Secret Crush Seduction by Jayci Lee

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


by Jayci Lee
Series: The Heirs of Hansol #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: September 1st 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

One of my earliest introduction to romance novels was through Harlequin novels. I have fond memories of borrowing them from the public library and hiding them behind my textbooks at home to read instead of studying. Though I don't read as many of these books as I did in my teen years, I've been gravitating towards Harlequin's Desire Line recently, predominantly because they feature such beautiful and diverse couples on their covers. Earlier this year, I read Jayci Lee's debut, Temporary Wife Temptation, and loved it. As you can imagine, I was eager to pick up Secret Crush Seduction and it was as enjoyable as the first book for me. The Heirs of Hansol series is gearing up to be one of my favorites.

I had a feeling I would like Adelaide as a protagonist in the previous book and my instincts were correct. Jayci did a wonderful job of penning a character who was hopeful, passionate, and vulnerable in Secret Crush Seduction. Adelaide was an intelligent woman who wanted more of a position in her family's company. Before she could do that, however, she needed to prove to her grandmother, the family matriarch, that she was capable of handling the responsibilities that will come with her role. Though Adelaide grew up coddled by her grandmother, she was an independent and driven woman. The fashion show she planned to help raise funds for autism awareness, a cause she cared deeply about, was the perfect occasion to show that she wasn't as foolhardy as everyone thought she was. I really loved Adelaide's character and I think readers will find her journey to realizing her worth a gratifying one.

While working on the fundraiser, Adelaide worked with her brother's best friend, Michael. Growing up, she had what she thought was an unrequited crush on him and their work provided an opportunity to rekindle her feelings. Though I did not love Michael as much as I loved Adelaide, I thought their chemistry was electric. Michael had come off a divorce that was rooted in his struggles with infertility. As a result, he acted a little frosty towards Adelaide, despite his unmistakable attraction towards her. As you probably anticipated, we do eventually see him submit to his feelings with her and it was glorious. The sex scenes in this book were smoking hot and I thought their connection was genuine and heartfelt. I think if you love couples who are supportive of each other and make each other stronger, you'll enjoy Adelaide and Michael's romantic arc.

Secret Crush Seduction was a thoroughly enjoyable romance for me. It had lots of great elements that worked for me. I didn't dive into the terrific secondary characters, such as Grandma Song, who is fantastic but you should know that this book also had great family dynamics. I loved Adelaide and Michael's story and I look forward to reading Colin's book next.

CW: infertility

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