Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2023

Review – The Seduction by Jennifer Bernard

The Seduction cover: Couple embracing passionately

The Seduction; Lake Bittersweet #4
(#4 within a series)

Publication Date: March 28, 2023

Genre/Tropes: Small Town/Opposites Attract/Contemporary Romance

Author: Jennifer Bernard

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


A return to the small town of Lake Bittersweet for romance, a wedding, and lots of twists and turns.

Bliss Gault is known for her beauty and flighty personality while FBI Agent Earl Granger is the total opposite of her on a lot of issues, but the further I read and the more I dug deeper into these two and peeled back their layers, Bliss and Granger were more alike than they probably would ever admit. First similar quality, stubbornness.

Now let’s continue….

Bliss has lived most of her entire life in front of a camera and considering she’s jetsetted around the world, she still has a sweet innocent heart. She has also been alone, which is the downside of fame. Everyone thinks they know you, but no one actually does.

Granger recognizes some of that aloneness in Bliss almost instantly. Same recognizes same. He sees underneath her false fronts, the fake smiles that she displays to the world, or the ditzy stereotype she throws up to put people at ease, just as much as she notices the world around her. Bliss is quite the beautiful contradiction and Granger can’t help but be drawn in by it. Does he try to stay away, yes, but is he pulled right back in, also yes.

As an FBI agent Granger is trained to notice his environment, but he quickly learns that Bliss does the same. Together they both keep things very close to the chest, that’s what happens when you are used to being alone, but as time fades it will take opening up, which is the worst form of torture for these two…give them anything else…and they just might have a solid future together. They will figure it out. I’m sure. 😏

I loved Granger’s dry wit and Bliss’ sassy humor. Together they really were fun. They understood one another in a way that no one else did. I love that for two people and it makes the reading super enjoyable. This was a well loved return to Lake Bittersweet.


Everything changed one night in Lake Bittersweet…

Successful model Bliss Gault is known for her smile and her sunshiny attitude. The youngest child of rock legend Steven Gault, everyone sees her as the flaky, flighty member of the family. And why wouldn’t they, when she has a habit of getting in and out of messes by the skin of her teeth? But when she returns to Lake Bittersweet for her sister’s wedding with an international mess in tow…this time, she might be in over her head.

FBI Agent Earl Granger is in Minnesota to help an old Army buddy, using “head of security” for Bliss Gault as his cover. Within seconds of meeting her, the stunning blond is making him crazy with her whimsy and her sage-burning. He’s a gruff, fact-focused professional. There’s no way he’s letting her distract him from his real purpose—discovering the identity of his father. She can save the smiles and seduction act for someone else.

But fate has something very different in store for these two total opposites. From international mayhem to a passion they never saw coming…some seductions are impossible to resist.

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