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A Contract Seduction

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  17 reviews
USA TODAY bestselling author"You're mine--for as long as we have." For the sake of a family legacy, he must strike a marriage bargain. With six months to live, Charleston heir Jonathan Tarleton must secure his family's business--with a contract marriage. He convinces his beautiful, dedicated assistant, Lisette Stanhope, to be his bride, telling himself the proposal has n ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Harlequin Desire
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

A Contract Seduction is book #2 in the Southern Secrets series and I really enjoyed reading it.

In book # 1 in the series, Blame It On Christmas, we got some hints about Jonathan Tarleton and his headaches and at the beginning of A Contract Seduction we discover the cause for his headaches and it's not good news.

Jonathan finds out he only has about 6 months to live and in order to save his family business he decide that he should marry his beautiful, dedicated assistant, Lisette Stanhop
Erika Mounts
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat, I was wondering how she was going to pull off a HEA with the Alpha only having 6 months to live. I should have known that Janice could pull it off however.

We first met Jonathan in the first Southern Secrets book Blame in on Christmas and I have been looking forward to reading his story. Jonathan is the head of the family empire taking over after his father's illness forced him out of the company. Being estranged from his twin brother Hartley has put all the responsibility of
Marcie Robinson
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
“A Contract Seduction” is book two of Janice Maynard’s Southern Secrets series and is the story of Jonathan Tarleton and Lisette Stanhope.

In book one (“Blame it on Christmas”), we heard about Jonathan’s headaches and, in this book, we learn the reason behind them.
Jonathan needs Lisette to protect his family’s company, Tarleton Shipping, after he is gone. Lisette, who’s been his assistant for years, is also in love with him. She puts her own plans on hold to cater to Jonathan, something she did w
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I started reading Janice Maynard’s latest book, A Contract Seduction the Tim McCraw song Live Like You Were Dying kept running through my mind. It was difficult for me to see how a HEA would be coming, which is a requirement of romance stories. However, I knew if anyone could pull it off, Janice Maynard would.

A marriage of convenience story involving a CEO and his professional assistant. I did not find it at all odd that Lisette is the one that Jonathan turned too with shocking news along
Traci Westling
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was more than happy to read this in exchange for my honest review. With that said , I was quite excited to read Johnathans story to find out about his headaches in the first book in series ! This was a quick fast paced read for me because it begins with his shocking terminal diagnosis. Naturally I’m curious to learn how this will actually still end with our HEA WE expect ! I have to share that I really really did enjoy this book because of the medical issue . The marriage to Lisette will Appar ...more
Lynn Brooks
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotion tugging goodness! With the next book in her Southern Secrets series, Janice Maynard takes us back into the heart of Charleston's elite when the Tarleton heir receives a shocking diagnosis. I was hooked from page one, and devoured it until the end. Great characters, heart-wrenching emotions and a really interesting story line. Looking forward to the next Tarleton's story!

Businessman Jonathan Tarleton never expected to hear the news that he has literally a few months to live. He's thrust i
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A Contract Seduction is the second book in Janice Maynard’s Southern Secrets series. What a way to open a story! This book got me from the opening line, and I couldn’t put it down until I completed it.

Jonathan Tarleton is given a devastating diagnosis and his first thoughts is how to save his family legacy. He reached out to his assistant Lisette who after much consideration agrees to a contract marriage.

I enjoyed watching Jonathan come to grips not only with his diagnosis but also his feelings
Riet De Bruin-Strijker
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, I’m flabbergasted! What a great book this was. I began reading this morning and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I loved the characters, their development in the characters of Jonathan and Lizzy, their journey from fake marriage in the doom of death towards a Happily ever after. I had my hopes up that Jonathan could be saved, but I had no clue how Ms Maynard would do it. I have one tiny subjection and that was that their HEA came about a bit suddenly, I would have loved an epilog ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A Contract Seduction is a great book that finds itself perfectly placed as part of the series Southern Secrets series. Once I started reading the story of Jonathan Tarleton and Lisette Stanhope, I could not put it down! Janice Maynard makes it so easy to loose oneself between the pages of this book, from starting the story to finding out how it all eventually works out.

Lisette is having her own issues, but when she learns that Jonathan only has six months to live, she does not take long to decid
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m all about a marriage of convenience romances. I’m also all about pregnancy romances. But a pregnancy romance coupled with a marriage of convenience topped with a terminal illness diagnosis...woah baby, this was an emotional ride.

Good thing I loved Lisette and Jonathan together from the get-go!

In the first book of this series, Blame It On Christmas, Jonathan came off a bit standoffish and “uppity”. Not so in this book AT ALL. He was warm and kind with Lisette once his walls were stripped down
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poignant emotional journey that makes you laugh, cry, and pray. A shipping company boss Jonathan Tarleton and his assistant Lisette Stanhope who have controlled their feelings for one due to propriety. Calamity brings them closer together through a ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’ unorthodox plan. Is a marriage of convenience the answer? Can she love for the time he has left and save the family business? Lisette believes “When you loved someone, you gave whatever the situation deman ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan has six months to live. First thing is to find someone, who he can trust to make decisions for him and sign documents related to his company. Lisette is ready for change, she is going to give her notice to Jonathan, so he can find himself new personal assistant. But all of this is forgotten when Jonathan asks her for help.
Loved the story and characters.
Caitlin Warrow
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good but I had a hard time getting into it like the other book I read in this series. I normally like books like this one but I don’t know this one just didn’t grab my attention like I had hoped it would. A little disappointing, but I guess it’s ok.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Contract Seduction is the second book in the Southern Secrets series. It was not the best story! This is Jonathan Tarleton’s story, Jonathan discovers that he has an inoperable brain tumor and in order to make sure that the company that has been in his family for,generations is secure he decides he must marry. His long time assistant Lisette Stanhope is just about to resign because she has feeling for Jonathan and he hasn’t shown any when he tells her his predicament. At first she is just goin ...more
Janeen Phillips
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Assistant in love with her boss.
Boss not willing to admit he has feelings for his assistant.
Terminal illness diagnosis leads to a marriage of convenience.

An amazing story of how Lisette and Jonathan deal with everything that is thrown at them. Love really has a way of making you see things in a whole new light.
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A Contract Seduction is the second installment in Janice Maynard's Southern Secrets series. Charleston heir Jonathan Tarleton has been given six months to live. He has to figure out how to protect his family and their shipping empire. He decides that his trusty assistant, Lisette Stanhope, is exactly who he needs to help him. Jonathan presents Lisette with a marriage of convenience to make the transfer of company decision making easier. Lisette has been in love with Jonathan for years and she's ...more
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Janice Maynard came to the writing life early! When her third grade short story, “The Princess and the Robbers”, won a red ribbon in a school arts fair, Janice was hooked. She followed up that early success with a more commercial piece in the sixth grade… “Why My Mom Loves To Drink Coke”. No advance for that one, but she won a six-pack of Coke… remember those great little bottles?

In junior high Ja