Kendall Shaw loves her job as a boudoir photographer. When she enlists hot, gorgeous, 100% alpha male, Jase Burns for a custom photo shoot for a romance novel cover, she quickly discovers that he only took the job to get close to her. But her painful divorce has made her wary of men, and especially one who is eight years younger than she is.
The moment Jase sets his sights on beautiful, sexy Kendall, he wants her. Despite their mutual attraction, she’s rejected his every advance. But Jase loves a good challenge, and one steamy, seductive night at The Players Club changes everything between them.
Kendall has never experienced such overwhelming passion, or been pursued so tenaciously. Jase is addicting, in every way, and she soon finds herself falling for a man who doesn’t fit into her ideal future.
Can Jase convince Kendall to let go of her past and take a risk on a second chance at love—with him?
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My Rating: 3/5 stars
Jase Burns is taking a lot of crap from his co-workers. Sure, he’s good at his job and likes to play just like the rest of the men, but Jase is the only one among the group who has taken up modeling. Jase will continue to take the crap as long as it means he can keep seeing Kendall Shaw.
Kendall Shaw is in her prime and she is looking for forever. Her boudoir photography business is booming, her circle of friends is tighter than ever, and she knows exactly the type of man she is looking for and Jase Burns isn’t that man. Oh, sure, Jase is hotter than hell and willing to model for her but he’s far, far too young for her. Kendall has already been traded in for a younger model once before and she has no interest in a younger man who will most assuredly get bored with an older woman and trade her in. Her best bet is to get Jase out of her system, continue on with her search to find the perfect man via the online dating world, get married and have the family she has always wanted.
Um, Jase isn’t OK with Kendall’s plan and though he isn’t quite ready for the whole marriage and kids thing, he is interested in more than a one night stand. First up on his plan of seduction, show Kendall what sex with him can be like and then maybe, just maybe he can convince her to stick around for something more than just the physical. The night of seduction at the Players Club goes beyond well and Kendall is on board with a friends with benefits arrangement but she makes it clear, Jase is far too young for her for the long term and once the fun is done, she’s going after her forever man.
Um, Jase still isn’t OK with Kendall’s plan . . .
The Bottom Line: I’ve been a fan of Erika Wilde since the beginning of the Marriage Diaries and I have loved pretty much every read since that first book. That is, until now. For the first time, I’m only OK with an Erika Wilde read and I think it is because of how short Playing with Seduction is. Jase and Kendall’s story and relationship simply goes too fast and doesn’t have enough time to really unfold as it deserves too. We’re talking speed of light fast, folks. Jase is such a good guy and I would have really liked to have a lot more of him and his back story. Hell, I would have liked even more of his current story. Kendall is just an alright character for me and though I understand her hesitation to be with Jase, her protestations and excuses wear thin after a while. The sex is quite good as always and Jase is quite good but Kendall is a no-go for me. At the end of the day, two out of three ain’t bad and that gets me to three stars. I sincerely hope Playing with Seduction is just a bump in the road (nearly every series has one) and the fourth book will be back to the standard I have grown accustomed to from Erika Wilde.