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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.
Unfortunately Moonlight Seduction doesn’t pack as big of a punch compared to its predecessor, Moonlight Sins. Though, it’s still one of the better-written romances you can get your hands on.
The chemistry between the main characters, Gabe and Nic, isn’t as fiery or intense as I would have liked it to be. It isn’t until the last half of the novel that I could feel their attraction sizzle off the pages. Though, this may be in part due to the nature of their relationship and the plot. There is a significant age difference between Gabe and Nic that Armentrout handles with precision and finest. There isn’t a moment throughout the novel that I felt uncomfortable because of the age gap, even when the characters were recounting memories.
As with Moonlight Sins, Moonlight Seduction plays heavily into the de Vincent curse though not as much as I would have liked. Moonlight Seduction doesn’t incorporate the curse into the story as thoroughly as it’s predecessor. This isn’t necessarily a criticism because Moonlight Seduction is an incredibly different story than Moonlight Sins in terms of the relationship being explored. Moonlight Seduction features an incredibly complex relationship that isn’t usually explored in romance novels. What I enjoyed most about this relationship was the gender reversal when it comes to the characters’ emotional baggage. Gabe bears the brunt of this baggage throughout the novel making for a refreshing read.
All I’ll say about the climax of Moonlight Seduction was that it was intense in every sense of the word. I couldn’t read the pages fast enough.
Overall, Moonlight Seduction is an intense romance that explores a more complicated relationship. Armentrout handles the relationship with expertise as she navigates her characters through thick and thin.
** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Have you read Moonlight Seduction? What did you think?