Monday, October 24, 2011 Posted by Dina N
When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels—a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word-search puzzles. To make matters worse, her ex, former party boy Axel Mackenzie, is assigned to shoot the accompanying photos.
Axel really wants this project to succeed, and not just because the magazine will double his fee if Ellery writes a story no woman can resist. He is also hoping that if Ellery can change her mind about romance novels, she can also change her mind about him.
At his sister’s behest, Axel gives Ellery a copy of Kiltlander, a much-adored romance whose warrior hero is utterly irresistible. To her dismay, Ellery finds she is secretly falling in love with the story—and with Axel, who is drawing his own lessons from the book’s hero. With her carefully crafted image of herself crumbling and her dream job in danger, Ellery must decide if she will risk it all to make the leap from tight-lipped literati to happily-ever-after heroine.
A Novel Seduction is a smart and fun contemporary romance - and a tad off-the-beaten-path. Ellery is a literary critic who despises romance novels without ever having read one. Her own life is sorely lacking in the romance department since her breakup with Axel. Five years later, Ellery and Axel have neither forgiven nor forgotten each other. The duo grudgingly agrees to work together on an article that can make or break their careers and dreams for the future. Axel, reformed bad boy and talented photographer, has the seemingly impossible task of changing Ellery's mind about romance novels in general and their own story in particular.
A Novel Seduction has likable characters with nice chemistry and an entertaining plot. The book also makes an excellent case for the value of (good) romance novels. I enjoyed the secondary characters, too - especially Ellery's friend Kate and the German professor who hosts Scottish-themed parties at her house. I did not care much for the cover - neither the choice of purple as a background color nor the male model with the billowing tartan are a good match for the story, at least in my mind and imagination. Get past that, and you're in for a delightful read.
A Novel Seduction is new this week from Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.