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Small Town Temptations #2

Seducing His True Love

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Blaine Richards didn’t believe in love at first sight, even when he met the perfect woman. They had an intense, passionate interlude sixteen months ago…and then it was over. Even after all this time, Blaine can’t forget Cassie Monroe. Now, he’s desperate to get her back.

It’s taken more than a year for Cassie's broken heart to heal, but she’s finally ready to move on…when Blaine comes back to town, claiming she belongs with him.

He challenges her to spend a weekend with him, betting she won’t be able to walk away at the end of it. Cassie finally agrees, determined to prove there’s nothing between them but hot sex.

Only, the erotic, no-holds-barred weekend Blaine has planned for her is enough to make a girl change her mind…

Disclaimer: Contains the following possible trigger: consensual rape fantasy.

190 pages, Paperback

First published August 7, 2017

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Laura Jardine

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Laura studied engineering, worked in mineral exploration, and now writes contemporary romance. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

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Profile Image for Elizabeth Neal.
1,645 reviews134 followers
December 22, 2017
Blaine has never believed in love at first sight, even when he unknowingly experienced it sixteen months ago, then walked away from it.

Cassie was hurt, badly, after Blaine left. She was so sure the week they'd shared, though admittedly a brief time, was special to both of them.

Blaine never forgot her, Cassie tried to forget him, and, as she's finally ready to move forward and let go of her dreams of them, he returns, claiming she's his.

Blaine is so positive Cassie belongs with him that he challenges her to a weekend together, and he intends to put everything he has into showing her they have something truly special.

Cassie, on the other hand, refuses to let him hurt her again, and plans to prove all they have is sex, intense, hot, unbelievable...snap out of it, Cassie.

Can Cassie trust Blaine with her heart again? Or is this just a game to him? Will Blaine be able to prove his feelings for Cassie are real? Or is it too late, having broken her heart once and unable to get a second chance?

One-click now and follow along as two people, after having falling for one another, are separated as one refuses to admit his true feelings.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
Profile Image for Maria Rose.
2,471 reviews242 followers
August 11, 2017
Seducing His True Love by Laura Jardine is the latest sexy story in her scorchingly hot Small Town Temptations series. I really enjoyed the first story, Tempting her Neighbor, which starred a sexually confident heroine who hooks up with her reclusive neighbor and finds they are perfectly compatible in many ways. In this story, we get a sexy second chance romance as a couple who connected first in a week long fling find that neither has been able to leave thoughts of the other behind.

When Blaine Richard’s father took his own life, Blaine spent some time during the following months regrouping and coming to terms with his grief. During one of those weeks, he’d planned a camping trip but in the small Ontario town where he stopped for a coffee, his eyes met those of a woman in the shop and all his plans went out the window. A week of sexual fantasies playing out in real time ensued as the two took a break from the world and spent it with each other. But Blaine didn’t believe that he could really be falling in love with this woman he’d just met, and when their week together was up, he left with no plans to return.

Cassie Monroe was heartbroken when her lover left, and though she hoped for a while he’d return, she eventually gave up on that dream and tried moving on with her life. But sixteen months later, Blaine suddenly shows up, asking for a second chance. Cassie had once given him her body and her heart, but this time around, she’s clear – a weekend is all he gets. Once burned, twice shy. Blaine will give everything he has to convince Cassie that it’s not a game and that he wants a real future with her. But can she trust him not to break her heart again?

Because this is part of the Scorched imprint, it means a pretty high heat level and lots of sex, which it definitely lives up to! Cassie and Blaine dabbled in some BDSM the first time around, and they do again here, with some kink scenes including consensual ‘non-consent’. It’s clear these two enjoy sexual experimentation, but Blaine also cares a lot for Cassie and makes sure everything they do is pleasurable for her. He’s an affectionate lover and really wants to show Cassie that she’s not making a mistake by letting him back into her life. Opening himself up to her emotionally goes a long way to convincing her that he means what he says. Blaine comes up with a plan to show her he’s serious, and it works, resulting in a sweet happy ending for the couple. If you’re looking for quick, sexy reads with couples who aren’t afraid to express their sexual desires, Small Town Temptations is a great series to add to your TBR!

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A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
Profile Image for patrick Lorelli.
3,064 reviews26 followers
August 11, 2017
Blaine Richards is driving back to a town that he left 16 months ago to try and convince Cassie Monroe that he is in love with her and he want to marry her. The problem, which is huge is that he broke her heart by leaving after she told him that she loved him. He not only drove away but also told her he lived on the other side of Canada when he actually lives only 2 hours away. Now trying to find her at a Halloween party and to convince her. When he does find her and they talk she agrees to go away with him for the weekend and plans to leave him like he did her on Sunday. During their time together there is a lot of sex, and good food. Also he tells her about last year when they meet and what was going on in his life. Everything is going good and she understands everything and knows a lot of his issues are his mind being a scientist. The problem is she still feels that he will break her heart again. She does leave and now he must come up with another plan which he does. This is a very good book with some very hot scenes. There is also a beaver custom which is good for some jokes. Overall a very good book. Read this book to find out what happens. I got this book from Netgally.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
Profile Image for Tynna.
95 reviews10 followers
September 23, 2019
Premise sounded great, execution not so much. I hate doormat heroines. "He broke my heart, ripped me to pieces, so I'm gonna go spend the weekend with him to prove I can leave afterwards." No exaggeration, that's what happened.
I understand that everyone has their own preferences, but how do people enjoy reading about stupid, pathetic, worthless females? What happened to the idea of empowering women?
After she goes with him, he WTF?
I feel like a negative nelly lately. I have got to find a book that I love soon.
I gave it two stars instead of one because Its not perfect, but it's better than the doormat alternative.
Profile Image for Bette Hansen.
5,055 reviews37 followers
August 3, 2017
A whole lot of seriously sexy steam but not much story. After a week long sexy affair and 16 months Blaine Richards shows up in Cassie Monroe's life again! He knows he screwed up but he hasn't been able to get over her so he's determined to get a second chance with Cassie. Cassie is just as determined to keep him at arms lenght. Yes the sex may be off the charts hot but risking her heart again isn't something she's willing to do. Will Blaine find a way to convince her he's all in this time??

If your looking for a hot read you found it!
Profile Image for Isha Coleman.
6,984 reviews135 followers
August 5, 2017
Seducing His True Love by Laura Jardine  
What started with passion turns into obsession in Laura Jardine's, Seducing His True Love. Blaine and Cassie push the envelope at every turn with their trigger happy, almost co - dependent relationship. There are moments that are disturbing. Situations that are enlightening and drama that is heartbreaking. Ms. Jardine makes sure there is never a dull moment and that she will get people talking about this firecracker romance. (3.5 stars)
Profile Image for Bec.
1,627 reviews39 followers
August 14, 2017

Cassie Monroe is doing her best to move on from the man she loved, even though they'd only spent a week together before he decided to cast their relationship aside. However, now Blaine Richards has returned to win her back since she's the one woman he's never been able to forget. Will Cassie allow him back into her life or will she decide that she's better off without him?

First things first, because this is really important for readers to be aware of and that is to read the disclaimer at the end of the blurb of this story, as the fantasies of the heroine could possibly trigger an intense emotional reaction for some readers that they might not be able to handle. However, in saying that, I did enjoy this story, despite the disclaimer. The way this story started had me amused by the heroine's choice of costume for Halloween, as it's not exactly a costume that would rouse interest from a guy. Will the man she's looking to get more friendly with be interested? Moreover, I did find that there could be plenty of jokes told due to her outfit, which there are further into this story.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the history between these two and their growing relationship in the present. Will Cassie give Blaine a second chance? Will Blaine be able to prove that he'll stay this time? It was also intense due to the heroine's fantasies and the scorching sex scenes that show off the hero's alpha-ness in the bedroom. Moreover, I liked that Cassie didn't make it easy for Blaine. He broke her heart the first time he ended things between them and she barely survived. How can she trust that he won't hurt her again? I also liked the close friendships the heroine had and how her friends helped her to decide what to do about Blaine. Will she listen to their advice or remain scared that he could hurt her again? Will Blaine find a way to prove to Cassie that he won't hurt her again and that she's the love of his life?

While the hero, he's confident and I liked how tenacious he was to win the heroine over. He knows how badly he hurt her and discovering what she went through after their split wasn't easy to hear. I also liked the way the hero used things from his job whenever he needed to distract himself and the close friendships the hero had with his friends that made it easy for him to talk to them about anything, especially Cassie. Will they be able to help him find a way to win Cassie over? Yet, what I enjoyed most of all about Blaine is that he did everything in his power to make Cassie happy and show her that he was committed to her.

Overall, Ms. Jardine has penned a very steamy and riveting read in this book, which entertained me from start to finish due to this couple's history that made me sympathize with the heroine; the way the hero was determined to win the heroine over and prove that he wasn't letting her go a second time; and the ending that had me loving the heroine's courage, because she realizes that Blaine is a man of his word, which is proven by what he was willing to do to show Cassie he wouldn't hurt her again. I would recommend Seducing his True Love by Laura Jardine, if you enjoy small town romances; stories with plenty of romance that pushes the boundaries of the couple when it comes to how much the heroine trusts the hero; or books by authors Carly Phillips, Ruth Cardello, Jaci Burton and Laurelin Paige.
Profile Image for Beth C..
609 reviews56 followers
August 7, 2017
She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on.
And she was his.
Somehow, he’d just known that.

Whew, well, make sure you have a cold drink and a fan handy when you read Seducing His True Love—or perhaps a battery-operated friend would be better? Regardless, you’ll certainly need something to take the edge off after reading this scorching hot romance from Laura Jardine.

Look, I’ll be honest. I was a little nervous going into this one, what with the possible triggers/hard limits—. But instead of being distracted, I actually found myself surprisingly into it. Not just well-written, the sex scenes in this book are worded in such a way as to reassure *and* arouse. Are there things happening that are outside my norm? Yes. Am I likely to start seeking out books with similar themes? No, not particularly. Did I enjoy it, as written by Ms. Jardine? Most definitely.

This one, much like the enjoyable Tempting Her Neighbor, is a quick and dirty read. More sex than story, it definitely benefits from the second chance aspect of Cassie and Blaine’s romance, diving straight into their take two. And though they were at times frustrating, both Cassie and Blaine were endearing and I soon found myself engaged, invested in them, laughing and sighing and clenching at their push/pull.

In the end, with a nerdy, kind of weird and arrogant hero, a heroine dressed as a beaver and skeptical of second chances, some laugh-out-loud moments and incredibly kinky-hot scenes, Seducing His True Love was a fast, one-sitting read for me.

Which is good, because it leaves time for a cold shower…

“You’re not God’s gift to women.”
“Well, no shit. I’m a thirty-five-year-old man with a rock collection who has an entire shelf of books about the Burgess Shale.”

Profile Image for Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog).
5,034 reviews166 followers
August 26, 2017
Seducing His True Love is sexy but that's about it. There's no strong connection between Blaine and Cassie, nor did I end up liking either of them very much.

Blaine broke Cassie's heart a year ago when they spent a week together falling in love and he left after she told him she loved him. He refused to believe he was in love with her because he was too logical to believe in love at first sight, so he left her. Now 16 months later he's finally come to the realization that he was in love with her before and is still in love with her, and he wants her back. So he drives to her small town and tells her if she'll come back and spend the weekend with him he'll be able to convince her to stay and give him a chance. She figures she'll spend a weekend having hot sex, live out a few fantasies, then walk away with her heart intact, and maybe even break his heart the way he had broken hers.

While this all sounds good, the execution was seriously lacking. Neither Blaine nor Cassie was particularly likable or interesting, nor did their connection extend beyond the physical. I never felt their supposed love for each other. It was all just a little meh. I almost DNF'd a few times, because it was boring outside the sex scenes. So yeah, not a good thing if I had to make myself finish it. Also, the lack of an epilogue is always annoying and Seducing His True Love didn't have one, so another checkmark on the the con side.

I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
1,068 reviews
August 8, 2017
this small town tempations novel is as risqué as the first. in seducing his true love, blaine richards has finally, after eighteen months, accepted that he fell head over heels in love with cassie monroe when they had a week-long interlude. now that he's accepted this fact, he's ready to win her back. but cassie was left hurt and heartbroken and isn't really into the idea of giving blaine a second chance.

but their sexual chemistry was off-the-charts, and she hasn't been able to recapture those feelings with anyone else since blaine left. but she wants to move on, move forward with her life. so she agrees to spend one weekend with blaine, and if she finds she can't live without him she'll stay. except she has no intention of staying.

however, they are super in-sync when it comes to their sexual compatibility. the kind of fantasies they are both willing to explore, how far they are both willing to go for pleasure is kinky and hot and disturbing all at once. one thing that is wonderful about these characters is how open and honest they are about their kinks. even when they are fulfilling fantasies that are taboo and require trigger warnings, it's kind of refreshing how forthright the whole thing is.

there is no way that people this in tune with each other won't work this out. but cassie does make blaine work for it. even if the sex is perfect, she doesn't let that be the only thing that sways her decision to give him another chance. he earns it, and their relationship is stronger for it.

**seducing his true love will publish on august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scorched) in exchange for my honest review.
Profile Image for Victoria Bunce.
257 reviews4 followers
August 1, 2017
Please note: I received a copy of SEDUCING HIS TRUE LOVE via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

This was a fast and fun read. There is so much you can do with a second chance romance and Laura Jardine delivers! Sometimes when you meet a person, you just know he or she is the one for you. Such is the case with Blaine and Cassie.

Blaine and Cassie are perfect for each other – from their quirky behavior to their sexy scenes. **fans herself** After a week-long passionate affair, Blaine bails on Cassie because he can’t handle the intensity of a relationship so soon after his father’s death. Cassie spends the next eighteen months nursing her broken heart until one night, Blaine returns to reclaim her. A hilarious Halloween party scene ensues and the whirlwind romance in and out of the covers follows.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sexy rekindled romance with a touch of humor and I bet you will too. Highly recommend.
99 reviews
October 13, 2017
I was generously given an ARC for a honest review. I didn't know what to expect when i opened this book. But it fell a bit short. There really was no connection between Blaine and Cassie. In the beginning , she seem weak but in the end she was being contradictory and just plain stubborn regarding giving Blaine another chance. Blaine on the other hand was at times alpha and other times a bit of a pushover. I never really got into the book and it took me several weeks to finish it. In the bedroom scenes, there was chemistry but again I couldn't see Cassie and Blaine doing the stuff the characters were doing in the bedroom. There was a bit of a disconnect for me.
Profile Image for Melena.
2,550 reviews51 followers
June 30, 2021
Cassie and Blaine we're interesting characters, and I really think this book benefited from having dual point of views. Especially because the story centers around his attempts to win her back and prove how much he cares about her.

I liked both their groups of friends. They added a lot of humor but were not over used nor did they distract from the central plot.

While I liked the characters and more emotional sides of the story, some of the scenes weren't for me. I do read a lot of romance, but this one wasn't my cup of tea. I would say this book tends toward the 2.5 to 3 stars rating for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Hayley.
6 reviews1 follower
July 23, 2017

Second chance romance. The start of the book starts off with her going back and forth, Saying she doesn't want to be with him again because how he broke her heart but as soon as she sees him she's kissing him straight away and agreeing to spend the weekend with him. I found that pretty annoying but after that the rest of the book is pretty enjoyable. The guy is definitely an arrogant ass and that gets old quick but other times he is pretty sweet, he's very odd character but then so is she.

ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for fair review
Profile Image for Lori.
1,113 reviews2 followers
August 13, 2017

This was definitely a very steamy read from start to finish. Cassie and Blaine had an immediate and intense connection. She knew he was the one instantaneously where he had a little doubt especially after his loss. But I liked the way Blaine was written to not give up and the way he finally went about getting Cassie back. I wish we could have had a little more of that part along with all their hotness. It was an entertaining and very quick paced read.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Profile Image for Danielle .
2,572 reviews69 followers
August 4, 2017
3.5 stars

Book 2 in the Small Town Temptations series and it was an ok read for me.... I liked the first book, so I gave this one a go.

This book started off with the characters meeting and having a fling in the past. I am not really a fan of that. I like the build up and romance. This one was like I missed that whole "getting to know you" part of the book. I like the tension and romance. They already had that and it was more like a second chance romance, minus the real romance.
4,591 reviews15 followers
November 1, 2017
Blaine Richards didn’t believe in love at first sight, even when he met the perfect woman. They had an intense, passionate interlude sixteen months ago…and then it was over. Even after all this time, Blaine can’t forget Cassie Monroe. Now, he’s desperate to get her back.
I really didn’t like this story. Right from the beginning I just couldn’t get into it. I had a hard time buying the love at first sight theme in this story.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Profile Image for Anna.
540 reviews2 followers
September 13, 2017
Not quite what I expected to be honest. I didn't understand the insta-love between these two followed by the borderline depression then maybe some mutual obsession. All I could think was how unhealthy these two were together.
Profile Image for Tami .
1,123 reviews33 followers
July 21, 2017

Nice book.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Sofia Lazaridou.
2,734 reviews135 followers
April 11, 2020
*Please note that I would have said the same thing if it was the male who had done this*

One of my biggest pet peeves, the ones I can't let go no matter what is reading about one of the MCs sleeping with other people. Cassie slept with Leo during their separation twice and brought it up to Blaine the first night they got together after their separation. I thought that since "Its taken more than a year for Cassie's broken heart to heal" she would have been the one to be celibate, but it wasn't the case. Blaine was so that's something. The book was too short to bring other people up and I couldn't like it. I would not recommend the book to anyone.
Profile Image for Angela.
335 reviews6 followers
August 3, 2017
I wasn't to fond of this novel because I had a hard time getting into the storyline and connecting with the characters.

(ARC provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchanged for an honest review)
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