recommend this book for the suspense, the slow-simmering romance, and most importantly, the characters!

Jennifer L Armentrout is hands down my favorite author. She has always had the ability to just suck me right into a book and leave me reading all night long. Now, as much as I enjoyed Moonlight Sins, book one in the de Vincent series, I think book two, Moonlight Seduction, was way better! I totally devoured Moonlight Sins, but I’m not gonna lie it did kind of drag a bit in some spots, but Moonlight Seduction just keeps you glued to the pages from start to finish! The whole story just flows so nicely and has such a lovely slow burning build. Although, I think reading Moonlight Sins first isn’t totally necessary because Jennifer L. Armentrout does a good job of kind of explaining any truly useful background information, however, I do think it could be helpful for just for a better understanding of the story. Also, why would you pass up the opportunity to read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout?

Moonlight Seduction, follows the story of Gabriel de Vincent and Nicolette Bresson. Nikki grew up wandering the halls of the de Vincent home where her parents worked. Now, after having just finished college, she never imagined herself going back to the de Vincent home, but when she finds out her mother is sick, she immediately decides to fill in for her until she’s better. Now all she has to do is try to avoid Gabe, the man who broke her heart, which would be much easier if he wasn’t constantly trying to invade Nikki’s space.

I just really grew a special soft spot for Gabe and Nikki. Also, together on the pages, their romance was so HOT. After reading about the first two brothers in the de Vincent series, I am more intrigued than ever to finally read Devlin’s story in Moonlight Seduction! I just love the way Jennifer L. Armentrout has blended a spooky paranormal feel to her romance. All in all, another solid read!

5 STARS for Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L Armentrout.

This is the second book in the series, and I would say that you definitely need to read them in order... and I also want the next book NOW, not when it is due for publication. This is a well plotted, tense mystery with plenty more to be revealed. We are drip fed hints all through the books, but I am very keen to understand more!

In this installment, we get the goodness that is Gabe de Vincent meeting his match with Nicolette, daughter of the family housekeeper/butler. She is a lovely mix of naïve, shy, and feisty young woman. She can only be admired for standing in for her sick mother and up to Dev’s odious fiancée.

I love the woodworking connection that she and Gabe have, and even her BFF Rosie has to agree that his creation of a work room for her in his workshop is pretty romantic! Obviously, he is less than perfect and has done some less than honourable things in his past, but the reader can only hope that he sorts himself out in time to rescue his budding love affair with Nic.

There is still plenty of the gothic mystery in this installment, and with the dastardly protagonists from the last book out of the way, new ones have come to create more mayhem and madness. Another brilliant installment, no doubts at all about that! Please write more quickly, please.

Also Available in the de Vincent Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Avon Romance

For reviews & more info, check out our Moonlight Sins post.

JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT is the #1 international and #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, including the Wait for You, Lux series, the Dark Elements series, and Til Death. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin Teen and writes steamy and fun New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. Jennifer is also the founder of Apollycon, a yearly reader event that brings in over 1400 readers and authors together each year. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs, Loki and Diesel.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout to read and review.

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